When Marketing Affects Habits — and Can Kill Us

(This post was updated on June 4, 2018 to correct an embarrassing error.  My mother passed aged eighty-three, not seventy-nine.) During the last three months of my mother’s life (2010), when she was shuttled between two facilities in Oakland (California), I felt grateful for the way the hospital cafeteria at Summit-Alta Bates Medical Center’s Merritt Pavilion was organized. The healthiest food was near the entrance. When I visited my mother, I was careful to eat well so I wouldn’t be forced to miss seeing her because of illness.  I was overwhelmed, though, and appreciated every convenience.  If high-fat comfort food … Continue reading When Marketing Affects Habits — and Can Kill Us

One More Way to Discourage Xenophobia

A supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, has presented one more argument against racism and intolerance of other cultures:  It can mess with our eating habits. This sounds like a small effort, but it addresses something people take for granted when they make their worlds too small.  If you’re serious about trashing other cultures and races, be ready to do some serious boycotting.  This is especially important if you’re a lifelong citizen of the United States, which was established by white immigrants who elbowed out the indigenous population by all means necessary to create a new country.  Gee, you never know where … Continue reading One More Way to Discourage Xenophobia

Don’t Underestimate The Sugar In That Beverage, Even If It’s 100% Juice

If you read this CNN article, please read it carefully.  It notes possible variables in the study, and artificial sweeteners aren’t completely exonerated. Be sure to take a look at the slideshow, too, but try to resist the temptation to say, “If my favorite juice has that much sugar, I’ll eat the cookies instead.”  That isn’t what mature adults do, and you know it. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/22/health/sweetened-drinks-double-diabetes-risk/index.html Continue reading Don’t Underestimate The Sugar In That Beverage, Even If It’s 100% Juice

Promoting Healthy Habits

At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to an article in The Guardian, describing how the right approach can influence nutrition choices in young people. It’s just common sense, and I find it regrettable that we haven’t discussed this topic at length before now. The observations made by researchers at the University Of Texas Austin don’t apply only to teenagers.  Many adults will also find it thought-provoking if it’s brought to their attention that their choices are being manipulated for profit.  No one likes being taken advantage of. Unfortunately, junk food is addictive, and not everyone who is hooked … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Habits