by Marion Nestle


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  • Alice Campbell

    Dr. Nestle,

    Coca-Cola’s new product marketing, “Share a Coke with “insert name here”” has got me thinking. I will admit, initially my thought on the topic was limited to disappointment at the limited chances of finding a can with my name on it. However, I have been pondering, is this marketing strategy an attempt by Coca-Cola to avoid responsibility for the health consequences associated with selling an sugar filled, unhealthy product? Will they attempt to claim that that the suggested serving sizes is half of the container because they are suggesting you share? I have not observed an increase in people sharing their can of Coke. Your thoughts on the issue would be appreciated.

  • Dave

    Hey Marion,

    I’m a big fan of your blog and I know you’re busy so I promise this will only take 1 minute.

    I am a personal trainer and blogger ( and I’m recruiting the advice of top personal trainers, dieticians, doctors, health and fitness bloggers, etc. to provide their advice for an upcoming article. The question:

    “I’ve come so far but I can’t seem to lose these last 10lbs. What should I do?”

    Would you be able to provide a 1-sentence answer?
    (I’ll link it back to your site)

    Thanks so much – I really appreciate it!

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  • Yamanote

    Heard you on Diane Rehm. Well done.

  • Yamanote

    Marion, waiting for your blog post regarding the NYT Magazine article on the school lunch program. Seems like red meat for you (pun intended). My impression from the comprehensive feature is that the USDA is trying to do the right thing dispite what appears to be a great deal of selfishness, misinformation, greed, and corruption. Too bad for our children. Shameful.

  • vfran

    Interesting website/blog. Have you looked at the work of Dr. John McDougall? He has a Newsletter with a lot of the latest scientifc research on food science and the impact of the usual American diet. I also don’t see anything from PCRM.

  • Megan Alyssa Stallings

    Curious about thoughts on Juice+ and health claims

  • Douglas McKee

    Not true about the calories in calories out. Our microbiota treats calories very differently. A gram of sugar has radically different effects on the gut, nervous system, immune system, and mood than a calorie equivalent amount of complex carbs, veggies, or protein.
    An “energy dense” (don’t you love that) meal creates inflammation which is the root cause of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, etc.

  • Louie b. Free

    Marion Nestle,
    I’ve GOT to get you on BrainFood from the Heartland – The Louie b.Free Radio Show !

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  • Ana Maria Quispe Piscoya

    Dear Dr. Nestle, long time you have been my hero….I posted your conference in Mexico in my blog:
    I hope one day you could come to Lima Peru, another gastronomy capital of the south but not really healthy, too few of us are fighting a bit to recover our ancestral gastronomy that is pretty much alive in about 14,000 years!!!! Love and happy holidays

  • Punchd Energy

    We’ve cleaned up caffeine! Would love to join the discussion on cutting sugars, syrups, and unnecessary additives …

  • Jill

    Dr. Nestle,
    I have been following the Clarity Project research on the effects of BPA in packaging materials. This year the the FDA reaffirmed the safety of its use suggesting there was enough quantitative scientific evidence in the most recent safety assessment to validate the perspective. There is also heavy speculation that such assessments were flawed and in particular the Clarity Project? I know you have written on bisphenol A in the past and am hoping you might bring the topic to light again. I am speculative of the industrial weight on the perspective given the immense costs it would incur AND the evolution of FDA standards against better international research and standards.
    Many thanks!

  • Suzanne

    I just happened across this blog
    because I was looking to see if I could find out more information on the
    funding for the ADA. I just read a book, Enzymes, The Key to Heath by
    Howard Loomis, Jr. and it stated that in 1995, 3.2 million dollars were
    donated by Coca-Cola, M&M’s/Mars, McDonald’s, the Sugar Association,
    and the Beef Association. Can you tell me where to find this
    information from 2014?I have been “lost” in your site for a bit of time now. Lots of great information. Thanks for any help you can assist me with.

  • JulieB

    I need help in terms of referencing sources on a thesis. I have worked at farmers markets, write about them and support them in Chicago. I know I have read on the web at one point that supported my thesis, that produce harvested the day before, thaT it is sold at a farmers market the next day has more water and nutrients than the same produce that has sat on a shelf at a grocery store, It is the whole notion of life force, water, nutrients that is in a live product versus a dead one.

    However, I have searched the web because I am working on an essay and I want to support my points and I can’t find any research supporting these thoughts, So wondered if you have any sources,

    It goes to the issue of why buy at a farmers market versus a store or Whole Foods who might supply from the same farmer. Some people think iti is redundant, why buy from a farmers market if the same farmer is selling to a store. But I know all the work the farmers go to, to harvest the product, wash it, package it, so it is ready to sell the next day,

    So I would really appreciate any links, sources you might have, Not to get ghoulish, but it goes along the thought process of, the closer you are to a life source, the more nutrition and flavor there is in it.

