Controversial topics are best left off the holiday table, but we’re not shying away from them here this month.
This holiday season, our writers explore controversies in food and nutrition. And in this day and age, there’s certainly no shortage of them.
Katherine Pett takes us on the historical (and trendy) journey through the mysterious realm of gluten, helping to separate science facts from science fiction. Sheryl Lynn Carvajal describes the weird world of coconut oil, and explores its myriad of uses beyond the kitchen. And Melissa Hudec searches for the all-important Vitamin D as we sink into the dark, winter months.
On the policy front, Matt Moore discusses the outcomes of the midterm elections and what they mean for food and agriculture policy — from the local to the national level. Ally Gallop takes a critical look at the new soda tax in Berkeley, California, the only one of its kind that has passed in the country. Brittany Peats discusses the implications of a new requirement that some 1,700 facilities in the Boston area compost their food waste. And Abby Harper from the Friedman Justice League says that too often the farmers and workers who grow our food are absent from conversations about changing our food system. She’s out to show you that they need a place at the table.
Mimi DelGizzi talks with alumna Lisa D’Agrosa (NUTCOM ‘13), Associate Nutrition Editor for EatingWell Magazine, about how she navigates nutrition and food controversies in her writing career. And, Tanuja Kulkarni whips up a cauliflower soup with grilled cheese dippers that proves that food needn’t be colorful to be nutritious and delicious.
Whether you’re studying for exams or gearing up for the holidays, you can use a little spice in your life. Dig into this month’s issue of hot topics!
Lara and Sheryl
In this issue:
by Katherine Pett
“Gluten-Free” may be a fad diet buzzword, but we shouldn’t dismiss the science of gluten digestion.
by Sheryl Lynn Carvajal
Historically, coconut oil has gotten a bad rap for being high in saturated fat. But recently, there’s been an awakening of the coconut oil craze: claims ranging from improved oral health, to increasing HDL cholesterol, to shinier hair. Find out about the controversy surrounding this trendy plant-based product.
by Melissa Hudec
Vitamin D is a defender against depression and other diseases, but are we deficient?
by Matt Moore
Last month’s midterm elections saw Republicans take control of the Senate, which could greatly affect future food and agricultural policies. In addition to Congressional elections, voters across the nation decided state- and county-level food and agricultural-related ballot initiatives.
by Ally Gallop
Berkeley’s soda tax, or Measure D, adds 12 cents to the cost of a can of soda. The overarching intent of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages is to help lower rates of overweight and obesity. But issues with how Measure D is implemented and what exactly it taxes are misleading.
by Brittany Peats
As of October 1, 2014, Massachusetts’ facilities producing over a ton of organic waste weekly are banned from disposing of their organic waste in landfills. At least 1,700 facilities are affected by this regulation including hospitals, schools and supermarkets.
by Abby Harper
The Friedman Justice League highlights the need for a more inclusive approach to regional food system planning, shedding light on the workers whose interests are currently underrepresented in the process.
by Mimi DelGizzi
The Sprout catches up with Friedman alumna Lisa D’Agrosa, Associate Nutrition Editor for EatingWell Magazine, about what it’s like working for a big, fancy publication (and all the stuff you never thought writers had to do).
by Tanuja Kulkarni
Here’s a recipe for a hearty, nutritious soup in all shades of white that proves you don’t always need to “eat the rainbow.”