Junking the Junk Food for Real Food (Without Breaking the Bank)

The more the economy tanks, the more we hear about people shifting to cheaper food sources – even as Americans already spend less on food per capita than others in the world. These cheap foods tend to be very highly processed – high in sugars and fats, and less nutrient-dense than whole or lightly processed […]

Food That’s Not Really Food and Other Impediments to Health

Colonel of Truth You know that annoying ad about the “KFC $10 Challenge”? If not, go be annoyed. Then read this recent Grist article in which Kurt Michael Friese describes how he handily beat the challenge. Be sure to check out the comments thread, as well, for some interesting back-and-forth on the issue.   Former […]

Looks Good Enough to Eat…Until You Open the Package

In our earlier post on the prevalence of fast food outlets here in the Central Valley – and some of the corresponding health consequences – we provided a link to Fast Food Ads vs. Reality, a gallery of images comparing commercial photos of fast food with what you actually get. Since then, via Fark, we’ve […]

Small Is More: Why Snack Packs Ain’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

Think buying snack foods in smaller sizes will help you eat less of them? Think again. In one experiment, students were primed to think about their body shape, then were given potato chips and left to watch television. They ate nearly twice as many chips when given nine small bags as when given two large […]