Organic = Fattening?
(July 30th, 2010)
Most consumers, whether they buy it or not, understand that “organic” is a label that refers to how food is produced. But many may think organic’s “halo effect” applies to how fattening certain foods are too.Writing in the journal Judgment and Decision Making last month, two University of Michigan...
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Experts: Eat Your Seafood (Without a Side of Scaremongering)
(July 29th, 2010)
In the age of mass media fueled by scary stories, it’s no surprise that environmental activists have been able to turn minuscule levels of mercury in fish into horrifying anti-seafood hysteria. But what about all the health benefits of eating fish? Yesterday on Washington, DC public radio’s The...
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Sweetener Antics Leave a Bitter Taste
(July 28th, 2010)
In the world of competing brand names, marketing teams are always looking for an edge. But sometimes they go a little too far—and consumers usually get the short end of the stick. That’s the case with the newest food-marketer fad, replacing high fructose corn syrup (a sugar made from...
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Obesity not for pols to cure
(July 27th, 2010)

Once again Mississippi is numero uno in America when it comes to obesity, with over 33 percent of residents officially obese. And once again Colorado is the slimmest, coming in just under 20 percent. (Massachusetts is ranked 48th, with 21.7 percent.)

As usual the focus is on why and how:...
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Cracking Open an Anti-Egg Agenda
(July 27th, 2010)
With the recent passage of a California law that will extend “Proposition 2” requirements to all eggs sold in the state (regardless of where they were produced), egg farmers across the entire country could be pressured into changing their operations according to the demands of the...
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East Meets West in PETA Gaffes
(July 26th, 2010)
Many Americans are familiar with the various boundary-crossing media stunts of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which often involve women in states of undress or animal-rights shock tactics aimed at children. So when we heard that PETA had decided to export its infamous...
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Obesity’s Obvious Options
(July 24th, 2010)

As an avid kayaker, I know I could get a workout just paddling across some parts of the Mississippi River. And after reading a new 50-state report on obesity, I'm beginning to suspect the one thing wider than the Mississippi is Mississippians.

Once again Mississippi is numero uno in America...
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Group’s goal is for an egg-less America
(July 24th, 2010)

Everyone with a head on his shoulders believes in the humane treatment of animals. But egg farmers and American consumers will soon face a choice between what's actually humane and what some animal rights radicals claim is humane. It may seem like a hair-splitting exercise, but the wrong choice...
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BMI: Body Mass Idiocy
(July 23rd, 2010)
As we explained yesterday, “Body Mass Index” is a simplistic measurement of human height and weight used by government to classify people as “overweight” and “obese.” But it doesn’t take into account factors like muscle mass—meaning that you can be classified as “fat” when you really aren’t. (This...
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There’s Overweight, and Then There’s “Overweight”
(July 22nd, 2010)
We’ve long held that using the “Body Mass Index” (BMI) as a tool for measuring obesity is wrongheaded. BMI is a simplistic measure that only combines height and weight—ignoring muscle mass—which leads to erroneous classifications. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cast doubt on its...
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