Be Healthy, Don’t Eat Less

Chewing Out the Food Industry

Pork-barrel politics are nothing new to Marion Nestle. When she moved to Washington, D.C., in 1986 to help craft the first Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, she was told point-blank that the report could not recommend that Americans eat less meat, sugar, or–for that matter–any other food.

Altoids has a $10-million-a-year advertising budget. That’s five times what the National Cancer Institute and the Produce for Better Health Foundation spend to encourage consumers to eat five fruits and vegetables a day.

Goes along with a story several Nutritionists told me. On the first day of classes during orientation they were told that unless there was a direct imediate medical need that all diets were to have red meat in them. Oh, and the biggest donar to the department was a Cattle group.