Posts Tagged ‘food’

Wake Up and Smell the Virus

April 23, 2020 — The pleasure of food is an important part of what drives us to eat and thus maintain our health. Much of that pleasure comes from food’s flavor, and our sense of smell is crucial for experiencing flavor. But it turns out that one of the early signs of infection with the new coronavirus is the […]

Do Consumers Care About What’s in Fake Meat?

February 6, 2020 — No doubt, you’ve heard the warnings. Beware of ultra-processed food. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Look for foods with 5 ingredients or fewer. But non-meat meat is hot right now. So we have to wonder. Do consumers care about what’s in fake meat? Well, new consumer research is in, and the answer […]

A Political Campaign for Dietary Guidelines

December 31, 2019 — A band of low-carb enthusiasts is making it official. They are coming at the process for developing the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as a matter of politics. Why worry about the nuances of science when you can rally a base of devoted advocates? The Low-Carb Action Network This coalition formed in December with a […]

Love Potatoes? 4 Steps for a Lower Glycemic Load

September 6, 2019 — Potatoes are good carbs, but they are carb rich. A typical medium potato (150g/5oz) has around 20g carbohydrate. Most also have a high GI (averaging around 77). But there’s no need to say no to potatoes if you are managing blood glucose levels. You can reduce their glycemic load by choosing spuds with around 25% […]

A Lean New Deal to Reverse the Obesity Syndemic

April 1, 2019 — A broad coalition of health, nutrition, environmental, and animal rights activists are creating quite a stir today with an ambitious new policy proposal. The Lean New Deal aims to stop the obesity syndemic in its tracks. At the same time, it will erase the problem of climate change if fully implemented. This is the product […]

Is Pleasure Important for Good Nutrition?

March 9, 2019 — Is food a problem or a pleasure? In promoting healthy choices, could it be that we actually nudge people in the opposite direction? New research in Psychological Science suggests, once again, that this might be the case. Nicolette Sullivan and colleagues conducted a series of experiments to arrive at this finding. In short, they found […]

Are Women More Sensitive to the Pleasure of Food?

January 27, 2018 — We eat for many reasons, and one of those reasons is pleasure. Beautiful, appetizing food beckons us, even when we’re not physically hungry. Researchers label those qualities of food as hedonics. Food marketers know that these are the qualities that sell their products. And now, neuroscience suggests that women may be more sensitive than men […]

Attack of the Food Snobs

March 6, 2017 — Very unfair! Last week, the media went after ketchup. Is nothing sacred? Food snobs are attacking President Trump for having ketchup with his steak. Benny Johnson of the Independent Journal Review spilled the beans. Acting on a tip, he staked out the steakhouse in Trump’s Washington hotel. He told the world how Trump orders a […]

Keep It Thankful Three Ways

November 26, 2015 — Perhaps you have a perfect family and staying thankful all through Thanksgiving is easy. Or maybe you have some unpolished gems at the table today. Regardless, we’re thankful for the growing numbers of you who keep reading what we offer up here. In gratitude, we offer these three ideas that might help you keep the thanks […]

Late Nights, Food, Drinks, and Obesity

November 25, 2015 — Here’s a fun new study. Researchers the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have found that late nights, food, drinks, and a risk of obesity might go hand in hand — or maybe hand to mouth. More specifically they found that when people stay up late, they do more eating and drinking. The authors of this […]