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|3/20/2015 - Around 20 years ago, food labels were introduced to help Americans consume a healthier and more nutritious diet. Recently, the FDA looked at these labels and came up with a list of possible changes, which they felt were necessary to meet the needs of the American public and create more transparency...|
|9/8/2014 - The food industry is a sophisticated, calculating and very profitable enterprise that preys on consumer weaknesses, ones they've strategically created.
Food sellers have one priority when it comes to consumers, and it's not their health, but rather assurance. They need you to keep coming back for...|
|9/6/2014 - According to a study conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley, a sleepless night may make you likely to eat junk food rather than healthier choices like vegetables and whole grains. This study offers additional insights into the link between obesity and poor sleep.
Researchers scanned the brains...|
|7/27/2014 - Currently facing the lowest public approval rating of his entire tenure, Barack Obama has adopted a new political strategy that he hopes will woo the American public to his side: junk food. That's right, the proclaimed president of the world's greatest superpower has taken to the streets, visibly chowing...|
|5/12/2014 - Organic and natural foods are all the rage, but do you know where your favorite health food brands really come from? The Cornucopia Institute (CI), which advocates for real organic food produced on real family farms, has published an infographic that might come as a shock to millions of people who think...|
|4/29/2014 - A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine says that, by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, more than 1 billion adults are overweight, and at least 300 million of these people are obese.
With the obesity crisis...|
|4/24/2014 4:14:39 PM - Thanks to greater awareness surrounding the dangers of food that's processed and doused with pesticides, consumer attitudes have blossomed from an interest to a demand when it comes to knowing what's in our food and understanding what's healthy.
However, consumers aren't the only ones who've changed...|
|4/21/2014 - It's no secret that eating junk food (sometimes considered an oxymoron) can create a host of health problems, including contributing to obesity. However a new study not only supports the overweight issue, but also gives credence to an often-said phrase about people who eat junk food: that they are also...|
|4/16/2014 3:47:07 PM - Millions of Americans who claim to be opposed to drug use are actually heavy drug users themselves, according to a new study out of France. Researchers from the University of Paris' Functional and Adaptive Biology laboratory recently found that triglycerides, a type of fat often found in junk foods,...|
|4/8/2014 - It should be no surprise that people have so much trouble staying on diets, or that obesity in the Western world continues soaring beyond all prior records.
New research into the neurological effects of junk food consumption is increasingly confirming that eating sugary, high-fat foods produces exactly...|
|1/12/2014 - According to a new study by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia, eating food that is loaded with sugar and fat for just one week can have a detrimental effect on the brain's cognitive ability. More worrying still, preliminary data suggests that this effect is permanent, indicating...|
|8/19/2013 - The average American supermarket has become little more than a hotbed of processed junk food, thanks to federal agriculture policies that for decades have used taxpayer dollars to subsidize the overproduction of junk food crops. Since 1995, in fact, the federal government has spent nearly $20 billion...|
|8/2/2013 - Researchers are beginning to compile an impressive wealth of scientific evidence to explain how the nutritional status, and specifically the diet of a mother during gestation, plays a critical role in setting the initial gene set or expression for the newborn child that will determine susceptibility...|
|5/31/2013 - Medical nutrition scientists have written volumes that show how the nutrients from the foods we eat daily alter our genetic structure as well as the metabolism of every one of the trillions of cells in our body. Neurons in the brain are particularly susceptible to an accurately-delivered array of nutrients...|
|4/10/2013 - Sugary sodas and aspartame-laced diet sodas can all be purchased with taxpayer money via the federal food stamp program. It's called the "Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program" (SNAP), and it provides free food credits to 42 million Americans who use the credits to purchase junk food, birthday...|
|3/27/2013 - The things you eat have a direct effect on your state of mind, and even have the power to drastically alter your behavioral patterns. These are the findings of a new study out of Oxford University in the U.K., which revealed that processed junk food consumption can lead to aggression, irritability,...|
|3/22/2013 - Regular readers of Natural News, as well as scores of others in the U.S. and around the world, have long since known of the health dangers of junk food - foods that can most generally be described as those which contain empty calories and excessive amounts of substances known to cause harm to the body.
|3/5/2013 - How would you like to enter this world with a brain pre-programmed to crave junk food? Toward the realization that you are what your mother ate, the March 2013 FASEB Journal published research that suggests women who eat junk food while pregnant chemically alter the brain of their unborn child.
|11/16/2012 - Dear fellow junk food aficionados: A great chapter of American history is coming to an end. The Texas-based Hostess company, the producer of Twinkies, Ho Ho's and other fine pastries, has been gutted by a union dispute and is closing its doors for good. A total of 18,500 people will lose their jobs,...|
|11/3/2012 - The knowledge that junk foods such as bacon cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, donuts and chips are detrimental to your health is no new revelation. These foods are packed with hydrogenated trans-fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars that boost blood pressure, increase blood glucose and flood cells with...|
|8/17/2012 - Now that government agencies are branding animal rights and ecological activists as "eco-terrorists," what should anyone who attacks junk food with a machete be called - a foodie terrorist?
