Last week, we covered emerging science and real food success stories. This week, we’ll look at longer reads and interesting articles about food and health, as well as everyone’s favorite, the wall of shame…
Longer reads and interesting articles
- A medical mystery: What happened to US healthcare spending, beginning around 1980? The New York Times documents how US spending has escalated relative to peer countries, but life expectancy gains have fallen behind. Could the low-fat, grain-heavy diet, introduced in the late 70s, be playing a role?
- “Our livers are in trouble.” Read more about The Hidden Liver Crisis in America and how a lower-carb, higher-fat diet can turn things around.
- A public-private partnership to reverse type 2 diabetes? Working together with county and city governments, can Virta Health bring better health to a region of Indiana, and demonstrate the efficacy and cost saving potential of its virtual clinic model for reversing type 2 diabetes?
- Cardiologist Anthony Pearson writes to FDA Director Gottlieb to set the record (on dairy fat) straight. “There is no scientific evidence that supports the concept that dairy processed to remove dairy fat is healthier than the original, unadulterated product.” Back to vintage, full-fat dairy, folks. Yum!
- A2 milk. Is there anything to the claim that it delivers less stomach upset to some? Or is it just about marketing/consumer choice? The Wall Street Journal explains.
The wall of shame
- Big Food’s sophisticated advertising campaigns to get you to buy soda will not let up. Pepsi’s CEO about losing share to Coke: “We are going to spend on media… We’re going to fix this. Period.”
- Girl Scout Cookies are big business. Annual sales exceed Oreos. Unfortunate that young girls fundraise (and learn business skills) by selling something so blatantly unhealthy and ultra-processed. #badexample
- “X Food Linked to Y Disease”… Why 40% of all dietary research is wrong.
- Sam’s Club sells a 9 pound tub of Oreo Cookies ‘N Creme frosting. Top two ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat). 1,521g of sugar.
- Organic egg producer petitions FDA to be allowed to use the word “healthy” on its product (whole eggs); currently, FDA does not permit eggs to use this term but does allow sugar-laced cereals and bars to be labeled “healthy.”
- FDA can’t even implement the new Nutrition Facts Label in a timely fashion. An 18 month extension has been granted.
- These seven “healthy” breakfast foods have more sugar than dessert.
- Kellogg’s, masters of crappy yet convenient desserts for breakfast, reintroduce Pop-Tarts ‘Splitz’, with two sugary flavors in one pastry! Two options: Frosted Strawberry & Drizzled Cheesecake… or Drizzled Sugar Cookie & Frosted Brownie Batter. ?
- Kellogg’s creates a playable record (for your turntable) that is made out of Chocolate Frosted Flakes. Yes—finally, a safe use for its product.
- Cherry Cola Oreos, anyone? (Apparently, they smell like floor cleaner.)
Tune in next week for news headlines!