Food Scares (page 9)

How Cheap Is Fresh Food, Anyway?

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,…
Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

USDA: Yes, Healthy Snacks Can Be Cheaper

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…
Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

Is Food Addiction Real or Invented to Sell Books?

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…
Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Media “Addicted” to Food Hype

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…
Posted February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Former CDC Obesity Boss Says Physical Activity Matters

Yesterday, we covered new findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that youths are consuming fewer calories now than they did ten years ago.
Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Good-Tasting Food: Only for the Elites?

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine leads with a full-throated endorsement of the notion that enjoyable foods are equivalent to crack cocaine. The claim isn’t supported by scientific…
Posted February 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Unscientific Rambling Stains Science Dinner

When most people think of “the most destructive force in the universe,” they think of astronomical phenomena like black holes and meteorites. And if those words were uttered at…
Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

National Soft Drink Prohibition Proposed

Today, food police from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)and potato scaremonger Walter Willett introduced a proposal that would ban every regular soft drink…
Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Study Finds You Can Eat Healthy in Restaurants

Despite a lack of evidence that restaurants are a unique contributor to obesity, activists have focused on punishing them for the problems of obesity nationwide. But restaurants — even…
Posted February 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Are Soda Scolds Super-Sizing Us with Sweetener Scares?

Before New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene unleashed its War on Soda, there was its War on Trans Fat. And as we noted repeatedly at the time, the…
Posted January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm