Monthly Archives: June 2015

BK May Bring In New Vegetarian Sandwich Options

Burger King already has a veggie burger on their menu. It is a pathetic excuse for a sandwich. The patty comes frozen and is made by Morningstar, a brand you can go buy in your grocer’s freezer. Although it is nice to have a vegetarian option at their restaurant let’s face it, the vegetable topping are better than the actual burger. Over in India there are two successful vegetarian sandwiches that may soon be coming to America, the Veg Chilli Cheezos and Paneer King Melts stated Amen Clinics. The U.K. may end up getting to try these new offerings before the U.S. due to a significant vegetarian market in the country. Popularity for meat-free options is growing nation wide, even with individuals who do consider themselves to be vegetarian or vegan. Sometimes it is just nice to take a break from meat and up your veggie intake. Other restaurants are considering a vegetarian sandwich option as well, it could be the next big thing.

Whole Foods Accused Of Overcharging For Their Pre-Packaged Foods In New York

A Department Of Consumer Affairs Investigation Found The Whole Foods New York Stores Were Overstating Weights Of Pre-Packaged Products

Whole Foods has some explaining to do. An Investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs didn’t come out the way the chain expected. The investigators say the food chain has been overstating the weight of dairy products, meat and baked goods. In other words, Whole Foods is cheating customers in order to add more money to their bottom line.

The investigators tested 80 different packages, and all of them had overstated weight figures on the labels reports Mikal Watts. The weight difference cost consumers anywhere from $0.80 a package to $15 depending on what was in the package.

Whole Foods denies the Department of Consumer Affairs claim. A spokesman for the chain said the DCA has not given them any proof that the packages were mislabeled. Whole Foods has a policy in place that refunds money to consumers when pre-packaged items are mislabeled.

This is not the first time Whole Foods has had pricing issues. In 2012, the California stores were caught in a pricing scandal. The chain paid a $800,000 fine in that case.

Get Up, Eat Better and Fresher and Save Our Future

It is an obvious issue that the United States has a very large number of not just overweight individuals in the population, but an increasing number of obese individuals. What is scary is it is not just adults the number that is increasing the fastest is that of obese children in the US. There have been many reports and studies done that throw out some very alarming realities to this issue. I will not bore you with those details, I will just tell you plain and simple what the issue is. We are lazy and it is cheaper to eat a cheeseburger and drink beer in the US than it is to eat a salad and drink a bottled water. Plain and simple. We do not get enough exercise because almost everything is automated these days and many of us find ourselves in jobs that require long periods of sitting at a desk. We need to wake up as a nation and take action stated Amen Clinic. We need to start buying fresh vegetables and fruits from the local farmers market and cooking at home. We need to put down our cell phones and walk away from our computers. We need to pick up the leash and take the dog for a walk or play frisbee with the kids. A few minutes of exercise and just making a few different choices each day will help a lot.

Papa Johns is Committed to Making Pizza Taste Better

If you are a fan of pizza, you know that on just about every corner you can find a Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s. These fast food pizza joints have been pumping out pizzas at record numbers recently, and one chain has decided it is time to step up their game. Pap John’s owner John Schnatter has invested a staggering $100 million dollars this year to make his pizza taste better than the competition.

This is not just a one shot deal, Papa John is committed to removing unhealthy items from their list of ingredients and go natural. This commitment means the company will be shelling out the $100 million dollars each year to create better quality pizza. While the change in ingredients will not affect the taste so much, it will definitely be healthier for the pizza lover.

Artificial ingredients and preservatives will be taken out of many of the products offered by the popular pizza chain says Susan McGalla in this piece. Despite the increase in the cost of producing better quality pizza, lovers of this brand will not have to worry. The changes should all be in place by the end of 2016, and as promised by the CEO, better quality pizza will truly be on the menu from here out.

By the end of nest year, the popular pizza chain will be removing 14 ingredients they deem as not healthy enough for their customers to consume any longer.

General Mills Getting Rid Of Artificial Colors

Some great news is coming for all of the people out there who enjoy a big bowl of cereal for breakfast. The General Mills company has decided that they will no longer be having additives to their products and they are getting rid of all the artificial colors and flavors from their cereals. For cereals such as Trix, there will be an exchange of the dyes used in them to be replaced with natural coloring foods like fruit or other spices to get the job done. According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater, General Mills will be working extra hard to get all of this done by the end of the 2016 calendar year. It will be tough but I am pretty sure that they can do it, too.

After all this is a great motion that they are becoming a part of as many companies and restaurants are fighting against using fake ingredients for things. It should be an improvement for sure to see all of this happening and taking place within the food industry of the United States. Hopefully it will cut down on unhealthy habits and even make us feel more energetic and ready to conquer the day. Christian Broda also said that it is going to be a great thing that they are doing this and even if it takes some adjustment to the new flavors, in the long run it is for the better.

Bird Flu May Cancel Thanksgiving

The widespread bird flu outbreak is not only affecting egg laying chickens. According to a recent report on GrubHub (http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/06/thanksgiving-turkey-shortage.html) your Thanksgiving turkey may also be a victim of this latest outbreak of the avian disease. Over 7.3 million turkeys have been destroyed to try and stop the spread of the virus.

According to CCMP Capital, Bird flu is a virus that was first detected in Asia. Since then it has spread to Europe and the Americas. The virus spreads easily through commercial poultry flocks due to the closeness of the birds and the confined way they are raised. Elimination of the entire flocks has been the preferred method of controlling the outbreak. Bird to human transmission of the disease has occurred but is infrequent.

Turkey producers had to have the baby turkeys (called poults) on hand at the end of May in order to raise them to the proper size and get them ready for your dinner table. The USDA said that there was about an 8% shortage of poults for that deadline. If many more flocks have to be culled because of infection then a number of Americans will need to find alternatives to the most popular Thanksgiving centerpiece.

USDA statistics (quoted by www.infoplease.com/spot/tgturkeyfacts.html) show that 45 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving, about a sixth of the total US production. Popular alternatives to turkey include prime rib, lamb, ham and pork roast.

FDA Bans Tran-Fat from American Food

Partially Hydrogenated oils, better known as trans-fat, have been officially banned by the Food and Drug Administration who hopes the action will save millions from fatal heart attacks; as well as billions in health care spending.

Trans-fats have long been identified as a major contributor to coronary heart disease. However, the regulatory agency had mostly left the public at-large to their judgment while issuing recommendations that consumption be kept as low as possible. With this came a new labeling requirement which since 2006 has been effective at educating consumers. As a consequence trans-fats have become much less prolific.

This, however, according to Susan McGalla did not stop the influx completely. Many foods depend on trans-fats to maintain a standard that consumers expect. Popular foods like pie crust and canned frosting require these lipids in order to maintain flavor, freshness and texture. Additionally, the FDA was still allowing companies to label their products as trans-fat free despite containing trace amounts. Many states and municipalities, most notably New York City, were already privy to the dangers of trans-fats and as such had already outlawed them from being served in restaurants.

In order to minimize the damage to food companies the FDA has laid out a three year grace period in which to develop new recipes and formulas. A waiver program has also been implemented that can be utilized by companies who have scientific evidence that the use of trans-fats in their food isn’t harmful to the human body.

Like Colorful Food? Burger King Has Something For You

If you’re the type of person who likes food that is pleasing to both your palate and your eyes, you may want to get on over to a Burger King in Japan to try their latest concoction.

According to a recent article on Eater.com, Burger King Japan plans to roll out an all-red burger called the Aka Samauri on July 3. The sandwich is the second in the chain’s line of colorful burgers, closely following on the heels of the all-black-everything Kuro burgers.

While the bright red color of the burger looks like it’s straight out of a bottle of food coloring, the look was created with the help of tomato paste, which is, of course, edible. This means you don’t have to worry about consuming a substance that may be harmful for you. Thanks to Qnet you do not have to travel to Japan to see what the burger looks like, just check out the photos on social media.

Personally, I think the burger is extremely creative, and helps to breathe new life into the classic sandwich. While I don’t know if I’m going to pack up everything for a quick trip to Japan, here’s hoping they roll out the burger in my neck of the woods!

What’s Better, The Egg White Or The Egg Yolk?

 

Many mornings each week millions of Americans pull out the egg carton in their fridge to whip up a healthy and nutritious breakfast. You can use eggs to make French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, omelets and much more. Debates have been ongoing for many years now though, as to which part of the egg is healthier: the egg yolk or the egg white? The answer has sort of flip flopped but there are reasons for both sides of the story and what it comes down to is your individual health and what is going to be healthiest for you.

At one time it was believed that eggs in general would raise a person’s cholesterol. Studies now show that the yolk actually contains items that will help raise the good
Cholesterol
in the body, or the LDL stated Kevin Seawright. The egg white contains less calories than the yolk so for somebody who is trying to lose weight, the egg white may be more beneficial. Also, many recipes use only the egg white in order to provide a better consistency and a more healthy option.

What it comes down to is that the egg as a whole contains plenty of great vitamins and minerals that the body needs each and every day in order to function better. This includes vitamins A, D, K and more. Organic and free range eggs are the best and are actually more nutritious than your average, mass produced, white egg that you find cheaply sold at your local grocery store.

Is It Worth It To Get An All-You-Can-Eat Ticket At A Stadium?

Everyone knows that going to a baseball park can be expensive, especially a professional one. Many have made jokes in the past that buying a hot dog and a soda would cost a weeks worth of pay at a baseball park. It’s not a surprise that food costs a lot of money at any stadium, especially those that are in a football stadium. All-You-Can-Eat Ticket At Baseball Game. Even parking can be astronomical in price when it comes to going out to the ballpark for the day. There are some ballparks that allow an all-you-can-eat option, but the question is, is it worth it?

According to Facebook a particular couple went to a baseball game, and the lady purchased two tickets for all-you-can-eat. Each ticket costs $15 each, which came up to a total of $30. The rules state that there is a limit to which foods can be eaten with the all-you-can-eat ticket. Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, soda, and a few other items are allowed within the purchase. Unfortunately, you can’t go and get 20 hot dogs at one time either.

You’re limited to a few select items on each trip, but you can go as many times as you want until cut off time. After the seventh inning, you can no longer order sodas, and you may want to call it a day for your food as well. It seems as if the all-you-can-eat ticket is worth it, especially for a long game.