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Diet Food or Detrimental Food? A Conversation with Lisa Lillien AKA Hungry Girl


My first encounter with Lisa Lillien, or Hungry Girl as her fans know her, was via a 100-calorie snack pack my friend was eating. She said she was eating it because Hungry Girl had recommended it in one of her daily newsletters extolling diet advice. I looked at the ingredients. I looked at her. I asked her if it bothered her that most of them were preservatives or synthetically made in a laboratory. She shrugged and said “no.” Judging from Hungry Girl’s success (several books, a Food Network show, a brand spokesperson), apparently many people are willing to make this trade-off: size 4 jeans today, potential health complications tomorrow.

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Sep. 13 2011 | Comments Off on Diet Food or Detrimental Food? A Conversation with Lisa Lillien AKA Hungry Girl

Your Input Wanted: The Discussion Continues with the Corn Refiners Association


Perhaps you’ve been following the dialogue I’ve been having with Therese Pompa, the social media manager for the Corn Refiners Association. We started speaking after I posted a Saturday Night Live video satirizing a high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) commercial, and then we subsequently exchanged a pair of letters. As you’ll see below in our second exchange of letters, I felt Therese was dodging my concerns about HFCS, and she in turn felt that I am “not trying to have a genuine conversation.”

So let’s have that conversation. Readers, please leave any comments, questions, or concerns below that you have about high fructose corn syrup. As always, please remain respectful and thoughtful in doing so. Therese, feel free to comment yourself, or ask people from your camp to contribute their ideas.

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Mar. 22 2011 | Comments Off on Your Input Wanted: The Discussion Continues with the Corn Refiners Association

The Corn Refiners Association Sends Me a Letter


Earlier this week, after posting a “Saturday Night Live” skit that parodied the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup commercials (in which HFCS is presented as “basically equal to sugar” and “fine in moderation”), I was contacted on Twitter by Therese Pompa, the social media manager for the Corn Refiners Association. She sent links that, according to her, refuted my position that HFCS appears to be dangerous to our health and a contributor to America’s health crisis. I asked if she thought it was not disingenuous to have HFCS in salty foods, creating a wider reach for sugar that is essentially hidden in food. Our Twitter conversation is posted here. After the representative asked to speak more in-depth offline, I received this email:

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Mar. 18 2011 | Comments Off on The Corn Refiners Association Sends Me a Letter

Wake Up: Your Food Is Killing You

"High-end" vendor warehouse in the Bronx

I’m sure there are many people who look at my website and think I promote “high-end food” because I think it’s fancy or trendy. That’s not why I do it.

I’m sure many people look at the prices on some of my partner food websites and think they’re being ripped off. That’s not what’s happening.

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Jul. 16 2010 | Comments Off on Wake Up: Your Food Is Killing You

Farmer’s Market or Big Box Store, Find the Best Ingredients

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This LTBB blog post originally appeared on the cooking blog, Fare La Scarpetta.

So now that you’ve worked up the courage to get in the kitchen again, what are you going to make? I’ll let you in on a secret: if you buy good ingredients, half the work is done for you. Think about it: If you buy fresh, perky asparagus rather than tired, floppy ones, it will taste better even if you do nothing but steam them. One chicken broth brand is watery and tasteless; another is full-flavored and complex. Which would you rather have as a base for your soup?…

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Feb. 03 2010 | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market or Big Box Store, Find the Best Ingredients

Just Get In The Kitchen Already

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This LTBB blog post originally appeared on the cooking blog, Fare La Scarpetta. Image by Anne Taintor.

Drop that “100-Calorie” snack pack. Now read the ingredients on the label. Would your grandmother recognize any of them? (Not to mention that some of those engineered products actually make you gain weight.) I have a good friend who is always eating junk like this to keep herself thin. And when I point out that she can’t tell me what any of the 12-syllable ingredients are, she simply shrugs her shoulders. Have we become that apathetic to the food industry and what it’s churning out for us? Are we so bogged down with day-to-day life that we can’t cook a simple a meal with ingredients that grow out of the ground and not out of a laboratory?…

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Feb. 02 2010 | Comments Off on Just Get In The Kitchen Already

“Avoid Edible Food-Like Substances”

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“Eat food; avoid edible food-like substances” — Michael Pollan on the Daily Show discussing his new book, Food Rules (only $5!). Another Pollan factoid: As Americans, 20 percent of our calories comes from high fructose syrup. As I’ve mentioned, this is likely because people don’t understand how pervasive high fructose corn syrup is in our food–it’s not just in juice; it’s in pizza sauce, french fries, hamburgers, cereal, you name it. Jon Stewart also made an interesting comparison:…

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Jan. 17 2010 | Comments Off on “Avoid Edible Food-Like Substances”
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