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Have Legitimate Food Fears? You May Be a Candidate For a Shrink

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about “food fears.” In the past few months, for example, we’ve seen a couple of university “studies,” both funded by the Corn Refiners Association, which represents makers of high fructose corn syrup, that suggested that consumers harboring such fears are really ill-informed or don’t deserve to be taken seriously by the food industry.

But now, allowing concern about food to impact your lifestyle could have an actual stigma attached to it – that is, if the authors of an article published earlier this year in the professional journal Pyschosomatics succeed in getting it classified as a form of mental illness.

All of which would seem to suggest that there’s something irrational about the idea that the food we eat poses a threat to our well-being. So it might be only fair to ask: Is there?

Read more at our sister site, FoodIdentityTheft.com: http://foodidentitytheft.com/having-legitimate-food-fears-may-soon-make-you-a-candidate-for-a-shrink/

Help Make An Impact on Global Malnutrition

You know we are dedicated to increasing access to the truthful, non-misleading health information everyone needs to make informed decisions about maintaining health and wellness.

But what if the basic resources to act on that information were simply unavailable to you?

Sadly, that is the daily reality for 2 billion people around the world. And children, whose bodies are still developing and whose futures can be irrevocably affected by malnutrition, feel the greatest impact. In fact, every 6 seconds malnutrition claims the life of a child under the age of 5, and 7,600,000 people will die from hunger this year.

em-squaredThat’s why we invite you to check out EM Squared, an initiative through which you can have a personal impact in the fight to Eliminate Malnutrition through the purchase of nutritionally-dense food bars. You can also expand the reach of your efforts by sharing the word about the initiative and earn income for yourself in the process. The level of participation is up to you. Every box of 30 Hope Bars purchased generates a donation of a box of food bars from EM Squared to children in need.

Sharing this initiative with others multiplies how many children can be fed every day. The bonus: For every three people who sign up via the link below, CFH will receive a $75.00 donation.

Join Citizens For Health in our mission to make a significant difference in our world by expanding access to the information – and resources – necessary for leading a healthy life. Please visit http://em2d.com/connect/JCFFES to learn more. For specific questions, email jim.illick@citizens.org.

Thank you, as always for making a difference.

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CFH Petition Calls for Accurate Labels for Products Containing HFCS and Other Sugars

hfcs_labeling_callout_240pxYour Turn to Comment on FDA’s Proposed Changes to Labeling Rules

We’re gaining momentum in the fight to change the labeling of added sugar on nutrition labels. As you may know, more and more food manufacturers are leaving HFCS out of their foods.

Most recently, the FDA announced proposed changes to the nutritional information on product labels that would include information on how much added sugar a food contains. We at Citizens For Health applaud this move, but we need your help to encourage the FDA to do more.

Specifically: we’re asking the FDA to:

  • Include “nutritive sweetener” after “Added Sugars”
  • Identify the name of the added sugar
  • Identify the percentage of fructose if the added sugar is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

We need your comments on the amendment, even if you already commented on the the original petition. More than 30,000 comments were received on our original petition; we want to increase that tenfold for the amendment.

 

A ‘study’ in collusion: Cornell and the Corn Refiners

When we refer to “a study” done at some prestigious university, we’re usually talking about scientific research in which the effects of a particular substance on animal or human subjects have been carefully evaluated over a period of time, and then published in a peer-reviewed professional journal.  A number of such studies cited in this blog, for example, have suggested a link between high fructose corn syrup consumption and obesity, diabetes and other ailments.

But that’s not the sort of “study” that recently made headlines (and even made the Today Show) after being conducted by a team of “researchers” from Cornell University.

Their 40-page paper, “Ingredient-Based Food Fears and Avoidance: Antecedents and Antidotes,” was published not in any kind of scientific or medical journal, but one entitled Food Quality and Preference.  According to its description, “This study investigates food fears that are ingredient-based, focusing on the case of high-fructose corn syrup” and was based on “results of a national phone survey of 1,008 U.S. mothers.”

But then, the lead author, Professor Brian Wansink, doesn’t exactly fit the conventional image of a scientist.  He’s rather a member of the university’s “Applied Economics and Management Department” with a Ph.D. in food psychology and consumer behavior. But he is the director and founder of a “laboratory” — the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, which “is independently funded by grants and consumer groups” and “focuses on better understanding consumers and how they relate to foods and packaged foods.”

