Coca-Cola’s century old strategy to influence perceptions and policy

Coca-Cola is a marketing machine. It’s in the company’s DNA. Go back to its roots in the 1880’s and 1890’s when the company’s pharmacist founders were asking the question: how can we get people to buy a product whose main ingredient is one of Earth’s most abundant elements – water? Fast forward to today, when we’re now […]

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Cooking matters

Cooking makes us human. It’s one of the few distinguishing features between us and our primate ancestors. It serves an important physiological, cultural, and even spiritual purpose. Cooking unlocks potential energy in food. Research has shown that eating a cooked vegetable or piece of meat provides more calories than if you were to eat the […]

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A lesson in how major food and beverage companies influence public perceptions about obesity

In 2009, a group of the world’s largest and most powerful food and beverage companies banded together to make a voluntary pledge of reducing calories in the US food supply. This group of now 16 food and beverage companies, which control about 25% of the US food supply, formed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. It […]

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How Unscientific are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

The other week The BMJ published an investigation into the scientific process underpinning the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines. These guidelines were first created back in 1980, and subsequently released every five years. They form the basis for everything from school lunches, to research priorities, to US recommendations for global health policy at the World Health Organization. […]

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Trans fats are out: 8 things to know about artificial trans fats and the recent FDA ban

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that it will no longer consider food products containing partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fat, as “generally recognized as safe.” As a result, the FDA ordered food manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils from their products. The ruling is a long time […]

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