The changing face of nutrition by Andrea Boyar

My personal point of view about food and nutrition has been evolving over the three decades I have been teaching nutrition to undergraduate and graduate students who become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as well as nutrition educators. The responsibility of educating future nutritionists and dietitians whose role it will be to give dietary advice to patients and clients is one that I take seriously. Thus the … Continue reading The changing face of nutrition by Andrea Boyar

Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice

Have we been misled by dietitians and nutrition experts into damaging diets because they have focused way too much on nutrients and not enough on foods? Can we blame these food professionals for the obesity epidemic we face as a country? The answer to both questions is Yes, contends Gyorgy Scrinis in his book Nutritionism. This concept has been echoed in numerous books that have … Continue reading Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice

Will a return to home cooking bring America’s salt problem under control?

Is home cooking the key to America’s health problems? We are suffering an obesity epidemic and from a wave of chronic diseases. The problem, we are told, is too much fast food and too much processed food. The solution appears to be simple—go back to home cooking. Two reports have come out in recent years that seem to support this contention, particularly with respect to … Continue reading Will a return to home cooking bring America’s salt problem under control?

Fast food and its effect on regional cuisines

Fast food has become, for good or ill, one of the most dominant themes in American food culture. Its appeal and condemnation has spread to almost every corner of the globe. Fast-food operations generally emphasize a low price per meal ($4.00-$7.00) with a limited menu and minimal table service. Fast-casual restaurants tend to be a little more up-scale with higher prices, more items and some … Continue reading Fast food and its effect on regional cuisines

Local Food: The Regional Food of Hawaii by Rachel Laudan

Do regional cuisines really exist in the United States? asked Sandra Oliver in one of the last issues of Food History News, the newsletter she started in 1989 and published for twenty years. Was it not the case that until the end of the nineteenth century everyone depended on a porridge of pounded corn, called mush or grits?  And that with the industrialization of food, … Continue reading Local Food: The Regional Food of Hawaii by Rachel Laudan

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

For the uninitiated, potlikker is the liquid that remains in the pot after cooking up a mess of greens. Potlikker is nutrient rich as minerals and water-soluble vitamins in the greens are leached out into the cooking water. In The Potlikker Papers, John Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, introduces us to a platter of tidbits of what Southern food was and how it … Continue reading The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking

Looking for a book that puts a positive spin on the industrial food system in America? If so, I have a treat for you in the form of Baking Powder Wars. Linda Civitello provides an alternate view of the food industry and the consumer than what we are used to reading about. Be forewarned, however, as the food industry can end up being one of the … Continue reading Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking

Reimagining the American food system

Science is not always right, but what becomes the arbiter between opposing positions if scientific knowledge is ignored? Science has become very political. It is proclaimed as proof if it supports a specific position and is ignored if it does not. A single study can neither confirm nor refute a particular point-of-view. Results from scientific studies must be evaluated on the strength of their methodologies … Continue reading Reimagining the American food system

The food movement vs. Big Food

There is little doubt that trust in the American food industry is at a low, perhaps an all-time low. Wherever we turn we are urged to avoid processed food. Pushed by the food movement, Big Food does all that it can to meet its criticisms and pretend that the packages of food with ingredient statements and Nutrition Facts they manufacture are NOT really processed-food products. … Continue reading The food movement vs. Big Food