Food Marketing Reaches a New Low: Buyers Beware

On April 15, 2017, Emma Morano passed away peacefully in Verbania, Italy at the age of 117 years, 137 days, and 16 hours! She was the oldest person in the world, according to her obituary. What explains her longevity?

She lived very quietly in a church-owned apartment near beautiful Lake Maggiore. Was the lake's mild climate a factor, or perhaps the three raw eggs she ate every day for nearly a century? As always with long life, the role of diet emerges. Was it the three eggs each day or the lack of processed foods and sodas, or any number of other possible factors? How to live a long, healthy life has become an obsession in modern times as it seems we become less and less healthy.

Real Food for 2017

 
As many of you know, I have written close to 20 blog posts about food (available here), a favorite topic.  The subject has been in the news so often lately that it seems like a good time to update my comments.

Sugar and spice: the hilarious and serious about healthy eating

Two new books illustrate both the obsessions and confusion about food. In her book, “I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting,” Rebecca Harrington describes her adventures in celebrity dieting as she actually tries the diets of celebrities from Liz Taylor to Gwyneth Paltrow to Beyoncé and more. Robert H. Lustig, MD in contrast provides a very scientific and comprehensive review of the dangers of sugar and processed foods in Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease.

Is it the end of the American diet? The bad and the good about food, cancer, and longevity

This past week has been full of controversy about the dangers of bacon and processed meats.

Huge interest in toxic chemicals triggered by last week's blog: follow up notes

Last week's blog about the link between Agent Orange and the likelihood of developing MGUS and myeloma clearly struck an emotional chord: many are concerned especially about the broader implications. Were others exposed? Are many people exposed to toxic chemicals? Is that what is really causing MGUS and myeloma? Are other chemicals producing similar toxic effects? How long ago can the exposure occur? Can early exposure pose a lingering threat?

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