Ever wonder why the dreaded after-lunch coma hits as soon as you get back to your desk? Or why it is that Thanksgiving has become just as renowned for the post-turkey nap as it is for the celebration itself?
Are Big Soda’s tricks not working as well as they used to? With Americans drinking way less full-calorie soda than they used to—a 25 percent decrease since the late 1990s—Coke smartly turned to academia to drum up some research to try and stop the hemorrhaging.
Did you know that Coca Cola calls its most loyal fan base “heavy users?” If this somewhat derogatory term evokes images of kids strung out on sugar chugging a can of Coke, that exact scenario is just what Big Food corporations are banking on.
Hate paying taxes every year? Trade in your suit and tie for a pair of overalls. Instead of handing over part of your hard-earned paycheck every April, you could get a handsome sum of money from the government if you become a corn farmer.
Amid the glowing Shanghai signs advertising traditional hot noodles and dumplings, the mega-city’s residents are increasingly likely to see Colonel Sanders smiling down, beckoning them with his 11 herbs and spices.
One of the loudest arguments for restaurants and food companies to improve the nutritional quality of their offerings goes something like this: The artificially low cost of junk foods make them especially attractive to low-income Americans, who eat worse than those in the middle and upper classes.
The data is staggering: For one in four adolescents of color, maintaining a healthy weight is a daily struggle. More than 25 percent of black or Latino boys aged six to 11 are obese, according to Centers for Disease Control data.
Mmm…donuts. When it comes to sugar, Homer Simpson is the everyman. His drooling reaction to donuts might as well be any of us at the grocery store, staring at racks of cupcakes, candies, and sodas. Collectively, we’re a nation addicted. But you don’t have to be.
Today, an inquisitive shopper wouldn’t be able to find the answer to this question on the back of any food label—but it may be one of the most important nutrition questions we ask.
You never forget your first time. You tell yourself, “That won’t be me. I would never do that. I’m not that type of person.” And then, before you know it…you are. You’ve become the person that polishes off an entire family-size bag of sour cream and onion chips in one sitting.
Chances are, you’re not reading about National Junk Food Day from a beach or a lounge chair in the yard, and it’s doubtful you’ll be attending a town parade later on this evening.
Americans like to talk a big game; it’s part of our national identity, after all. We’re all about lofty ideals—or at least we like people to think we are.
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