Dietary Supplements: Tuesday, February 15

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Today we're serving up calories, subsidies, and fig spread. Enjoy!

We're all anticipating mandatory calorie counting, but new research has cast even more doubt on the value of calorie labeling at food food joints.

Meanwhile, if we're tricked into choosing apples over candy bars because of the "unit effect," then shouldn't we label all food energy as Joules (instead of calories)?

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a DC-based nonprofit, is suing the USDA, alleging a conflict of interest between its role in supporting US agriculture and issuing nutrition advice for Americans.

Obama's 2012 budget proposal calls for the elimination of more than $5 billion in agricultural spending, including subsidies that go to the wealthiest farmers.

And Time's Bryan Walsh on how foodies obsessed with heirloom tomatoes and their own health might just end up saving the environment too.

Finally, McSweeney's reviews Dalmatia Fig Spread, discovered its typical habitat: the Whole Foods sample table.

The preserve was a rich golden brown (the precise hue of the Dalmatian coast at sunset) and was studded with tiny seeds that glinted like jewels under the fluorescent track lighting. [...] Gone was the mouth breather from Aisle 2 who kept double dipping his toothpick in the cubes of Gruyere. I was transported to the world of Suleiman the Magnificent, to the kind of place [...] where the words "olive garden" don't necessarily evoke a leather banquette and a laminate menu.

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!


Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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