Stat!: Supermarkets & the Illusion of Choice

Ah, the bounty of the typical American grocery store! Percent of cereal sales controlled by Kellogg, General Mills, PepsiCo and Post Foods: 79.9 Percent of cracker sales controlled by Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), Kellogg and Campbell Soup: 76.5 Percent of cookie sales controlled by Mondelez, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and McKee Foods (Little Debbie, et al): …

How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat (Futurity.org) If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published …

Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Psych: Recent Articles Worth Checking Out

How You Shop for Food Just about any advice column you see on the subject of shopping for a healthy diet includes some form of the dictum, “Make a list and keep to it. Have a plan!” The idea is, of course, to avoid impulse buys of attractive and tempting but highly processed, junky foods. …

Sugar, In; HFCS, Out

Despite their best efforts, the Corn Refiners Association seems to be failing in its attempt to turn public opinion in favor of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). (BTW, here’s a nice, quick counterpoint to the CRA’s spin-a-rific ads.) Now some “food manufacturers” are taking advantage of the HFCS-backlash, returning to sugar for its retro comfort …