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Bloomberg New York Soda Ban

Chang W. Lee, The New York Times

Hey, all. Hope the short week is wrapping up nicely for you. Sorry about missing last week…was traveling in Chicago and running around most of the weekend. This week’s list is extra awesome to make up for it…lots of interesting stuff happened in the food world over the last few days. Enjoy!

Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks 

Source: New York Times

This is a big and controversial announcement – Bloomberg has decided to ban large sugared drinks (sodas and other sugary drinks greater than 16 oz) here in New York City. While it’s always a little scary when the government makes decisions for us, in this case, we do think a little government intervention is warranted – too much sugary soda is really bad for you. And it’s not preventing you from having as much soda as you’d like, it’s just making it a little more difficult.

One caveat, however – diet soda isn’t much better (since we don’t yet fully understand the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners). So our suggestion would be to stick to water, natural juices (without added sugar), and low calorie drinks like kombucha, which is great for you.

Researchers: HFCS is much worse than table sugar

Source: Grist

And here’s a big reason why Bloomberg wants to ban sugary drinks – high fructose corn syrup is really bad for you! This study obviously didn’t drive the decision since it just came out, but the results are indeed startling and could help explain the explosion in obesity over the last few decades. Makes us feel even better about Bloomberg’s decision…

FDA Rejects Name Change for High Fructose Corn Syrup

Source: Fooducate

Some more good news for those of us who aren’t fans of high fructose corn syrup. It’s a big relief that the FDA said no to this.

Stevia and other “natural” sweeteners: are they?

Source: Food Politics

Here’s a helpful collection of articles about artificial sweeteners, most notably stevia, which speak to the chemical processing involved in creating these unnatural substances. This is why we suggest that you try to avoid artificial sweeteners. No one really knows how they affect our health over the long-term, and early results aren’t promising.

What Are Naked Calories?

Source: Fooducate

While we’re not sure yet if we agree 100% with this concept (we’ll have to read the book and get back to you), the discussion of micronutrients and macronutrients in this post is AMAZINGLY informative. We guarantee you’ll learn something, and it’s a great way to frame the discussion.

High Fiber Foods: 7 Surprising Sources

Source: Huffpost Healthy Living

Here’s a great list of foods whose fiber content is higher than you may have thought.

United Nations dubs 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa”

Source: Well+Good NYC

Speaking of which, here’s a high fiber food that didn’t make the list above (but it easily could have). Quinoa is great for you, which is why we’re very happy to be serving it in our Broccoli & Quinoa Salad.

Dangerfood: Bran Muffins

Source: Greatist

And here’s a high fiber food that’s NOT so good for you… As Greatist points out, bran muffins may be high in fiber, but they’re also loaded with calories (coming from fat and sugar). Their advice: cut down on your portion size.

Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Source: Whole Health Source

A very helpful post on how to add more potassium to your diet without the use of supplements. If you’re eating at Dig Inn anytime soon, load up on the sweet potatoes! Replacing grains with root vegetables, which are very high in potassium, is a great way to add more potassium to your diet, which helps to offset some of the negative effects of sodium on blood pressure (but this is no replacement for just consuming less sodium, of course).

Everything You Thought About Pricey Health Foods Is Wrong

Source: Business Insider

If you missed the news last week, it turns out that junk food is actually MORE expensive than healthy food (when you measure by serving size instead of calories). We agree with this, but we also think it’s only half the story. The other half? Hidden costs, which we discuss in a recent blog post: High Quality Food DOES Cost Less And Here’s Why.

Genetically Engineered Salmon’s Empty Promises

Source: Gilt Taste

What’s the point of creating genetically engineered salmon if consumers don’t even want to eat it?

Cartoon explains what’s wrong with our food system in under four minutes

Source: Grist

A very opinionated view on the situation, no doubt, but it does provide a quick explanation of how the food system got to where it is today. Grist says it the best: “OK, this is a pretty oversimplified depiction of the relationship between corporate interests, farmers, and consumers — but that means it’s a good starting point for anyone who isn’t sure how subsidies for corn and soy led to a food system where processed crap is not only common but, for many people, inescapable. And it takes less than four minutes to watch!” It’s worth the four minutes in our view.

 

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