Food and Health

The Double-Edged Sword of "Healthy Fast Food"

What's on the menu at the big fast food chains lately? Oddly enough, the answer is... "health food!" Even more incongruous, many are marketing their food for weight loss. Healthy weight loss food at Taco Bell and McDonalds? Is this a noble move to be applauded, is it a big corporate money grab, or is it a double edged sword?

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Nutrition Label Lies & Loopholes: Serving Size Sleight of Hand

For years, concerned consumers and watchdog organizations have been screaming that the U.S. labeling laws are full of loopholes and in need of serious revision. After years of talk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they're planning to so something about it. But will it be enough?

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The Dark Side of Vitaminwater

Now here's something you wouldn't expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company's vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. No surprise there. But how do you think the company is defending itself?

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Is Our Obsession with Weight Misguided? Here's What Really Matters When It Comes to Good Health

A popular author says that fitness, nutrition and socioeconomic status are far more important than weight in determining health risks.

"Lay off the fat people!" says author and professor Linda Bacon. With a PhD in physiology (specializing in weight regulation) and graduate degrees in psychology (specializing in eating disorders and body image) and kinesiology (specializing in exercise metabolism), Bacon knows more than a little about the impact obesity on health. Bacon's message -- that health is more important than weight -- goes against the grain of our country's current obsession with the "obesity epidemic." Yet her work is extremely popular, and the second edition of her book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, was recently released.

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The Poison in Our Food Supply That Most People Are STILL Eating Every Day

Most people are literally eating poison every day without giving it a second thought. Eating this substance can make you fat and even small amounts (2% of total energy intake) are consistently linked to coronary heart disease. The research also confirms that it will increase visceral fat, contribute to insulin resistance, increase risk of type 2 diabetes, adversely affect cholesterol levels, trigger systemic inflammation, disrupt glucose-insulin homeostasis and adversely affect almost every cell in your body, including hepatocytes, adipocytes, macrophages and endothelial cells.

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Wu Long Tea And Green Tea For Weight Loss: Scam Warning

and losing fat, you probably either drink tea, take a green tea supplement or you've at least thought about it. But what if I told you that most of the fat reducing claims for green tea were total BS, based on misinterpretation or deliberate misreporting of the research?

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Irvingia Gabonensis: IN-credible Weight Loss from an African Tree?

Irvingia gabonensis is the newest supplement to hit the weight loss marketplace, saturate the internet with ads and light up the discussion forums. But is it all it's cracked up to be? In the fat loss marketplace, this may gain the dubious distinction of becoming the next hoodia or acai berry (scam).

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Is Whole Foods Sustainable or Just a High-Priced Hoax? I Took a Job There to Find Out

Was Whole Foods truly sustainable, or was it just a high-priced version of the same food one could find in a conventional supermarket?

As a sustainable-food aficionado, my attitude toward Whole Foods and other national chains offering organic food changes based on the available alternatives.

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What You're Eating Could Make or Break Our Planet - 7 Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet

Anna Lappe talks about her new book "Diet for a Hot Planet" and explains how to change our diet so it becomes part of the solution, not the problem.

Anna Lappe's new book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, may just be the most important book published this year. This past month, rising oceans buried New Moore Island, a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal that India and Bangladesh fought over for nearly 30 years. Closer to home, Massachusetts has suffered "two 50-year storms in the course of two or three weeks," according to Governor Deval Patrick. That's a reality check that the climate crisis has already caused tangible effects on our planet, with much more to come. Lappe's book does not only expose how our current dominant methods of food production, processing, distribution and disposal significantly contribute to climate change; she also tells us how food production can actually mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil.

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Nature's Wonder Product - 5 Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is not just one of the most delicious substances known to mankind, it is also incredibly valuable for nutrition and healing - and has been for thousands of years. Here are 5 modern day health benefits of honey.

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