Feb 24 2010, 10:05 am

The FDA Budget: From Ideas to Action

Finances are boring, and federal finances even worse. Getting them right is the key to real more

Feb 18 2010, 8:48 am

Coke Cozies up to the Government

A heart disease awareness campaign has the soft drink giant and health professionals looking like BFFs. read more

Feb 16 2010, 9:01 am

Organic Milk Loophole: Closed

In a victory for small farms, the USDA bars big producers from using the label if cows aren't more

Feb 11 2010, 5:00 pm

Overlooked by the Obamas: Food Ads

Despite their new campaign, Michelle and Barack have given junk food a safe haven—your more

Feb 9 2010, 8:47 am

Is Washington Fighting Fat or Not?

The new Surgeon General has pledged to battle obesity. But she has failed to adopt a public-health more

Feb 4 2010, 8:49 am

Sodium: A Round-Up of Recent News

Since New York launched its crackdown on salt, everyone's had an opinion. Here are the latest more

Jan 29 2010, 1:02 pm

Carcinogens Lurk in Crispy Foods

Frying and toasting produce acrylamide, but how scary is the molecule, and how can we avoid it?read more

Jan 28 2010, 8:39 am

Salmonella Strikes Again

Last week, a sausage company recalled more than one million pounds of salami. Who's to blame?read more

Jan 27 2010, 8:38 am

Sugar, Fat, and Calories: Q & A

The author addresses fructose, cardio disease, and how cooking impacts more

Jan 19 2010, 9:06 am

BPA: Worth the Risk?

Industry rushes to defend the chemical, but it hasn't been proven safe. The author explores competing more

Jan 18 2010, 2:22 pm

More Salt: The Debate Continues

The author discusses New York's sodium battle, "nanny state" accusations, and the science of high blood more

Jan 14 2010, 8:50 am

How Safe is GM Corn?

A newly released study offers evidence that Monsanto's modified crop caused health problems in lab rats who ate more

Jan 12 2010, 8:39 am

The Fat Gene Illusion

While some scientists believe obesity depends on DNA, the author, armed with new research, doesn't accept their theory. read more

Jan 11 2010, 2:37 pm

New York's Next Crusade: Salt

Having conquered trans-fats, the nation's largest city takes aim at sodium in packaged foods and more

Jan 11 2010, 8:25 am

Is Sugar Addictive?

Researchers can't agree on whether sweets create a physical need. The author explores the burgeoning more

Jan 8 2010, 8:33 am

How Many Cookies Make You Fat?

The author challenges an assumption that eating a cookie a day for a year causes significant weight more

Jan 7 2010, 8:13 am

Tainted Milk Strikes China Again

Just when the melamine scandal seemed over, new chemicals and cover-ups more

Jan 6 2010, 8:08 am

Nanobots in Your Food: Good or Bad?

Nanotechnology has the potential to improve the nutritional value of what we eat. But is it safe?read more

Dec 31 2009, 12:45 pm

Why Your Steak Isn't Safe

The most recent beef recall provides yet another example of how the nation's food safety system is more

Dec 30 2009, 10:20 am

Internet Pet Food Rumors, Dispelled

False reports abound after animals got sick from a toxic chemical that made its way into a popular food more

Dec 28 2009, 8:18 am

Why Juicy Juice Won't Make You Smarter

Nestle claims its drink can improve kids' intelligence and boost immunity--and the FDA issues a more

Dec 23 2009, 7:56 am

More Questions About Food Labels

Does nutrition information help people make healthy choices? And what role should industry play?read more

Dec 21 2009, 8:07 am

What Will Stop Food Ads Aimed at Kids?

Big food companies market unhealthy products at children. Why won't the government impose regulations?read more

Dec 17 2009, 12:55 pm

Do Food Labels Lead to Healthier Eating?

