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         Food industry complicates the act of eating well, a nutritionist Marion Nestle says By Nadine KamOct. 29, 2019Weight loss is big business in this country. It’s an industry that grew by about 4% last year, from $69.8 billion to $72.7 billion, according to, and is expected to grow 2.6% annually through 2023, fueled by meal-replacement products, obesity drugs, bariatric surgeries and weight-loss programs.It’s arguably money spent unnecessarily if heeding the simple advice touted by nutrition expert Marion Nestle (rhymes with trestle) as she crosses the country talking about the challenges consumers face when food meets politics. “It’s hard for people to make sensible food choices in an environment where marketing plays a heavy role,” she said in an interview from her New York office. “Processed foods are heavily advertised, so people don’t realize how easy it is to eat healthfully. (Journalist/author) Michael Pollan summed it up in seven words: ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’”It seems like common sense, but according to Nestle, many people have lost the ability to recognize healthful food after a couple of generations weaned on heavily processed and packaged products.Since the 1980s, Nestle has taken on government, the food industry and the food marketing industry to bring to light their roles in the obesity epidemic and other health hazards. Nestle will give a free talk on “What to Eat: Dietary Advice Meets Food Politics” next week at the University of Hawaii’s Kennedy Theatre.Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Emerita at New York University and visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, is the author of six award-winning books, including “Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning)” and “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.”From 1986 to 1988, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health.In this day of hype and hyperbole, Nestle is respected for her reasoned approach to food politics. Talking to her is a breath of fresh air because she isn’t prone to hype or theatrics. When I suggest that many believe sugar is a drug, she calmly explains, “Sugar’s a food. It’s a nutrient. Plenty of people believe they’re addicted to something, but if that’s what they think, they need to be treated as an addict and get help from a 12-step program, or figure out some way not to eat it.“If you can’t keep cookies in the house without eating the whole bag, then don’t keep it in your house.”Nestle started her career as a nutritionist who found her current path as a crusader after attending a conference on the relationship between smoking and cancer. “It struck me that nutritionists should be doing the same thing with food.”For a long time, she said, she couldn’t understand the confusion over how to select nutritious foods. In the introduction to her book, “What to Eat,” she wrote, “Doesn’t everyone know what a healthy diet is?”But in talking to people across the country, she came across such comments as: “A lot of us are clueless and have no idea of how to eat,” “When I go into a supermarket I feel like a deer caught in headlights” and “I do not feel confident that I know what to eat. It’s all so confusing.”She saw a discrepancy between nutrition knowledge and dietary behavior, largely shaped by food industry marketing and the human desire to believe a lie rather than an inconvenient truth, no matter how unrealistic.For instance, children grow up with the knowledge than an apple is a more healthful choice than a cookie. But add the word “diet” in front of cookie and logic flies out the window as people rationalize that a diet food cannot make you fat. A person who prefers cookies to apples will find any way to believe a cookie is a viable diet choice.Foods labeled “low-fat,” “low-calorie” or “fat-free” are targeted toward those desperate to shed weight, who are most vulnerable to the allure of an easy fix, Nestle said. If a dieter has a craving and is presented with low-calorie cookies or zero-calorie cola, he or she might gladly believe it’s fine to consume both freely — unaware that artificial sweeteners in such products contribute to obesity.A 2016 study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that mothers who frequently consumed diet beverages were two times more likely to have babies who were overweight or obese at one year after birth, compared with women who consumed fewer artificially sweetened drinks.A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who drank regular soda.“It’s a very human response to want to believe,” Nestle said. “We don’t respond intellectually to such claims, but emotionally, and marketers know that. It’s very difficult to take on a $30 billion advertising industry.”And in light of larger social issues such as immigration and gun policy, poverty and homelessness, the every day dietary habits of American citizens aren’t much of a concern to policymakers who believe adults are capable of making their own decisions.One would think the message would be getting across, but obesity rates in this country continue to climb. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 93.3 million of U.S. adults, nearly 40% of the population, suffers from obesity based on body mass index. (Colorado and Hawaii have the lowest obesity rates, at 23% and 24.9% of the population, respectively.)Instead of wearying of the battle, Nestle is energized by noting much has changed for the positive.“Food has gotten a lot better in 20 years. There are more farmers markets, more opportunities to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.”Yet, while eating was once a matter of sustenance, the rise of food media has glamorized eating a lot as a way of life, from culinary travel programs to live mukbang videos that emphasize consumption in huge amounts. So Nestle’s latest cause has been portion control.“Portion size has gotten so much bigger over time, so it’s very human for people to want to see a lot of food in front of them,” she said. “Everyone has to have a certain amount of calories to be healthy, but many eat more than they need and that puts them at risk for Type 2 diabetes and other ailments.”It’s up to individuals to gauge how many calories they need by using height and weight as a barometer, understand that a single fast-food meal may contain all the calories they need for one day, and adjust one’s intake accordingly.The formula of equal calories in and out should keep one’s weight in check. “I eat junk food, too, but I don’t eat a lot of it,” Nestle said. “It’s OK to have ice cream once in a while, and not very much.”

