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October 18, 2006 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
The health benefits of eating fish twice a week outweigh the risks, but children and women of childbearing age should not eat certain types that are highly contaminated, according to a report released Tuesday by a national panel of scientists. Seafood is rich in nutrients that help protect against heart disease, and most Americans do not eat enough, the scientists reported.
September 22, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
The Let's Be Frank food trailer parked most days outside the old Helms Bakery complex is no ordinary lunch wagon. The San Francisco company that operates the hot-dog vendor serves franks and sausages made from cows that ate only grass or pigs that were raised humanely. Customers also can choose turkey or soy dogs, all on buns from L.A. Breadworks. The small business was funded in part by venture capitalist Peter Rogers and his Dry Creek Ventures, which targets clean energy, water and food businesses.
The government Wednesday issued a definition for "healthy" foods that will almost certainly force manufacturers to either change the names or ingredients of many products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said foods labeled "healthy" must be low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The agency said a "healthy" food must also contain at least 10% of the recommended daily value of either Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or fiber.
July 9, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON--Advertisers and food and beverage industry officials called the government's new guidelines for advertising directed toward children a "reckless" maneuver in light of today's fragile economy. After Congress asked the Federal Trade Commission, along with three other federal agencies, to develop a strategy to target childhood obesity, the FTC released a set of guidelines in April. They call on advertisers to encourage children to choose healthy foods and to limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium in food marketed to children.
It's probably not the best-known fact in supermarket circles, but Borden Inc. is fast becoming to pasta what Anheuser-Busch is to beer. In the last five years, the company that's better known for Elsie the cow has nearly quadrupled its worldwide pasta sales to an estimated $800 million in 1991. Borden holds 34% of the national pasta market, has the country's only true national brand with Creamette and doesn't appear to be reaching a comfort zone.
January 13, 2004 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Pitching a makeshift tent on the sea ice, where the Arctic Ocean meets the North Atlantic, brothers Mamarut and Gedion Kristiansen are ready to savor their favorite meal. Nearby lies the carcass of a narwhal, a reclusive beast with an ivory tusk like a unicorn's. Mamarut slices off a piece of muktuk, the whale's raw pink blubber and mottled gray skin, as a snack. "Peqqinnartoq," he says in Greenlandic. Healthy food. Mamarut's wife, Tukummeq Peary, a descendant of famed North Pole explorer Adm.
June 13, 2012
The Good Food Revolution Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities Will Allen with Charles Wilson Gotham Books: 272 pp., $26
December 17, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it "nasty, rotty stuff. " So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.
June 23, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Public Enemy No. 1 in America's battle of the bulge isn't cupcakes, soda or double bacon cheeseburgers. It's the simple potato, according to Harvard University researchers. Daily consumption of an extra serving of spuds — French fries, crispy chips, mashed with butter and garlic, or simply boiled or baked — was found to cause more weight gain than downing an additional 12-ounce can of a sugary drink or taking an extra helping of red or processed meats. Altogether, after tracking the good and bad diet and lifestyle choices of more than 120,000 health professionals from around the country for at least 12 years, the research team calculated that participants gained an average of 0.8 of a pound a year, close to the U.S. average, according to a report published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
August 23, 2011
Fair Food Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All Oran B. Hesterman Publc Affairs: 303 pps., $24.99
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