WASHINGTON — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.
Americans eat twice as much salt as recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the health risks associated with high sodium intake are widely known, many Americans won’t sacrifice taste to eat healthily. What causes these cravings and how can we limit them? Hari Sreenivasan examines a mission to revolutionize the processed food business. Continue reading
The world’s largest soda manufacturers have pledged to reduce the number of calories in sugary drinks by 20 percent over the next decade. Judy Woodruff interviews PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson, part of a coalition of companies and nonprofits working to cut calorie consumption and improve the health of Americans. Continue reading
China consumes half of the world’s pork. And the country’s growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. Nathan Halverson of The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand. Continue reading
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, was acquired by a Chinese firm in 2013 for nearly $5 billion — more than the company’s market value. The surprising purchase caused some lawmakers to wonder if there might be a hidden player. As part of the series Food for 9 Billion, Nathan Halverson of the Center for Investigative Reporting examines how the Chinese government is involved. Continue reading
A study published in Psychological Science says it is possible to train children’s brains to resist craving junk food.
The September issue of National Geographic examines the Paleo Diet as a way to feed the planet’s future generations — and offers a more complete look at what our ancestors really ate. Science writer Ann Gibbons joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the real Paleo Diet varies among cultures. Continue reading
A spring frost in Turkey destroyed hundreds of thousands of hazelnut flower buds and is responsible for an expected global deficit of the nut. Prices of hazelnuts are expected to increase 60 percent. Turkey produces around three-quarters of the world’s … Continue reading