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Alberta Burger Taste Test: The Calgary Edition

With more cattle spread across the rolling Alberta foothills than there are people, it's no surprise that Calgary is home to some bodacious burgers. Whether you like 'em spiced, stuffed, or au naturale, you'll be able to find some ground chuck game changers in Calgary. This list grills up a healthy dose of Alberta pride, served up in quarter and half pound portions. Open wide.

Are We Making Progress?

It's not like I want to give credit to huge retailers and big food for making change, and I'm certainly not advocating for anyone to start eating fast food, or shopping big box before local indie. But...
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Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.
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Make Way for the New "Virtuous" Fast Food

there is some evidence that consumers are turning away from at least some forms of junk food and beverages. To the extent this is so the market will respond. One piece of evidence is the falling rates of soft drink consumption. Another indication that some consumers are spurning junk food and beverages is the emergence of "virtuous fast food."
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Why the McDonald's Nutrition Ambassador 'Mr. Happy' Makes Me Sad

Say hello to "Mr. Happy," McDonald's new ambassador of nutrition. Yes, nutrition and McDonald's are now in the same sentence! I'm scared and sad. I don't want to learn from a box. I don't want to learn from a scary, big toothed, slightly creepy object. How am I supposed to trust that? Nutrition needs to be clean, whole, nutrient dense and not in a box. I can make a fast food meal that's more nutritious and much faster than McDonald's can -- raw spinach greens, easy over eggs and a green smoothie. It would take 10 minutes flat and I wouldn't have to leave my house or put expensive, air polluting gas in the car!

Should We Assume Overweight People Are Lazy or Excessive?

With obesity the die is usually cast early. The results of a major study in the US have established that a third of children overweight in kindergarten are obese by the eighth grade. Almost every child who was very obese stayed that way as they grew older. An individual should not be easily blamed for conditions that result from their childhood when they have little control over their well-being.