Browsing the "Obesity" Tag

What If Coca-Cola Made An Honest Commercial?

June 30th, 2014 | by Jennifer Kaplan

Imagine if tobacco companies said they were doing something responsible to protect you. How would you respond to that? That's one of the Coca-Cola obesity questions posed in a new You Tube Video: The Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial


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 News from the Food Front: Salmonella Spice Rack, Soda Ban, OMG BSE

June 7th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news will make you cringe and rejoice. New obesity research offers both hope and Western chagrin. Animal ag's dark footprint puts salmonella on the spice rack, as well as on sandwiches. According to the CDC, we've got a bit of a mad cow problem around here -- though obviously it's actually a human problem; more specifically, it's a wildly dysfunctional food-system problem that we could fix if we chose to do so. Don't miss the yum or ignore the yuck: read on, for the week's top news in food!


Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

May 31st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho's ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week's tastiest food news -- in one convenient package!


Top News from the Food Front: GMO Bans, Paleo Nope, & Toxic Jerky

May 24th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls -- also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that -- but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it's an e. coli contamination thing. The week's food safety issues aren't just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week's news does feature some ickiness. But don't be scared -- there's also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there's much to report this week!


Sugar: The Bad, The Ugly, and How to Avoid It

April 7th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

We talk a lot about sugar in this space. That sweet, white powder is delicious, but it's also at least partially responsible for public health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Singular sugar facts don't always paint the complete picture. Let's take a broader look at sugar, our health, and how you can cut back on the sweet stuff


Top News from the Food Front: Childhood Obesity, Idaho Ag-Gag, & Monsanto’s (cough) ‘Sustainability’

March 1st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news is maddening, if you don't happen be a sociopath who loves animal cruelty; but on the bright side, if you adore ag-gag laws and think accountability, food safety, and the First Amendment are all for the (antibiotic-resistant-disease-ridden) birds, then you're in for a treat! Monsanto offers up some rather obnoxious distractions to this ag-gag foolishness -- unfortunately for human kidneys, Monarch butterflies, and pretty much that whole 'environment' thingie. But before diving in to all those noxious Big Ag news fumes, let's talk about progress: yes, some exists! For all the good, bad and ugly in the food world, get your news fix here!



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