In mid-February, the government released a scientific report that will shape its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Think of it as America's basic nutrition policy. Most people who read the report would have viewed it as a snore; not much has changed.
Yes, the report lifted the longstanding advice to limit cholesterol in foods. That boils down to dropping advice to limit egg yolks. Liver is high in cholesterol, but rarely eaten. Shrimp is high in cholesterol, but so low in saturated fat -- the prime driver of high blood cholesterol -- that its cholesterol hardly matters.
The biggest problem with school food isn't that it's too healthy, or that students are being offered too little. The biggest problem is that industry is feeding our kids, and we're letting it happen....
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5 kg (19 lb) and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt, cereal, muesli bars and
“The US, the world's top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration's strategy consists of assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International.
The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM maize (corn).
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
Under the guise of feeding the hungry, U.S. corporations undermine local economies and agriculture.
The recently published Global Nutrition Report shows almost all countries face high levels of malnutrition and diet-based ill-health, writes Julia Wright. This reveals deep problems with the dominant industrial model of food production, and the need for new agroecological approaches to feeding the world.
Printable version here: http://www.anglianhome.co.uk/.../Vegetable-growing-cheat... ***The guy who wrote this, Brett James, lives in Liverpool so the planting dates are for that region of England. The dates aren't the same but all the other info should transfer. If ya want to know the planting dates for the US, go to http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ Enter your zip code and find your growing zone. Then look on the back of the seed packets to find out the dates to plant those particular
If you google it, most restaurants take anywhere from 145 seconds-180 seconds to make your food. That's you telling the big board your order and it getting cooked. So it's 2 minutes and 30 seconds from the time you say "burger and fries please&q...
Over the past 50 years, many medical advances have made it easier for people to survive heart attacks, treat high blood pressure and manage elevated cholesterol. We have surgeries, medicines and treatments that once weren't available. Sounds good, doesn't it? So why do Americans have a shorter life expectancy than people in most high-income countries?
Sure, you can spend a lot to eat healthy, but you can also spend a ton of money on a very unhealthy diet. I've always noticed that the food we should be eating the most of (according to the good old USDA) - things like grains, legumes, fruits and veggies - happen to cost less on a per-pound basis than the food that's bad for us, at least in large quantities (red meat, fatty dairy products, processed foods, etc.).
Taking a marketing about face, in its latest round of ads McDonald’s has decided to buck the healthy food trend that has been cited as one reason competitors like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A have been performing well. Unlike recent ad campaigns that focused on its healthier options or tried [...]
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
Big Food will never be as interested in our health as they are in profits, but our poor diets are a drain on the health system. That's why government has a regulatory role to play in this like school-food guidelines. When food industry reps promise voluntary compliance with dietary guidelines, what they really are saying is, "as long as they don't compromise our profits."
Most scientists agree that added sugar -- especially in liquid form, like soda -- contributes to metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity. But you might never know there was a consensus by looking at some of the research literature.
A study b...
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
This is why voluntary compliance with government guidelines never work.
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