Oh, and one other thing.  This particular Ivy League “study” was funded by the Corn Refiners Association, the industry group representing manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup. Or so we were informed in an e-mail Monday night by Dr. Aner Tal, an associate researcher on the project.

Are you starting to get the picture?

Read more at: http://foodidentitytheft.com/a-study-in-collusion-cornell-and-the-corn-refiners/

A little knowledge can make food labeling claims a lot less confusing

supermarket2By BILL BONVIE

An article in The Wall Street Journal Monday headlined “The Gluten-Free Craze: Is It Healthy” makes an interesting point about food manufacturers trying to get in on a health craze that actually only affects a small minority of consumers.

In reality, the only people who need be concerned about gluten, the article points out, are those with celiac disease – a condition affecting less than one percent of the population – although, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, another 18 million Americans suffer from “gluten sensitivity” that may cause feelings of discomfort.  Yet “gluten-free” claims have proliferated, and have been a driving force in the sales of many products, including some that never even contained gluten.

And that, some experts charge, could be causing consumers to make choices that aren’t necessarily in their best interest – for example, by buying “gluten-free” items that actually have fewer nutrients than their gluten-containing counterparts.

Of course, “gluten-free” is only one of a number of health claims used on product labels, as the article also points out.  Here at Food Identity Theft, our job is to help consumers sort them all out, identifying those that are actually “part of the solution” to food-related problems and others that are problematic in themselves.

A good example of the latter are trans-fat free labels,” which the Journal notes are being used on products such as milk, “even though milk never contained the artificial kind of trans fats that clog arteries.”

Read more at: http://foodidentitytheft.com/a-little-knowledge-can-make-food-labeling-claims-a-lot-less-confusing/

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Consumers Compel Food Makers To Remove HFCS From Products

In response to a backlash from consumers, a growing number of food and beverage companies have changed their recipes to remove industrial sweeteners that people find objectionable.  We’ve named High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as the most important ingredient to avoid, and you listened. Furthermore, concerned consumers are asking businesses to remove it from their products.  The food and beverage industry is listening, replacing HFCS with natural cane or beet sugar.

Rather than abandoning brands that contain controversial ingredients, consumers are using social media, personal blogs and online petitions to urge companies to change what goes into their products.  Even First Lady Michele Obama went public, saying at a recent White House event, “Our bodies don’t know what to do with High Fructose Corn Syrup, and don’t need it.”

Food and beverage makers are responding to mounting negative comments.  Ingredient changes include:

  • Sara Lee’s removal of HFCS from its Soft & Smooth and 100% Whole Wheat Breads because their consumers, particularly moms, asked them to.
  • Kraft Foods’ elimination of HFCS from its Capri Sun Juice Drinks, Nabisco Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, and many of its salad dressings.
  • Subway’s removal HFCS from its sandwich breads.
  • Pepsi’s introduction of a new line of soft drinks “made with real sugar.”
  • Yoplait’s eradication of HFCS from all products, citing the change came from Tweets and emails from customers.
  • Chick-fil-A’s taking High Fructose Corn Syrup out of its sauces and dressings.
  • Kroger Supermarkets removing HFCS from its store-brand cereals following surveys with consumers.
  • Wild Oats announcing a new line of products at Walmart stores will not contain “the unwanted ingredient” HFCS.

Over the past decade, the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup in packaged foods and drinks has fallen 18%! That is definitely a move in the right direction.

Fluoride: Good? Bad?

The FDA and CDC Appear to Disagree
What Should We Believe?

As someone who works to stay informed about the issues that affect your ability to maintain your health and wellness, and to sift through the often complicated scientific evidence involved, you are certainly aware of the debate about the use of fluoride in drinking water. What is a health and wellness activist to think?

Well, chew on this:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory says that fluoride is a chemical with “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity”.
  • And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deems the use of fluoride in drinking water one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

What gives? Our own government can’t even agree whether fluoride is something to embrace or to avoid?

This contradiction continues to play out in the public forum. As an ingredient in toothpaste, fluoride has a reputation for being beneficial, even as momentum builds behind community efforts to stop adding this fertilizer byproduct to drinking water. For example, Beaumont, TX is considering halting the practice because the elevated levels of the chemical are corroding pipes.

Beaumont is just one of the latest in a line of communities that are reconsidering this practice that dates back to the 1940s. The Massachusetts town of Oak Bluffs is likely to end fluoridation as early as this summer. If these efforts succeed, these towns will join most developed nations, as well as cities from Barcelona to Zurich, from Berlin to Vancouver, in opposing water fluoridation.

