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is-food-industry-selling-us200I read an interesting article the other day that contrasted the record food production in 2012 with the record starvation and malnutrition worldwide in that same year. How could we be producing more food than ever, yet more people are going hungry?

The author attributed the seemingly contradicting information to what he called the “commoditization” of food. In other words, food is more and more being treated as a “commodity” that can be bought and sold for a profit, like any other commodity. Because of the focus on profit, food tends to be moved to areas where it can be … Read the rest

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Burger King just announced a new product – diet French fries! But, is a “diet fry” for real? As with most nutrition-related topics, the answer isn’t clearly “yes” or “no.”

Yes, Burger King’s new “Satisfries” are better than regular French fries. They contain about 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than regular fries. And, that’s almost 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than their closest competitor, McDonald’s fries.

No, these fries are not really “healthy,” though. A regular serving still contains 11 grams of fat and 270 calories, so they are hardly “diet” food. … Read the rest

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In a recent Forbes Magazine article, Hank Cardello, contends that fast food restaurants can no longer ignore the public’s desire for healthy food. Cardello knows a thing or two about the topic. He is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of the book “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat.”

Even though America has a serious excess weight issue, several recent studies indicate that a growing number of people are concerned about healthier eating. The Natural Marketing Institute found that 52 percent of consumers are actively concerned about the health value … Read the rest

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If you frequent Taco Bell, then it’s likely that you don’t go there for healthy food. Taco Bell is not known for their healthy fare. Their menu items tend to have a lot of calories and a lot of sodium too.

But, Taco Bell just announced that it wants to fix the high-calorie and high-sodium issues with their menu. They recently announced that they plan to have 20 percent of their combo meals meet the federal government’s recommended dietary guidelines, but not until 2020! Some of their current menu items top the scales at more than 950 calories and more … Read the rest

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A recent study found that most children’s meals at the nation’s top restaurants are failing when it comes to good nutrition and healthy eating. The study was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the findings are downright scary!

Among other things, the study found that 91 percent of children’s meals at the restaurant chains studies do not meet the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell menu standards. Specifically, 50 percent of the children’s meals contained more than 600 calories, and many were more than 1000 calories! To put this in context, the government’s dietary guidelines recommend … Read the rest

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