How Will CoVID-19 Affect Transit Trips to Get Processed Food? by Jonathan Katz

People will travel long distances to get their favorite processed foods, if it is not at the corner store near them – something that is especially the case if the food is from another country, or not affordable near them. In the United States, most people drive to purchase these foods, but in many cities, people will take public transportation. These trips are quite common … Continue reading How Will CoVID-19 Affect Transit Trips to Get Processed Food? by Jonathan Katz

Trans fatty acids: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Sean O’Keefe

I have watched the changes in the food industry and consumer perceptions over the past 40 years with great interest. One of the changes that I find most fascinating is the change in perception of trans and saturated fatty acids that has occurred. When I speak to students today, they scratch their heads when I tell them “when I was your age, coconut oil was … Continue reading Trans fatty acids: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Sean O’Keefe

Some questions for the new food movement

There is an all-out battle going on between supporters of the way we currently produce, process, distribute and sell food in the US and many places around the world and the new food movement who claims that the current food system is corrupt and needs to be destroyed and replaced. Rachel Laudan reframed the debate over the food system by declaring that we have oversimplified … Continue reading Some questions for the new food movement

Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates

Unlike most of the books I review on this site, Food Fights is an edited volume of thirteen chapters written by individual authors and fitted into five sections encompassing producing, choosing, regulating, gendering, and cooking & eating food. Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker are the two co-editors of the book. Back in my scholarly days I read many of these types of books … Continue reading Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates

Who are the best dietary advisers: doctors or dietitians?

We are cooped up in our homes, and our dietary patterns are primarily dependent on what food is available to us. Still we are bombarded with dietary advice from the internet, social media, print media, books, friends, and family. Much of that advice is contradictory although lately there has been a convergence emphasizing fresh, whole, plant-based foods. We are cautioned against being seduced by processed … Continue reading Who are the best dietary advisers: doctors or dietitians?

Processed foods in the era of COVID-19

On Friday, February 28 I wrote in my journal, “Life is going so well right now; how will I respond to challenges?” Much has changed since then. I voted in the Florida Presidential Primary on Tuesday morning of March 17, went to the grocery store, and then headed home to shelter in place. That afternoon my wife was sent home from her library job. Dealing … Continue reading Processed foods in the era of COVID-19

What is a healthy diet for you? by Elizabeth Strawbridge

  As a Registered Dietitian, a lot of people ask me whether certain foods, recipes, snacks, or meals are “healthy” or “good.” And it’s such a hard question to answer. Our favorite saying in the field is “everything in moderation,” and while I know this isn’t an exciting saying, I still believe it.  A food item like a banana is generally viewed as healthy, but … Continue reading What is a healthy diet for you? by Elizabeth Strawbridge

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

When I scheduled How Not to Die last year as my book of the month for April of 2020, little did I realize that I would be seriously thinking about my own mortality! Most of us are working on washing our hands often and thoroughly, resisting the urge to touch our faces, and staying at home to keep away from others. Thus, Dr. Michael Greger’s … Continue reading How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

A celebration of food waste, the coronavirus and food, the molecule that gets us going and more food in the news

There have been some major events happening in the world of processed food in the last month. A major fast-food chain is telling us that food that rots and rots quickly is better for us than food that does not. Is that right or am I missing something? Reporting on the coronavirus and its implications for our health dominates our newsfeeds, but do we need … Continue reading A celebration of food waste, the coronavirus and food, the molecule that gets us going and more food in the news

I was a food technologist: A chronicle from teen-age to new age by Aaron Brody

I graduated with a degree in food technology. Several years later, the term food science was proposed – and applied sort of. Today we have food science; food science and technology; Nutrition and Food Science; — and an assortment of nomenclatures such as food processing, food engineering, culinary arts, Institute of Food Technologists, etc., etc. In olden days, chefs and cooks were just that – … Continue reading I was a food technologist: A chronicle from teen-age to new age by Aaron Brody