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Marion Nestle writes about her strong arguments in favor of public awareness and regulatory reform when it comes to food and food safety




There's a Word for Coca Cola's Donations to the Grand Canyon
    Coca Cola's donations to the National Parks Service must have had an effect on its decision not to ban plastic water bottles.

Industry Could Undermine New Food Marketing Rules for Children
    Public comment on new food marketing to children rules is needed to head off an effort by the food industry to scuttle the rules.

Breast Milk Vs. Formula: The FDA Weighs In
    How long to breastfeed? A new British study complicates the answer many women have, "How long should I breastfeed?" But it shouldn't. Here's what mothers need to know about breastfeeding.

Which Nutrition Studies to Trust, and Which to Doubt
    Why you should doubt any research about the detriments or benefits of a single nutrient or food. Learn the three questions to ask before putting stock in new nutrition research findings.

Is Organic Food Worth the Extra Money?
    The USDA is cracking down on organic farm and food certification, which is necessary if people are to continue to pay a premium for organic food.

For Every Dollar You Spend on "Food," Less than 16 Cents Pays for Food
    For every dollar spent on "food" in the U.S. fewer than 16 cents pays for actual food. Here's a breakdown of actual food expenditures.

In Praise of Michelle Obama's Food Leadership
    In a speech, Sam Kass, White House Chef and Food Policy adviser, praised Michelle Obama and her Let's Move campaign.

Some Beef Will Be Labeled "Heart Healthy"
    The American Heart Association is putting its heartcheck label on several cuts of beef, presumably after being paid off by the Beef Board.

A Skeptical View of the Supposed Diet Soda-Stroke Link
    There's a lot of buzz about a recent study linked diet soda consumption and stroke, but is an unhealthy drink really to blame for brain seizures?

Has Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" Campaign Accomplished Anything?
    Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign is one year old. Has it accomplished anything?

Government to America: Eat Less Food, Don't Drink Soda
    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans marks a radical milestone: The government is telling people to eat less, and drink less soda.

Over Concerns of Organic Farmers, USDA OK's New Genetically Modified Seed
    Over the objections of organic farmers, the USDA has approved the use of new genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.

Makers of Processed Foods to Add Nutrition Labels
    New food industry front-of-package food labels fail to give consumers the right kinds of information to avoid processed foods because companies still want to sell lots of processed foods.

Fact-Checking Monsanto's New Farmer Ads
    Monsanto is promoting a vision of its products that support American farm jobs and sustainable agriculture, but local food advocates don't see the same future in genetically modified seeds and pesticides.

A Skeptic's View of Walmart's Nutrition Initiative
    Walmart is getting a lot of headlines for its health and nutrition initiative, but a skeptical view suggests it doesn't deserve it or Michelle Obama's endorsement.

Most Food Marketed as Healthy for Kids Is Not
    Most supposedly healthy food for children - cereal, snacks and meals - are not healthy at all. Most food for kids has high sugar, fat and sodium content, and little fiber.

How Long to Breastfeed? A New Study Muddies the Answer
    How long to breastfeed? A new British study complicates the answer many women have, "How long should I breastfeed?" But it shouldn't. Here's what mothers need to know about breastfeeding.

School Lunch Nutrition: One Giant Step Forward (How Many Steps Back?)
    USDA is updating its school lunch nutrition rules, which is a big step but still not perfect. Here are the three imperfections.

5 Surprising Facts About the Way We Eat
    The latest statistical abstract of the U.S. has interesting food census facts about meat and vegetable consumption, organic foods, agriculture and more.

How to Find Real Food at the Supermarket (Graphic)
    How to Find Real Food at the Supermarket - a graphic flow chart with tips for finding real food at the grocery store.

Food Prices at Highest Point Since at Least 1990
    Tropolis squeezable fruit snack puree may be made with no added sugars, but it's full of sugar from fruit juice concentrates, which is just sugar.

How Fruit Snacks for Kids with "No Added Sugars" Can Be Full of Unhealthy Sugars
    Tropolis squeezable fruit snack puree may be made with no added sugars, but it's full of sugar from fruit juice concentrates, which is just sugar.

Frito Lay Snacks Go "All Natural" – or Do They?
    Frito Lay is making half its snacks "all natural" - but that doesn't necessarily mean what you might think it means.

8 Food Trends to Watch in 2011
    From healthy school lunches and nutrition labels to dietary guidelines, 2011 is shaping up as a highly confrontational year for big agribusiness and government regulators.

