by Sandy Todd Webster on May 01, 2013

Food for Thought

Here’s a taste of what’s cooking in the nutrition world:

This year an essential component of your healthy Mediterranean diet is going to get more expensive. Spanish olive oil (about 50% of the global supply) is in crisis following a drought that reduced production by 62% and will send import prices soaring.

Rabbit is being billed by some as the next “backyard chicken.” Size and carbon footprint are small; rabbits are quiet, easy to raise (will happily eat kitchen scraps), easy to butcher, lean and tasty; and they reproduce and adapt quickly. Though you don’t get the bonus of fresh eggs every day, it seems like a sustainable meat option to consider.

If you think sugary drinks are at the heart of the obesity epidemic, this news may renew your optimism that we are getting more on track. For the first time in more than 20 years, water has surpassed soda as Americans’ favorite beverage. According to industry tracker Beverage Digest, per-capita soda consumption peaked in 1998 at 54 gallons per person per year, compared with just 42 gallons of water. We now drink an average of 44 gallons of soda and 58 gallons of water per year (a 38% rise). Next, we need to figure out how to get the plastic bottles out of the equation.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.