Posts Tagged ‘food industry’

Will Smarter Sweeteners Improve the Food Supply?

January 28, 2020 — Let’s get something straight. “Big Food” isn’t going anywhere. The global food and grocery business is a whopping 12 trillion dollars. That’s because the world has a lot of hungry mouths to feed and farmers markets can’t do it alone. But another thing to understand is that the food industry is feeling the pressure of […]

Do We Value the Food That Sustains Us?

January 22, 2020 — Spending five days with some of the most influential nutrition communication professionals in America has made us think. Do we value the food that sustains us? Is the low cost of food in America entirely a good thing? Why, despite that low cost, do we still have so much food insecurity? Cheap Calories Make no […]

Solving the Problem of Too Many Fruits and Veggies at School

January 21, 2020 — Late last week (we call it a Friday news dump) the USDA proposed new rules for school nutrition. The administration calls it regulatory reform. Flexibility to reduce food waste. But childhood nutrition advocates call it a move for more pizza and fewer veggies at school. USDA says it “did not intentionally announce this proposed rule […]

Menu Manifestos Making Massive Meat Mayhem

January 18, 2020 — Meat mayhem marches on in the arcane world of academic nutrition warfare. Humans have a tough time these days with diversity of thinking. Especially if the subject is nutrition. Or food policy. Thus, Rita Rubin served up a compelling account of the ongoing battles about meat in JAMA this week. Avoiding the Meat of the […]

Court Ruling: Diet Doesn’t Mean Much

January 2, 2020 — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a great truth this week. The word diet doesn’t mean much. That word is no guarantee that whatever it describes will make you lose weight. In fact, you might even gain weight. Said this San Francisco court in a unanimous ruling: The prevalent understanding of the […]

A Broken Global Food Supply: Fault and Solutions

December 17, 2019 — All right. Who broke the global food supply? With a press event and seven new articles in Lancet yesterday, the World Health Organization put a spotlight on the double burden of malnutrition. Yes, it’s true. More than one in three low and middle-income countries now face health threats from both undernutrition and obesity. Babies and […]

Fighting About Eggs: Bias All Around

December 15, 2019 — Why is it so hard to get simple, unbiased information about nutrition and health? A story this week in the Washington Post should give you a clue. It’s all about eggs and the bias that people bring to the subject. When it comes to what we should eat, it seems that everyone has an ax […]

The Blame Game: Nature, Nurture, and Obesity

November 24, 2019 — Who dunnit? That was the essence of the debate between Sadaf Farooqi and John Wilding at the Society for Endocrinology BES Conference in Brighton, UK. Some very smart people have a tough time wrapping their brains around nature, nurture, and obesity. So Farooqi and Wilding took opposite sides of a simple proposition: This house believes […]

What Exactly Are Hyper-Palatable Foods?

November 11, 2019 — Once you pop, you can’t stop! This tagline for the launch of Pringles chips captures the essence of dietary fears about hyper-palatable foods. Does hyper-palatability drive the risk of obesity linked to ultra-processed foods? Sometimes policy makers give this supposition, though unproven, the status of a fact. But it needs more study. And if we’re […]

Digging Into a Squishy Definition for Ultra-Processed Food

October 30, 2019 — Everyone was ready to head home from FNCE 2019 yesterday morning. Yet a crowd gathered to hear from Kevin Hall and Amber Courville about ultra-processed foods. Theirs is the fascinating study that shows people eat more calories and gain more weight on a diet of processed foods. It’s a study that seems quite important. But […]