The UK's system for providing nutrition information is not inspiring better choices. Where to go from here?read more

Dec 17 2009, 8:12 am

Tracing the Path of Food Poisoning

Why the government takes so long to get to the root of foodborne illness--and what it's doing to more

Dec 17 2009, 8:09 am

More Bad News About Plastic Bottles

The chemical BPA--linked to a host of health problems--may also cause inflammation and immunity issues. read more

Dec 16 2009, 8:21 am

Anti-Soda Movement Gains Traction

New research and a YouTube spot drive home bad news about soft drinks. Will U.S. habits change?read more

Dec 11 2009, 8:12 am

Are Big Macs Safer Than School Food?

USDA rules for meat are stricter for fast food than they are for school lunches, a USA Today report more

Dec 10 2009, 8:40 am

Is the Water Safe?

Millions of Americans drink public water tainted with dangerous chemicals. How did this happen, and what can we do?read more

Dec 10 2009, 8:33 am

Why Coca-Cola Can't Save the World

A respected writer praised the beverage company's corporate responsibility. The author isn't more

Dec 9 2009, 8:12 am

How to Stop Food Ads Aimed at Kids

In her final review of agencies that regulate what we eat, the author tackles the Federal Trade more

Dec 8 2009, 8:12 am

5 Issues FDA Needs To Tackle

From food nutrition labels to transparency, the agency has lots of areas where it must do more

Dec 7 2009, 8:09 am

Why Doesn't USDA Follow Its Own Rules?

The agency is supposed to keep our meat and poultry safe. Why is it falling down on the job?read more

Dec 3 2009, 10:00 am

Food Stamps: The Recession's Not Over

The high rates of Americans in the program show that for some, economic recovery remains far off. read more

Nov 30 2009, 11:00 am

How Much Salt Is Too Much?

Excessive sodium intake causes a host of health problems. Why stricter food regulation is the more

Nov 28 2009, 8:54 am

Yes, Fad Diets Make You Fat

A British nutritionist confirms: extreme eating plans like Atkins contribute to weight gain, not more

Nov 25 2009, 8:07 pm

What Does It Mean To Go Hungry?

After news broke that 43 million Americans experience hunger, the author explores what the term more

Nov 24 2009, 2:30 pm

Searching For the Next Superfruit

Cupuaçu, a sweet tropical fruit, is getting buzz for being the next big thing in more

Nov 24 2009, 10:21 am

China: 2 Men Executed For Poisoning Milk

The Chinese government punishes the people responsible for lacing baby formula with more

Nov 23 2009, 8:13 am

Making Sense of Food Labels

An FDA official explains what the agency is doing about confusing nutrition information on the front of more

Nov 19 2009, 2:30 pm

Chocolate Milk: Good For Your Heart?

A new study suggests it is. Why that's not a good enough reason for school cafeterias to serve more

Nov 18 2009, 9:09 am

Why Ground Beef Is Dangerous

Food companies don't test their meat for E. coli because suppliers don't want them to and USDA doesn't make more

Nov 17 2009, 11:00 am

FDA Backpedals on Oyster Safety

After proposing regulations on Gulf Coast oysters to prevent food-borne illness, the government changes its mind. read more

Nov 16 2009, 2:30 pm

Can Canned Foods Cause Sex Problems?

BPA, a chemical additive found in a range of food products, is linked to erectile dysfunction, a study more

Nov 16 2009, 8:11 am

No Caffeine in Booze, FDA Says

The government warns beverage companies that alcoholic energy drinks are not approved and must be proven more

Nov 14 2009, 9:31 am

A Crack-Down on Food Ads Aimed at Kids

The Federal Trade Commission plans to investigate advertising aimed at children. The author says it's about more

Nov 10 2009, 11:00 am

Chocolate Milk Goes After "Food Police"

The dairy industry launches a campaign to stop the product from being pulled from school more

Nov 9 2009, 2:30 pm

Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy?

