Readers of a certain age will likely remember the 1973 film Soylent Green, in which the inhabitants of a polluted, overcrowded world subsist on a mysterious food known only as Soylent Green. And even if you haven't seen the movie, you likely know how that turned out.
Already in a bad mood? Step away from the Krispy Kremes – they will only make matters worse, according to a new study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.
Apparently people in a bad mood are doomed to experience an even worse mood after indulging in high sugar, high fat comfort foods. One culprit could of course be a sugar crash, but we can’t place all the blame there – it turns out some commonly eaten comfort foods are chemically similar to mood enhancing drugs.
Dining out is one of the biggest challenge dieters face, because usually they can only guess at the caloric content of the dishes they order. Now there’s a movement to take the guesswork – and guilt – out of the restaurant experience.
Below is a reprint from yesterday's New York Times Op-Ed. We are sure many of you read it, but just in case you missed it, we wanted to send it along as 'food for thought.'
Op-Ed Contributor: Food Without Fear
November 23, 2004
By DAN BARBER
Now that it's spring, consumers should be taking time to smell the flowers. Or is it eat the flowers?
About a decade after they first made their appearance on the salad plates of trendistas, flowers are again the food trend du jour- not as a garnish this time, but as an ingredient.
While the rest of the world is taking advantage of the summer crop by mixing blueberries into muffin batters and cereal, some food scientists have found an alternate source for them... your meat.
There are plenty of people in the nutrition field who don't agree with the "healthy eating" guidelines offered in the USDA?s ubiquitous food pyramid.
And now, researchers at Tufts University are going so far as to say that for seniors it's definitely out of whack.
Tufts' new revised model pyramid is strictly for the 70+ set. As a result, there are allowances made for those extra dietary requirements that become necessary with age.
The latest self-help cause among consumers is a bit fishy.
Call it the food mood movement. It's been brewing for years now, and reached its peak about a month ago when the headlines broke on yet another study proving omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) fight depression.
Now psychiatrists are prescribing fatty acids instead of Prozac to their patients.
To some, religion seems out of place in the Pledge of Allegiance. Others are trying to push it onto consumers' plates.
Consider this new crop of "Bible foods":
A company called House of David Foods is marketing a Bible Bar and Bible Granola. Both are said to have "nutritional and spiritual" value and include the seven foods of Deuteronomy - wheat, barley, raisins, honey, figs, olive oil and pomegranates. The products are sold in some 2500 stores nationwide, including religious shops and bookstores.