“Big Fat Fatty” == Joyless Eating

I like food. Always have. And while I’m a strong advocate of healthy eating, it’s not a “prison” that I’ve immured myself in – life’s too short to turn my nose up at indulgences. I cannot understand, however, those who eat for the sake of eating. Eating contests, for example, give me the shudders. IMHO, […]

“The Worst Restaurant Meal in America”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says it’s Long John Silver’s “Big Catch.” “Laboratory tests released today by the Center for Science in the Public Interest show that Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal, when comprised of fried fish, Hushpuppies, and Onion Rings, has an astonishing 33 grams of trans fat—the most […]

Yuck: A Documentary

I couldn’t resist “liking” this documentary film page on Facebook. Check out the trailer: Sure, crappy school lunches have been photographed, filmed and blogged about before. What makes Zachary Maxwell’s experience a little different, however, is that this situation was supposed to have been fixed in his school/district. According to this New York Times account… […]

Seattle Requires Vending Machines on City Property to be Half-Healthy

I don’t hit vending machines for snacks very often, but I’ve done it on rare occasions – usually when I’m at some highway rest stop out in the middle of nowhere (and there’s a fair amount of “nowhere” in Eastern Washington), and need something to tide me over until I hit civilization again. This happens […]

New York Times Op-Doc: “Calorie Detective”

Speaking of imprecise calorie counts… As filmmaker Casey Neistat discovered, the listed calorie counts on hand-made restaurant/ready-to-eat food items can be especially variable. He selected 5 food items that he might eat in an average day: a muffin, a pre-made tofu sandwich, a Starbucks Frappuccino, a Subway sandwich and a Chipotle burrito. Then he had […]

Max Kcal – not Total Kcals

This afternoon, I found a good discussion about the calorie counts of various foods on “Evolving Health.” Basically, listed calorie counts are imprecise. This isn’t news to me, per se, as it’s no secret (at least in the literature) that the Atwater System is an estimate. As the author, David Despain points out… “But the […]

“The Most Xtreme Meals in America”

That’s the title of CSPI director Michael Jacobsen’s article in the Huff-Po, about the “winners” of this year’s Xtreme Eating awards.* The finalists are arrayed in a slideshow at the Huff-Po, but you can also see them in the CSPI’s own publication here. If you have the stomach for it, that is… In keeping with […]

Big Food Taking Over the Organic Market

“Organic” evokes images of wholesome, pure food, uncontaminated by pesticides or “chemical” additives. The more stringent standards for organic foods make them more expensive than their conventionally produced counterparts. But many don’t mind paying a premium price for what they see as a premium product. Of course, the fact that many consumers are willing to pay extra $$$ for organic products […]

“Whole Grain” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “High Fiber”

One of the recommendations contained in the newest (2010) “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” is to consume “at least half of all grains as whole grains.” You’d think that following such a recommendation would be pretty easy, no? Dump the “balloon bread” and other white flour products in favor of their 100% whole wheat counterparts; switch from white […]

Repaying a Karmic Debt

The Washington Post has an interesting article about Todd Putman – a former marketing executive with none other than the Coca-Cola Co. Putman recently appeared at the “National Soda Summit” in Washington D.C. to spill on his former employers, and – as he put it – pay a “large karmic debt” for the number of […]