The Week In Review

(February 27th, 2009)
With the exception of an unfortunate slip-up by one major news outlet, there was a promising pattern in this week’s food news: common sense. A landmark study broke the bad news to dieters in denial about the importance of moderation and exercise. Chicago Tribune article telling orthorexic Americans to ignore flavor-of-the-week...

There Goes the Neighborhood

(February 10th, 2009)
A famous Italian writer once said, “If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.” That advice has never been more helpful: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is moving into a $2.7 million office in Washington, D.C. As we’re telling...

Quote of the Week

(February 2nd, 2009)
This week’s quote is brought to you by Tessa Williams, a lifelong vegetarian who discovered the joys of eating meat as an “almost fortysomething.” This born-again carnivore explains what went into her decision to shun tofu and embrace lamb chops:
I see my decision to return to meat as...

Do-Gooder Double Standards

(March 14th, 2008)
In the ‘80s, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sold several posters featuring information about nutrition and exercise to health-conscious consumers. But in recent years, that activity has fallen by the wayside. The reason? During a Washington, DC television interview yesterday, CSPI executive director...
This month, the bureaucrat-knows-best mentality that has been sweeping the nation hit the Palmetto State. Assuming that we are too stupid to choose for ourselves, South Carolina legislators are planning to usurp control of our finances by limiting the amount of money residents can take out in...

It’s Only Natural

(January 7th, 2008)
In the past two years, the food nuts at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) haven’t hesitated to drag several businesses to court over one word on food or drink packaging: "natural." These frivolous lawsuits stem from an all-too-common syndrome among Big Brother groups:...

Remembering The Food Scold Days

(December 14th, 2007)
Many health officials criticize the modern American diet, suggesting that our grandparents’ nutrition was notably superior. In reality, most people in the ‘50s and ‘60s ate a high-fat, high-cholesterol and high-sugar diet. Local grocers sold only full-fat versions of dairy products. Most recipe books listed lard—a solid block of...

Surgeon General vs. North Pole

(December 3rd, 2007)
Popular Christmas movies would have you believe that Santa’s biggest problem is people who stop believing. (See Miracle on 34th Street, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Elf, etc.) But today it’s the believers who are causing Saint Nick so much grief. When announcing on Friday...

Salt Shaker Shakedown

(November 30th, 2007)
This has never happened before. Yesterday’s FDA hearing on limits for salt in food marked what may be an unprecedented shift in the agency’s regulatory role. This is not the first time that federal officials have considered controlling the availability of a widely consumed substance. Just this...
Between 1999 and 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a plateau in US obesity rates. Using data crunched from the recent 2003-2004 survey, today’s news is more of the same: Obesity rates are leveling off. America’s weight gain is stalling and our life...