With recent news about tainted meat, some wonder if they should eliminate it from their more

Nov 5 2009, 10:53 am

Cocoa Krispies Ditches Controversial Claim

The cereal's boxes will no longer have a label that says the food can boost immunity. The author offers more

Nov 5 2009, 8:16 am

Europe Rejects Food Health Claims

A food standards agency stops companies from claiming their products improve customers' more

Nov 4 2009, 11:00 am

Chemicals Found in Canned Foods

Scientists discovered bisphenol A, a controversial plastic additive, in a range of products, from tuna to green more

Oct 31 2009, 10:22 am

Food Companies Ditch Smart Choices

Industry abandons the nutrition labeling program after the FDA announces an more

Oct 29 2009, 11:09 am

Doctors Sell Out to Coke: The Aftermath

Several physicians resigned from a medical group over its recent partnership with the soda more

Oct 28 2009, 11:09 am

San Francisco vs. Cocoa Krispies

City attorneys go after Kellogg's for claiming their cereals boost immunity. How will the company respond?read more

Oct 27 2009, 3:00 pm

How To Get People To Eat Their Vegetables

New studies have suggestions for improving school lunch and getting produce into low-income more

Oct 26 2009, 3:04 pm

Mixed Messages From Sugary Cereal Makers

They have one set of ads for children, emphasizing taste, and another for parents, trumpeting health more

Oct 25 2009, 9:00 am

Saving Seafood: Is It Too Late?

With global fisheries at a turning point, the European Union tries to make sustainability a policy more

Oct 23 2009, 6:33 pm

Smart Choices Program Suspended

The controversial labels, which endorsed Froot Loops as healthy, are under investigation by the more

Oct 22 2009, 10:31 am

Salt Is Bad For You. Now What?

Experts disagree on whether there are health benefits to reducing sodium in diets. Why is there no consensus?read more

Oct 21 2009, 8:01 am

FDA Cracks Down on Smart Choices

The government agency warns food companies there will be new regulations on nutrition more

Oct 19 2009, 11:30 am

Industrial Agriculture vs. Michael Pollan

University donors vow to withdraw contributions if the writer is allowed to speak on more

Oct 18 2009, 1:29 pm

In Rome, Food Movement Backlash

After the author makes a speech about world hunger, an American diplomat objects to her more

Oct 16 2009, 11:00 am

On World Food Day, Bad News On Hunger

The world economic crisis is making it harder for people around the world to get enough to more

Oct 15 2009, 4:45 pm

Connecticut Goes After Smart Choices

The state's attorney general criticizes the nutrition-labeling program as misleading and vows to more

Oct 14 2009, 10:30 am

Larry King Blows It On Unsafe Meat

The television host missed his chance to have a meaningful discussion about the dangers of the food more

Oct 13 2009, 3:49 pm

5 Attempts at School Food Reform

New reports and policies try to tackle the problem of bad food in school cafeterias across the more

Oct 11 2009, 11:25 am

Why Did Doctors Sell Out to Coke?

A new partnership between American Academy of Family Physicians and the soda giant raises more

Oct 9 2009, 11:30 am

Industry "Solution" to Unsafe Ground Beef

The author explains why zapping dirty meat to kill bacteria won't fix the problems of the food more

Oct 7 2009, 9:57 am

Why We Shouldn't Ditch Calorie Labeling

Even though a new study says nutritional information on menus doesn't lead people to better food more

Oct 6 2009, 11:20 am

The Human Cost of Unsafe Food

Two recent articles illustrate the toll tainted food takes on individuals and society as a more

Oct 6 2009, 8:17 am

How to Get Good Food Into Schools

It's possible, even in low-income communities, provided parents, teachers, and administrators are more

Oct 2 2009, 4:58 pm

Coke's New Calorie Labels

The soda company plans to display nutrition information more prominently. Will this help consumers?read more

Oct 1 2009, 10:32 am

In Soda War, Beverage Companies Strike Back

The soft drink industry runs a full-page ad in the New York Times after city wages attack on sugary more

Oct 1 2009, 8:24 am

Questioning the Value of Vitamins

Doctors and consumers alike are starting to wonder whether supplements really make healthy people more

Sep 29 2009, 11:00 am

Can Yogurt Really Make You Healthier?

