We’re not the only ones pleased by a federal judge’s dismissal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) lawsuit over toys in kids’ meals. We said from the beginning that the idea that toys make kids fat … Continue reading
A few months after “60 Minutes” featured the absurd claim that foods are essentially legal cocaine, last night’s episode featured yet another food hysteria. This time, the show wondered aloud if sugar was “toxic.” And of course, that meant that … Continue reading
There is a theory of political dynamics — called the “Overton window” after the political scientist that articulated it — that holds that certain policies are thinkable and others are unthinkable. With that in mind, consider the recent interview with … Continue reading
By: J. Justin Wilson Newspaper: The Orange County Register  As a nation, we’ve long had a fixation with “good” and “bad” foods. Butter was bad, eggs were bad, acai was good, fat was bad, carbs were bad. Salt has been called … Continue reading

A Vision of Lustig’s World

(March 16th, 2012)
You might remember the dust-up over an article by Robert Lustig about regulating sugar like alcohol or tobacco. Among his proposed policies was an age requirement to buy beverages with added sugar. With studies leading researchers to preposterously speculate that ice … Continue reading

Are We All Ice Cream Junkies?

(February 23rd, 2012)
The idea that foods are “addictive” has been floating around for about a decade. When it was first broached, a psychiatrist cautioned in USA Today that “the word ‘addiction’ is perilously close to losing any meaning.” Unfortunately, her warning wasn’t … Continue reading
In a meta-analysis primarily funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from universities across The Great White North and the United States examined the effects of fructose on weight … Continue reading
“I’m actually trying to undo the nanny state.” Coming as it did from a public health researcher, that sounds like a breath of fresh air, right? Has Kelly Brownell met his professorial arch-nemesis? Sadly, no. That is in fact the … Continue reading
Center for Consumer Freedom Responds to Authors’ Absurd Call to Treat Sugar Like Alcohol and Tobacco Today, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is firing back against a Comment piece published in this week’s edition of Nature by Robert Lustig, Laura … Continue reading
If sprinkles-hating MeMe Roth was the national education czar, then schools across the country would be purged of everything from birthday cupcakes (replaced by birthday salads) to Halloween candy to Valentine’s Day candy-grams. But hey, aren’t all those sugary treats making kids … Continue reading