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Big Food: Sounds a Lot Like Big Tobacco

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Big Tobacco and Big Food are now separate industries, but the playbook is much the same. How the game ends is up to us.

'Don't Call It Flesh-Eating Bacteria,' Say Florida Officials

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

"Don't call it flesh-eating bacteria," state officials in Florida warn, in an effort to control the media message reminiscent of their posture on clim...

Soda Or Diet Soda? A False Choice

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

What's better to drink, regular soda or diet soda? This is probably one of the most common questions fielded by nutrition and health experts. I think that the answer is clear -- diet soda -- but the choice is a false one.

FDA Lagging Behind on Salt

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

While nations from the United Kingdom to South Africa to Australia to Argentina and many in between mount sodium-reduction initiatives to reduce the burden of heart attack and stroke, the United States lags far behind, having yet to enact any such initiatives.

Will Big Soda Learn From Election Day 2014?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Now is the time for the public health community to learn the real lessons from Berkeley.

Food Day Highlights Injustices Connected to the Food Supply

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Each of us could participate in efforts to right wrongs by protecting our children from the selfish ploys of food manufacturers and restaurants, shifting our food purchases in the direction of organic and Fair Trade foods, and patronizing restaurants that pay decent wages.

Food Day 2014: Food Justice = Worker Justice!

Joann Lo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Joann Lo

Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit organizations to work ...

Meatless Monday: Food Day Puts Real Food On The Menu

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Come join the party this Friday, October 24, the fourth annual Food Day . Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and partnering wi...

Soda Pledge States the Obvious: We Will Continue to Drink Less Soda

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

I don't begrudge the soda executives their photo op with former President Clinton. But if the companies were really serious about reducing Americans' caloric intake from beverages, they would stop reflexively fighting sensible public health measures, such as taxes, warning labels, and limits on sugars in beverages, that would drive down consumption by 75 percent.

Nutrition Policies Can Address Inequalities

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The analysis of Americans' diets shows just how important the campaign against trans fat has been to the public's health -- especially that of low-income Americans -- and why FDA needs to bring it home.

'Better' Burgers Worse For Your Health, No Better For The Climate

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Americans' love affair with beef has consequences beyond our borders. According to Boucher's 2012 study, U.S. beef consumption helps drive tropical deforestation, which is now responsible for about 10 percent of the world's carbon emissions. As demand for beef goes up worldwide, so does deforestation.

Federal Excise Tax on Sugar Would Be Sweet

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The bill doesn't keep the industry from producing and marketing healthy beverages. In fact, it encourages the production of healthier beverages by basing rates on the amount of sugar in drinks as opposed to taxing by volume regardless of sugar content.

These 10 Meals Reveal One Thing Fast Food Restaurants Still Get Wrong

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 07.03.2014 | Healthy Living

The average chain restaurant is cutting back on sodium -- very. slowly. According to a new report from the nonprofit Center for Science in the Publ...

Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

April 22nd is Earth Day -- an annual celebration of the planet's biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world...

Meatless Monday -- Bite into Real Food For Food Day

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The Congressional decision to cut SNAP dollars (formerly known as food stamps) starting November 1 makes Halloween especially scary this year. The gov...

Rachel Tepper

7-Up Agrees To Drop Controversial Ingredient

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Tepper | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living

If you find yourself in need of a Vitamin E fix, you should no longer assume you'll get it from 7-Up. The drink's producer, Dr Pepper Snapple Grou...

Frying, Lying, and Dying: Why Partially Hydrogenate a Healthy Food Into the Worst Meal in America?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

You can find a restaurant meal with more calories -- but when it comes to heart health, this is clearly the worst restaurant meal I've seen in 40 years of looking.

Everything That's Wrong With a Nine-Year-Old Scolding the CEO of McDonald's

Chez Pazienza | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Chez Pazienza

The good news for Hannah Robertson is that in the same way it's not her authentic belief system that led her to be a social activist, it's not her fault that it's wrong she's been put in that position.

Kids' Meals At Major Chains Fail Nutrition Test

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The menus offered to children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories, too much sal...

Food Fight: Fat Taxes Won't Slim Down Americans

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Steven Kurlander

Politicians eager to raise more revenue for dwindling coffers caused in part by higher medical costs associated with obesity are now pigging out on the idea of implementing a "fat tax" of high caloric, sugary and fatty foods to curb American's unhealthy appetites.

The Most Misleading Product Claims

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Weigley, Alexander E.M. Hess | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The Federal Trade Commission recently ruled that advertisements from juice maker POM Wonderful contained health claims that were m...

UNHAPPY MEALS: 9 Of The Unhealthiest Chain Restaurant Dishes

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Since 2007, the Xtreme Eating Awards have become an (almost) annual tradition. Today, we unveil the latest "winners." What we found is extreme by anyone's definition. Take a look at our nine dis-honorees.

Chewing On The Future of Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Our cultural attitudes about the use of our feet and our forks are ill-advised, but not crazy; they always made sense before. For most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and physical activity was unavoidable. Our prevailing inclinations are well-suited to that scenario.

Pure Food, Pure Love

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.

Mind-Boggling Nutrition Guidance? You Betcha'!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The National Consumers League, claiming to represent consumers' interests, issued a press release this week announcing they had submitted a complaint to the FDA, asking the agency to banish NuVal from the nation's supermarkets.