11:51 AM, May 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you have been worrying that you consume too much salt, then you might want to give that one a rest. As Gina Kolata reports in the New York Times:
In a report that undercuts years of public health warnings, a prestigious group convened by the government says there is no good reason based on health outcomes for many Americans to drive their sodium consumption down to the very low levels recommended in national dietary guidelines.
Next thing you know, they'll be telling us to disregard the food pyramid and that red wine is good for your health.
Still, there are things to worry over on the food front. Seems that the ethanol mandate is not only an environmental loser, destroyer of small engines, and cause of higher food prices, it is also tainting our beef.
As Tom Philpot reports in Mother Jones:
Back in 2007, amid a boom in US corn-based ethanol, researchers at Kansas State University released a sobering study involving distillers grains—the mash that's left over after corn has been fermented and distilled into ethanol. As various government programs ramped up ethanol production—and with it the price of corn—the livestock industry was increasingly turning to distillers grains as a cheap corn substitute. But the Kansas researchers found that the stuff seemed to cause a spike in a particularly dangerous-to-humans form of E. coli in the cows' guts.
Five to seven years ago, distillers grains brought in between 15 percent and 17 percent of revenue for ethanol makers. By 2012, the level had increased to up to 26 percent.
The takeaway: Don't sweat the salt; worry about the ethanol.
4:27 PM, Apr 5, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” contest was forced to close this week because it was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.’s health and sanitation regulations.
Calls for greater "product placement."5:38 PM, Mar 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech today at George Washington University, First Lady Michelle Obama laid out her dream for a healthier-eating America. The vision, she said, requires greater "product placement."
1:16 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Or, maybe it is. In which case you should really cheer up. Getting all sulky and down in the dumps isn't going to starting adding days, weeks, months, and years to the Mayan calendar which runs out of tomorrows on the day after tomorrow (December 21, in case you are counting).
12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By ALEXANDER KAZAM
The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade.
Victorino Matus, at lunch with Jacques PépinSep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By VICTORINO MATUS
The Clam Castle, a tiny outpost along Boston Post Road on the way to Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut, serves up a menu I find irresistible: fried whole clams, clam fritters, clam strip rolls, fried shrimp, fried sea scallops, and fried cod. It reminds me of the seafood restaurant in The Simpsons, The Frying Dutchman.
But probably the most popular item on the menu is the lobster roll, which you can order cold with mayonnaise or hot with butter. Either way, it costs $13.99, a reasonable price considering the clumps of lobster meat piled high atop the hot dog bun.
7:06 PM, May 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden, who has been out on the campaign trail in Ohio, visited Hogfather's Old Fashioned BBQ in Washington, Pennsylvania on his way to the Pittsburgh airport.
‘Pink Slime’ and the law of unintended consequences.1:07 PM, Apr 12, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
[Y]ou know what he wanted? Hot dogs! You know what they make those things out of, Chet? You know? Lips and a—holes!
—Dan Aykroyd, The Great Outdoors (1988)
2:37 PM, Mar 20, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
When I studied here in the early to mid 90s, the only American food chain around was McDonald's. This past week I spotted a T.G.I. Friday's, Burger King, and I even drank a few (Austrian) beers at the Champions bar in the Marriott, which horrified my Vienna guide, who asked, "How did you know?"
10:32 AM, Mar 18, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Cafe Hawelka, Vienna
I'm currently on assignment for THE WEEKLY STANDARD in God-awful Vienna, Austria (just trying not to make my colleagues envious). It's been almost 20 years since I spent a year in the old city as a student, and it's fascinating seeing what has changed (I've already stumbled across two Starbucks) and what hasn't (the grocery stores are still closed on Sundays).
2:24 PM, Feb 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read.