The normally steadfast news balance of The Washington Times, particularly when it comes to nanny activists, took a sharp left turn when The Times published a double whammy of articles denouncing popular foods (“Junk-food mania” and “Listing of 10 unhealthy selections,” Family Times, June 4).
The article quotes anti-choice food authors and activists with ease, but the reporter fails to cite a single expert from the food industry under attack. Virtually every mainstream nutrition expert, including the American Medical Association, tells us there’s no such thing as “good” food or “bad” food. There are only good and bad eating habits. The answer to almost everyone’s individual weight problems can be found in moderating what we eat and increasing our exercise.
Figuring prominently in both articles is the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), whose denunciation of popular foods always dovetails with the advancement of its own political agenda. That’s why the Tufts University Nutritional Navigator says of CSPI: “Much of their advice falls outside the realm of generally accepted nutrition guidelines and recommendations.”
Also, when nutritionist and author Carol Simontacchi claims the food industry “is destroying our brains,” there are plenty of experts available to debate that lunatic premise. Instead, The Times delivers Ms. Simontacchi’s mind-boggling ultimatum: “Stop buying cookies, ice cream, candy and snacks.”
So much for moderation or balance . . . in news or nutrition.