Healthy Food News Digest for Monday 25 February 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
This link is to an article that is adapted from “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” which will be published by Random House this month. The book is written by Michael Moss. Moss is an investigative reporter for The Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his reporting on the meat industry.
The food plan that I have put together is based loosely on the David Kessler 2009 book called “The End of Overeating,” which describes the authors own struggle with the sugar-fat-salt triad and how these additives gradually condition us to eat more and more.
Michael Moss agrees with Kessler and since he is also an investigative reporter, he has dug deeply into the food industry practices that promote the food addiction (I know that is a strong word but that is what I feel) that is behind our night eating, our binge eating, and everyday variety eating for bliss rather than for health.
I read the Times Magazine article yesterday. It reminds me very much of the revelations about big tobacco back in 1980s. I have the same reaction to these facts as I did to the revelations about big tobacco. I won’t be fooled again.
If you ever feel like you’re out of control with eating, I urge you to consider the information on how the processed food industry is feeding you chemicals designed to make you feel that way. Stay out of the middle of the grocery store. They’re trying to kill you.
How 'Crunch Time' Between School And Sleep Shapes Kids' Health
by RICHARD KNOX AND PATTI NEIGHMOND
NPR conducted a poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health that focuses on what happens in American households during the hours between school and bedtime.
This is useful information even if you are not still preparing meals for kids. Life is hectic and stressful and even if healthy meals are a priority for you and/or your family, there are still many obstacles you have to face. I was very moved by the mother who felt she was mediocre at both her high stress job and her success as a parent.