Processed Food

Dr. Richard deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently dissected a couple of chicken nuggets from two “national fast-food chain restaurants” and discovered that they’re practically all fat and other…

Marion Nestle, NYU’s food guru, explains at her blog, Food Politics: has issued a collection of its recent articles on “natural” and processing. At issue is the meaning of “natural,” which…

The New York Times‘ Mark Bittman proposes a tax on junk food. What do you think – is he right? What will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?…

Who are they kidding? It’s not sugar and it’s not natural! From Fast Company’s Co.Design:

Cast as an evil, oozing harbinger of obesity and diabetes, sales of high fructose corn syrup have seen a downward spiral as companies swap the over-processed sweetener for healthier-sounding ingredients. So what’s the solution for the industry, according to the Corn Refiners Association? Change the name. To “corn sugar.” And presto! What was once a scary sounding goo becomes more natural-sounding, just as sweet and pure as cane sugar.

A new Web site and campaign rebranding HFCS as the innocuous term was launched today in the hopes that they will get FDA approval to change the name on food labeling. Over at, ads and imagery of a maze mowed through corn fields symbolizes the path of misdirected customers confused by current labeling systems, as quotes from dietitians float helpfully above. (The Corn Refiners Association also own and the icky-sounding

[A brand-new ad, touting the subtle rebranding]

“This seems to be a last-ditch attempt to…

From NYC Green Schools:

Regulation A-812 prohibits home-baked foods from being sold at school fundraisers, while permitting Doritos and Pop-Tarts instead! Yes, this regulation mandates that if we want to raise money for our schools, we have to buy and sell junk food to our children!


— Our schools cannot become venues for big food corporations, like Pepsi Cola and Kellogg’s to advertise and sell their processed foods to our children!

— Our children must not receive the message that junk food is healthier for them than foods cooked at home!

— We, as parents, must be allowed to participate in the discussion about our children’s health and nutrition!