Three years ago, the federal government passed a law establishing new, very strict nutritional guidelines for school lunches. For about a decade, nutrition activists like the table-overturning nag MeMe Roth have demanded that the carrot-juice, Prohibitionist approach to feeding schoolchildren … Continue reading
All good anti-corporate campaigns have former, supposedly “reformed” industry insiders claiming that they saw treason and plot in their former, highly compensated jobs. The crusade to classify food as just a bit worse than crack cocaine or something follows this … Continue reading

Doubling Down on Dubious

(March 22nd, 2013)
More “goodies” from the unpublished abstracts of yet-to-be-peer-reviewed research: According to the same team that built from discredited methodology to purport that soft drinks were lethal, one in ten Americans is killed by eating salt. This beggars belief, as it … Continue reading

Is Comfort Food Cranky Food?

(March 18th, 2013)
Being told he isn’t allowed to deprive New Yorkers of their soda might make Mayor Michael Bloomberg cranky, but he might take solace from a CBS Boston report that claims that comfort food makes you angry or violent or something. … Continue reading
The 90 percent doctor-free animal liberation group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is trying to capitalize on the minor stir it created with a study that claimed that supermarket chicken was contaminated with poo. Despite widespread criticism from responsible … Continue reading
A commonly repeated argument that tries to link food companies with a diabolical obesity-promoting conspiracy is that unhealthy “hyper-processed” snacks are cheaper than fresh fruits and vegetables. Barry Popkin, recanted maker of the myth that high fructose corn syrup is … Continue reading
If you’ve read any food activist tome—the most recent pair being Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat or Melanie Warner’s Pandora’s Lunchbox—you might believe that only the low prices of processed snacks keep people from choosing healthy snacks. However, the United … Continue reading
Two books cashing in on obesity hype are being released this week. Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat claims, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, that we’re just junk food junkies at the mercy of food processing companies who shouldn’t be … Continue reading

Media “Addicted” to Food Hype

(February 25th, 2013)
This past Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on the notion of “food addiction,” claiming that food companies make food that is just too good. The book the article is excerpted from, Salt Sugar Fat by … Continue reading
The Associated Press released a poll today that told us nothing new, but filled us with good cheer. According to a survey of 1,011 American adults by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 75 percent of Americans would oppose a … Continue reading