Stat!: Your Tax Dollars at Work – Subsidizing Junk Food

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Federal subsidies to makers of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils from 1995 to 2010: $16.9 billion Number of Twinkies that money would buy each American tax-payer: 19 per year   Federal subsidies to apple growers through the same period: $262 million Number of apples that money would buy each […]

Competitive Eating? The AMA’s Against It

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011

This Monday, men and women will gather as usual in Coney Island to see who can stuff the most hot dogs down their gullet in 10 minutes – the annual Independence Day ritual officially known as Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest. While the annual event has been held for nearly a century, it’s only […]

Multitasking’s Effect on Brain Health, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain (SF Chronicle) Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to […]

What’s Good Food to a 7 Year Old?

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011

Chatting with one of our clients after her recent appointment, we got to talking about some of the great documentaries about food and the food industry that have been made over the past decade – from Super Size Me to Food, Inc. – and TV shows such as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. This, of course, […]

Is It Real Food or Not?

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011

A healthy diet begins with eating real food: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and meat, and minimally processed foods and meals made from them. And how do you know if something is overprocessed? As Michael Pollan put it, if your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it. Or you could use this handy […]

The Cutting Edge of Antioxidant Research & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011

Newsweek Slams Antioxidants: Yawn! ( On January 25, Newsweek published an article entitled “Antioxidants Fall From Grace: The popular dietary components may not do any good, and may actually harm.” The article treads the same old path of “antioxidant supplements do not work, and one big meta-analysis indicated they may increase your risk of mortality.” […]

Yes, You CAN Eat Healthy and Well on a Budget!

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011

  Guilty pleasures aren’t always vacuous ones. Sometimes, they can bring important issues to the fore. Case in point: an episode of Wife Swap re-run not too long ago on Lifetime. The couples involved were a well-to-do, positive-thinking pair of entrepreneurs and a poor, unemployed couple. The latter were described as “pessimistic,” but those on […]

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