For the Love of Food

by | Feb 13, 2015
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week Costco is making you fat, meditation protects the brain, and the strange psychology of taking a pill.

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9 Responses to “For the Love of Food”

  1. Linda says:

    I ran across the Food Babe’s website just this past week! I thought it sounded interesting. Then I got the first email and decided she was a fruit cake and unsubscribed. The first (and only) email was about that BHT scare and everyone MUST sign the petition to save our children and the future of the world!!! My thought was what person promoting healthy eating and good food eats processed cereal??????????????? The Dr. Oz reference is right on the money. I hear quacking from both of them.

    Love your writing, love your book! Thanks so much for all you do, Darya!!

  2. Leigh says:

    Your summary of the Food Babe made me laugh out loud. Nicely put.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    While Costco may be contributing to the obesity epidemic, that doesn’t mean it has to. I regularly shop there to buy produce, canned fish, frozen fish, nuts, etc. However, I also regularly get comments (from cashiers and other customers) along the lines of, “Wow, you must eat really healthy.” Just because you can go there to buy the giant bag of Lays, doesn’t mean there aren’t good food choices available at Costco.

    • Darya Rose says:

      I don’t think anyone is arguing that it’s impossible to buy healthy food at Costco. But what we know about human nature is that our environment nudges us to make certain decisions, and we rarely make intentional, rational decisions (though we think we do).

      One theory: It’s well documented that larger portions lead to overeating, and Costco helps convince us that purchasing large portions is a good deal and therefore a good idea. Of course, all of this is speculation at this point. All we know is that there is a correlation with this type of store and heavier humans.

    • Annie says:

      I second that. We are also regular Costco shoppers and buy produce, bulk organic items at a significant savings, and other good nutritious foods. I try to avoid processed/junk food at any store I shop at. I hardly think larger portions of fruits and vegetables are at the root of most Americans’ obesity problems.

  4. Anne says:

    You’re amazing Darya. I agree. I cringe with FOOD BABE’s ignorance. She terrorizes people. I find that unethical: implanting the “nocebo” effect in our heads. She needs to be more careful. She polarizes people to get more followers: us vs them. Tim Ferriss suggested that idea 5 years ago. It works, but to what expense??

    Darya – would love it if you could do a comprehensive, transparent review on GMOs. It seems more of a political issue than a nutritional one. Food Babe can’t even articulate where the damage is??


  5. Cherylie says:

    Thanks for the binge eating link. Shared it with a fb group – we’re all in the same profession, which requires us to sit on our arses all day, and deal with incredible amounts of stress.

  6. Darron says:

    I’m pretty health conscious and I don’t give into temptation very easily. Every time I go to checkout at Costco and pass the pallets they have lined up along the checkout area with chocolate covered nuts in a gallon+ sized container, 56 pack boxes of assorted chocolate chip granola, and endless other variations of fattening and sugary snacks in oversized portions it interests me to see who does give in. I don’t think I’ve ever not been able to find several shoppers placing these items on the conveyor to purchase them.

    I also think that the gallon size containers themselves encourage overeating. It’s just so easy to grab a handful every time you decide to eat some.

    If consumers were more disciplined, Cosco would have no need to offer product in these portions.

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