Badvertising: Smucker’s Sure Has a Strange View of Mother Nature

The ad copy couldn’t be clearer in its inference, “Our Recipe Was Perfected in Mother Nature’s Kitchen” It’s also made with “natural ingredients” and “no artificial flavors”. Heck, using it must be like simply spreading berries on toast. Looking at the ingredients and nutrition facts panel has me mad at either Mother Nature or Smucker’s… [Continue Reading]

The Most Painfully Stupid Thing I’ve Read in a While

It was written by the American Beverage Association in response to the barrage of articles condemning sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) the New England Journal of Medicine published this past Friday. The articles beat the dead horse that sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to rising weights. It’s a dead horse because as the American Beverage Association themselves report, “Sugar-sweetened… [Continue Reading]

Are You an American Parent Fed Up with School Food?

Today’s positive post comes from the Rudd Center. For those of you who don’t know, the Rudd Center is a world leader in the fight against weight bias and the toxic food environment. Think of them as the Pentagon and just like the Pentagon, to carry out missions they need foot soldiers. And that’s where… [Continue Reading]

Why Are We Eating an Extra Meal a Day?

Recent data suggest that since the 1970s on average we’re consuming in the neighborhood of 550 additional calories daily – about a meal’s worth. The question that matters of course is, “Why”? Undoubtedly there will be many plausible answers. The world has changed quite dramatically since the 1970s with many of the changes impacting upon… [Continue Reading]

Fast Food Increases Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk

What cool data. Researchers from the Universities of Minnesota, Singapore and Pittsburgh joined together to explore the impact of westernized eating on the incidence of type 2 diabetes and fatal heart attacks in Chinese Singaporeans between the years 1993-1998. It was a unique study population in that the authors report that western-style fast food intake… [Continue Reading]

Weighing in

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Yoni Freedhoff MD from Weighty Matters to the Carb-Loaded blog. He will be keeping us informed about food issues from the medical perspective. Welcome aboard Dr. Freedhoff!