Taxing Temptations – Taming or Torment?

You filed with the feds, but would you ante up to get a fix from your favorite food vices?


That last hike in cigarette prices was enough to motivate more smokers to quit  and programs to help reported a surge in calls on their hotline.

But would a tax on sugary sodas, candy or “junk” food help tame those desires, inspiring discipline to limit them in better balance? or does it just create a more tormented backlash about individual choice and the blame game for public health woes?

File your returns on it here.

And though “junk food” tax tends to be a state and municipal issue, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are up for 2010 revisions and now is your chance to speak up by submitting comments on-line. Attend the 3rd meeting of their advisory committee— a webinar open to the public — to be held April 29-30 2009 by registering at their site.


Thoughts To Chew On

Check out my interview on KJAM Radio!

Ms. Piggies Smokehouse & Catering Company St. Louis, MO

“Improve Your Eating Lifestyle”




Chatting it up on WHYY A Chef’s Table and National Public Radio






Those Confusing Food Labels

Grocery Tour: How Healthy Is ‘Healthy’ Food?

Sugar Substitutes

About allergies and the FDA

Better understand food labels

Domino® Sugar debuts Certified CarbonFree®

‘Tis a season for sweet treats – would you buy this for your baking, beverage or any sweetening just because its carbon footprint is “neutral”?


domino-carbonfree-bag5Domino® Sugar Certified CarbonFree®


Would flavorful function win over better tasting personal preference?

A recent Nutritional Food Pairings article has me wondering – how much of a selling feature is such a concept? 

Nutrient synergies are hardly a new finding. I still recall from my ’80s clinical training that iron is better absorbed with a vitamin C rich food, or even just the acidity – like from ground beef browned in a cast iron skilled and cooked in tomato sauce.

 If a tasty meal is planned with nutritional pairing would it be chosen over selections more appealing by personal preference that didn’t have the extra health benefit of a higher functioning combo?

 Like salmon served with polyphenol rich grapes that protect the omega-3 – would knowing that edge out the same fish dish served with seasoned sliced tomatoes if the latter was your more flavor-satisfying desire? salmon-and-vegetables

 How much of an influence does a value-added health plus have?

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