Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Reaction To TV Report: "Why? Healthy Fast Food Options Worse for Your Wallet"

This is my reaction to a TV report stating that the so called "healthy" choices at fast food outlets are too expensive. http://www.ameinfo.com/266718.html

What a stupid report. Where to begin? 1.Most of the" healthy" choices are not that. Salads are teriffic, but agood diet is made up of greta variety of healthy ingredients properly prepared. 2. Even if they were"healthy" the money invested is long term. You may pay two bucks more for a saald today to prevent diabetes tomorrow. 3. There are much better choices than those at fast food outlets. They are what many would call "health food." I have listed 2800 healthy eateries in US in the guide 'Healthy Highways." This sort of reporting is unprofessional and counterproductive.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

McDonald's Stockholders Reject a Little Bit of Responsibilty

Selling food is not selling socks. It entails a big resposibility which in this case McDonalds' stockholders reject.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/19/mcdonalds-idUSN1917434020110519

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What is Food?

The word "choose" is obvious code in many political discussions, but not appropriate to health issues. No one has the right to offer choices that are unsound. As soemone who has been participating in the food world for more than 40 years the question has always been:: "What is food? " Food may be fun, but it is primarily nourishment. What do artificial ingredients, processed ingredients, excessive nutrient (fat, sugar,salt) ingredients or toys have to do with human nutrition? Nuttin' honey.

Friday, May 20, 2011

How Evolution Changes Our Diets (and not for the better

According to the Smithsonian magazine, East Africans have evovled into adult milk drinkers in only 3000 years. This supports our Darwinian approach to diet, but also indicates a potentially bad situation for the Africans as they increase their source of fat.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2009/04/lactose-tolerance-and-human-evolution/

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why Are People Fat? My Response to the" Blame Game"

I have been observing and writing about the American food scene for more than 40 years with my wife, a Cornell trained nutritionist. Our conclusion is that there are multiple causes of "overweight." If you want to point to one cause it is the commercial food industry which makes “foods" heavy based on processed ingredients (sugar and flour), sodium and fat and then heavily and irresistibly marketed. Add "body type" (metabolism) and an inactive culture and you have a recipe for failure. Sure there are plenty of people who eat too much but they are not the problem. It is our food system which does not promote fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, vegetable protein and sheer variety. Example: spend the night in a $50 motel and see what they serve for breakfast – mostly carbohydrates and fat. Rarely a fresh fruit or vegetable. (These motel food set ups are from commercial food vendors.) Here is where the food industries’ irresponsibly starts