The Yuma Sun of Yuma, AZ recently reported an episode of an unidentified man barging into a gas station with...|
|7/10/2012 - New vaccinations against obesity that could allow obese patients to eat as much junk food as they like and still lose weight are in development. As reported in the Journal Of Animal Science and Biotechnology, a research team led by Dr. Keith Haffer, of US firm Braasch Biotech, and Mariana Monteiro from...|
|6/30/2012 - Junk food is over-processed and too easy to digest. Junk food requires very little processing by the body because it is mostly sugar, over-processed grains and empty fillers like hydrolyzed starches, cellulose and maltodextrin. The digestive system is like any other system in the body, if you don't...|
|3/7/2012 - The U.S. industrial food and farming system, dominated by fast food restaurants and processed, chemical-laden food, has precipitated a public health crisis. Although nutritionists recommend that consumers avoid eating unhealthy junk foods, every day 75 million Americans "supersize" themselves and damage...|
|3/5/2012 7:42:28 PM - The days of Saturday morning cartoons are long gone. Today, kids can watch cartoons and other children's programming on a variety of channels anytime they turn on the TV. Parents would do well to keep a close eye on not only what and how much their children are watching, but the content of the commercials...|
|1/23/2012 - "Will vaccinate my baby for food!" That seems to be the goal of a program launched last year by the UnitedHealthcare health insurance company of Michigan. It has resorted to enticing parents with junk food to convince them to inject their infants with potentially deadly vaccines containing brain-damaging...|
|9/21/2011 - The United Nations Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is being held in September in New York -- and 140 international non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and public health organizations are using the meeting to confront the UN. Their concern? They want the UN to come clean about the organization's...|
|8/18/2011 - Binge eating of sugary or fatty junk foods brought on by periods of emotional stress or otherwise may be remedied by consuming saturated fat, finds new research. The reason that many are drawn to junk foods in the first place is a nutritional deficiency. Cravings for chocolate may indicate a magnesium...|
|7/16/2011 - According to network rules that regulate British TV, sex scenes are kept off the airwaves until after nine PM in order to protect children from their influence. The results of a recent study conducted by researchers by the University of Liverpool are now prompting calls for similar restrictions on food...|
|6/24/2011 - There appears to be no limit to what some Americans are willing to put in their bodies, even in the so-called health mecca of California. According to a recent FOX News report, a vendor at the San Diego County Fair this year is selling battered, deep-fried Kool-Aid -- yes, Kool-Aid powder wrapped in...|
|5/2/2011 - The brain's response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addict's brain exhibits when anticipating the next "hit," suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt...|
|2/22/2011 - Researchers in Britain have discovered that feeding your children junk or processed foods can actually lower their IQ. The diets and general health and well-being of 14000 children born from 1991 to 1992 in western England were monitored at ages three, four and a half, seven and again at age 8. It was...|
|1/24/2011 - According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Junk food is one of the culprits for the obesity epidemic. Kids are exposed to junk food in many ways, from unhealthy parental role models to marketing...|
|12/23/2010 - Scientists are increasingly becoming convinced that junk food can be just as physically addictive as street drugs like heroin.
Researchers at Rockefeller University have found that foods high in fat and sugar cause the brain to release many of the same pleasure chemicals that produce drug addiction,...|
|12/4/2010 - Over the last month or so, the mainstream media has been making a huge deal about Kansas State nutrition professor Mark Haub who lost 27 pounds eating mostly Doritos, Twinkies and other junk food while drinking Diet Mountain Dew. But as usual, they're misrepresenting the story.
You can lose weight...|
|8/5/2010 - A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered.
In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the...|
|5/10/2010 - In response to recent bans on junk food advertising in the U.K., junk food manufacturers like Fanta, which is part of Coca-Cola, have found a loophole to the restriction. Producers are paying children the equivalent of roughly $40 a week to plug company products to their friends through social networking...|
|4/12/2010 - A new study just found that a diet with unlimited junk food desensitizes the pleasure centers of the brain. As a consequence, more and more junk foods were required to feel the same level of pleasure. The study used rats, but since rats and humans are wired pretty similarly in this region of the brain,...|
|3/18/2010 - Junk food appears to be almost as addictive as heroin, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
"This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common...|
|3/10/2010 - The health ministry of South Korea has announced that advertisements for foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt, will be limited during the prime time television hours of 5 and 7 p.m. and during any children's programming. In support of national efforts to curb childhood obesity, the limitations...|
|2/27/2010 - Junk food advertising has reached a new low with the recent Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" ads which portray Doritos consumers as violent murderers who will kill fellow human beings to get a bag of Doritos.
One Doritos ad portrays a man backing out of a parking lot when his car strikes an innocent...|
|1/27/2010 - A study conducted by Children Now, a California-based child advocacy group, has been released that indicts the food industry for continuing to market unhealthy food to children. Despite many food companies' expressed willingness in years prior to self-regulate themselves and shift their advertising...|
|12/14/2009 - (Natural News) The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) determined that "nearly 80 percent of food ads on the popular children's network Nickelodeon are for foods of poor nutritional quality." This modest improvement from 90 percent in 2005 was considered insufficient, and the industry's...|
|8/3/2009 - Mr. Johnson weighed nearly a ton.