    Thank you

  • starchildscience

    I read your announcement about the IOM committee advocating to put the fresh white potato back into the WIC packages. Dr. Willett of Harvard School of Public Health dealt with this point in 2005 in his wonderful book Eat Drink, and Be Healthy p. 103. His graph shows the spike in blood glucose and insulin when we consume a fresh white potato, or any starchy food, on a frequent basis. The IOM committee never considered this point in their recommendation on putting the white potato back into the WIC packages. We asked them to view our animation of Dr. Willett’s graph starring Senator Susan Collins and Chef Timothy Cipriano and the only thing they responded to was that they were asked by the USDA to evaluate nutritional data such as the calcium, potassium. “This task included, but did not extend beyond, assessment of nutrient intakes from white potatoes.” They went on to say, “It is not the goal of the WIC program, and not the intent of the
    committee’s report, to determine the amount, context or form that WIC
    foods are consumed or to control participants’ selection of foods
    offered in the cash value
    voucher. ” My concern is why, if their aim is to educate women and children on what foods to eat to stay healthy, wouldn’t they address this nutritional finding about starchy foods? Their committee report fails to alert the layman about the dangerous spikes in glucose and insulin that manifests when consuming starchy foods on a frequent basis. View our animation and consider writing the IOM committee and ask them the same question we are asking.

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  • Tom Rawls

    saw the blog about kraft–here’s an item about coke paying “experts” to recommend coke as a “heart-healthy” snack.

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  • calle

    Thanks for the link to the discussions page. I am not a FB user anymore after learning of the huge security issues.
    1. I would love to address a post by Dr.Nestlé about 4 H and their practices.

    A. They have 4 H clubs all over the world for service personals children to afford them the same or similar opportunities of state side children.
    B. Many county extensions have added “4H Science as a wonderful component part of their offerings. Our children took them for years, great disection classes. And a Science Fair each year with great judges. And my kids did not win but a great learning and presentation skills adventure.

    C. They have canning classes, cooking classes, preschool groups, all kinds of animal workshops, and a county and state fair preparedness program. I have judged 4 H on a State fair basis in the past. Huge participation across the State of Nebraska. Thousands of entries, dozens of divisions, age levels and skill levels represented.

    D. A newsletter presence, 100’s of individual 4H clubs, many hours of volunteers who support kids and High school divisions as well. A large Leadership emphasis.
    E. These programs encourage rural, urban and city children and youth to partake in a huge variety of learning opportunities.

    Different geographic locations dictate programs and opportunities.
    More rural areas may have more FFA, which now includes both males and females.
    Our current small town has a raffle every year at “Bull Bash” to raise thousands of dollars to support our local 4H.
    Larger cities do not have this, but raise monies in different ways.
    Our city (864,000) reaches out to inner city kids, Homeschool groups and farm, acreage and all kinds of kids.
    I am amazed at how hard many of the County Extension employees work, how resourceful they are, and their willingness to find answers.
    I have never been an agent, have no friends or family who are agents. But support their efforts to help and support those of us who love good healthy foods, want our youth to learn traditional ways and most of all honor the 4H’s of life.
    My husband was a 4 H kid, when I was little they only worked with country kids.
    I missed out. Today their vision takes in all kinds, locations, activities and skill levels.
    Some the projects I judged were first class.
    And some of the baked products were amazing.
    I have in my past taken part in “standards” programs for food evaluation.
    Many areas may not be so blessed.

  • calle

    This is a wonderful group, thanks for all concerns comments and posts. I love to learn as it helps me grow.

  • calle

    The discussion on the wages paid by McDonald’s was addressed in an answer to M. Nestle’s post.
    I do not know how to cut and paste my reply, but will attempt to print it out and recreate it here.
    Between members of my family, our professional work experiences have some additional information to share.
    My husband has been a controller/cfo for many years and continues to educate me as to benefits, cost, government regulations, workforce stats and the total cost of doing business.
    My former management experiences in the food service world adds to the pool of experience and knowledge. My experiences deals with university, medical center/hospital, and business and industry experience, which some can be lumped into the :hospitality Food service arena.
    I enjoy learning from all sides of the room, and enjoy the give and take in many discussions and learning adventures.
    Hope to post my thoughts later.
    Spring is here I hope and that means gardens, fresh foods and flowers.

  • Jillian

    This product just came to my attention and I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts. It’s an “open source nutritional shake” that is designed (by a software engineer?) to meet the nutritional requirements for the average adult. I don’t even know where to begin…

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