Category Archives: Food News

Baking cookies in a car

dashboard cookies

When it is hot outside – a very common occurance here in So. Cal in the summer – my car starts to feel like an oven if it is parked out in the sun. It never really occurred to me to try and capitalize on this heat, since my kitchen’s oven works so well and so reliably, but after hearing about a woman who regularly ... Read More »

Lose weight, get paid!

No, this isn’t the tag line for a fad weight-loss drug. And if it is, I can assure you that it isn’t what I’m talking about here. Roughly 35% of Italians are overweight or obese, according to EU statistics. Concern about the growing obesity rate is prompting some Italian officials to try and take action on a local level. The government of the town of ... Read More »

More food ads, more likely to overeat?

Today’s Wall Street Journal asks “does food advertising on television make you eat more?” According to some new research in Britain, it does when kids are concerned. A study had kids ranging in age from 5 to 11 watch a video that had some children’s programming (cartoon, “family” shows, etc) and common ads for toys or food products that generally appear on air with the shows. ... Read More »

Potassium bromate and banning flour additives

While there are many who are against the “food police,” the unspecific group of people who protest junk food  in school lunches, support banning fois gras and trans fats and, in general, want to keep an eye on what we’re eating for the sake of general wellness, there are many instances where their help can be appreciated. The debate over fois gras might be a ... Read More »

Trendy today, gone tomorrow

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Teens seem to be notoriously choosy in their pursuit of “cool,” switching from brand to brand at what seems like the drop of a hat when, only days before, they were swearing their preference for one over the other. The behavior is apparent to the casual observer and is mostly found around things like clothing, electronics and other similar types of products, but can be ... Read More »

Trans fats and local, familiy bakeries

“Banning trans fat would ‘annihilate the legacy of every family bakery,’” or so says a baker from Philadelphia, PA, in response to a local city council bill that would prohibit the use of trans fats in commercial kitchens. As it first happened in New York when the city opted to ban trans fats, the public outcry was not unexpected, nor was the argument that small, ... Read More »

5-second rule put to the test

A college professor and her students at Connecticut College, in New London, CT, have put the “5-second rule” to the test in a real world environment to see how the long-standing “rule” stood up. The “5-second rule” is a bit of conventional wisdom/old wives tale that says a piece of food that has fallen onto the floor is fine to eat if you retrieve it ... Read More »

100% kid friendly programming, 80% junk food advertising

Kids have long been a major target for advertisers because even though they don’t do the buying, they exert a lot of influence over what products are purchased for a household. A rapidly increasing obesity rate triggered concern over the prevalence of such ads – especially after a connection between the number of food ads viewed and weight gain was made. Advertisers say that they ... Read More »

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