Food

Nutrition

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 change.read 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 pasture-fed.read 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 television.read 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 approach.read 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 reactions.read 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 nutrients.read 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 claims.read 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 pressure.read 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 it.read 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 restaurants.read 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 debate.read 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 gain.read more

Jan 7 2010, 8:13 am

Tainted Milk Strikes China Again

Just when the melamine scandal seemed over, new chemicals and cover-ups emerge.read 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 flawed.read 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 brand.read 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 warning.read 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 improve.read 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 reveals.read 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 convinced.read 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 Commission.read 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 better.read 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 answer.read 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 loss.read 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 means.read 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 antioxidants.read 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 melamine.read 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 packages.read 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 it.read 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 them.read 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 says.read 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 safe.read 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 time.read 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 cafeterias.read 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 diets.read 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 lessons.read more

Nov 5 2009, 8:16 am

Europe Rejects Food Health Claims

A food standards agency stops companies from claiming their products improve customers' health.read 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 beans.read more

Oct 31 2009, 10:22 am

Food Companies Ditch Smart Choices

Industry abandons the nutrition labeling program after the FDA announces an investigation.read 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 company.read 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 communities.read 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 benefits.read 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 priority.read 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 FDA.read 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 labeling.read 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 campus.read 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 conclusions.read 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 eat.read 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 investigate.read 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 system.read 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 country.read 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 questions.read 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 system.read 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 choices.read 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 whole.read 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 committed.read 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 sodas.read 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 healthier.read 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 immunity.read 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 epidemic.read 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 ended.read 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 dish.read 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 healthy.read 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 from.read 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 sidewalks.read 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 temperatures.read 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 sugar.read 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 shortage.read 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, too.read 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 standards.read 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 share.read 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 reasons.read 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 benefits.read 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 year.read 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 it.read more