Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

Will Improving Your Diet a Little Bit Make You Live Longer?

July 14, 2017 — The New England Journal of Medicine has an interesting new study on the association between diet quality and the risk of death. So inevitably, it’s time for the headlines to give us all a pep talk about how a healthier diet will make us all live longer. “Even Modest Changes to Diet Can Reduce the […]

Authenticity Is Fake, So What About Soy Milk?

July 6, 2017 — Add authenticity to the list of fake gimmicks. It was supposed to be a watchword for millennials, but now it’s just a stale notion of the 2000s. So who cares if soy milk is about as fake as can be. It’s not milk, but only FDA and the European Union care about that. Court documents […]

Hot Dogs and Apple Pie: All American Toxic Food?

July 4, 2017 — On this most American of holidays, perhaps we should reflect upon two icons of the American food environment: hot dogs and apple pie. Do these represent wholesome American nourishment with cherished histories? Or are they fixtures in a toxic food environment, loaded with processed meat and added sugar? The American Hot Dog Frankfurters date to […]

Plant a Supermarket, Grow a Healthy Foodscape?

July 3, 2017 — Superficial thinking begets superficial solutions. And superficial solutions don’t solve many problems. Yet again, we’re learning that this is the case with superficial thinking about food deserts. A new study in Health and Place finds that simply planting a supermarket in a food desert does little to address problems with access to healthy food. Complex […]

The Endocrine Society: Honestly Seeking Answers About Obesity

June 28, 2017 — Obesity rates started soaring almost four decades ago. Multiple presidents and surgeons general have called for action to address it. You might think we would have an answer by now to the most basic question: why? But we don’t. And this week, the Endocrine Society presented the facts in a scientific statement. It calls for […]

Delaying, Not Dropping, the Nutrition Facts Label Update

June 24, 2017 — A few weeks ago, the FDA announced an indefinite delay in the new Nutrition Facts label. This label discloses what’s in every food product sold in the U.S. It would — for the first time ever — give consumers information about how much added sugar is in a product. Howls of Protest When this delay surfaced, howls […]

Gulping Gorgeous Grapes and Sizzling Squash

June 16, 2017 — Will gulping more gorgeous grapes and sizzling squash cure our dietary ills? If so, marketers can clearly help. Two new studies show how classical marketing techniques can lead consumers to buy more fruits and veggies. Easy peasy. It’s basic stuff for marketers. Make It Sizzle Sell the sizzle, not the steak is a cliche of […]

The Fast Food Obesity Villain Is Fading

June 10, 2017 — Don’t look now, but fast food is fading from view as an obesity villain. Equal parts of boredom and pesky facts seem to be playing a role. Pesky Data Another bit of pesky data surfaced recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Seeking evidence that eating out, especially on fast food, has fuelled obesity […]

Waging War for Better Health?

June 4, 2017 — A new commentary by Dean Schillinger and James Kahn warns us. We should be “mobilizing for a war on the home front against sugar-related morbidity and mortality.” But do we really need this battle for better health? Winding Down the War on Fat One battle we didn’t need, apparently, was the war on fat. The world mobilized […]

Virtue at Every Size

June 1, 2017 — Bless his heart. Michael Bloomberg means well. And he’s done a lot of good for the health of New Yorkers. Life expectancy is up. He boldly took on smoking and trans fats. He’s worked tirelessly to nudge New Yorkers toward healthier diets and more active lives. Nibbling on blackberries, grapes, and carrots – artifacts of virtue – he lamented to Frank […]