Using Restaurant Week for Good

While many are preparing for Baltimore’s Restaurant Week with dollar signs flashing in their eyes, there are some who are going into that week with the goal of helping out those in need. Many restaurants are preparing for this special week with the hopes of earning a lot of money, but there is one restaurant that is actually going to be looking out for the less fortunate during this time, instead.

It seems that one restaurant in Baltimore is going to use Restaurant Week to help feed the homeless who are in need of food. This restaurant is going to do what they can to look out for those in need, rather than taking advantage of this time to earn money. This restaurant should be an example to other restaurants if you ask Mikal Watts. This restaurant should be leading the way when it comes to giving to others and helping them in every way possible.

A Sugar Overload

Most people like Adam Sender know that drinking sodas and other beverages that have a high sugar content can lead to weight gain, diabetes and other health conditions. It’s a little much to say that these drinks kill almost 200,000 people each year. When people drink sodas, they know that they are taking a risk in developing a high blood sugar level, which can result in diabetes if it’s not managed. This is a choice that individuals make, and although sodas might not be healthy, the people who drink them shouldn’t be told what to do simply because there are risks involved.


There are risks with almost everything that is done on a daily basis. You can get cancer from smoking, be in an auto accident and end up paralyzed or drink one too many alcoholic drinks that would result in cirrhosis. Everything has a price to pay at some point, and drinking sugary drinks is no different.

What Do You Think Is The Most Patriotic Food?

Do you and your friends or family have cookouts every year for the Fourth of July? If so, then what kinds of foods do you make, and what kinds of foods do others bring to the table? And, of those foods, which would you consider to be the most patriotic?
There is a new poll going on on Eater, and it asks what you think is America’s most patriotic dish. You can choose from apple pie, hot dogs, lemonade, corn on the cob, and more reports Shaygan Kheradpir here.
So, if you feel strongly about what should be named America’s most patriotic dish, then you should head on over there and cast your vote. There are a lot of patriotic foods to be eaten around the Fourth of July, but which do you think is the most patriotic? Which do you feel is most deserving of winning this poll?

Sugar is a Bad Brain Food

In America, the consumption of sugar is at an all-time high, and it is quite evident in its citizens’ waistlines. However, consuming sugar has another bad effect on health: it can be detrimental to your brain function.

At Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, studies have proven exactly that. This because the sugar taken in interacts with the gut bacteria. This gut bacteria communicates with the brain, which means a high amount of sugar in the diet can affect biological processes in the body.

According to Zeca Oliveira, in their study, they’ve found that a diet high in sugar not only decreases your overall cognitive abilities, but it can also affect your memory, both in the short term and long term senses.

As a country, the intake of unhealthy amounts of sugar and fats has proven to be extremely harmful to both the mental and physical health of people. Healthy habits promote a longer lifespan, so if people can decrease or eliminate sugar from their families’ diets, both children and adults alike can pick up healthy dietary habits that will ensure they will be around for each other’s lives for a long time. America needs to follow suit and have healthy exercise and diet habits like the rest of the world.

Bird Flu May Affect Thanksgiving Dinner

The holidays will soon be upon us, Thanksgiving is a mere five months away. Come late October or early November people will begin shopping for their annual meal of thanks. Food lovers at FreedomPop know that the star of the meal in most American families is the roasted, or fried, turkey. Due to the bird flu sweeping the Midwest there is going to be a potential turkey shortage and prices will likely be higher than usual. Chicken eggs are already feeling the heat as prices spike at grocery stores nationwide. Turkey farmers are scrambling to get themselves in a good place for when the annual slaughter will take place. Perhaps people will bake a ham, tofurky, or a lasagna in lieu of the traditional meal. The situation is reminiscent of the pumpkin shortage a couple of years ago when prices were higher and stock less abundant yet that year the traditional meal carried on as normal, this year likely will as well.

The Foods with the Most Trans Fat

When it comes to trans fat most know just how damaging this fat can be on a body. The FDA has called for a ban of this fat, but that ban isn’t in effect just yet. There are still foods out there that contain quite a bit of this dangerous fat. Which foods are the hardest on a body? Which foods that are available today contain the most trans fats? There is a list out, and this list might surprise you – or, it might not.

