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Calorie Intake and Obesity in the US over the last 60 Years

This graph says it all. (via Whole Health Source:

Bunch of good stories this past week. Let’s get to it.

Seduced by Food: Obesity and the Human Brain

Source: Boing Boing (Stephen J. Guyenet) 

This is long, but it’s a fantastic read. This is the most compelling explanation we’ve come across for how changes in the diet and eating habits in the US over the last 50 years have caused the obesity epidemic. In short, we have hyper rewarding / hyper palatable foods - candy, chocolate, ice cream, chips, cookies, cakes, fast food, sweetened beverages and pizza – to thank.

Calories Still Matter

Source: Whole Health Source

A closely related (and much shorter) post by the same author. We suggest you read them both. The graph above says it all – as our calorie intake has risen, so has obesity. Seems simple, doesn’t it? So what’s to blame for this? Ultimately, cheap & plentiful processed food (supported by large marketing budgets).

Sometimes Fat Free Is not the Better Option

Source: Fooducate

Saving 40 calories just isn’t worth it when it comes to sour cream. Fooducate explains why (hint: additives).

Celebrity chefs join farm-bill food fight

Source: LA Times

Great to see these celebrities stepping up to support a hugely important cause. The main problem with the proposed farm bill is that it still funnels way too much money to industrial farms (who aren’t required to comply with conservation standards) and not nearly enough money to smaller farms who grow their crops in much more responsible ways. In the words of the celebrity chefs, the bill “drastically underfunds programs to promote the health and food security of all Americans, invest in beginning and disadvantaged farmers, revitalize local food economies and protect natural resources.”

Weight of the Nation: the new “Hunger in America”?

Source: Food Politics 

Good discussion by Marion Nestle about how HBO’s “Weight of the Nation” could be huge for America if it compels viewers to press for political action to limit the actions of massive food companies, which have been described as “powerful, pernicious and predatory.”

Disney’s Potentially Game Changing Nutrition Initiative

Source: Fooducate

We like Fooducate’s assessment of this great move by Disney, which owns ABC as well as the Disney Channel (obviously). If other networks feel compelled to compete with this (i.e. also drop junk food advertising), it could have a pretty big impact on childhood obesity.

Broccoli, Bok Choy May Help Beat Breast Cancer

Source: Dr. Andrew Weil’s Daily Health Tips

More good news about eating your veggies, especially the cruciferous ones.

Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

Source: The Salt (NPR’s Food Blog)

Great to see this trend catching on with consumers.

How Chickens Are Processed

Source: Michael Ruhlman 

WARNING: This is pretty graphic. It’s highly informative, but chickens are obviously killed during this process.

Moderation as the Sweet Spot for Exercise

Source: New York Times Well Blog

Interesting read on how regular jogging can increase your life span by about 6 years and how more isn’t necessarily better. According to this study, the sweet spot is 1 to 20 miles per week at a 10-11 minute pace.

Balancing Fitness With A Busy Life

Source: LiveStrong

A bunch of helpful tips on how to fit exercise into any lifestyle. The key – using interval training to minimize the time you need to spend in the gym. This is a great read for anyone who feels like they don’t have enough time to workout.

Why Is Bitter Food Healthy?

Source: Fooducate

Super short and interesting.

What’s the Difference between a Food’s Taste and its Flavor?

Source: Fooducate

So’s this one. Thanks to Fooducate for teaching us two new things this week.

iPhone App Reveals Tons Of Eye-Popping Facts About What People Eat

Source: Business Insider

Here’s a great summary of all of the interesting findings collected by Massive Health, creators of The Eatery iPhone app.

Mesmerizing video of flattened food

Source: Grist

This is just fun to watch. Totally awesome.

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