Nutrition Action Healthletter
News from CSPI
Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, CSPI

Memo from MFJ
Where can you go to find more information about stroke, the subject of this month’s cover story? What should seniors look for in a multivitamin? How can consumers demand that the FDA require food labels to list heart-damaging trans fat?

A single issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter can’t include everything about everything, even in the longer articles. That’s one reason we’ve started using the Internet to provide readers (and others) with more information.

We’ve begun posting on our Web site ( details, resources, and other information that we couldn’t squeeze into our articles. For example, you’ll find links to government sites and support groups that deal with prostate cancer and stroke; important studies on St. John’s wort, glucosamine, chondroitin, and other dietary supplements; and government reports on drinking water and food allergies.

Here are some other reasons to hop online and get lost in our Web site. From our home page you’ll be able to:

  Read selected articles from the past three years’ worth of Nutrition Action Healthletters (plus the studies of movie theatre popcorn and food from Chinese, Italian, and Mexican restaurants that made such a splash in the early ’90s).

  Rate your diet and see how much you really know about vitamins and minerals, fat, and harmful bacteria in food by taking our nutrition and safe food quizzes.

  Check out whether sodium benzoate, butylated hydroxytoluene, or just about any other food additive is safe or unsafe by visiting our on-line Chemical Cuisine section.

  Find tips on how to avoid food poisoning or the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

  Keep up to date on our push for labeling of trans fat, the impact of sugar and soft drinks on young people, and whether diet can be used to avoid or treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by reading our latest reports and press releases.

  Monitor our Integrity in Science Project, which reports on the funding that corporations provide to scientists and health organizations.

  Check out our “9 Weeks to a Perfect Diet” and “10 Steps to a Healthy Diet”—two practical guides to help you shed unwanted pounds, lower your blood pressure, and reduce your cholesterol levels.

  Subscribe to Nutrition Action.

  Join our “actionnetwork” to help push the government and the food industry toward more-healthful, safer food. We’ll send you e-mails with timely information and enable you to send e-mails directly to key decision-makers.

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Mike Jacobson
Michael F. Jacobson
Executive Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

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