Swedish Fish High in Nutrients, Low in Mercury
(November 30th, 2010)
The Swedes know a thing or two about seafood. Scandinavia is the largest fish supplier in Europe, and seafood is a key staple of the Swedish diet. So surely (the food hysterics would interject) people must be dropping dead in the streets of Stockholm from mercury poisoning. Right?...
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For Flagstaff Schools, Fat Begins with an F
(November 29th, 2010)
If you fashion yourself a food cop crusading against an apocalyptic scourge of obesity, you can justify some pretty nutty things. We've seen San Francisco ban Happy Meal toys, the New York City Health Commission compare soda to liquid fat, and an anti-business hack group ludicrously...
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Happy Turkey Day from the Center for Consumer Freedom
(November 24th, 2010)
Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you're anything like us at the Center for Consumer Freedom you can already taste the turkey. This year, remember to give thanks – not just for your friends and family, but also for the meal on the table in front of you. It's a point we make in our...
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Quote of the Week
(November 23rd, 2010)
Former “Iron Chef” Mario Batali is a larger-than-life cookbook author, television personality, and philanthropist who knows a thing or two about foods and ingredients. He recently wrote a very sensible op-ed for The Wall Street Journal that argued for good, old-fashioned moderation in our diets:
We might even stop...
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Selenium: Fish’s Forgotten Benefit
(November 22nd, 2010)
Food hysterics seem to enjoy pulling their hair out over the supposed effects of mercury in fish. What they'll never mention is a little element called selenium. Selenium is a nutrient essential in small amounts for the human body. Fish is a good source of selenium, although, as dietitian Mary...
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Trimming the Fat from Al Jazeera’s Obesity Report
(November 19th, 2010)
Al Jazeera (yes, that Al Jazeera) has a new report out for its Fault Lines program called “Fast Food, Fat Profits,” that purports to document America's obesity problem. A spokesperson for the Center for Consumer Freedom was interviewed for the segment by reporter Josh Rushing. The resulting report...
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What’s New in Obesity? A Review.
(November 18th, 2010)
In our previous publications Small Choices, Big Bodies and An Epidemic of Obesity Myths, we presented a view of the scientific literature that often isn’t found in the media or is ignored by obesity activists who seek heavy-handed government policies to fight fat. Every now and then,...
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Skinny People Have Fat Friends Too
(November 16th, 2010)
Here at the Center for Consumer Freedom, we've seen researchers twist themselves into pretzels to avoid admitting that personal responsibility is key to avoiding obesity. But today's example from USA Today just might take the cake (so to speak):
The more obese friends you have, the more likely you are to become obese,...
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British Health Nannies Hunt for Lunchbox Contraband
(November 15th, 2010)
More bad news out of Britain. The same country that once produced George Orwell's 1984 (in which citizens were appropriately subject to a chocolate ration) is now rifling through kids' lunchboxes, looking for sweets:
Ofsted inspectors are snooping in children’s lunchboxes and marking schools down if they find crisps and chocolate, it...
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How Would You Like to Live an Extra 1.8 Days?
(November 11th, 2010)
As America’s food police look for support for “Twinkie taxes” on foods they don’t like, they might draw support from researchers across the pond. The big news out of Britain today is that researchers claim that a “fat tax” on certain foods as well as other heavy-handed...
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