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Not as Hard as You Think: Veganism is My ‘Easy Button’ for Healthy Eating

June 12th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

'I just could never do it!' my friend said. 'Just, gosh, the constant vigilance -- I could never be vegan, it'd be way too hard for me!' Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher's plan she's on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements -- all designed to counteract the chronic obesity spiking her risks for diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and early mortality resulting from standard American food habits. As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all'a that!


Top Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Food Waste App, Organic Controversy

May 3rd, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Have you heard about the vegan 'Game of Thrones' themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag's efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants 'em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week!


5 Reasons I’d Still Be Vegan If I Were a Dude

April 4th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

As the vegan movement grows, statistics say it resonates most strongly with women -- at least so far. Of the 2.5 million or so Americans who identify themselves as part of Team Vegan, about 79% are female. Society sends some screwy messages about 'acceptable' gender-based behavior; in this case, those messages may be doing men a disservice. Vegan eating isn't 'a girl thing' -- especially if you're a fellow who values strength, health, environmentalism, and sex!


Top News from the Food Front: School Lunch Soulsuckers, Animal-Ag Absurdities, & GMO Vetos

March 8th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Is your 'Chef's Special' dinner protected by copyright law? Do you know what potentially problematic chemistry your yoga mat and your bread (plus about 500 other grocery items in your pantry) might have in common? Consumers increasingly turn away from genetically modified food: does the food industry give a flip? Does the FDA? For all this food news and more -- including a long list of factory-farm foolishness to boggle the noodles of non-sociopathic food fans --- read on!


High Protein Diet Risky as Smoking, Study Finds

March 5th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Calling all Atkins, Paleo, and standard American diet eaters -- listen up! 'More animal protein' does not mean 'more health and happiness.' According to a study published Tuesday in Cell Metabolism, people who consume lots of animal protein in their middle years should instead expect it to mean 'more cancer, diabetes, and premature mortality.'


Top News from the Food Front: Water Woes, Meat Recall Mayhem, & Powerful Plants

February 15th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Don't drink the water, and don't eat the beef. Don't go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give 'em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading 'GMO awareness' and 'plant-based health' escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here!


New Documentary ‘Fed Up’ Indicts Food Industry for Obesity Crisis

January 21st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Katie Couric strode impressively onto the documentary scene this week with Fed Up, a film premiering last Sunday at the Sundance film festival. Fed Up explores the underlying and often invisible forces driving the childhood obesity crisis, and brings the idea of food as a vital political issue to an ever-growing mainstream audience



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