Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

OMG! Jelly Belly Puts Sugar in Its Sports Beans?

May 26, 2017 — Can it be? These wonderful energy beans have no sugar in their ingredient list. How can it be that they’re actually loaded with the stuff? Well, it’s true and Jessica Gomez is suing. She filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that Jelly Belly deceived her by listing “evaporated cane juice” as the product’s primary […]

Adapt and Prosper – or Not – in the Food Industry

May 23, 2017 — Some parts of the food industry may be leaving us.  Rather than adapt, these companies want to keep selling the dietary equivalent of telephone booths. They imagine they can delay or avoid telling their customers how much sugar they’re pouring into their products. They imagine they can keep selling junk food into schools. Ignore Your […]

Stepping Back or Stepping Up on Food Policy?

May 14, 2017 — You could see it coming. New leadership in the USDA was careful about pulling back on food policy. “We’re not unwinding or winding back any nutritional standards at all,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. He paired these words with actions to ease up on standards advocated by Michelle Obama. But this week it was the […]

Clean Label, Clean Food, Clean Health?

May 11, 2017 — If you’re looking for a case study of the disconnect between “healthy food” and actual health, you might want to look at the clean label movement. And in particular, data today released at the 50th Annual ESPGHAN Congress tells a disturbing story. Clean Labels: A Benchmark for Food Makers The movement to clean labels is one of the hot […]

Nothing Simple About What Salt Does to Your Body

May 10, 2017 — What could be simpler than salt? Plenty, it seems. New research in the Journal of Clinical Investigations suggests that some basic concepts about dietary salt are way off the mark. You think it makes you thirsty so you’ll drink more water? As it turns out, that’s not how it works. Instead, salty food and drink […]

Regulating Food Marketing to Reduce Obesity

May 7, 2017 — “Food advertising and marketing has helped convince the average American that it’s OK to eat lower quality foods more often and in larger portion sizes,” says Sujit Sharma in a CNN commentary. If we “learn from the war on tobacco” and regulate food marketing, can we make an impact on obesity? Sharma and a growing […]

Yo-Yo Dieting: A Seductive Mix of Myth and Reality

May 4, 2017 — Yo-yo dieting is an boogeyman that persists stubbornly in defiance of the facts. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the latest fuel for a mix of derision and fear mongering. Researchers found an association between weight fluctuations and bad outcomes from heart disease. They did not study dieting or […]

Alternate Day Fasting Hype Should Be Fading Fast

May 3, 2017 — As a spiritual practice, fasting has deep roots in many religions. But when spiritual practices try to make the leap into health practices, look out. For a prime example, it now looks like the hype about the alternate day miracle fast should be fading fast. A new randomized, controlled study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds no benefit […]

Health Claims Handy for Confusing Consumers

April 30, 2017 — What does it mean when a food label says the product is healthy? For the last six months, more than a thousand public comments have poured into FDA. Two answers rise to the top. Health claims on a food label seem to be good for a bump in sales and for confusing consumers. Peculiar Advice […]

Picking Your Poison: Bias in Public Policy for Obesity

April 24, 2017 — How much evidence is necessary for enacting sound public policy for obesity? Yesterday at EB2017, the Obesity Research Interest Section of ASN brought together diverging views on that fundamental question. An economist and a public health professor warned about two different biases. Either of them can poison policies intended to improve public health. Bias for Action Professor […]