Nutrition Action Newsletter October 2011

Not long ago, I started a subscription to the Nutrition Action Healthletter, a newsletter published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The CSPI is a non-profit consumer health group that advocates for healthier foods for people. I love this idea. It’s a happy drop of healthfulness speaking confidently in an ocean of confusing, profit-driven mass marketed messages.

The Healthletter features interviews, nutrition science stories, recipes, and more. I love that it exists to tell me honestly, without the influence of big-money food, what works well for people to eat. This turns out to be a plant-strong diet, with little cheese, meat, or eggs. Not vegetarian, but much closer to vegetarian or vegan than the vast majority of us.

Some nuggets from the recent issue:

  • Food Day is October 24. A great day for communities to promote healthful eating.
  • A high rate of sugar consumption is probably the number one dietary problem in America today, with cola being the #1 offender. Soda is reportedly the #1 money maker for grocery stores in America – wow!
  • 9 billion animals are raised annually for Americans’ meal plates (8 billion of those are chickens).
  • It takes 7 pounds of grain and 840 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. Oh, and a big lot of greenhouse gases.
  • American males, on average, eat 70% more protein than we need. For women, it’s only around 25% more.
  • Worldwide, the average amount of dietary protein that comes from animals is 30%. In the US, that figure is 67%.
  • Interviews/writings from Alice Waters, Prince Charles, and Marion Nestle served as great reminders of the importance of local food and, frankly, distrust of “big agriculture.”
  • Chewing more is scientifically proven to help you manage your calorie intake.
  • Great and simple recipes for baby bok choy, escarole, chickpeas, and tofu.


Here’s a link to the Nutrition Action Healthletter’s site to learn more.



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