What to Eat with Nutrition Expert Marion Nestle

For more information: Hayley Matson Mathes, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation 808 941 9088What to Eat with Nutrition Expert Marion NestleSept. 6 2019HONOLULU, HAWAI`I - Eat more superfoods, probiotics, fermented foods, omega 3’s; eat less meat, more vegetables and eat locally grown. Are these dictates important to your health and wellness?“What to Eat: Dietary Advice Meets Food Politics” is the topic of a free public program to be presented by nutrition expert, educator and award winning author Marion Nestle on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 pm at John F. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East West Road, University of Hawaii at Manoa.Lauded as a public health hero and among the “most important foodies of our time,” Nestle will discuss the decisions we h ave to make among confusing food choices despite a worldwide consensus about the basic principles of healthy diets. This presentation describes these principles, examines why they are so difficult to follow and situates the unique food system of Hawaii wit hin the greater context of global recommendations for diets that promote human health and the environment.Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Emerita at New York University and visiting professor of Nutr itional Sciences at Cornell University. She is the author of six award winning books including her most recent book “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat” published in 2018.The program is being sponsored by the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation with support from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu Sustainable Community Food Systems Program (SCFS).The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation is dedicated to the development and support of culinary training programs throughout the state of Hawai’i. The Foundation provides financial and professional resources towards activities that enhance the scope of learning by culinary students, professionals, and the public.The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register:

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Golf Tournament to benefit culinary education nonprofit

>Click to watch coverage on Hawaii News NowHONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -The nineteenth Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course.  Tournament proceeds benefit the culinary nonprofit dedicated to culinary education in Hawaii.The tournament begins with buffet lunch, a noon shotgun start and concludes with an awards banquet prepared by local chefs and restaurants. The tournament raffle features thousands of dollars in prizes including neighbor island trips, state of the art electronics and luxury gift certificates. Golfers have numerous chances to win prizes in the $20,000 hole-in-one, closest to the pin, putting, chipping and driving competitions.The tournament is the Foundation's key fundraiser, allowing the organization to sponsor educational culinary projects throughout the Islands. Programming includes Center of the Plate workshops led by award-winning Hawaii chefs and visiting Master Chef events.  The Foundation supported programs bring local, mainland and international chefs into the classroom to present intensive learning experiences for culinary/chef instructors and local culinary students.The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, founded in 1998, recognizes the significant contribution of the culinary industry to Hawaii's economy and is dedicated to championing Hawaii's unique culinary traditions.  An advisory committee comprised of prominent members of the restaurant and hospitality industry plus key leaders in the culinary field coordinates educational experiences for chef/instructors and culinary students.The HCEF Board encourages the community to sign up and support this culinary fundraiser.  Cost for a team of three players is $1,400. To register, visit  or call (808) 941-9088.Copyright 2017.  Hawaii News Now.  All Rights Reserved.

Golf, dine to help chefs help students

COURTESY HAWAII CULINARY EDUCATION FOUNDATIONThe Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation hosts its 19th annual golf tournament April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course. All proceeds benefit culinary education in Hawaii.The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation hosts its 19th annual golf tournament April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course. The foundation sponsors programs for Hawaii’s high school and college culinary students, bringing local, mainland and international chefs into the classroom to share cutting-edge knowledge and techniques.The golf tournament, the group’s key fundraiser, kicks off with a buffet lunch, then offers participants the chance to win prizes and enter raffles. Cost for a team of three is $1,400. All proceeds benefit culinary education in Hawaii. Visit week, enjoy recipes from the foundation’s guest instructors.Sauteed Mahimahi on Zucchini NoodlesChef George Mavrothalassitis, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation board member1 medium zucchini, ends removed 2 cups ice 1-1/4 cups salted water, divided 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 pound mahimahi, center cut, cut into 2 portions Sea salt, to taste 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided Juice of 1/2 lemonCut zucchini lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, discarding core. Cut slices lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips.Fill a mixing bowl with 2 cups ice and 1/2 cup salted water. Place another bowl on top of ice.In a saucepan, bring remaining 3/4 cup salted water to boil. Add garlic and zucchini; cook 2 minutes. Remove to bowl on top of ice, stirring to accelerate cooling. Reserve cooking water.Season fish with salt. In a nonstick frying pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and place fish in pan, skin side down. Turn on heat and cook fish, turning once. Remove from pan.Add lemon juice and reserved cooking liquid to pan; bring to boil. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and zucchini; cook 1 minute. Taste and adjust seasonings.Place zucchini on 2 serving plates along with cooking juices. Top with mahimahi. Serve with steamed white or basmati rice. Serves 2.Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (not including salt to season fish): 470 calories, 30 g total fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 165 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 43 g proteinBrined & Roasted ChickenChef Jackie Lau, culinary consultant1 whole chicken, giblets removed, rinsed Fresh thyme and parsley sprigs 1 cup cold butter Olive oil, for basting Salt and pepper, to taste >> Brine: 2 quarts cold water 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons garlic salt 1 tablespoon celery salt 1 tablespoon white pepper 1 tablespoon dry thyme 1 ounce onion powder >> Mirepoix (vegetable mix): 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly choppedCombine brine ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Immerse chicken in brine and soak, covered, in refrigerator for 24 hours.Heat oven to 300 degrees. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Place thyme and parsley sprigs with butter in cavity.Place mirepoix in shallow roasting pan. Place chicken on top, breast side up. Brush skin with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 2 hours, basting every half hour. Remove from oven and let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (includes 1 tablespoon oil for basting and not including salt to taste): 840 calories, 68 g total fat, 30 g saturated fat, 245 mg cholesterol, greater than 2,000 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 39 g protein

