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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

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.
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  • JUDY106
    Thank you so much for the info. I really believe this is true.

    Hugs, judy
    1845 days ago
    I wish we were back in the 60s when my Grandma used to cook for us !!! She used ALL PURE ingredients ! Would NEVER EVER be caught DEAD using ANYTHING BUT !! THAT's THE WAY TO GO in my mind. :)

    Now I am a HORRIBLE cook !!! I SHOULD FOLLOW Grandma !! I do NOT , but Should !!!!

    THANKS for putting this out,,, if more cooked like they did back in the 50s./60, ALL These ILLNESS's would SIMPLY NOT BE ! GUARANTEED !
    1848 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I will look for the books you mention. One of the most important issues of our time for certain. emoticon emoticon
    1849 days ago
  • JILL313
    Thank you for sharing these articles and I do believe junk food and the sugar salt combo are the worse foods you can emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon eat and non-nutritious and damaging to our bodies. It's a crime what the media and food companies have done to help make us obese. I know the more sugar I eat the more I crave it so it's best for me to leave it alone. My youngest son has several friends who basically eat nothing but junk food for their meals, mainly take out food. I hate to say it but they are hurting their bodies and I hope down the road they don't have to pay a high price for eating nothing much but fat, carbs, sugar, etc. Such an interesting and important subject. It is heartbreaking to see so many kids today obese and asthmatic and/or not very healthy. This subject would make a good Team question and if you don't mind I might use it for one? I hope you are doing well. Take good care of yourself.


    1849 days ago
    This is really important stuff to know. I cannot wait for that book to be published. I am also ordering David Kessler's book.

    Thank you!
    1849 days ago
    emoticon for sharing.
    1849 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I will read this. Thanks for sending it to us.
    1849 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Thanks for the info.
    1850 days ago
    Haven't read this material yet, but have watched some wonderful documentaries on the subject:
    Forks over knives,
    Food Inc,

    King Korn;
    All of the above were free on my Kindle Fire prime subscription.
    On the other side: Fat Head, a fun movie about eating Only fast food
    25 Years ago when I was in OA, I read the ingredients on a bag of frozen french fries, and saw the word SUGAR! You could have knocked me over with a feather!!!!!!!!!That made a believer out of me!
    Thanks for sharing your blog info emoticon
    1850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 12:00:04 PM
    I read David Kessler's book last year and it was a real revelation - the best book I've read on the issue. It did really change the way I looked at food - and enabled me to forgive myself for my 'lack of discipline'! Thanks for posting such interesting articles.

    1850 days ago
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