We at Citizens for Health, your voice on issues affecting your health and wellness, are mounting a campaign to strip away the confusion and get to the root of what fluoride use means for you, with the support of our ally the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). In the coming weeks we will bring important information, interviews, white papers, and other resources, allowing you to decide for yourself if it makes sense to continue a practice begun in the 1940s – nearly three-quarters of a century before toothpastes, mouthwashes and rinses laden with fluoride became ubiquitous. How much is too much?


http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/county_status_map.htm

For a taste of what’s to come, here’s a homework assignment: Search the internet for “fluorosilicates”, and check out this article from our ally FAN.

Stay tuned for more on this issue, and for opportunities to take action.

First Lady Disses Corn Syrup, and the Corn Refiners Association is Not Happy

Yesterday at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, First Lady Michelle Obama made a comment about high fructose corn syrup that has raised the ire of The Corn Refiners Association.

According to the White House pool report, Mrs. Obama told her guest chef, celebrity chef Marc Murphy: “Our bodies don’t know what to do with high fructose corn syrup – and don’t need it.”

The corn syrup versus sugar debate is years old. Recently the New York Times reported that since 2008, the CRA appeared to have spent more than $30 million defending high fructose corn syrup.

Read the full story at USNews: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2014/04/21/michelle-obama-disses-corn-syrup-trade-group-pushes-back

We encourage you to join Mrs. Obama in taking a stand against HFCS — Please sign our petition

Join the Food Revolution with Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone & Jane Goodall

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Three years ago, our my friends John and Ocean Robbins began a modest summit that they hoped would help inspire people to learn more about healthy food. The information from that summit spread like wildfire and has inspired over 150,000 people from all over the world!

This year, they’ve stepped it up to a whole new level. There’s more urgency than EVER before… For you, your health, the health of your loved ones, as well as for our struggling planet.  Joining John and Ocean Robbins are celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Jane Goodall, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Goodman, and MORE! These cultural persuaders are joining with expert doctors and food activists because they’ve realized that if we don’t do something now, we’re in trouble. They’ve chosen to use their platforms and names to inspire a critical mass where health becomes the norm.

Without a revolution, we are left in the hands of companies like Monsanto and Coca-Cola, who have spent tens of millions of dollars in recent years trying to stop anything that would interfere with their relentless pursuit of profits.

Think they care about our health? No way. Their bottom line is green, all right. But when healthy food is gone, you can’t eat money!

Find out all about how to join the revolution here, at no cost, where for a week you’ll be fully empowered with all the latest information and TRUTH about your food, how it’s grown, and what the heck is in it.

This is a major globally broadcast summit. John and Ocean Robbins, the hosts, have made it completely complimentary for you to participate.

You can listen in the comfort and convenience of your own home, from your computer or phone.

Plus, this is cool: When you register, you’ll get a copy of The Real Food Action Guide, which reveals medical breakthroughs the corporate food industry hopes you never discover, and gives your family the truth about GMOs.

Sign up here

Again, there’s no cost to attend the online Food Revolution Summit event, happening April 26 – May 4. Get your access details now. You’ll hear directly from Jane Goodall, Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone, and 20 more brilliant speakers!   

 

Tell The FDA To Lower Cesium Allowed In Food

Our friends at the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) have planned for an entire week of calling U.S. Representatives, Senators, and more to make them aware of the problems posed by the current guidelines regarding cesium contamination.

We urge you to join the FFAN and call your U.S. Representative and Senators to let them know that:

  1. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current guidelines for radiation contamination are too lax, and
  2. In light of disasters like the 3/11/2011 nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, we need to pay more attention to contaminated food, not less.

Guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are some of the most lenient in the world, allowing levels of cesium in U.S. food that are banned in a wide variety of other countries, and that are twelve times higher than what is allowed in Japan.

In March of 2013, FFAN and its allies, including Citizens for Health, filed an official Citizen Petition with the FDA urging them to lower the amount of cesium allowed in U.S. food to 5 becquerels per kilogram, but the FDA has yet to offer a substantive response. Ask your Representative and Senators to urge the FDA to respond to the petition. (Regulations.gov: Cesium petition and its related documents).

Please take a few minutes and call your U.S. Representative and Senators. You can find their contact information here.

For more background, and to get you energized to take action, check out this post by fellow FFAN coalition member, Beyond Nuclear. Start your conversation with  your members of Congress with this sample language.