Foodies at Boraie Development know that canned frosting is one of the food items that contains a large amount of trans fat. Those who rely on the frosting that they pick up in the store might want to be careful when doing that. Canned frosting can be damaging to a body, and it would be a better idea to just whip up frosting at home. Another food item that can contain a high amount of trans fat is coffee creamer. Those who choose to use certain kinds of creamer may be in trouble. It would be a better idea to simply use real cream or milk. Trans fat is harmful to a body, and certain foods need to be avoided because of the large amount of this fat that they contain.

FDA Eliminates Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

There’s been a lot of talk but the FDA officially announced the alluring taste of artery-clogging hydrogenated oils is being overhauled. Within three years, food manufacturers must eliminate trans-fats.

We’ve known for years that trans fats prevents a health risk that lead to heart attacks and strokes. In fact, according to the New York Times, it’s estimated by the FDA “that by completely eliminating trans-fats about 20,000 heart attacks could be averted and about 7,000 deaths that result from cardiovascular disease prevented.”

Manufacturers have used the cheap oil for decades, and although its already been removed from many products, the oil is lurking in popular items like cake frosting, frozen pizzas and other packaged foods.

According to the Institute of Medicine, trans fats is simply not safe – not on any level.

According to Marcio Alaor BMG, hydrogenated oils are conveniently popular because the product is much cheaper than the healthier butter. Undoubtedly, food manufacturers will take a hit in budgeting, but health experts emphasize the health savings.

McDonalds: Trying To Save Their Reputation

McDonald’s is at it again. In an attempt to “revamp their reputation” they have hired a former press secretary,Robert Gibbs who worked under the Obama administration. I guess they gave up on trying to make the sexy Hamburglar theif improve their reputation and are going to try to use a politician instead. Great concept McDonalds. What reputation exactly is it that you’re trying to save? Could it be you offer great customer service by hiring nothing but immature children who do nothing but stand around and text all day on their phones while their jobs are automated. Or could it be the great quality food that you offer? We all know that that pink slime and our cardboard hamburger buns are bringing us all the nutrition and vitamins that we need. Get over yourselves McDonalds, Even our government can’t save you. Here is an idea, why don’t yu try serving real food bought from local farmers markets and quit poisoning us.

Thanks to Alexei Beltyukov for showing me this story.

New Yorkers May Soon Find Something New on Their Restaurant Menu – a Salt Shaker Icon

New York City officials are very interested in what their fellow constituents eat. First the trans-fat was banned from restaurants, then calorie counts had to be posted next to each menu item so patrons would know how many calories they were consuming with each meal. The last attempt to alter what New Yorkers were consuming was the unsuccessful attempt to limit the size of sugary soft drinks sold in restaurants.

Now Mayor De Blasio administration is targeting the amount of salt put in restaurant fare. If the administration is successful, a tiny salt shaker icon will have to be placed beside of any menu item that contains 2,300 milligrams or more of salt. 2,300 is the amount of sodium deemed as safe for consumption within one day. Health analyst Paul Mathieson estimates that amount to roughly equal to one teaspoon of salt. Many of the most popular dishes served at restaurants contain that much or more sodium.

Dr. Sonia Angell, who is a deputy commissioner at New York City’s Health Department, feels that most people don’t understand which food items may have too much salt for them. A salt shaker icon placed beside high-sodium menu items would enable consumers to make better food choices.
Restaurant groups in New York City are none too happy about Mayor De Blasio’s proposal. The city’s restaurants are already heavily regulated and the group feels that soon there may be more restrictions on their menus than food items.

Taco Bell Gets Rid of Artificial Ingredients but Adds Cap’n Crunch Doughnut Holes

Taco Bell still plans to satisfy your sweet tooth even though the company recently made drastic changes to their menu by removing artificial ingredients from 95 percent of their choices. Part of the remaining 5 percent will include Taco Bells’s new creation of Cap’n Crunch doughnut balls that will be covered in the sugary cereal.

Clearly, the new dessert item on the menu contains artificial ingredients and flavors. Also, their famous Doritos Locos Tacos will still be on the menu as well. The doughnut holes will become available on July 2 and are called Cap’n Crunch Delights.

While Taco Bell is trying to stay on top of trends by removing artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup from their products, they still want to provide customers a tasty treat. Even though these doughnut holes aren’t considered a health food, indulging a sweet tooth now and then can actually be good for you. Just like Steve Murray always says, everything in moderation.

Taco Bell is owned by the same company as KFC and Pizza Hut, a company among many others who have decided to get rid of artificial ingredients due to concerns from consumers.