5 Surprising Food Headlines for January 2014

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
  • We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.


    In order to avoid tighter regulation of food manufacturing and marketing…

    Food, beverage companies slash 6.4 trillion calories to help combat obesity. (Fox News)

    It is not clear whether the reduction can move the needle for more than two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese. The 6.4 trillion fewer calories works out to 78 fewer calories per person per day, if spread equally across the 2012 U.S. population. By comparison, Americans consume an average of 300 more calories a day now than in 1985 and 600 more than in 1970, according to a 2012 report by Trust for America's Health.

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    Vice tax on the (junk) food you eat may help combat obesity.

    There’s an easy way to fight obesity, but conservatives will hate it! (Huffington Post)

    Adding a 20 percent tax on sugar would cut Americans' total caloric intake by 18 percent and reduce sugar consumption by more than 16 percent, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Taxes on fat and salt would help, too, cutting total calories by an estimated 19 percent and 10 percent, respectively, according to the study.


    Wakeup call: The U.S. is not on the “best” list!

    The best and worst countries for cheap, healthy food. (Salon)

    The U.S. is the No. 1 country in the world for access to affordable food, according to a new report. But when it comes healthy diets, we’re at the bottom of the heap. The U.S. saw its downfall in the fact that our cheapest food is processed and high in fat: We managed 120th out of 125 countries for the way in which our diet affects health. The best place to follow an affordable, healthy diet, the report found, is the Netherlands.


    Putting a “stop light” on unhealthy food boosts better choices.

    Labelling Food with “stop” or “go” colors might spur healthier diet. (HealthDay)

    Hospitals might be able to coax cafeteria customers to buy healthier food by adjusting item displays to have traffic light-style green, yellow and red labels based on their level of nutrition, new research suggests. Green-labeled items sold at a 12 percent higher rate compared to before the program, and sales of red-labeled items dropped by 20 percent during the two-year study.


    Eat healthy for a mere $1.50 more per day.

    Switching to healthier eating may cost you more (HealthDay)

    But it’s not as much as people might think, according to a new study. The research review combined the results of 27 studies from 10 different countries that compared the cost of healthy and unhealthy diets. The verdict? A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish costs about a person about $1.50 more per day — or $550 per year —

    compared to a diet high in processed grains and meats, fat, sugar and convenience foods.


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Published On: January 21, 2014