And drank pop 'til his health came undone.
His kidneys turned blue
But he said, "I've got two."
"So I'll drink 'til I only lose one."
The debate over health care reform has run smack into a brick wall of economic reality. There's just not enough money to pay...|
|7/15/2009 - This article has been removed|
|8/28/2008 - The Toronto board of health has urged the Canadian government to place a total ban on the advertising of junk foods to children.
Currently, advertising to children is regulated by self-imposed rules under which 16 food companies have agreed either not to market to children under the age of 12, or...|
|8/2/2008 - A new and more stringent ban on advertising junk food to children has come into effect in the United Kingdom, but many health advocates are saying the new measures do not go far enough.
In April 2007, the British government banned the airing of junk food ads during any television program designed...|
|2/4/2008 - While New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning achieved an astonishing success in leading his team to a 17-14 Superbowl win over the New England Patriots, he has so far positioned himself as a junk food peddler off the field by agreeing to star in television advertisements promoting Oreo cookies to...|
|1/17/2008 - Back in early 2007, I was invited to participate in a pioneering new documentary that dared to explore the harmful effects of processed foods and soft drinks on teenagers. I flew to Los Angeles, spent two hours being interviewed on camera, and went back home, hoping my efforts would help educate parents...|
|10/9/2007 - Many of the television commercials seen by teenagers are for junk food products. According to research released this week by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this may be a major reason obesity rates continue to rise among 12-17 year-olds. The studies examined by researchers at the University...|
|6/14/2007 - The Senate Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing on school nutrition that has inspired the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to keep driving toward national action that will help get junk food out of the public school system. Congress could move this year to restrict...|
|12/12/2006 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday that Congress should pass legislation prohibiting junk food commercials on TV shows aimed at children, and pediatricians should support a ban or severe restrictions on unhealthy food ads appearing in schools.
The AAP's policy asks Congress and...|
|11/29/2006 - A new report by UK consumer group Which? charges junk food manufacturers with engaging in "underhand" marketing techniques aimed at selling high-sugar, fattening foods to young children.
Which? researchers kept track of the marketing techniques of 12 food companies -- Burger King, McDonald's, KFC,...|
|11/27/2006 - The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently rewrote its guidelines on accepting corporate sponsorships from companies that sell unhealthy foods in an effort to appear unbiased, but critics say the charity group's willingness to take money from junk food companies and pharmaceutical firms has already...|
|10/19/2006 - According to a new study published by researcher AC Nielsen, many Americans know that poor nutritional choices lead to increased weight -- and even obesity -- but continue to eat these foods anyway.
With standard nutrition labels as the only guide for millions of consumers to judge what they are...|
|10/10/2006 - Eating junk food during pregnancy may raise the chance of having obese children who are more susceptible to diabetes, according to a Royal Veterinary College, London study.
Researchers at RVC fed female rats doughnuts, muffins, chocolate, potato chips, cheese, cookies and candy during pregnancy,...|
|10/9/2006 - Although the rising level of childhood obesity in the United States has spurred many schools to ban junk food from their cafeterias and vending machines from their halls, thousands of schools still supply unhealthy fare to their students. A nutrition deal between former President Bill Clinton and some...|
|9/6/2006 - The International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF) recently released a report urging UN agencies and governments to develop globally enforceable regulations to ban or severely limit exploitative marketing techniques aimed at children to sell junk food.
At the International Congress on Obesity in Sydney,...|
|1/19/2006 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently announced its intention to pressure Kellogg Co. to halt its practice of advertising junk foods to children. Spearheaded by CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, the effort promises a lawsuit to protect children from junk food marketing...|
|12/6/2005 - Parents have expectations of what will happen once they drop their child off at school. The two most basic expectations are that their child will learn and that they will be safe while at school, but the once-insular school environment has changed. Advertisers are realizing more and more that children...|
|10/10/2005 - Jennifer Mattox hopes to someday enjoy the same kind of attention as Morgan Spurlock, director and producer of the Oscar-nominated 2004 fast-food documentary "Supersize Me." In fact, Spurlock's film inspired Mattox not only to film her own feature-length documentary, but also to launch an entire independent...|
|12/5/2004 - Want a real solution to skyrocketing health care costs? Forget about all the so-called "cost saving" schemes dreamed up by politicians, drug companies and HMOs. All they do is create new levels of bureaucracy that don't address the real problems of why health care costs are so high in the first place....|
|6/2/2004 12:27:24 PM - An alarming new study published in the Journal of Food Composition and
Analysis reveals that Americans are getting nearly one-third of their
calories from junk foods: soft drinks, sweets, desserts, alcoholic
beverages, and salty snacks. It explains why obesity is rampant,
diabetes is epidemic,...|
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|11/18/2003 12:54:48 AM - It's sickening: junk food manufacturers and marketers have come up with a new report highlighting tactics for selling more junk food to children. With this, junk food companies and soft drink manufacturers demonstrate a complete lack of business ethics: as long as they can make greater profits, it doesn't...|
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