As School Meals Have Gotten Healthier, 1.4 Million Students Drop Out of School Lunch Program

Michelle Obama’s healthy school meal standards have scored not too tasty. Over a span of three school years, 1.4 million children dropped out of the National School Lunch Program, reports the Government Accountability Office (GAO). While the first lady’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has brought healthier items to lunch trays, sugary and salty foods that […]

Proof That Obamacare Menu Labels Won’t Work

New calorie-labeling requirements in Obamacare probably won’t cause consumers to choose healthier foods, if New York City is any model. For six years, the city has required restaurants to post calorie counts prominently so customers can consider them while ordering. Yet a new study released Monday and published in Health Affairs adds to mounting evidence […]

Chipotle Outbreak Spotlights Growing Food-Poisoning Risk

More than 40 Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in two Northwestern states remain closed as government officials continue to investigate an outbreak of food poisoning liked to the popular chain. The 43 restaurants in Seattle and Portland, Ore., were temporarily closed this weekend after more than 20 people became sick after eating at the restaurants over […]

Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the ‘Freshman 15’

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the “freshman 15,” trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine. “The ‘freshman […]

Prison Pork Ban Revoked

Just one week after the federal Bureau of Prisons banned pork products from its 122 prisons, pork roast will return to the dinner lines, officials said Friday. The reversal came just hours after Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who represents the farm-strong state of Iowa, wrote to complain about the decision. “The pork industry is responsible […]

Scientists Fortifying Beef With Healthy Omega-3s

Health-conscious consumers might be persuaded to eat more beef if it was fortified with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in salmon and walnuts, according to researchers and some ranchers who are feeding cattle flaxseed – even marine algae – with an eye to offering another wholesome dinner choice. People have long been told they […]

Sugar: Public Health Enemy No. 1

Dietary fat was blamed for decades as the primary driver of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. That common wisdom has rapidly changed in the face of new research showing that sugar is the real danger and should be eliminated wherever possible. “Sugar is poison,” says Richard Jacoby, M.D., a peripheral nerve surgeon based in Scottsdale, […]