“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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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 earlier “awards,” the winning dishes are loaded with sodium, saturated...

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“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 rice to brown; ditch the Rice Krispies...

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