Beals, Shawn R. “UConn Study Ranks Towns By ‘Food Security'” Hartford Courant. Hartford Courant, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. <http://articles.courant.com/2013-04-10/news/hc-uconn-food-study-0410-20130410_1_food-security-food-assistance-healthy-food>.
The University of Connecticut performed a study to determine the food security of each town in the state. “Food security” in this case is defined as “a population’s access to enough healthy food for an active and healthy life.” The article points out the implications of ranking low on the food security index and looks to ways to ameliorate food insecurity.
Blake, Joan S. “Produce on the Cheap: Locally Grown Foods (Part 1).” Nutrition and You! Boston.com, 26 Apr. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/nutrition/2013/04/produce_on_the_cheap_locally_g_1.html>.
Part of Boston.com’s recent series of articles in “Nutrition and You!”, this article advocates starting a vegetable garden in your home to save money. Though it mentions that buying local food is the healthiest way to eat, it does not give much information about the health benefits. Moreover, it offers no alternatives if a person is unable to start their own garden.
Blake, Joan S. “The Sneaky Side of Sodium.” Nutrition and You! Boston.com, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/nutrition/>.
This article is also part of “Nutrion and You!” on Boston.com. Joan Blake advises readers on the sodium content of processed food and offeres suggestions about how to minimize salt content while still being able to enjoy the same foods. Though Blake hints at the hidden additives in processed foods, she does not advise against them but rather recommends ways to avoid the more sodium-enriched brands.
DeNoon, Daniel J. “Michael Pollan’s 7 Rules for Eating.” WebMD. WebMD, 23 Mar. 2009. Web. 31 Mar. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20090323/7-rules-for-eating>.
This article discusses Michael Pollan’s food philosophy and several rules to follow for healthy eating. It discusses what does and does not pass as “food” and what habits to form in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Holter, Mike. “Panera Bread Sets Aside $5M for Employee Class Action Lawsuit Settlement.” Legafi. Legafi, 30 Nov. 2011. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. <http://www.legafi.com/lawsuits/news/1002-panera-bread-sets-aside-5m-for-employee-class-action-lawsuit-settlement>.
This discusses the lawsuit filed against Panera Bread Co. in 2009 and 2011 for failing to comply with the California Labor Codes. It details the result of the class action lawsuit and mentions a recent racial discrimination lawsuit also filed against the company. Panera Bread Co. has also allegedly violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.
Hudson, William, and Elizabeth Cohen. “Canker Sore Drug Helps Mice Lose Weight without Diet, Exercise.” CNN, 11 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/10/health/mice-weight-loss-drug/index.html?hpt=hp_t3>>.
Doctors at the University of Michigan have discovered that a “relatively obscure” drug normally used to treat canker sores has proven to cause weight loss in mice despite no change in diet and exercise. The drug’s effect on weight loss in humans is going to be tested later in the year, and hopes are high that it will prove similar in humans as it did for mice, regardless of the fact that many drugs that work on mice do not have the same effect on humans. The article notes that should the drug work on humans, it would have to be taken every day to maintain weight loss, which has implications for Americans’ growing dependency on pharmaceuticals.
Kinsman, Kat. “Nationwide Study Casts a Wide Net over Seafood Fraud.” Eatocracy. CNN, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/02/21/seafood-fraud-study/?hpt=hp_c3>>.
A new study has found that roughly a third of fish sold and eaten by Americans is mislabeled, normally as more expensive, healthier fish. This has implications for both nutrition and economics, as Americans have been paying more money for cheaper, more available seafood products. Sushi restaurants were listed as the worst perpetrators of fish fraud, and grocery stores as the most honest. Consumers are recommended to buy the least processed version of fish they can to avoid fraud.
Live Consciously. Eat Deliciously. YouTube. Panera Bread Co., 23 Feb. 2013. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDofsLTo8u4>.
Panera Bread Co.’s new commercial about living and eating more consciously. The commercial advocates eating Panera products because they are made “the right way” and are therefore trustworthy. The commercial mentions farmers, chefs, community, and values.
“Local Restaurant on a Quest to Make Fast-food ‘Real’.” B.good. B.good, n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <https://www.bgood.com/index.php>.
This is the website for the Boston-born food chain b.good. The chain uses all local, organic ingredients in its menu. It also offers descriptions and biographies of the farms and farmers it uses for its meat and produce. b.good’s menu consists of traditionally fast food items, which attracts a more diverse crowd than the average community based eatery.
