Food & Beverage (page 196)

Marketing Via Addicts

Malcolm Walker's "Iceland" English supermarket chain is marking "salt awareness day" today with a press release stating they have removed some salt from their food products. Walker is a major funder and member of Greenpeace, whose steady stream of junk science has helped instill unfounded fear in the public. Is it possible that "Iceland" supermarkets are marketing a fear of salt, which, in turn, they hope to profit from, rather than providing a useful public service?
Posted February 11, 2000 at 12:00 am

Cocaine, Crack, Marijuana… Caffeine?

The Georgetown University newspaper is featuring a story on the "dangers and effects of the most accessible drug," none other than caffeine. Typical of a nanny-inspired story, it is full of unsubstantiated charges and devoid of scientific fact.
Posted February 10, 2000 at 12:00 am

Dietary Guidelines Met With Derision

The Washington Post article on America's new dietary guidelines quotes lots of nannies, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Margo Wooton and 1999 Nanny of the Year Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, but no food industry representatives.
Posted February 7, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Organic Myth

Professor of Biogeography Philip Stott of the University of London attack nannies who back organic farming. "The idea that organic farming can ever be a large-scale alternative to other forms of farming is a pernicious recent myth. There are also other elements to this myth, namely that organic farming is 'safer,' 'better,' and more 'natural.'"
Posted February 2, 2000 at 12:00 am

Restaurant Industry Blamed For Obesity Problems

Nanny nutritionist Carrie Latt told NBC's Later Today that the restaurant industry was largely to blame for the so-called obesity epidemic. "They could feed Third World countries with the portions we get in restaurants. I mean it's seriously out of control. What's interesting is, calories are on the rise, where fat grams have come down. But we're still obese, and it's getting worse and worse every day. A lot of it is the restaurant industry, to be quite honest." Read excerpts from Latt's latest book, "Portion Savvy."
Posted January 31, 2000 at 12:00 am

The Fat Tax Is Back!

For the first time, nannies have linked a "body count" to new fat taxes. A British study released today claims a whopping 17.5% tax on high-fat food will save 1,000 lives a year. It was met with cheers in Canada, with one academic calling it "a neat way of getting health care money." The USDA voiced preference for other solutions, but labeled the concept "intriguing."
Posted January 27, 2000 at 12:00 am

Restaurant Portions Blamed For Obesity

The drumbeat against restaurant portions goes on and on. Once again, restaurants are being blamed for the so-called "obesity epidemic." "Restaurant portions have done so much to contribute to obesity," according to a Cincinnati dietician. Another argues that larger restaurant food portions have distorted people's judgment about what is a reasonable amount of food.
Posted January 26, 2000 at 12:00 am

Thou Shalt Not Be Obese

Testifying in favor of Colorado’s proposed “Obesity Prevention Act,” Dr. James Hill, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado, told the Colorado Senate, “We…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Healthy People 2010 Kick-Off

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a massive new ten-year information campaign to improve Americans’ health, called “Healthy People 2010.” Among their goals is a…
Posted January 21, 2000 at 12:00 am

Obesity And Restaurants

Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Surgeon General David A. Satcher will release the Healthy People 2010 initiative final draft tomorrow. Healthy People 2010 contains broad-reaching national health goals for the first decade of the new century. It is evident in preliminary drafts we've obtained that the federal government is going to try to make the case that restaurants are partly to blame for the so-called "obesity epidemic," giving credence to legislative initiatives like those in Colorado. Check back here for full coverage of the release.
Posted January 20, 2000 at 12:00 am