Michael Pollan: "Don't buy any cereal that changes the color of the milk."

8232This year, renowned journalist, author, and food intellectual Michael Pollan received the 2014 Nierenberg Award for Science in the Public Interest.

“Michael Pollan has shown that an English major can do great service to science in the public interest,” said Walter Tschinkel, one of many who introduced Pollan. “Science very much needs writers like Michael Pollan to bridge the gap between scientists and the wider public… to make science meaningful, relevant, and accessible… and just perhaps to influence people and public thinking about important social, philosophical and scientific issues.”

After receiving his award, Pollan sat down with KPBS News Editor, Tom Fudge and talked about everything from the lesson Pollan learned from a woodchuck, to the carbon problem, his love of food, and how to feed the world.

The problem of getting carbon back into the soil:

“I think the future, the next set of important gains come not from [seed] breeding, but from understanding the soil microbiome and manipulating that environment.”

His relationship with food:

“I enjoy food now more than I used to… I think I’m less self-conscious about my eating than a lot of my readers are… and I think I’ve made a certain number of people that you probably know insufferable.”

Healthy eating:

“Eating well is easier if you have some money, and that’s one of the real tragedies of the food system we have – that the cheapest calories are so unhealthy.”

One of Pollan’s “Food Rules:”

“Don’t buy any cereal that changes the color of the milk.”

The difficulty of political change:

“It’s very much in the interest of political leaders to have our food be cheap even if it’s unhealthy. When you get spikes in food prices, you get political restives, you get riots, you get revolutions. And every political leader understands this. So they’re willing to put up with a lot of negative side effects of cheap food, as long as the price stays down. And this, in a way, is the biggest impediment to changing the food system.”

Feeding the world:

“The goal is for the world to be able to feed itself. The idea that we grow all the grain and dump it on the rest of the world is incredibly arrogant.”

“There’s plenty of food. We’re now growing 2800 calories per person per day… That’s for everybody living on the planet. We still have a billion who are hungry. So quantity is not the problem with feeding the world. We have to look at equity. We have to look at who controls the land. We have to look at diet. We have to look at waste.”

Watch more of this enlightening interview: An Evening with Michael Pollan: Nierenberg Award 2014.

Fighting Food Allergies in Children

Every three minutes some one goes to the emergency room because of an allergy-related event.

When you have an allergic reaction to something you eat, your body recognizes a protein in the food and reacts against it. There are many different responses that can happen-rashes, hives, diarrhea-but, the most dangerous occurrence is when there is potential for anaphylaxis, which can cause death.

In this episode of Health Matters, Dr. David Granet talks with UC San Diego’s Dr. Stephanie Leonard who is the director of the Food Allergy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital here in San Diego.

More than 3 million people under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with food allergies, but Dr. Leonard says that number is on the rise. In a ten year period, she says, there has been an 18% increase in the diagnosis of food allergies in children.

Watch “Children’s Food Allergies- Health Matters” to hear the various theories behind why that number is increasing.

For more on food allergies, check out Food Allergies: Past, Present and Future.

Fit to Eat Tip – Pantry Perfection

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet! Nothing is more frustrating than finding nothing but bare cupboards in your kitchen at dinner time. Here are five great items to always have on hand to insure you are eating healthy […]

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

Nothing is more frustrating than finding nothing but bare cupboards in your kitchen at dinner time. Here are five great items to always have on hand to insure you are eating healthy – and enjoying it.

1. Canned beans- a variety- including black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans- high in fiber, protein
2. Good quality olive oil- for cooking and drizzling on salads
3. Old fashioned oatmeal- always a great breakfast- top with chopped nuts and fresh fruit
4. A variety of no- salt/sugar added canned fruits and vegetables- can be used in many dishes or as a side dish
5. Tea- of any variety- full of health benefits, hydrating, no calories and inexpensive. Just add hot water!

Eat and live healthy, and make sure to watch the latest episode of TCOYD on UCSD-TV, “Diabetes Doesn’t Slow Me Down.” Or watch it online now!

Janice Baker MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC is a registered dietitian, certifieddiabetes educator, and certified nutrition support clinician. Visit her online at Baker Nutrition.

Fit to Eat Tip – Summer Snacks

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet! Here are five simple and healthy snack ideas for a hot summer day: 1. Fresh seasonal fruit of any kind 2. Greek yogurt and fruit 3. Whole wheat pita bread with peanut […]

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

Here are five simple and healthy snack ideas for a hot summer day:

1. Fresh seasonal fruit of any kind
2. Greek yogurt and fruit
3. Whole wheat pita bread with peanut butter, almond butter or hummus
4. Fresh vegetables such as ripe cherry tomatoes, bell pepper strips, cucumbers, with guacamole dip
5. Small portion unsalted nuts or string cheese stick with fruit

Janice Baker MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC is a registered dietitian, certifieddiabetes educator, and certified nutrition support clinician. Visit her online at Baker Nutrition.

And make sure to watch the season premiere of TCOYD, “Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares,” now online!

Fit to Eat Tip – Busy Day Bites

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet! A great snack for a busy day can be simple, satisfying and portable! Consider a half of a sandwich on high fiber whole grain bread (lean meat, low fat cheese, peanut or […]

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

A great snack for a busy day can be simple, satisfying and portable! Consider a half of a sandwich on high fiber whole grain bread (lean meat, low fat cheese, peanut or almond butter with fruit spread), a small proportioned bag of nuts, string cheese stick, along with a small piece of fruit (about the size of your fist). Don’t forget to keep well hydrated with water or unsweetened tea.