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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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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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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WWJS? What Would Julia Say—A Sweet Video
(July 21st, 2010)
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 just a distracting marketing ploy, since the two sugars are nutritionally equal—a view backed up by nutrition...
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Video of the Week
(July 20th, 2010)
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 American’s food intake. Roth, who is so extreme she considers Ronald McDonald a “child predator,” actually attempted to come...
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Prescription for Big Government: Butt Out
(July 19th, 2010)
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 healthier, whether the supposed culprit is soft drinks, salt, snacks, seafood, or meat. Writing in the...
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