Archive: Jul 2010

Organic = Fattening?

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…
Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

Experts: Eat Your Seafood (Without a Side of Scaremongering)

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…
Posted July 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

Sweetener Antics Leave a Bitter Taste

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…
Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

BMI: Body Mass Idiocy

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…
Posted July 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

There’s Overweight, and Then There’s “Overweight”

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…
Posted July 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

WWJS? What Would Julia Say—A Sweet Video

With some food companies swapping out high fructose corn syrup for table sugar, there’s a big hullabaloo about so-called “natural” sugar gaining marketplace momentum. We’ve long held that it’s…
Posted July 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

Video of the Week

On John Stossel’s FOX Business Network show last week, Reason magazine editor Katherine Mangu-Ward took on notorious food scold MeMe Roth over whether we should “police” every…
Posted July 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Prescription for Big Government: Butt Out

In the public policy world, there’s always a cadre of activists demonizing one food or ingredient in the hope that targeted government regulation will magically make all of us…
Posted July 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

Video of the Week

By now you’ve probably heard about the threats from the notorious Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to sue over toys in Happy Meals. It’s…
Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

Animal Rights Group’s Lawsuit a Leafy Fantasy

We’re still trying to decide how to describe the latest lawsuit from the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), but the words “dumb,” “dumber,” and “frivolous” keep coming…
Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:00 am