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!

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

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