Salt Is the New Trans Fat

As  predicted by  the Economist, salt is the new trans fat: Mayor Bloomberg has signaled that he wants to reduce the public's salt intake by 20% over the next five years.


Child Hunger Spikes in U.S.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 700,000 children went hungry in America during 2007, a 50% increase over the previous year.


FDA Detains All Milk Products from China

The FDA has issued an order to detain "all milk products, milk derived ingredients and finished food products containing milk from China due to the presence of melamine and/or melamine analogs."


Gordon Ramsay Blamed for Cooking Injuries

A new study blames celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for a rise in kitchen fires, scrapes, and other culinary disasters.


Is Salt Destined to Become the Next Trans Fat?

A pinch too much [Economist]


Cheese: Best Medicine for High Cholesterol

Want to lower your cholesterol but still enjoy fatty cheese? Just eat your Camembert in the morning.

Cardio This is the claim made by Dr. Alain Delabos, a French physician who is an exponent of "chrononutrition," which is based on the premise that cell functions are biologically programmed to take place at specific times. "Cheese is wonderful medication against cholesterol," said Delabos, "as long as you eat it that right time."

Accordingly, Delabos suggests eating fatty foods in the morning, heavier foods -- like steak -- around lunchtime, and sweets in the afternoon.

Cheese for breakfast keeps cholesterol down, says French doctor [Telegraph]


Greece: The Next Fast Food Nation

Greece Greece, the birthplace of the "Mediterranean diet," which emphasizes consumption of olive oil, fish, and produce, is now "overflowing with chocolate shops, pizza places, ice cream parlors, soda machines and fast-food joints," according to a front page article in the New York Times.

The diet, which has been associated with longer life spans and low rates of heart disease, is getting harder and harder to find in Greece. Two-thirds of Greek children are overweight, and the negative health effects are increasing. "It is almost a perfect diet, but when we looked at what people were eating we noticed that much of the highly praised diet didn’t exist any more," said Josef Schmidhuber, a senior economist with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. "It has become just a notion."

Fast Food Hits Mediterranean; a Diet Succumbs [New York Times]



Aches and pains endured by restaurant workers, from "shaker's shoulder" "pasta posture."


Eating for Better Breath

Certain foods -- such as green tea, yogurt, and xylitol gum -- can actually improve or prevent bad breath.