Welcome to our second installment of the HSB Weekly Food News Round-Up!
Media to “Just Go Read/Listen/Watch”:
- Marion Nestle is semi-retiring from teaching , and did this marvelously thought-provoking interview with Civil Eats
- A friend of Madison’s from college is a part of a feminist socialist podcast called Season of the Bitch, and they’ve put out podcasts on Food Justice and Food Sovereignty and they’re fantastic
- Get up-to-date info on the E. Coli outbreak on romaine lettuce from the NYT and Food Politics Blog. Takeaway: This was a bad one, but the culprit lettuce is through the supply chain now, so we should be ok to be eating romaine now
From the Food Politics Blog: The World Health Organization (WHO) committee on non-communicable (aka chronic) diseases (NCDs) released a recent report that was notably lacking one particular recommended approach to decreasing sugar consumption: a tax on soda. Why was this omitted from the report? Turns out the representative from the U.S. on the committee vetoed it. In the past, the U.S. has also blocked lowering the recommended sugar intake. We agree with Marion Nestle’s take:
NCDs are the major cause of worldwide death and disability and we need worldwide efforts to prevent them. This calls for cooperation, not blackmail.
In more hopeful news from Civil Eats, this June in Detroit we will see the opening of the Dream Cafe and Community Food Hub, which will kick off its work to provide “food production and service that is truly equitable, sustainable, cooperative, and community driven” with 5 days of pop-ups featuring food businesses owned and operated by people of color. In a city that is 90% people of color, it is so exciting to see efforts to promote food sovereignty, and we hope that this model catches on across the country. Go read the article!
Finally, for your edification from NutritionFacts.org: Dr. Greger released a couple videos last week outlining the connection between oxidized blood cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease (among other diseases). First Video / Second Video The foods containing the highest amount of oxidized cholesterol were canned tuna and ghee (clarified butter), but all animal products contained some amount of oxidized cholesterol. He also outlined various studies discussing strategies of reducing oxidized blood cholesterol. While it is possible to reduce cholesterol oxidization through such methods as air-tight opaque meat packaging and cooking on as low a heat as possible, the best method is to avoid foods containing cholesterol in the first place.
Dr. Greger’s advice? Eat whole plant foods, and the issue of cholesterol oxidization is non-existent.
Until next week… This has been the Weekly Food News Round-Up with HSB!