Fit Fix: the FDA Is Trying to Redefine What ‘Healthy’ Means

 Jarren Vink

What Does ‘Healthy’; Mean, Anyway?: After much prompting from both food companies and legislators, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to review exactly what it means for a food to be ‘healthy’ for the first time since 1994. Back then, nutritionists cared more about fat than sugar, which helps explain why sugar content isn’t a factor in the ‘healthy’ equation. Nowadays, though, we know that we were (mostly) wrong to fear fat. Avocados and salmon are too fatty to be considered healthy, but low-fat Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes make the grade.

The process could take years—especially since the FDA is planning to gather public input. “We believe now is an opportune time to reevaluate regulations concerning nutrient content claims, generally, including the term ‘healthy,'” the FDA said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. One early beneficiary of the change: KIND, whose fruit-and-nut bars can once again bear the term ‘healthy’ after the FDA ordered its removal. [The Wall Street Journal]

Speaking of Healthy and America: Budweiser is cranking up the Americana this summer—to an almost absurd degree—by branding regular old Budweiser as ‘America’ beer, with the tagline of ‘E Pluribus Unim’ and references to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence. Nevermind that “This Land Is Your Land” is an angry protest song that railed against the privatization of America, and that the Pledge wasn’t formally adopted by Congress until 1942. What a marketing move! [Fast Co.]

Steph Makes History (Again): The magical basketball god known as Stephen Curry not only repeated as NBA MVP, he was voted the first unanimous MVP in the history of the league. [Men’s Fitness]

Throwdown at the Showdown: Bismack Biyombo put back a thunderous dunk against the Heat on Monday night:


Making Baseball Fun Again: Don’t show this to the Little Leaguers out there: Nationals star Bryce Harper had a few choice words for umpire Brian Knight after he’d ejected Harper for arguing a strikeout call.

Bryce Harper yells at the umpire

The Washington Nationals were celebrating a walk-off home run but Bryce Harper had some words for an umpire.

Posted by FOX Sports on Monday, May 9, 2016


Fast Elvis: Latvian netminder Elvis Merzlikins made an acrobatic stick save against Russia on Monday night. Sure, he’d let in four goals before this one—Latvia lost 4–0—but this save was a shot in the arm for his beleaguered countrymen:

We Don’t Need Roads: Spotted in McCovey Cove at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park: A functioning DeLorean-styled hovercraft.

Back when Matthew Riese designed the futuristic machine in 2010, he wrote on the project’s Kickstarter page that “the craft will not be able to reach 88 mph and so I won’t be installing a flux capacitor.” [FOX Sports]

No Excuses: Watch Zack Ruhl of CrossFit Uncontested prove that there really are no limits to strength.

“The Baldest YouTube Channel Ever”: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Tuesday that his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, is launching Seven Bucks Digital Studios, a new YouTube channel. “Expanding [Seven Bucks Productions] into the digital space is a passion of ours, and we’re fired up to create a platform for the immensely talented digital filmmakers around the world and also curate content that’s entertaining, provocative and funny AF—as we say in the streets,” he wrote on Instagram.


What Else Is the Rock Up to Now?: Oh, you know, just combing through the original source material for his upcoming Jumanji movie, which reportedly will feature five lead roles (up from the original three) while paying a worthy tribute to Robin Williams.

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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