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Heinz Recommends Sugary Cookies to Babies for Normal Brain Development


Is it “healthy” for 7-month-old infants to eat cookies? Heinz apparently thinks so. They advertised biscotti with 24 to 28 grams of sugar per 100 grams as “an ideal healthy snack for babies 7+ months old”.

After complaints from an advertising watchdog the company recently stopped the advertising, and promised to stop claiming that the cookies were “healthy” for babies.

In the article the advertising watchdog warns that Heinz only pulled their “healthy” claim and are continuing to sell the cookies using other words to imply that it’s healthy to feed cookies to babies between meals.

So what’s Heinz claiming now?

They now say their cookies are “Made with baby grade ingredients and iron which helps normal cognitive development”.

So yeah. Cookies are great for brain development, according to Heinz. Everybody knows that eating cookies makes babies smarter!

Of course babies can also get iron from other things than Heinz cookies. Food, for example.


Companies Promise Fewer Candy Ads to Kids, the Opposite Happens


Despite many years of pledges from companies to self-regulate, kids are seeing MORE ads for candy, not less.

TIME: Kids See More Candy Ads on TV Now Than in the Past

Why doesn’t “self-regulation” work? Simple. It’s not in the food companies’ interest to sell less. Thus they will keep breaking their promises. Believing promises about self-regulation is simply naive.

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That Sugar Film Now Available on DVD and Streaming

That Sugar Film is a great movie. It’s like an upgraded and more colorful version of Super Size Me, with a focus on the hidden sugar that’s in most food products in the grocery stores.

I found the movie both highly entertaining and inspiring. Now it’s finally available on DVD and streaming.

That Sugar Film

This movie became the #1 grossing documentary of all time in the filmmakers homeland Australia, where it premiered earlier this year. It was recently released in the US and now you can even watch it from home.

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Get That Sugar Film on iTunes or Amazon (streaming/DVD).

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Members can check out a few clips from the movie here.

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Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 Adults Per Year

Lethal habit?

Lethal habit?

Drinking sugary drinks – like soft drinks and juice – may kill as many as 184,000 adults per year. This according to a new study published in Circulation.

Dariush Mozaffarian, from Tufts University, Boston, and a senior author of the study, said the focus should be on cutting the drinks out of diets in order to save lives.

‘It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,’ he said.

‘Some population dietary changes, such as increasing fruits and vegetables, can be challenging due to agriculture, costs, storage, and other complexities. This is not complicated.

‘There are no health benefits from sugar-sweetened beverages, and the potential impact of reducing consumption is saving tens of thousands of deaths each year.’

The study only looks at statistics and makes an estimation of the effect. This can’t prove what causes what. So you can’t know for sure if 184,000 adults are killed every year. It could be significantly fewer… or it could be much worse.

But no matter the exact number I think Dr. Mozaffarian is right. Doing nothing while tens or hundreds of thousands of people are dying every year is not acceptable. This is the tobacco fight all over again.


That Sugar Song – Hilarious Video

Here’s a fantastic music video called “That Sugar Song”. It’s an advertisement for the equally great movie “That Sugar Film” that will soon be released in the US and UK.

The trailer has been watched over one million times and in Australia where the movie’s already been released it’s become the #1 highest grossing documentary of all time!

Here’s how to see it:

UK – In cinemas June 26
US – In cinemas and on demand July 31
AU – DVD, Blu-ray & Digital out July 1
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Sugar-Fighting Doctor Gets Censored?

Dr. Aseem Malhotra

The fantastic Dr. Aseem Malhotra was on Australia’s Lateline show recently. He keeps up the brave fight against the disinformation from Big Sugar about “balanced diets” and exercise. There is zero need for added sugar in a balanced diet.

Lateline: Cardiologist says sugar and carbs are the main cause of rising obesity rates

Dr. Malhotra may soon take the title of Big Sugar’s enemy #1 from Professor Robert Lustig.

At the same time, Dr. Malhotra’s recent paper – the one saying that “you cannot outrun a bad diet” – that started his publicity tour seems to have been censored. It’s “temporarily removed following an expression of concern”.

I wonder who is “concerned”. Who could possibly be concerned about telling people the truth about the dangers of junk food?


Let’s Stop Lying About Physical Activity and Obesity


23 Packets of Sugar in One SMALL Soda??

Here’s an entertaining video, in which Coca-Cola’s European president is hard pressed by a British journalist. Even though he’s media-trained he gets thrown way off track.

The Coca-Cola president is desperately trying to move away from the comparison with tobacco. You will always need to eat and drink, while you don’t have to smoke, he says. True. But as the beginning of the video makes clear, there’s also no need for a single gram of added sugar from Coca Cola either! It’s completely lacking in nutritional value and only contributes excess energy in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

In short: Each Coca Cola you drink makes you fatter.

In the introduction of the segment the impressive and eloquent Dr. Aseem Malholtra is interviewed. He attended the LCHF conference in South Africa in February.

What do you think about the Coca-Cola clip above? Is the journalist being unnecessarily harsh and hard on the president, or is he getting what he deserves? Is he trying to wriggle out of his responsibility for the obesity and disease that his company is spreading?