Food companies claim probiotics in the creamy treat can improve digestion and even boost more

Sep 29 2009, 8:16 am

The Cost of Obesity-- and How to Fix It

Two studies try to calculate obesity's price tag, while two new initiatives offer solutions to the more

Sep 28 2009, 1:03 pm

More Thoughts on "Smart Choices"

An Economist article highlights the controversial food labeling program, while one nutritionist defends it. The author still thinks it should be more

Sep 26 2009, 8:34 am

Should Recipes Have Nutrition Facts?

Ingredients vary in size and freshness, making it hard to determine the nutritional value of a more

Sep 24 2009, 8:17 am

Backlash Against "Smart Choices"

Experts and consumers alike rally against the food-labeling program, which has endorsed Froot Loops as more

Sep 19 2009, 10:55 am

Responding to a Request for Financial Disclosure

The author replies to a reader who wants to know where her funding comes more

Sep 17 2009, 11:30 am

Support Mounts for Soda Taxes

As more experts advocate for taxes on sugary drinks, is it just a matter of time before they're implemented?read more

Sep 14 2009, 3:41 pm

USDA to Define What "Natural" Meat Means

The government finally decides to set a standard definition for the term. The author hopes it goes far enough. read more

Sep 9 2009, 8:25 am

McDonald's Cleans Up Its Act--In the U.K.

McDonald's British restaurants will stop using genetically-modified ingredients. Why not in the US, too?read more

Sep 8 2009, 8:22 am

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

A foundation recommends menu-labeling and junk food taxes, along with more parks and more

Sep 3 2009, 8:29 am

Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer?

Experts disagree on the threat of a carcinogen that forms when some foods are cooked at high more

Sep 2 2009, 8:29 am

NYC's Diet Advice: Stay Away From Soda

A new health department advertising campaign warns New Yorkers: "Don't drink yourself fat." read more

Aug 31 2009, 8:06 am

Study Finds Mercury in Fish Everywhere

Every fish in the 291 rivers and streams the study surveyed contained the toxin. What now?read more

Aug 26 2009, 8:34 am

Heart Association Attacks Sugar

For the first time, The American Heart Association issued a statement urging Americans to cut back on more

Aug 25 2009, 8:18 am

How Can Froot Loops be a "Smart Choice"?

Nearly half the cereal's calories come from sugar, yet it's marked healthy by American Society of Nutrition. Why?read more

Aug 21 2009, 12:55 pm

Sugar: What I Didn't Say on Colbert

The author explains what she would have told Stephen Colbert about America's sugar more

Aug 19 2009, 8:19 am

Food Labels: Learning from Europe

The U.K. requires companies to label foods that have genetically modified ingredients. Why the U.S. should, more

Aug 17 2009, 8:09 am

Are Prepared Foods Making Us Fat?

Americans are replacing home-cooked meals with prepared foods--does that lead to obesity?read more

Aug 12 2009, 8:47 am

How To Make People Trust Organics

The USDA just announced an audit of the program that determines the country's organic food more

Aug 8 2009, 8:48 am

Can Congress Fix the Food System?

Bills in the House and Senate attempt to improve the country's food regulations. Do they do enough?read more

Aug 7 2009, 12:45 pm

Behind Organic vs. Conventional

The debate over the nutritional value of organic foods isn't about health. It's about market more

Aug 6 2009, 8:08 am

How Many Calories Are We Eating?

Americans underestimate how many calories they consume. How to get an accurate picture of what we eat?read more

Aug 4 2009, 8:03 am

Mixed Reports on the Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity rates are stabilizing, but many youths and adults remain at risk, for a range of more

Jul 31 2009, 12:45 pm

So What if Organic Isn't More Nutritious?

In questioning the nutritional value of organics, a new study ignores the food's other more

Jul 30 2009, 8:02 am

How Much Does Obesity Cost?

Centers for Disease Control is under attack for estimating obesity's price tag at $147 billion a more

Jul 28 2009, 8:25 am

Local Food Comes to Alaska

Central Alaska has a growing season that's just a few months long, but residents make the most of more