Nestlé, the world's largest food company (no relation) has conducted periodic studies of infant feeding practices since 2002, no doubt to encourage sales of its Gerber products. The surveys—FITS (Feeding Infants and Nutrition) Studies—invariably show that Gerber baby foods would be better for babies than what they currently are fed.
The latest FITS results, says the Nestlé press release, "are startling."
• One-third of toddlers and 50 percent of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.
• One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.
• Half of two-year-olds and 60 percent of three-year-olds watch more than one hour of television each day.
• 17 percent of two-year-olds...read full post »
Monday, November 29 is our last best hope for the Senate to pass food safety reform. That’s something I hope we can be thankful for next week.
Part of the point of Thanksgiving is to appreciate the incredible bounty of foods we enjoy and often take for granted. Imagine what the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock would have thought had they walked into a modern supermarket … filled with an eye-popping variety of exotic fruits and vegetables from all over the world; abundant meat, poultry, and eggs; and what would likely have surprised them the most—the thousands of boxed, canned, and frozen packaged foods to choose from.
But for all of our amazing advances in agriculture and food processing, eating—whether on Thanksgiving or any other day of the week—is still a surprisingly risky undertaking. Despite our heroic crop yields, far-...read full post »
When I heard that this summer the FDA called the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in meat animals a serious threat to public health, I needed to know if I should be worried about antibiotics when I eat meat. What should I be buying when it comes to meat and poultry?
Here’s what I learned: By the time meat (beef, poultry, pork) and dairy products reach your plate, there are no antibiotics present. If a farmer...read full post »
My son is a committed carnivore. So much so that he was plunged into an existential crisis once when asked, “If you had to pick just one kind of meat to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?” He debated the relative merits of bacon versus chicken versus pork for hours.
Even though that was years ago, imagine our surprise when he took a job last fall as a member of a mostly vegetarian crew doing conservation work in state parks. We didn’t expect him to survive. And yet—he has thrived. Sure, he still stocks up on burgers on the weekend, but during the week he’s found he actually enjoys and is satisfied with veggie-topped pizza and vegetarian chili.
Recipes to try:
Philly Cheese Steaks and...
A veggie-filled omelet is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your morning meal. Ready in seconds, an omelet can be made with almost any cooked or raw vegetable you have on hand—broccoli, onions, spinach, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes are all classic ingredients.read full post »