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Conveniently Healthy

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

If we can use food processing, marketing and engineering to create the ideal Dr. Pepper, I believe we can also use these tools to help people eat healthy. Instead of asking for large changes, let's meet people where they are and make healthy eating a daily reality whatever way possible.

Is a School Breakfast of Multi-Grain Lucky Charms Better Than No Breakfast at All?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

In the new documentary Fed Up, author and journalist Michael Pollan reminds us that: "Junk is still junk, even when it's less junky." If you want to see what Pollan is talking about, soon all you'll need to do is walk into a classroom in a low-income school district at breakfast time.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

Michael Pollan: Going Gluten-Free Is 'A Bit Of A Social Contagion'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.14.2014 | Taste

He said it's more of a fad than a medically necessary lifestyle change, for most people.

Why All of Us Should Be Fed Up

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

What does it mean when the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents the world's packaged food and drink industry, puts out a defensive press release about a documentary before it is released? I'd say it means they are scared, and, after viewing the new film Fed Up, I can understand why.

WATCH LIVE: Michael Pollan Talks 'Cooked' On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green

Michael Pollan attempts to master the culinary world in his book "Cooked" as he explores the relationship between water, fire, air and earth in relati...

In Fed Up Katie Couric Gets Behind a Film You Can't Afford Not to See

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

So you think that opting for Lo Fat items at the market and hitting the gym will keep you in fighting form? Fed Up, an essential documentary narrated and executive produced by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig, is here to tell you different.

Who Has Time for That?

Christina Pirello | Posted 06.11.2014 | Taste
Christina Pirello

It's not Marie Callender who will nourish your family to strength and wellness; it's you.

Another Dollop of (About, Actually) Butter

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In the aftermath of his commentary about butter in the New York Times, Mark Bittman and I -- along with several others, including Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian from Harvard, one of the authors of the study that set this all in motion -- were invited to discuss the health effects of butter on the NPR program, "On Point," this morning.

Diet and Health: There, There and Getting There

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Giving up favored foods involves the pain of heavy lifting -- trading up foods does not. But doing so either requires legitimate reformulations by food manufacturers, or our ability to make better choices among what's currently available -- or both.

This Is Why You're Bad at Eating

Food Politic | Posted 04.16.2014 | Food
Food Politic

Food companies are just telling us what we want to hear. How's that been working out for us?

Diet, Weight and Health: Confused Only If You Want To Be!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The New York Times once again allocates some of its rarefied real estate to science writer Gary Taubes, who uses it to do what, in my opinion, he does best: ask the wrong question.

Fortification Follies: Lipstick on a Pig for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Fortified junk food is still junk food. It isn't only what a food doesn't contain (i.e., those nutrients) that makes it dubious. It's what it does contain. The addition of vitamins and minerals does nothing to exonerate junk foods of their standard provisions of added sugars, added salt, artificial flavorings, artificial colorings, inflammatory fats, high glycemic starches, and willfully irresistible calories.

Michael Pollan Pinpoints What's Wrong With The Paleo Diet

Mother Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

The paleo diet is hot. Those who follow it are attempting, they say, to mimic our ancient ancestors -- minus the animal-skin fashions and the total la...

Cheap Food Comes At A High Price -- Your Health

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.25.2014 | Taste

Michael Pollan explains why cooking food yourself can make all the difference in bettering your health.

So What if Processed Foods Have Slightly Fewer Calories?

Lindsay Hill | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Hill

Weight loss and health improvements will only occur when people eliminate junk food and replace it with whole, satisfying and nutrient-dense foods, some of which may (gasp!) have slightly more calories than processed foods.

Worried About Gluten? This Is Your Brain on Journalism

Leo Brown | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

We are captivated and intrigued by the controversy among medical professionals as to whether carbohydrates, and grains in particular, are safe for consumption. We are also confused.

Epic Stop-Motion Short Uses Produce To Spell Out Food Rules

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green

During the 2008 world food crisis, before our planet had even crossed the seven billion mark, we grew enough food to feed 11 billion people. So why di...

Meatless Monday: Hero With a Thousand Faces

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Just in time for Christmas, a story to share while snuggling around the fire (or space heater). Once upon a time, a beloved, wealthy young man walked away from his family, away from his riches, away from glittering worldly ways in search of truth and integrity.

It's OK: Let Elmo Be a Carrot Pusher

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

The Produce Marketing Association's growers, suppliers and retailers will be allowed for two years to use iconic characters such as Elmo and Big Bird in messaging and on produce sold in stores -- all without paying any licensing fees.

How Cooking At Home Helps Fight Hunger

Alison Cayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Demand for SNAP benefits is proof that we are living in a time of long-term unemployment and a very deep recession. Moreover, we have a food system that artificially makes healthy, simple food more expensive than processed non-food.

Simple Ways to Eat Clean for Overall Wellness

Linden Schaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

I'm not saying you have to give up eating cheeseburgers or skip bacon at brunch. What I am saying is that you should be more conscious about where your food comes from.

Grains of Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whether about wheat or meat, sugar or starch, calories or carbohydrates, this fat or that fat, we seem to have an insatiable appetite for mere grains of truth about diet and health, rather than the complete recipe.

To Be or Not to Be Vegan - the Omnivore's Other Dilemma

David Mager | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
David Mager

We are omnivores. That's how we're built. There is no dilemma if we are true to ourselves and, at the same time, full of gratitude for all the life forms on this planet, with special gratitude for the edible ones

Do Oreos Violate the Pollan Doctrine?

Leo Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Leo Brown

Michael Pollan writes that we shouldn't eat anything our grandmother wouldn't recognize. Well, Oreos have been around since 1912. Are they fair game?