Saturday Morning Cartoons Were Invented to Market Junk Food to Kids

Saturday Morning Cartoons Were Invented to Market Junk Food to Kids

OK, not just junk food. Toys too. But as anyone growing up in the 70′s and 80′s remembers, those 3 hours in front of TV exposed kids to the worst types of foods for their health. And today, kids are … Continue reading

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Why Calories Count

Why Calories Count

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Lisa Sutherland, PhD Eat better, move more, get political! That is the message delivered by Dr.’s Marion Nestle and Mal Nesheim in their latest book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics. I … Continue reading

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Join Us for a Supermarket Tour on Food Day (Monday 10/24, 2pm)

Join Us for a Supermarket Tour on Food Day (Monday 10/24, 2pm)

Monday, October 24th is Food Day. The 6 FOOD DAY PRINCIPLES include the reduction of diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods and promoting health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids. Across the nation, hundreds of community events will celebrate and educate … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Happy Meal Makeover: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

McDonald’s Happy Meal Makeover: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

McDonald’s announced yesterday that the Happy Meal is changing: 1. The amount of french fries will more than halve from 2.4 oz to 1.1. 2. 5 Apple slices will be added to each Happy Meal. 3. Low fat chocolate milk … Continue reading

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Is Your Workplace the Cause of Obesity?

Is Your Workplace the Cause of Obesity?

One of our favorite food bloggers, Professor Marion Nestle of NYU, has taken issue with the editors at the New York Times. An article by health writer Tara Parker-Pope cites the sedentary workplace as the potential cause for obesity’s meteoric … Continue reading

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The Health Myth of Functional Foods

The Health Myth of Functional Foods

Great writeup in yesterday’ New York Times – Food with Benefits, or So They Say – about all those processed products in the supermarket posing as healthy: In aisle after aisle, wonders beckon. Foods and drinks to help your heart, … Continue reading

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A Sugar Industry Slugfest [Weekend Comedy in 3 Parts]

A Sugar Industry Slugfest [Weekend Comedy in 3 Parts]

[Image via The Daily Green] If obesity rates (due to sugar and high fructose corn syrup abundance in everything we consume) weren’t so high, this would actually be funny. From the Des Moines Register: Sugar producers and refiners are suing … Continue reading

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Why are Movie Theaters Exempt from National Calorie Labeling Law?

Why are Movie Theaters Exempt from National Calorie Labeling Law?

Seems like the FDA had a busy week. Just after the travesty of de-facto approval of artificial food dyes as safe, the FDA released on Friday afternoon its proposed rules for calorie labeling in food establishments. As Marion Nestle writes: … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! 2011 Food and Nutrition Trends

Happy New Year! 2011 Food and Nutrition Trends

Hi everyone, great to see we all made it to 2011! 2010 was full of interesting developments in the food and nutrition space. The First Lady launched Let’s Move, to stop childhood obesity. The FDA and the FTC went with … Continue reading

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How to Buy Bread [miniseries part 1]

How to Buy Bread [miniseries part 1]

Bread, oh bread. For some, an art form. For others, a guilty pleasure. For shoppers in a supermarket, a torturous decision process exacerbated by hundreds of brands, products, labels, health claims, and confusingly long ingredient lists. Here is Fooducate’s attempt … Continue reading

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