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7 Deadly Reasons To Stay Away from Soda

By Michael Engle | March 27, 2012

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Photo: Nicholas Liby

By: Michael Engle

Have you ever witnessed a child, at a birthday party or Taco Bell, take one sip of Mountain Dew and instantly become incredibly hyper?  According to Rodale’s Emily Main, there are plenty of worrisome long-term side effects associated with soft drink consumption, going beyond the heaping tablespoons of sugar and empty calories. Even though diet soda may lack the calories of the regular counterparts, it also contributes to some of these health hazards! Read More

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Can A Ban on Junk Food Ads Reduce Its Consumption?

By admin | January 23, 2012

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Photo: sean dreilinger

Studies based on an experiment in Canada, show that a ban on ads that promote junk food among children is likely to cut down their consumption. The experiment took place in Quebec province where the government banned fast food ads between 1984 and 1992, resulting in the consumption of about 11-22 million fewer fast-food meals per year. This translated to 2.2-4.4 billion fewer calories consumed by children and a reduction by 13% of fast-food expenditures per week in each household, according to Kathy Baylis, an economist from the University of Illinois.

This raises certainty to the question of effectiveness of junk food and fast food ads targeted at children. Read More

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Will Taxing Soda Deter Its Consumption?

By admin | December 8, 2011

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Photo: Wyscan

By: Saira Malhotra

When a product is deemed harmful, we know from childhood that being lectured doesn’t make it a deterrent. That’s when the invisible hand comes into play – sin taxes. Levied on cigarettes and alcohol, the objective is to reduce the number of transactions. Does it work? According to various supermarket and green market vendors, the $14 cigarette packet has less of an audience than it once did.

This week, Time Magazine’s ‘Heathland’ took a closer look at how a price hike in soda would impact supply chain participants. In the past the view has been to reprimand the client by raising taxes on those commodities or inhibiting their purchase through food stamps. The angle being taken is different this time. Read More

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Michael Pollan on Kicking the Junk Food Habit

By admin | November 10, 2011

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Photo: aschweigert

By: Michele Wolfson

It’s kind of telling when Michael Pollan comes out on the stage and I am as excited as if I was seeing a rock concert. Either age has set in, or the Pollan’s thought-provoking reports on where food really comes from is a palpable topic that many of us Americans want to hear more about. I love being an American, but lets be honest here- we have been very careless eaters for a long time. I’m guilty of mindless eating, myself!

Usually we Americans seek food that is quick and easy. Read More

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Soft Drink Manufacturers Targeting Minority Children

By admin | November 4, 2011

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Photo: rhinjoi

By: Saira Malhotra

On Monday, the NY Daily News reported on a study performed by the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The report findings indicated that African American children watch approximately 90% more advertising than their Caucasian counterparts. Capturing this audience, soda and energy drink manufacturers bombard their viewers with enticing ad campaigns which in turn yields the very result they are looking for: Increased sales.

According to the reports co-author, Kelly Brownell said “Our children are being assaulted by these drinks that are high in sugar and low in nutrition….The companies are marketing them in highly aggressive ways.” Read More

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Study Links Junk Food to Infertility in Men

By admin | October 26, 2011

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Photo: Maurice Svay

By: Michele Wolfson

If teenage and college men want to become fathers some day, perhaps they should skip the soda and hold the fries. A Harvard study has discovered that consuming pizza, chips, and fried foods could cause men to become infertile. The common trend of binging on junk foods in your dorm room has many negative effects, some that are irreversible. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Murcia state that nutrition can have a direct impact on the male reproductive system. Read More

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Mark Bittman Speaks: The Cheaper of the Two, Junk Food or Talk?

By admin | September 27, 2011

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Photo: TheFoodJunk

By: Saira Malhotra

A few decades ago, a story was created about convenience food and we bought it. We became the poster child of taco nights and Campbell soup, stoking the fire in our belly and bringing our families close together.  A few decades later we were reprimanded for our unhealthy eating habits and that junk food (formerly known as convenience) was destroying us, causing spikes in cancer, heart disease, early puberty and diabetes. We now needed another story and we got one. Junk food is the only option because it is cheap. 

Mark Bittman, in his ongoing quest to transform America in to a healthy nation has called us out yet again. Read More

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Are Baby Carrots The New Junk Food?

By mahir | July 13, 2011

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We all know that familiar routine: grab a shiny bag with appealing advertising, easily pop it open, relish the snack inside with a satisfying crunch and repeat. Now imagine that snack as tasty and healthy baby carrots instead of those processed potato chips and cheese doodles we are all familiar with. This idea was exactly what Jeff Dunn, of Bolthouse Farms, and Omid Farhang, of Crispin Porter + Bogusky advertising agency, had in mind while trying to devise a strategy to make baby carrots cool again. In his entertaining and interesting article, “How Carrots Became The New Junk Food,” for Fast Company, Douglas McGray details the long, but comical process of for baby carrots’ new ad campaign, “Eat ‘Em Like Junk Food”.  Read More

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