FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 14 2012
|News compiled by Marvin Leugering
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Founder of FoodBlogCT; Arsenal & Dortmund fan; B.Bus.Sci - Marketing graduate from UCT; currently completing my masters thesis on social media, consumer behaviour & tourism.
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Thursday, the 5th of April
#FoodFact: The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.
Deregulating sale of blowfish 'is putting lives at risk'
It's ugly, expensive and poisonous enough to induce respiratory paralysis and death, but the blowfish has long been one of the more desirable items on Japanese seafood menus. [read more]
How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out
Investment in food commodities by banks and hedge funds has risen from $65bn to $126bn (£41bn to £79bn) in the past five years, helping to push prices to 30-year highs and causing sharp price fluctuations that have little to do with the actual supply of food. [read more]
Mary J. Blige Burger King Ad Pulled
Burger King has yanked an ad featuring the R&B superstar singing the praises of the fast-food chain's new chicken snack wraps after critics in the African-American community complained it was playing off racist stereotypes. [read more]
McDonald's Previews Sustainability Actions for London Olympics
McDonald's Corporation today announced its support of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games' (LOCOG's) vision to deliver the most sustainable Games possible.[read more]
Wednesday, the 4th of April
#FoodFact: The avocado has the most calories of any fruit.
Study: Fried foods not always bad for you
Contrary to just about everything you may have heard about the dangers of fried food, it turns out it may not always be harmful to your health. [read more]
End to misleading food labels in SA
Did you know that that olive oil spread contains only 20 percent olive oil? Or that 26 percent of a 1.5kg packet of frozen chicken is a brine-based mixture? [read more]
Why The Simple School Lunch Burger Patty Has 26 Ingredients
The school burger has gotten more than its share of the spotlight lately as parents set off a media firestorm in a rally to remove the controversial, ammonia-treated "lean finely textured beef," nicknamed "pink slime," from schools. [read more]
New Technology Can Help End Food Waste
In the U.S. it is estimated that up to 25 percent of fruits and vegetables are thrown away, at a cost of $35 billion a year. [read more]
Tuesday, the 3rd of April
#FoodFact: Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle.
Sizes of Food Orders Are Affected by the Need for Status
The amount of food you eat is affected by the size of the portion you get. At restaurants, for example, people generally eat what is on their plate. So the more food they are given, the more that they will eat. [read more]
Chicago Bartender's Racist Facebook Rant Gets Her Fired
A series of controversial Facebook posts condemning African-Americans have cost the bartender at a high-end Chicago nightclub her job. [read more]
Can Food Be Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
If you’ve led a law-abiding life, chances are you have never encountered “nutriloaf,” a foul-tasting brick served to prisoners who get out of line. How foul-tasting? [read more]
10 things the food industry wants to hide from you
Bigger, juicier, saltier, sweeter, crunchier. Most of all, more. The food industry and its nonstop marketing has been tabbed by many experts as a major player in the obesity epidemic. [read more]
Monday, the 2nd of April
#FoodFact: American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from each salad.
Is Obama’s health care reform constitutional?
The Supreme Court is currently hearing oral arguments about whether President Obama’s health care reform is constitutional. For most Americans, such a debate is uncommon: the Supreme Court is not often called upon to rule on the constitutionality of a big social-policy programme which would expand health benefits to the poor. [read more]
World's Best Restaurants List
For years, if you were to ask 10 restaurant experts what the best restaurant in the world was, nine out of 10 would have agreed: Ferran Adria's El Bulli, in northeast Spain. [read more]
Are Fast Food & Depression Linked?
You’ve heard of eating comfort food to make you feel better, but did you know eating fast food may be linked to clinical depression? [read more]
Game of Thrones Food: Feast the Westeros way!
Sex, violence, a few recipes for wild boar – yup, it’s time for Game of Thrones. [read more]