“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, it’s disgusting to wolf down food (particularly the crap food routinely featured in...

Read More

“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 powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply. On top of that,...

Read More

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… Like many things in the life of a fourth...

Read More

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 maybe once or twice a year. When it does, I nearly always choose a Snickers or a PayDay bar...

Read More

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 them tested at the at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center and...

Read More

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 Atwater Specific-factor System still doesn’t take a lot of other variables...

Read More