What a Real Meat Nutrition Label Would Say
    Did Coca Cola and Pepsi use corporate responsibility as a shield to buy off Save the Children to stop the group from advocating a soda tax that would fight obesity in the U.S.?

Did Soda Companies Buy Off a Charity Advocating a Soda Tax?
    Did Coca Cola and Pepsi use corporate responsibility as a shield to buy off Save the Children to stop the group from advocating a soda tax that would fight obesity in the U.S.?

Food Makes Fewer Sick Than We Thought
    The CDC has revised its estimates for the number of people made sick each year from foodborne illness.

4 Ways Activia Doesn't Live Up to Its Health Hype
    FTC is cracking down on Dannon for exaggerated health claims on its Activia yogurt.

Children's Supplements Advertise Overblown Health Claims
    Children's vitamin supplements advertised health claims that can't be verified, and claimed to have Omega 3s that they did not have, according to the FTC.

One Year, 29 Million Pounds of Antibiotics Used to Raise Meat
    The Center for Consumer Freedom is attacking critics of the food industry, including Marion Nestle, author of this blog.

From Your "Favorite Anti-Pleasure Nutritionist"
    The Center for Consumer Freedom is attacking critics of the food industry, including Marion Nestle, author of this blog.

The Easiest Way to Eat Healthy
    Food marketing makes processed foods seem nutritious and healthy, but that's often misleading, as this expose of ultra-processing shows.

The Strange Politics of the Food Safety Bill
    The Food Safety Modernization Act, or food safety bill, is likely to pass, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

The 5 (or 6) Best Food Movies of All Time
    The best food movies include Food Inc, King Corn, Super Size Me, Tampopo, La Grande Bouffe and Ratatouille. These are great food films.

Do Frosted Mini Wheats Really Boost Kids' Attention Spans?
    Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats have advertised that they boost children's attention spans, which is only marginally true. Now they're settling with the FTC for millions for having made the claim.

Why Don't We Eat Veggies Away from Home?
    Eating fruits and vegetables should be easy, at home or away. But we eat a lot of food away from home, but very few fruits and vegetables according to a new report.

How Wine and Beer Labels Get Away With Saying So Little
    Whether you want to know the alcohol content or calorie counts, alcohol labels leave a lot out on beer and wine labels. Here's why.

Fast-Food Produced Public Health Policy?
    Fast-food restaurants are called on to help create food policy in the UK.

Three New Reports Sum It Up: Eat More Fruits and Veggies
    Find out who's not getting the nutrition they need and why.

International Agency Condemns Fast Food Marketing to Children
    The latest information on fast food marketing to children

Why Foods Advertised as Healthy and Nutritious Rarely Are
    Food marketing makes processed foods seem nutritious and healthy, but that's often misleading, as this expose of ultra-processing shows.

When Consumers Stopped Buying BPA Packaging, Producers Stopped Making It
    Companies are phasing BPA (Bisphenol A) out of food packaging because of consumer awareness and action.

Don't Be Fooled By New Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels
    A new food industry effort to put nutrition labels on the fronts of packages is a red herring. Don't be fooled, and wait for federal regulation that will actually help people choose healthier food.

Study: High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Not the Same as Sugar
    The types of sugar found in food include dextrose, glucose, sucrose, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup. Here's what make them different, along with a note about agave sugar.

Good News, and Bad, in Survey of Toddler Eating Habits
    A survey of preschool nutrition finds that toddler eating habits are still bad when it comes to fast food and fruit and vegetable servings per day, but better on sugary desserts and sodas.

No More Soda With Food Stamps?
    New York City proposes a ban on purchasing soda with food stamps.

How to Avoid Being Ripped Off in the Bread Aisle
    Eating whole grain bread is good for your health, but how do you tell 100 percent whole grain bread from white bread in the grocery store? Answer: by carefully reading the food nutrition label. Here's how.

Americans Each Eat 60 Pounds a Year of High-Fructose Corn Syrup Corn Sugar
    Corn Refiners Association wants to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. It doesn't make a difference when it comes to eating too many calories from too much sweet stuff.

Question: When Is a Kit Kat Not a Candy?
    What is candy? It matters how you define it when it comes to a candy tax.

Sex, Violence ... and Baby Carrots
    Baby carrots are being heavily marketed, using sex and violence and slick junk food ads, by a Bunch of Carrot Farmers.




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