Chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease, are all too common in the US. There’s good evidence that changing how we eat could prevent chronic disease.
‘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!
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!
According to a new study, following a low fat ‘McDougall-style’ plant-based diet markedly reduces the debilitating fatigue often associated with multiple sclerosis.
Ag-gag, organic standards, and GMO labeling debates rage through this week’s food news cycle. Meanwhile Tyson recalls contaminated chicken nuggets (mmm, plastic!), and the media erupts with glee over an Australian study they say indicts vegetarianism: does it really? Don’t miss the drama — find the week’s hottest food news here!
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!
Is BPA safe to eat? According to a recent FDA study, absitively and posolutely! Go ahead and gobble that stuff up, it’s fine! But according to about a dozen researchers close to the project, that BPA study is total bunk — and even worse, the FDA knew it was bunk when they published it.
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!
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.’
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 research indicts sugar, Subway ditches doughy carcinogens, and the GMO labeling battle escalates. Meanwhile, vegans take over the world. For the week’s best news stories from the food world, read on!
Are you looking for some good nutritional guidance, to make sure you’re getting what you need from your newly plant-based habits? Thinking of going vegan, but not sure exactly how to healthfully make the leap? Look no further: these nutrition resources make it easy to be a healthy herbivore!
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.