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I have one regret about today's start at The Washington Post: I'm missing Mark Bittman and Jose Andres talk food at the Center for American Progress. Le sigh. But you don't have to miss them. Their talk is streaming here.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 18, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
 
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why do you have to miss them? Do your new overlords screen what you watch online?

Time to rethink your move...

(seriously, all the luck in your new bloghome)

Posted by: CarloP | May 18, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

José Andrés attacking food labels... I think my heart is breaking.

Perhaps calories from fat does not always correlate with health outcomes, but sodium content sure as heck does (although I'm sure if you control for physical activity, calories from fat does as well; it's likely that the average Cretan walks about as much each day as the average American drives). At any rate, it would be nice if consumers at least had the choice of being made aware of nutritional content--it might even encourage more health-conscious people to eat out, since they can tell what they're eating. Perhaps restaurants can retain their current menus, but nutritional menus can be provided by the FDA for those customers who want the info. The service can be paid for with a small progressive tax on restaurant income, so that the smallest restaurants are not overburdoned with the cost of testing for nutritional content.

Whether or not something like this becomes law, I think it's a good idea for those of us concerned with nutrition to encourage restaurants to adopt such nutritional menus voluntarily, with the argument that having such information available will encourage health-conscious people to eat out while allowing the rest to dine in ignorant bliss.

Posted by: bluegrass1 | May 18, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If the average Cretan walks about as much each day as the average American drives, it's amazing that Cretans have time to do anything except walk.

(Americans are reported to drive an average of 40-50 miles per day; even a speedwalker won't do more than 4mph, which means the Cretan would have to walk for 10 hours a day.)

Posted by: pghsm | May 18, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"(Americans are reported to drive an average of 40-50 miles per day; even a speedwalker won't do more than 4mph, which means the Cretan would have to walk for 10 hours a day.)"

I meant as much time, of course, not as much distance.

Posted by: bluegrass1 | May 19, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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