Popular chefs share cooking chops with local students

Some of Maui’s popular chefs are sharing their star status and knowledge with Maui high school students in an effort to inspire a future wave of culinary talent on the Valley Isle.Lanai City-raised chef Adam Tabura, who won the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” was recently at King Kekaulike High School, where he mentored 160 students over two days.“We talk about them mostly, what they want to do, but hopefully I’ve inspired them,” Tabura said, who taught the students how to make Hollandaise sauce last month while he was on the island for business and promoting his new products and cookbook.Tabura added that even if the students don’t want to be chefs, he is there to give guidance.Tabura is part of the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation’s High School Chef Mentoring program. On Maui, he is joined by three other chefs mentoring at high schools: Ryan Luckey of Leilani’s on the Beach, at Lahainaluna High; Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery food truck, at Maui High; and Tylun Pang of Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, at Baldwin High.

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Celebrated chef shares his story

Credit: Honolulu Star AdvertiserThe hottest food trend on the mainland right now is something we in Hawaii have taken for granted for generations: poke.Chef Sam Choy hopes it’s not just a flash in the pan, he told culinary educators at a workshop. Not because he just opened Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max in Seattle after finding success with food trucks there, but because, as he said, “it’s a true taste of Hawaii.”His Seattle restaurant brings in 1,000 pounds of ahi each week from Hawaii, Choy said.The Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation staged the workshop at ChefZone on Thursday to give high school and community college culinary teachers insights into Choy’s career journey. The educators got to see a demonstration of classic and contemporary poke dishes, and watched the chef prepare a dish from a box of mystery ingredients, among other things.

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Before Captain Cook Poke

Recipe Credit: Chef Sam Choy

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Golf tournament to benefit culinary non-profit

The eighteenth Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Kapolei Golf Course. Tournament proceeds benefit the culinary nonprofit dedicated to culinary education in Hawaii.

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Let’s Talk Food: Chef with Hilo roots

Chef Jon Matsubara, culinary executive director for Bloomingdale’s at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, has roots in Hilo.

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Tom Douglas at Kapiolani Community College, February 29, 2016

Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sake Braised Kale Seared Big Island Sirloin Yield: 8 tasting portionsCoal Roasted Sweet Potatoes1 pound sweet potatoes, about 2 medium sweet potatoesBake the sweet potatoes until soft enough to eat, but firm to touch. Place sweet potatoes in the coals to char the outside all over. Wipe off the coal ash. Split the sweet potatoes in half, then cut each half into chunks.Honey Butter

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Seattle chef – Tom Douglas puts veggies front and center

What’s the difference between “hard char” and “burnt”?Burnt is a mistake, while a nicely charred vegetable is the product of a deliberate act that caramelizes the natural sugars to produce a bittersweetness.A vegetable like that can take the center of a $15 plate in a restaurant like Tom Douglas’ new Carlile Room in downtown Seattle.“It’s hard to get the idea of ‘hard char’ across so you don’t feel freaky about it,” Douglas said Monday as he showed off a slice of pineapple bearing a solid charred crust. Read More >>

Chef Jackie Lau Poultry Maui Culinary Academy program

Whole Chicken Technique Brine and Roast

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Dumpling making, All Day Wong

Chef Lee Anne Wong said cooks are just craftsmen. Television makes them famous. One of the stars on the public television series, “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking,” spent Tuesday morning with Kauai Community College culinary arts students. “It’s really good to have some of these (well-known) chefs to come and teach us,” said Angelito Roslin, a KCC student. “It shows us that we can achieve things we never would have thought we could.” Read more >>

Street-dish recipes provide head start on annual event

Take your taste buds on a tantalizing adventure through the streets of India at the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation’s annual benefit

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Chef Garg to prepare a lineup of Indian street fare

The four regions of India each have their own version of classic street foods, and within those regions the various states present their own variations, with individual cooks and families adding their own touches to the dishes, chef Vikram Garg said.

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