year : 2009 24 results

Scary Smart is Fricking Scary!

A Mars Inc. advert in a modern-day ladies magazine about homey type stuff (Real Simple, which is actually pretty thick with lots and lots of simple-ish things like products, lots of them) called it: "Scary Smart" (with Scary in GREAT BIG letters) above a blown up photo of a fluffy chocolate candy bar.How, we wonder, could this be either "scary" or "smart?" But there it is in white text meant to catch the eye: "45% less fat." Get it? This is supposed to be better-for-you so it's smart. ...

Junkie Rats and How to Break Our Food Addictions

So finally the science is catching up to what our gut reaction (pun intended) has been telling us all along -- that certain foods are addictive, causing us to crave more and more, even at the expense of our well-being. According to a report of research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, not only did rats fed a high-fat, high-calorie diet compulsively overeat, they would even suffer a slight shock to get at the food.What's more, after 40 days of junk foods, the ...

Can the Cans

This week it was revealed that the consumer research group Consumer Reports found that BPA (Bisphenol A) is still present in many consumer products, including organic and "health" foods made by Eden Foods and Annie’s Homegrown, as well as foods that claim their packages are "BPA-free." Geez... when even do-goody food turns bad, who can ya trust?Recall that BPA, which has been suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, only came to public attention in 2008 after scientific ...

Really Wanting It: Cravings, Desire and Satisfaction

Lots of folks explain to us that the idea of waking up to a better way of eating sounds great. After all, who wouldn't want to enjoy eating fully and be healthy? If it's easy, even better. But, alas, they suffer from cravings that urge them far, far away from that path.Next thing they know, they're stuffing themselves with chips and doughnuts or whatever the problem food might be. Then, they tell us, they feel awful -- sorry, sick and sad. And they don't know what to do, how to break ...

Good is Bad? Disinformation and Healthy Food

A news story today asserts that "Healthy Foods Carry Hidden Dangers," pointing out that foods like leafy greens can be dangerous, harboring E.Coli and other nastiness. Listing the top ten foods identified in a study by the Center for Science and the Public Interest, the story ratchets up the food hysteria a bit. One might think that for optimum health, we should just avoid these foods.Unfortunately, the problem is NOT the food... or even our food safety inspection system in the first ...

Wake Up to Fresh: The Real Taste of Fast Food

We really liked the article in today's Washington Post that compared commercial fast food to the homemade version. It pretty much proved what we've been saying -- that freshly prepared food is way tastier (yes, even to the junk food loving kids), usually much healthier and certainly less expensive. To us, it's clear that there is a growing understanding that Now that's a great wake-up story. Of course, to get all the way there, we definitely would have wanted Sally to go further. ...

It Does Not Compute: Danger Danger in New Robotics

The New York Times had a story the other day about two robots (Nao and iCat) that have been programmed to teach children to avoid overeating. Developed by the TNO research institute in Delft (Netherlands) and by Aldebaran Robotics of Paris (France), the robots are about two feet tall, can see and talk and even mimic emotions such as empathy through their moving facial features. According to the story, the goal is to help build emotional ties with young children which would allow ...

Wonder Bread Revisited: Easy Bread Recipe

Who can forget Wonder Bread, that white spongy bread of our youth that allegedly "builds strong bodies twelve ways"? Hard to imagine how that stuff could build anything much though we recall enjoying making little balls with it that could be used like a kind of play-doh (kind of tasted like it too just a little less salty) so maybe you could build little dough ball people that way after all.Fortunately, we've grown up and our idea of what healthy tasty bread is has changed as well. ...

Cooking Karma: Why Our Eating Habits Can Leave Us Empty

In today's New York Times, the king of the food literati, Michael Pollan, presents, "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch," a tale of how (and a bit of why) Americans barely cook these days and what it could mean for our future. The best part of the piece, for us anyway, was the guy who got right to the point. According to Harry Balzer, a leading food industry analyst, the real reason we have a national eating problem is "Because we're basically cheap and lazy." He adds, "Besides, the ...

Change We Can Eat: Will Politi-locos Act to Stop the Drugging of our Food Supply?

It remains to be seen how the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Actwill fare.  This legislation could help stem the insane approach to drugs that our food industry has convinced itself is normal and necessary.  In a nutshell, the bill would help prevent the routine use of antibiotics in farm animals, which, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, accounts for an incredible 70+% of the antibiotic use in the United States.  Most of the animals are not (yet) sick.   ...