Salt Police Go Global

(August 12th, 2011)
In commentary published online today by the British Medical Journal, public health activists call for a global campaign to reduce salt consumption. With their eyes on an upcoming United Nations meeting on non-communicable diseases, they propose governmental limits on the amount of salt that can be in food. The commentary’s basis...
New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman fancies himself a journalist but his elitist biases in promoting regulations on the foods Americans eat would earn him an F in Journalism 101. And now, Times readers are beginning to see the truth – and calling him out in...

The Best of the Web Videos

(August 8th, 2011)
One of the coolest benefits of YouTube is that anyone with a video camera -- or even a video function on a cellphone -- can become a filmmaker or journalist. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the web for the best consumer-choice videos on a variety of topics (and...
Calorific, a new weight-management app developed by WorkSmart Labs, is not the first smartphone program for dieters. But it does score points for using sketchy science that’s unlikely to make anyone healthier. Rather than rating foods with a precise calorie count, Calorific encourages users to log their food intake...
At the Colorado Health Symposium last week, Kelly Brownell, godfather of the much-reviled “Twinkie tax,” surprised exactly no one by advocating a national excise tax on soda. As director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, he’s been pushing regulation of food companies for...
Television pundit Bill O’Reilly hosted public-health-legend-in-her-own-mind MeMe Roth on The O’Reilly Factor last night to discuss what so-called “Twinkie taxes” can do to reverse the obesity problem in America. The trouble is not just that she’s ignorant about the negligible health impacts that such a tax...
Freedom fries” might be making a comeback—and this time, it’s not because of the French. Writing in The New York Times this weekend, foodie pundit Mark Bittman declares that the federal government should crack down on consumption of fries, chips, soda, and other snack foods while promoting healthier...
First Lady Michelle Obama made a splashy announcement yesterday with Wal-Mart and other supermarket executives regarding a planned expansion of fresh produce and healthy food offerings in 1,500 stores over the next five years. She lauded the idea, telling White House reporters, “Make no mistake about it. This...
How sweet it is: A new study published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research demonstrates that kids who eat candy tend to weigh less than kids who don’t. How can this be? On the surface, it appears to all come down to exercise: Candy-consuming children...
Sometimes we’re not sure whether Dr. Mehmet Oz’s TV show is a trip to sugary make-believe or animal-rights fantasyland, but yesterday’s segment about childhood obesity was a one-way ticket to Crazytown. Questioning who’s to blame for overweight kids, Oz ominously warned that parents “face a powerful...