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"We Eat Ribs, Not Crepes." The American Pork Industry's Reaction to the 21st Century

Paul Shapiro | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Imagine if the film, word processing and home electronics industries had refused to innovate. Then imagine that these industries went as far as mocking their customers who were demanding innovation. That's exactly how much of the U.S. pork industry is behaving right now.

Good News: In New School Snack Rules, USDA Rejects a 'Nutritionism' Approach

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Of course, the food industry isn't going to just walk away from the lucrative school snack market, but given that rigorous standard, it seems to me that any processed foods still sold in schools after 2016 should no longer fall into the empty-calorie, "better for you" junk food category.

Fructose and the Follies of History

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A fixation on any nutrient property in isolation is a gilded invitation to the food industry to give us a whole new parade of products boasting that attribute, no matter what else might be in the mix.

Fast Food Fantasy

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Imagine if we -- the food customers -- rallied around a higher standard to serve our collective satisfaction. Could we really stand up to Big Food? Would we be biting off more than we could hope to chew and swallow, or might we really change the food supply?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Big Food Controversy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

For years, many of my colleagues and I have voiced our discontent that the professional organization that represents us takes money from and partners with the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald's, and Hershey's, supposedly to foster dialogue with the industry and help Americans get healthier.

What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

What about our food? Paracelsus would argue -- real food is food, but processed food is poison. Literally. Because processed food has been overloaded, and you've been overdosed. What allows the food industry to overdose us, and why is it legal?

Can Trash Fish Make It in the Midwest?

Paul Fehribach | Posted 05.16.2013 | Chicago
Paul Fehribach

Each time we choose to eat an underutilized species instead of an Atlantic salmon or an over-fished cod, swordfish, or bluefin tuna, we give these stressed populations a break and discover anew the possibilities in our oceans and lakes.

'FRANKENFOODS': What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The sustainability of our planet, our health, and our food supply are inextricably linked. The ecology of eating -- the importance of what you put on your fork -- has never been more critical to our survival as a nation or as a species. The earth will survive our self-destruction, but we may not.

The Latest McFib: Our Food Is Healthy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Last week, in what is yet another example of Big Food's symbiotic relationship with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, McDonald's Director of Nutrition spoke to her fellow colleagues at the Utah Dietetic Association meeting about the chain's new "healthy initiatives."

Occupy Your Table: Why I'm Staging A 'Fork In'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork. What we put on it has tremendous implications, not just for our waistlines but also for the planet and our global economy.

Aspartame Pathway

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

Coca-Cola notes that "when aspartame is digested, the body breaks it down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol" -- and it is methanol that is one of the root problems with aspartame.

Fruits, Nuts, and Friends Like These

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The statement that fructose is toxic is, simply, false. Fruit contains fructose. Honey, which has been part of the human diet since the Stone Age, contains more fructose than glucose. Saying that fructose is toxic but fruit is not is like saying that democracy is evil, but the United States is fine.

Salt Sugar Fat: Exposing the Junk Food War

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Books
Kerry Trueman

From Bagdad to bacteria? Launchables to Lunchables? That's one way to sum up the somewhat peculiar career path of Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the meticulously researched, scathing new exposé, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

How Diet Soda Makes You Fat (And Other Food And Diet Industry Secrets)

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

These ideas are false. They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic.

My Conversation With Michael Moss: Bullies, Bodies, and the Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The food industry brings in serious muscle to bully us into eating too much of all the wrong things, while someone counts the cash. Any conversation about personal responsibility or public policy that fails to acknowledge this reality is either disingenuous, or uninformed.

This Is Why Coca-Cola Is So Addictive

Michael Moss | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Moss

In creating products that will sell consistently, food manufacturers learned to walk a line between the extremes of an exciting first bite or sip and the utterly familiar. More than any other product, Coke had mastered this balancing act.

What You Don't Know About Processed Food

Andy Bellatti | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Writer Melanie Warner, whose new behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-world-of-processed-foods book, Pandora's Lunchbox, is out this week, spent the past year and a half investigating how processed foods are actually made.

Why Cooking Can Save Your Life

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The cure for what ails us -- both in our bodies and in our nation -- can be found in the kitchen. It is a place to rebuild community and connection, strengthen bonds with family and friends, teach life-giving skills to our children, and enrich and nourish our bodies and our souls.

New Book Reveals How Processed Food Took Over The American Meal

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living

There's been a lot of information coming out recently about both how we are eating and what we should be eating. Michael Moss, in a great New York Tim...

Buffett Sends Urgent Warning To Food Industry

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

By Martinne Geller BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 22 (Reuters) - The $23 billion buyout of H.J. Heinz by Warren Buffett and private equity put ...

Is the Dietitians' Trade Group in Bed With the Junk Food Industry?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Could there be any connection between the millions of dollars in sponsorship the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receives from junk food manufacturers, and a seeming lack of initiative on behalf of the public welfare?

Building a Raw Food Biz

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.09.2013 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Turning 40 is a wake up call for many women. We realize that we can no longer eat what our heart desires but instead need to eat for our heart's health and longevity. Susan O'Brien, founder of Hail Merry natural food products found herself on this path in 2005.

USDA's New "Competitive" School Food Rules -- What You Need to Know

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 04.06.2013 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

After months of delay, the USDA released its proposed rules governing the nutritional quality of so-called "competitive" foods and beverages offered on school campuses.  Here's an overview of the rules' key provisions and my take on some of the big issues to watch.

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Time to Sweep Up the Confetti and Start Saving Lives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Obama administration should use the next four years to pursue even more aggressive initiatives that make our food supply safer, our kids better protected from junk-food marketers, and our diets healthier