Entries by mmgranger

Front-of-package symbols proposed for foods high in sodium, sugar, saturated fat

Waterloo Chronicle The federal government wants to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy foods with front-of-package warnings on items that contain high levels of sodium, sugar or saturated fat — ingredients linked to chronic health problems like obesity, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Petitpas Taylor was accompanied at the news conference […]

Children are far from protected from junk food ads – especially on social media

The Conversation “Social media platforms hold vast data banks on all their users, offering advertisers detailed menus of options for targeting ads. They do so not only with basic demographics such as age or location, but even psychological characteristics and preferences, increasing all consumers’ susceptibility to advertising.Platforms also use children’s data to hone ad targeting. They identify children who are most […]

Grocery stores and Canadians are bulking up on ultra-processed foods

Toronto Star Far too many products on store shelves are giving us lots of calories but little nutrition “In the past 70 years, calories from ultra-processed foods have doubled from 24 per cent to 54 per cent of family food purchases,” writes Jean-Claude Moubarac. “Not surprisingly, most of these foods are branded assertively, packaged attractively […]