That too much fondness of fast food can cause weight problems is old news. But the idea that nearly all types of restaurants dish up meals that can expand your waistline has not been as widely discussed – until now. Two separate studies, one from the University of Toronto, Canada, the other from Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, found that most restaurant food is not all that superior to hamburgers and fries when it comes to calorie and fat content.
Americans don’t like to cook. They don’t want to spend the time it takes for food shopping, food preparation and clean up, especially when it’s so much easier to stop for a quick bite at a restaurant or drive-thru or bring home some take-out. Yet, experts are convinced that making home cooking fashionable again would be one of the most effective steps we could take to address the nation’s obesity crisis.
If you want to know how food will be manufactured, distributed and consumed tomorrow, just follow the money. Venture capital firms in Silicon Valley and elsewhere have begun shifting their almost exclusive focus on high-tech startups to more mundane enterprises such as food producers and food sellers. Is the food trade turning into the next gold rush? Maybe not right away. But there are developments on the horizon that will possibly change the food industry as we know it.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless when we hear about the many problems caused by our history of mistreating Mother Earth. Feeling overwhelmed can make it hard to imagine that each one of us can personally make a difference in the health of the planet and global climate change. But I believe we all have the power to make an impact by how and what we eat. Yes, it’s true!
An apple a day used to keep the doctor away, at least according to folk wisdom. But not any more – unless it’s organically grown. Apples top the list of foods contaminated with pesticides, says the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental health research and advocacy organization, in its annual report called “The Dirty Dozen™.” The listing of foods that may have toxic levels of pesticides is part of the group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce, which draws its data from tests conducted by the USDA and the FDA. Even after washing, more than two thirds of the tens of thousands of food samples tested by the agencies showed pesticide residues.