Hurricane Sandy had the media on red alert for much-needed updates on food supply and safety this week. This have been critical, as post-hurricane conditions like lack of electricity can lead to food-borne illnesses. Here are some other food concerns to keep your health in check:

  • Food Politics: Don’t get fooled by the messages promoting high fructose corn syrup. Dr. Marion Nestle says the sugar industry is trying to pull a fast one on us, with some help from the government. It’s still wise as a rule to avoid having too much sugar.
  • MSN: Here’s a list of 19 superfoods, including dark chocolate and milk, to help you prep your immune system for this flu season.
  • Men’s Health: Breakfast is supposed to set your mind right as the first meal in the morning, but items like the blueberry scone from Starbucks will set you back instead.
  • NPR: If you’re not easily satisfied with low-calorie snacks, that’s probably because they’re lacking in texture, say UK researchers. Opt for something that is both thick in texture and lower in fat, like a frozen yogurt shake.
  • EpicuriousThe Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook is an attempt to nip the disease in the bud before it starts. The book offers culinary strategies to boost brain protection; one way is to incportate anti-inflammation ingredients like kale, beets, and açai berry into your diet.
  • Grist: Watch out for meat sourced from abroad. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has not followed up on audits as much since 2008. This can spell more trouble, like the recent recall of 2.5 million pounds of Canadian beef.