Tax on Sugary Foods and Drinks Backed by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a “sugar tax” on soft drinks.

A new report from the body found that raising prices by 20% or more results in lower consumption and “improved nutrition”.

The global health group has previously advised a lower sugar intake, but stopped short of backing tax measures.

Several countries, including Mexico and Hungary, already tax added sugar products.

South Africa is introducing a sugar tax next year. It’s the only country in Africa to do so.

The WHO said it wants to see lower consumption of “free sugars”, which it said will lower incidences of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37620087

Researchers “Very Concerned” About Prediabetes Epidemic

The CDC says more than one in three Americans have blood-sugar levels that raise their risk of developing the disease.

It’s called prediabetes — and doctors say it’s an epidemic that’s out of control.

Researchers at UCLA estimate nearly half of all adults in California have prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes: 46 percent of all adults, and 33 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 39.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/researchers-very-concerned-about-prediabetes-diabetes-epidemic/

TV Chef and Author Julia Child Adapted Complex French Cooking for Everyday Americans

TV chef and author Julia Child adapted complex French cooking for everyday Americans, with her groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Most of Child’s kitchen was transported to the Smithsonian museum, where you can see it (free of clutter, though!) today. One thing that didn’t make the trip was Child’s flooring, a resistant linoleum that was more comfortable to stand on—but that was adhered with asbestos-containing glue. Instead, its pattern was photographed and applied to a paper floor at the museum.

Inside Julia Child’s *Actual* Home Kitchen