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Healthy Food News Digest for 27 May 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

This digest is divided into two sections, The first section is The Way We Eat and the second is Anti-Fat Bias in the US. You can copy and paste the links into your browser. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, I'm adding links using the Spark tool, but I've found it to be unreliable sometimes.


“Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered,” by By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: May 26, 2013, New York Times
Page B1 New York Edition

This article interviews a variety of participants in your food chain about the process of being certified Non-GMO. I have stated before that I think this is backward thinking, I think the GMO foods should be labeled as such and they should have to list the pesticides and treatments used on them so these industries bear the burden of full disclosure and not the people who are trying to produce good, healthy food.
This article states that it took Silk (a national brand) 8 months to comply with the regulations so they could label themselves non-GMO. So imagine the frustration of a small producer like El Milagro Tortillas.

Companies interviewed in the article:
Think Thin (manufactures Protein Bars carried at Whole Foods and various on-line suppliers)
Whole Foods
Clarkson Grains (grain dealer and warehouse.
Verity Farms (non-GMO farmer supplier)
White Wave Foods (parent company of Silk, producer of Soy Milk, Almond Milk and Coconut Milk
Natural Food Certifiers (Company that certifies products)
El Milagro (Tortilla maker in Chicago)

Link to Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Food, By JO ROBINSON
Published: May 25, 2013, New York Times, Op-Ed Piece

Jo Robinson is the author of the forthcoming book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”
“Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health.”

Personally, I love bitter greens and eat them almost every other day. My idea of a treat is rapini and radicchio braised with garlic. Now I know why I get these cravings. She also recommends arugula for salads, which I’ve been eating since my last trip to Brazil. That is what is most common in salads in Brazil

Link to Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food


“Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States,” By Sarah Varney
KHN Staff Writer
Kaiser Health News, MAY 27, 2013

This article details how 12 states have opted out of the coverage for obesity treatment (including surgery, counseling and drugs) to treat obesity. They are willing to treat the side effects (high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea) but not the underlying cause.

“. . . Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi — have the highest obesity rates in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Morton applauds the growing awareness around obesity prevention in the U.S., but, he says, some 15 million Americans who are already severely obese still need medical treatment.”

Link to Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States

“Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others,” by CHERI CHENG
Update Date: May 27, 2013
Counsel & Heal website

This article does not touch on the reasons why obese people doctor shop but we know that it is not fun to visit a doctor who views you as fat and lazy. This article has links to the studies.

Link to “Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others

“Weight and Obesity: Discrimination from Doctors: When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat,” Harriet Brown , Published November 2011, Prevention
This article, although it is old, does a good job of explaining why obese people have to shop around for doctors. It also states that doctors in general start this discrimination against women at 13 lbs overweight and don’t treat men this way until they are 75lbs overweight.

Link to Weight and Obesity: Discrimination from Doctors: When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat,”

I have to give full disclosure that I have had a healthy mistrust of the medical community for years. It has taken painful trial and error to find my current primary care physician whom I trust and know that she sees me as a complete person and not a sub-human. I have had one other doctor who was like this, and she left her medical practice to practice in our county jail. I’m sixty years old and can state unequivocally that the rest of the doctors I have seen have been “fat shamers,” even when I was less than 20 lbs overweight.

I apologize for linking to the New York Times as they only offer 10 free views per month, that’s why I offer a detailed synopsis for the article and the op-ed piece.

Happy reading!

Spark Tool links to articles listed above:
Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many States

Obese People Shop Around for Doctors More Often Than Others

When Your Doctor Makes You Feel Fat

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks for sharing your research ... I agree most doctors do the guilt/blame/shame game. I'm glad I have one now who lost 175 lbs on Spark People!
    1243 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Liz, thank you for sharing the links. I want to read all of those articles as I want to be better informed about what we eat and Drs today. Maybe it's actually fortunate that my Dr. is overweight and doesn't make me feel bad about it. . .However, he doesn't set a good example for his patients but I know it does help him understand how those of us end up being obese. . .Enjoy your evening dear friend.

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    1245 days ago
  • JUDY106
    Thanks for sharing.
    1245 days ago
    Thanks for sharing these articles with us.
    1246 days ago
    Thank you. I subscribe to the NYT both in print and digitally so please let me know if you ever want to see an article in depth.

    I've been disappointed by the general scanty news coverage about the Marches against Monsanto.


    (I do not think I can post a proper link in a response). I also wrote today to Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Al Franken about their failure to vote for the Amendament to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013. Are they owned by Monsanto? Do they love FrankenFood?
    1246 days ago
    Thank you! Very informative
    1246 days ago
  • SNIC23
    Very informative. Thank you so much for putting this together.
    1246 days ago
    Thanks for the articles. I'm sure a lot of us have our "Dr. horror stories". I once went to a DR. and the first time I went to her for depression, she ordered a fasting GTT (diabetes test) for the next day because she said that I "looked like I might have diabetes". (I didn't have it) Then she proceeded to lecture me about my weight, offering no help, only shame. I left with a Rx for Prozac and feeling worse than ever. I never went back to her.

    1246 days ago
    Liz, thank you for sharing these articles and the links. They are all very much important issue we as American has to deal with. Nowadays I am very much afraid what we are eating? I feels I can not trust the American foods industry. I think the GMO foods should be labeled. Because of this un safe foods issue, I feels like I want to go back to Japan to live where they has band of GMO foods. They are very safe according to foods issue. I love soy product includes tofu. But I have stop eating these soy product, as well as any corn. It is to sad that we can not trust or foods source here in America.
    1246 days ago
    Thank you for doing this research, and it is true about physician attitudes towards fat people. I am lucky right now in that regard, but I haven't always been.
    1246 days ago
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