The Food Wonk Episode of The Foodcast is Now Live

A wonk is someone who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy. Ergo, a word you’d expect a wonk to use, a food wonk is someone with an excessive interest in minor details of food policy and its politics. Longtime listeners of The Foodcast may think this is an apt description of someone associated with this show (i.e., the host).

We touch on this subject all the time but this time we go deep. We start off with a rant about the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We talk about the process, its problems and how it affects you.

Next, we discuss my attendance at a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in which every special interest imaginable spent an entire day debating what the word “healthy” means. It makes for fascinating podcast material…to people who have nothing better to do. And since I assume you do have better things to do, I try and keep it accessible and light but c’mon. We spent an entire day debating the word healthy. What do you expect?

00:21     Introduction

02:12    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are for the Dogs

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  • The Dietary Guidelines for Swedes

19:53     Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labelling of Human Food Products

  • Episode 0020 Fight Hunger
  • Episode 0025 – Health Theater

35:38     Wrap Up

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