Neistat, Casey. “Calorie Detective.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/opinion/calorie-detective.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0>.
This article discusses the incorrect labeling of calorie counts in many chain restaurants in New York City. The FDA does not check calorie labels and it is thus nearly impossible to check how accurate information is without checking it yourself.
“The Numbers.” NuSI: Nutrition Science Initiative. Nutrition Science Initiative, Inc., 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. <http://nusi.org/the-science/the-numbers/>.
This is the website of Nutrition Science Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to reinstating the scientific method in nutrition research. The site shows the disparity between the fact that Americans are eating what they’re being told to eat and the reality of the fact that obesity is still growing in the U.S. NuSI’s objective is to bring together many of the country’s best scientists to reevaluate the current knowledge we have about nutrition and health by using the scientific method and rigorous experiments. NuSI provides resources for understanding what is wrong with the current system of health research.
Peterson, Barbara H. “GMO and Morgellons Disease.” GlobalResearch. GlobalResearch, 27 Mar. 2008. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.globalresearch.ca/gmo-and-morgellons-disease/8464>.
This article discusses the possible links between genetically modified organisms and Morgellons Diseases, a largely unstudied disease that produces a fiber-like growth in the sores of those who suffer from it. Though some believe the disease is psychosomatic, some scientists have begun to study the correlation between the disease and the consumption of GMOs. While research has not reached any conclusions so far, it seems that GMOs have many side effects that we are currently unaware of.
“The Portrayal Of Overweight People In Advertising.” BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed, 27 Mar. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2013. <http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/the-portrayal-of-overweight-people-in-advertising>.
This article shows several examples of overweight people portrayed in advertising around the world. It shows how being overweight often comes with certain stigmas and associations, such as ugliness or stupidness. One example shows two overweight adults in their underwear with children’s heads, captioned, “The eating habits you give your children can last a lifetime.”
Rotchford, Lesley. “Diets through History: The Good, the Bad and the Scary.” CNN. CNN, 8 Feb. 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/08/health/diets-through-history/index.html?hpt=he_bn5>.
Rotchford lists the history of many of the trendiest diets in the U.S., noting both what they touted as healthy and how they came into popularity. While she lists no personal interpretation of the history, there is a clear pattern of popular culture dictating how Americans are eating. The timeline begins as early as the 1820s with the introduction of the Vinegar and Water diet endorsed by Lord Byron and ends with Jessica Simpson’s successful relationship with Weigh Watchers in 2012.
Simpson, Jamie. “Harmful Effects Of Preservatives In Foods.” Livestrong.com. Livestrong, 5 Dec. 2010. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/325437-harmful-effects-of-preservatives-in-foods/>.
This is a cursory list of some health problems associated with processed foods, such as breathing problems, cancer, heart problems, and behavioral changes. The health effects are mostly linked to common preservatives found in many foods we consume regularly.
“Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet.” Ketogenic Diet Resource. Ketogenic Diet Resources, 2011. Web. 26 Jan. 2013. <http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/>.
This page is a resource for those interested in the Ketogenic diet, which is a high fat/moderate protein/low carbohydrate diet. Similar to the Atkins Diet, the ketogenic diet argues that too many carbohydrates cause the body’s fat-burning capabilities to slow down while simultaneously decreasing energy. This site hosts a wealth of ketogenic recipes, facts, myths, and research. It also lists several diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimers, for which a ketogenic diet can ameliorate symptoms. It also provides links to other helpful websites about ketosis and the ketogenic diet.
Strom, Stephanie. “Food Politics Creates Rift in Panel on Labeling.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/business/a-dismissal-raises-questions-about-objectivity-on-food-policy.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1367180343-C6h+WeeCb/Bibs5NBbAXAw>.
This article describes the curious progression of events that led to the dismissal of Carole Bartolotto from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is a highly influential group in American food policy. After Bartolotto questioned the impartiality of two of her co-members with regard to a certain company known for producing genetically modified seeds, she was dismissed for a seemingly superficial reason. The article implies the corruption that currently takes place in the food industry and how power companies can effect legislation for years to come.
Wynn, L. S. “What Does 200 Calories Look Like?” WiseGeek. Conjecture, 2013. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. <http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htm>.
This site displays photos of 200 calories worth of a variety of foods, including apples, peanut butter, gummy bears, and Splenda sweetener. The list of foods ignores many brand-specific foods that have unique recipes and instead focuses on more universal items. Wynn lists a caveat at the end of the article noting that the photos demonstrate the caloric density of each food and nothing else, and that there is more to nutrition than calories.