junk food

It would be feasible from both legal and administrative perspectives to impose federal taxes on so-called "junk foods," says a new study. Junk food taxes have been urged for years by various authorities, the ostensible reason being that they would make these foods more expensive and thus decrease their popularity — supposedly a means of fighting the obesity epidemic. And some cities, e.g. Boston and Philadelphia, have imposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) as a first step.

However, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, J.D., M.P.H from New York University and colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health that such local taxes won't have the broad impact that a federal tax would have, and thus they investigated how...

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The next time you make your way to a chain restaurant for a quick fix, don't think about calling it fast food; the phrase is dying. Don't worry, fast food itself isn't going anywhere, but the term is being re-branded, because it has become so unpopular.

Enter "fast casual" and "fast crafted." And throw in some "artisanal" too. Sounds a bit more appealing, doesn't it?

After all, the new branding is no accident, it's clever...

School Food - Chicken NuggetsNot that he hasn t been ranting based on nothing more than his own superficial understanding of the food business, economics, or even common sense for some time now, but this week s column clearly indicates that Bittman has crossed some line between fantasy and reality.

The column is entitled Parasites, Killing Their Host. Yes, you read that correctly. Such purple prose (or is it yellow journalism?) has...