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Have Health Officials Become the Diet Police?
Last Featured: 9/3/2007

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Health officials recently voted to make the Big Apple the nation’s first city to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants and many other cities are considering similar measures. At the same time, officials are banning soda and snack machines in schools and forcing restaurants to list the calorie content of each item on their menus. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we discuss whether these measures are effective ways to overcome the epidemic of obesity or proof that Big Brother has joined Americans at the dinner table.


Foie Gras - Banned in Chicago
Chicago banned foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose, just over a year ago. Animal welfare activists say it is produced by cruelly force-feeding the animals. Host Margot Adler speaks with Phil Vettel, a restaurant critic at the Chicago Tribune, to get an update on how the Windy City has dealt with the ban.

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Trans Fat - Banned in New York City
This summer, New York City became the first city in the country to ban trans fats in restaurants. The oils used in baked and fried foods can increase the risk of heart disease. But some New Yorkers wonder if it's the government's job to tell people what to eat. Brad Linder reports.

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Fats 101
What is trans fat? What is mono-unsaturated fat? Which ones are better than others? Nutrition expert Lisa Hark walked through the aisles of a Philadelphia grocery store to give us the answers.


Dr. Lisa Hark is the director of the Nutrition Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is the editor-in-chief of numerous books, including "Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach." Recently, Hark was the host for the television series "Honey, We're Killing the Kids," which airs on TLC.

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Debate: Trans Fat Bans
The National Restaurant Association's Sheila Weiss and Kelly Brownell of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity debate the effectiveness of trans fat bans.


Kelly Brownell is the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where he is also a professor of epidemiology and public health.


Sheila Weiss is the director of nutrition policy at the National Restaurant Association. She is also a member of the Produce for Better Health Foundation's board of directors, and is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Institute for Food Technologists.

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Raw Milk
The Food and Drug Administration banned interstate sales of unpasteurized milk two decades ago and the sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in 15 states. But some nutrition advocates dismiss the health risks of drinking raw milk and argue it’s better for you. Host Margot Adler talks with Sally Fallon about her campaign to make raw milk more available.


Sally Fallon is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. She is also the founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation and editor of the foundation’s quarterly magazine, as well as the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk.

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Two Angry Moms
Host Margot Adler speaks with filmmaker Amy Kalafa about her documentary "Two Angry Moms." She teamed up with dentist-turned-nutritionist Susan Rubin to advocate for wholesome, nutritious food in schools.


Amy Kalafa has produced films, television programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Her production credits include three seasons of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s parenting show "What Every Baby Knows," PBS specials "Our Nation’s Health: A Matter of Choice" and "Healthy Aging," as well as the Reiner Foundation’s "The First Years Last Forever." Kalafa is also a holistic health and nutrition counselor and a Lyme disease consultant.

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Food Labels
Host Margot Adler talks with author Kimberly Lord Stewart about how to decipher food and nutrition labels at the supermarket.


Kimberly Lord Stewart is the author of Eating Between the Lines: The Supermarket Shopper’s Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels. She is a columnist for Natural Home Magazine and editor-at-large for Dining Out Magazine.

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New York City Trans Fat Ban (Acrobat PDF File)
BanTransFats.com
Trans-FatFacts.com
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Consumer Freedom
NoFoieGras.org
Chicago Chefs for Choice
Food Safety & Raw Milk - Food and Drug Administration
The Nutrition Facts Label - Food and Drug Administration
Two Angry Moms
Get the Trans Fat Out: 601 Simple Ways to Cut the Trans Fat Out of Any Diet
by Suzanne Havala Hobbs
Habeas Codfish: Reflections on Food and the Law
by Barry M. Levenson
What to Eat
by Marion Nestle
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