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How Allergy Warnings are Actually Hurting Immune Health On Campus: The Coddling of the American Digestive System

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Nadia Khayrallah

Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub dining halls clear of any foods and beverages which might cause physical discomfort or illness.

Calorie Counting Revisited: Why Trying to Cut Food Calories Could Make Us Fat and Sick

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Within the last month, I agreed to become a member of the Scientific and Nutritional Advisory Board of Epicure, a Canadian food-product and cookware...

San Francisco Approves Health Warnings On Ads For Sugary Drinks

Associated Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such b...

'Open Sesame' Are Not Always Magic Words

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

I believe all consumers have a right to know what is in their food, so they can make informed choices for their families. For food allergic families, a lack of disclosure puts our children at risk for fatal attacks. Food allergic families need this information so we, or our well-intentioned friends, families and schools, don't buy something that has a surreptitious ingredient in it that can kill.

What's the Beef With the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Food Safety?

Billy Mason | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Billy Mason

President Obama recently campaigned for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which he claims will expedite U.S. exports to Pacific Rim countries by removing trade-inhibiting tariffs and simplifying customs procedures.

Different Drum

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.16.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Why I Don't Want to Be My Husband's Wife

Alexandra T. Mai | Posted 03.29.2015 | Weddings
Alexandra T. Mai

Reflecting on my own upcoming marriage, I don't buy into the idea that I'd be the gentle caregiver preoccupied with the household and children while my husband, the strong breadwinner, occupies his mind with the family's finances and ponders the 'big things' thoughtfully by swirling his scotch.

Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

Andrew Gunther | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that...

Gluten Free Going Global: My Trip to Brazil

Hannah Ross Crane | Posted 02.10.2015 | Travel
Hannah Ross Crane

When I found out that I was actually going to go to Brazil this past August, I was ecstatic! Yet my overwhelming excitement was overshadowed by one question, a question that anyone with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance faces daily: what will I eat there?

Truth in Advertising: A Lesson Learned from Ham Salad

Tricia Spencer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Tricia Spencer

Until every advertiser and every retailer adheres to the whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth part of "truth in advertising," it is infinitely wise to wear our "Buyer Beware" persona like a second skin.

Food Labeling Fatigue

Julie Gunlock | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Julie Gunlock

Food activists are free to pursue ballot initiatives. They are free to harass food manufacturers into compliance with their many outrageous demands. But voters should know that this comes at a cost--to large and small food companies, farmers, and mostly it costs you, the consumer.

WTF Does 'Humanely Raised' Mean?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Taste

If you can explain this term, please share.

You Want A 'Natural,' 'Organic,' 'Free-Range' Dinner, And You Probably Don't Know What That Means

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green

More trendy restaurants are serving food that seems easier on the environment, but customers often aren't quite sure what they're getting. Does a "gra...

Redefining Bread

Bethany Econopouly | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bethany Econopouly

The past few years of upheaval in how people grow, cook, think about, and eat food has left no corner of the supermarket untouched. Even bread, that most ancient, simple, beloved staple of diets around the world, has been the subject of both crisis and passionate revitalization. But behind every machine-sliced sandwich bread or carefully crafted artisan loaf is a simple question of language.

Gluten-Free? So No Potatoes

Celia Kaye | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

For some, cross-contamination might not be as harmful as it is to others. But if someone says "I'm gluten-free," whose responsibility is it to make sure that "gluten-free" means "cross-contamination-free" to the chef?

A Bag of Chips by Any Other Label... Is Not the Same Bag of Chips

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

Are we more likely to buy something if it features a reminder about sharing?

The 5 Most Confusing Health Food Labels

Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD I frequently meet my clients at their local supermarkets so we can walk the aisles together. Most find it incredibly eye...

FDA to Update Food Label Serving Sizes

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

I strongly support the FDA's proposal to revise the serving size for certain foods and beverages to reflect the way Americans eat today. Labels that list the nutrition information for outdated serving sizes may be deceptive to consumers, and I commend FDA for its recognition of the need to revise the RACCs for specific foods.

The Latest Attempt to Help You Eat Better: Will It Work?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Dunaway Teh

Is basing serving sizes on what people actually eat the right decision in light of current rates of obesity and chronic disease? Or will it only further confuse consumers on what is an appropriate serving size, adding to the education burden that already exists?

8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living

One day, your morning cup of coffee is a great idea for your health. The next, it has too many negative health risks. Even the savviest of consumers c...

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: How Fresh Is Fresh Enough?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

Our hope is that when possible, the customer will in turn support the producer and consequently, sustain the small farm agricultural economy of the region. Another hope is that we are consuming "fresh" ingredients that have seen minimal storage and preservation.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

Here's What You Need To Know About The New Nutrition Labels

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Agresti RD

Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.

The Power of Our Food Choices

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Our eating habits profoundly affect our individual health and well-being; our social, economic, and political systems; and our environment. Our future success as a species may hinge on our food habits.

Getting Granular About Salt

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The very granular strategy of choosing foods with shorter ingredient lists allows for cutting out many superfluous grains of salt by way of improving overall nutritional quality. There should be no controversy in that.