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SNAP: the Other Corporate Subsidy in the Farm Bill?

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America’s entire food supply, but that few mortals can even understand. As nutrition professor Marion Nestle recently lamented, “no one has any idea what the farm bill is about. It’s too… Continue Reading

The New Study of Protein and Weight Gain: Calories Count!

I was intrigued by the new study from the Pennington Research Center concluding that weight gain depends on calories, not how much protein you eat. The idea that the protein, fat, or carbohydrate content of your diet matters more to weight than how many calories you eat persists despite much evidence to the contrary. This… Continue Reading

MN Won’t Prevent Obese Consumer Lawsuits

Minnesota’s “Cheeseburger Bill,” which would have prevented obese consumers from suing food companies for causing them to gain weight, is officially toast. The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act was vetoed Friday by Governor Mark Dayton, who said the law granted too much leeway to manufacturers.  The act, introduced by Rep. Dean Urdahl, was intended… Continue Reading

New Study Shakes Medical Advice on Low-Salt Diets

Salt is commonly viewed as the enemy of a healthy diet. However, liberal use of the salt shaker might actually be more of a cure than a curse when it comes to human health, according to new research. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), followed health trends in 3,681 individuals over… Continue Reading

Added Sugar in Diet Parallels Weight Trends

As added sugar intake has increased over the past 27 years, so has body weight, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. Researchers examined trends in the height, weight and diet of adults in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and found that an upswing in the amount of added sugars consumed corresponded… Continue Reading