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31 Mar

Dear Mark: Saturated Fat

Dear Mark, In one of last week’s Cheap Meat discussions, you said something about ratios and saturated fats and how saturated fats aren’t really the issue in your mind. I might have been missing something in the conversation. Can you fill me in? The issue of ratios within animal fat was raised by reader Jaana […]

15 Feb

GMO Foods: Super Solution or Franken Future?

Close your eyes and think about genetically modified crops. Now what do you see? Green fields of lush, pest-resistant, hardy crops? A ghoulish cast hovering above insidious kodachrome orbs they call GM tomatoes? Hordes of protestors in t-shirts and Converse sneakers? Hungry children being fed? A Pandora’s Box? Applaud or curse, the U.S. allows the […]

22 Jan

Scrutinizing Soy

You’ve heard me comment here and there about Big Agra’s favorite legume, but I thought it was time to truly sit down with soy, stare it in the eye and get to the bottom of its real intentions. Just so you know, we had an amicable exchange, and both parties came away from the table […]

11 Jan

Friday Food for Thought: Sounding The Alarm On Children and Food Allergies

We like to keep informed on all the latest health and fitness updates, and that includes not just the “hard news” out there – research studies, government policy reports, industry (i.e. Big Pharma, Big Agra, etc.) “developments.” It also means following (and often reveling in) other contrary voices out there who are doing the good […]

28 Nov

New Nutrition Labeling System Still Has Flaws

New nutrition labels are in the works for a 2008 unveiling. There are some terrific improvements over the current labels. A particular problem I’ve long had with the existing labels is that the numbers are based upon the assumption that you’re following a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet. That’s too much for many women, not enough for […]

27 Nov

How Safe Is Our Food?

Big Agra has gotten us into an interesting (and sickening) predicament. In light of a solid year of squeamish food poisoning issues, there are clearly some chinks in the armor of food safety. But is it really the government’s role to step in and regulate food safety further? Unfortunately, regulation tends to harm the good […]

19 Nov

The Best Meal to Feed to Your Child…

We stumbled onto this refined carbohydrate disaster as we were searching for healthy food services.  Like the kiddie menus serving up fried meats and refined starches across the nation, this offering does not bode well for the health of the seedlings! This plate of yellow’s only bragging point is “real” cheese…rounded out with greasy bread, […]

29 Oct

88 Deadly Fast Foods (the others are merely really, really terrible)

A Calorie Counter blog has gone to the trouble of compiling the absolute worst fast foods from all American chain restaurants. The author looked through every single item offered at every single restaurant from McDonald’s to White Castle to Burger King to Taco Bell to KFC to Wendy’s – whew! Why 88, you ask? Why […]

26 Oct

Calorie Information Wars: McDonald’s Versus the ‘Nanny Mayor’

Mayor Bloomberg has been fighting – along with city health commissioner Thomas Frieden – to force chain restaurants to display calorie information more prominently. Though he’s been labeled the “nanny mayor” by critics, Bloomberg insists that in a city where over half of the adults are overweight and a third of restaurant meals are taken […]

19 Oct

Whose Food Pyramid Is It Anyway?

We’ve done quite a bit of ranting and issued endless criticisms of the FDA and the food pyramid. There, I said it. We did it here, and here, and talked about what you should be eating here. I’ve even offered up my own food pyramid (for carbs). But whose food pyramid is it, anyway? Though […]

18 Oct

Twinkie Dust Is Like Star Dust. Or Something. What?

In defense of the Twinkie (wait, haven’t we heard that one before?), the Important People at Hostess explain exasperatedly that trying to understand what the Twinkie is made of is just like trying to understand the entire universe. Look, this miniature sticky cake of chemicals is as mysterious and magical as the very cosmos in […]

16 Oct

Would Grok Chow the Cheese Plate?

Is cheese healthy? I get asked this question a lot, and I do want to preface it by stating that if there were a definitive answer, we’d probably know it by now. I’m not a big dairy advocate, especially not in light of the way so much of it is processed and manipulated to death, […]

12 Oct

It’s a Fried, Fried, Fried, Fried World

ABC interviews a fried success: meet the man behind fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried Coke, fried avocados and many, many other fried delicacies. From the vault: Fried whole potato on a stick Fried hot dog fried in deep fried french fries on a stick (scroll down; hold breath) Deep fried lattes, finally! Subscribe to Mark’s […]

9 Oct

Another Nail in the Low Fat Coffin

A prescient excerpt from the Times – it’s what we’ve been saying all along: “In the case of fatty foods, that confident voice belonged to Ancel Keys, a prominent diet researcher a half-century ago (the K-rations in World War II were said to be named after him). He became convinced in the 1950s that Americans […]

5 Oct

Hit the Links!

There are some excellent posts we just can’t stop talking about this week. Don’t miss these great reads, everyone. And if you’ve seen something worth yakking about, post a link in the comments! Are you a flexitarian? The Outback Steakhouse guy should love this. Semi-vegetarians get a cool new name. (And if you haven’t scoped […]

1 Oct

Shellfish: Healthy or Not?

Shrimp have long been on the average dietitian’s “bad” list. The belief was that lobster, crabs, clams, shrimp and other shellfish were high in cholesterol, and therefore detrimental to cardiovascular health. But according to the L.A. Times, the oft-cited information is completely wrong. Accurate measurements reveal that shellfish – even shrimp – are quite low […]

1 Oct

The Fuming Fuji Does Not Give a Flying Finger Food

Dragging their buns far behind the rest of the junk food giants in the compliance arena, Burger King is introducing a crisp first strike on the PR front with “the Fry Pod”, apple slices cut to look like fries, packaged in a traditional BK sleeve.

26 Sep

Surreptitious Soda Companies Still in Schools

Syruptitious? Beverage giants like Coke and Pepsi Co. have come under heavy fire from children’s advocates, health experts and parents alike in recent years. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues in the soda wars is the “sponsorship” many schools obtain in exchange for stocking the hallways with vending machines. Exploiting our children in order […]

21 Sep

Think Fatty Liver Is an Alcoholic’s Problem? Think Again

Akay Flickr Photo (CC) The BBC reports that fatty liver (as presented in the journal Obesity) is a growing yet silent epidemic affecting adults and, increasingly, children. Between one-quarter and one-half of all overweight children have fatty liver, which typically goes undetected and can be fatal. The causes of fatty liver vary, but scientists have […]

20 Sep

King Corn Film Review

If you have your DNA analyzed (say, by submitting a strand of hair or a scrape of skin cells), you might be surprised to learn that you are almost entirely made of…corn. Or so we learn from a riot of an independent film just hitting the festival circuit. If you liked Supersize Me, King Corn […]

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