Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Fat Finding Reveals Why Diets Don’t Work

June 1, 2008

Dreamstime.com.From Lifescience By Rachel Mahan, LiveScience Staff Writer posted: 30 May 2008 12:02 pm ET>>read more.          During adulthood, our bodies tightly regulate the number of fat cells, which could explain why it seems easy to gain back lost weight. Credit: Dreamstime.com.          During adulthood, our bodies tightly regulate the number of fat cells, which could explain why it seems easy to gain back lost weight. Credit: Dreamstime.com.          Want to get rid of some fat cells as you age? Fat chance.          You’re stuck with the number of fat cells you have acquired by about age 20, a new study finds.          Researchers have known that people gain and lose weight at least in part by changing how much fat is in their fat cells. The new finding is particularly important for obese people, who the researchers say can have twice as many fat cells as their lean counterparts.          The finding also suggests that obesity in adulthood is at least partly determined by diet and exercise in childhood.         Strange study To determine the age of fat cells in 35 subjects, researchers focused on a marker found in fat cells — radioactive carbon from above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and 60s. More of a naturally occurring but rare type of carbon, called carbon-14, was produced during the testing.           Bruce Buchholz, a chemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., explained how his team used this marker to make their discovery.          Our bodies incorporate carbon-14 from the food we eat, along with the vastly more abundant types called carbon-12 and 13. Since carbon-14 from the testing is decreasing with time as it mixes with the oceans, the amount of rare carbon-14 that a cell has taken up is like a timestamp for when the cell formed, Buchholz said.

Freshens Dallas-Fort Worth Sucks

May 18, 2008

I Asked the young lady at the Freshens counter for change yesterday while waiting for my flight at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and she said no.

Rice Shortage: What the Fuck are we doing to ourselves!?

April 26, 2008

Vickie Wong of San Francisco buys rice at the South San Francisco Costco, which is limiting purchases. Chronicle photo by Kurt Rogers From San Francisco Chronicle by George Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, April 25, 2008 click to read more.     Global rice squeeze hitting U.S. consumers     The climbing global price of rice and other staples shows no sign of leveling off, given caps placed on exports and various supply-side squeezes. As a result, food experts predict hunger and poverty in poor nations along with a restricted supply of grains coupled with rising prices in this country.     The worldwide rice crisis lapped over into the United States this week when Costco Wholesale and Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club, the two biggest warehouse retail chains, limited the amount of bulk imported rice customers can buy. Sam’s Club said the restriction is due to “recent supply and demand trends.”     The shortage reflects restrictions on exports by major rice producers, notably India, Vietnam and Egypt, followed on Wednesday by Brazil, causing imbalance in world markets. These nations acted to ensure adequate domestic supplies amid rising world prices for preferable varieties of long-grain rice. Drought has contributed to the shortage, as has hoarding, experts say.     By comparison, there is an abundance of medium- and short-grain rice planted in California, the nation’s second-largest rice-producing state after Arkansas. California growers will harvest approximately 4 billion pounds this year, with 40 percent of the crop to be exported, the majority to Japan. California’s product, consistently among the state’s top 20 crops, is known as sticky rice and is used in sushi, paella, risotto, sake, beer, baby food, rice milk and pet food.     Globally, the rice shortage occurring amid sharply rising food prices across the board is having enormous consequences, as rice provides more than one-fifth of all calories humans consume. The shortage has led to food riots around the world, including deaths in Cameroon. Protesters chanting “We’re hungry!” caused Haiti to remove its prime minister.     “You are seeing the return of the food riot, one of the oldest forms of collective action,” said Raj Patel, a food policy specialist and visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies. He noted that the Roman statesman Cicero was once chased from his house because he had food and the intruders didn’t.     “And that happens because people do not have access to food at prices they can afford,” Patel said. “That is why they take to the streets.”     In London this week, the executive director of the World Food Program, Josette Sheeran, warned that more than 100 million people will be pushed into poverty by a “silent tsunami” of sharply rising food prices.     “This is the new face of hunger – the millions of people who were not in the urgent hunger category six months ago but now are,” Sheeran said. “The world’s misery index is rising.”     In this country, the big retailers seem to be the first to curtail rice sales. Costco Wholesale said Tuesday that it is limiting quantities sold to consumers at some stores, including locations in the Bay Area. On Wednesday, Sam’s Club said it is limiting the sale of Jasmine rice from Thailand and Basmati rice from India and other imported long-grain rice to four bags per member visit.     “We are working with our suppliers to address this matter to ensure we are in stock, and we are asking for our members’ cooperation and patience,” said Kristy Reed, a Sam’s Club spokeswoman.     She said purchases of flour and oil are not restricted. The limitations on rice are on bags that are 20 pounds or larger.     Impact on restaurants     Restaurateurs are among those who buy rice at big-box retailers.

Creepy Burger King

April 8, 2008

Posted by Steve Hall on AdRANTs: A bit Logan’s Run. A bit AI. A bit Bicentennial Man. A bit The Jetsons. A bit, well, creepy but that’s to be expected. After all, this is a commercial featuring the King. In this new Burger King commercial, the King is a robot and, apparently, everyone has one. He’s there to make sure all the stereotypically white-clad future people are well fed with BK’s Cheesy Bacon BK Wrapper.

McDonald’s Wants to Clear Its Food Rep—yea, good luck with that…

April 4, 2008

New Campaign With Strong Digital Push Addresses Quality of Menu Items By Emily Bryson York on Ad Age Published: April 02, 2008    CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — McDonald’s Corp. has set out to dispel some myths about ingredients and preparation as part of a yearlong food-credibility campaign.
McDonald’s wants you to see what they’re made of.    “We’ve been hearing over the years that consumers have some misperceptions about the quality of our food at McDonald’s,” said Molly Starmann, director-U.S. marketing, at the chain. “In 2008 we’re engaging in a conversation with our guests because we feel it’s important for them to know the truth about our food.”    Common assumptions Some of the common assumptions it wanted to correct: that its hamburgers and chicken nuggets are made of “leftover parts”; that its milk shakes and ice cream contain lard; that its sausage patties contain additives that make people want to eat more; and that its cheese contains meat products.

Fuckin Tasty NY Pizza Commercials

April 3, 2008

Contributing to Jamie Lee’s un-regularis?

April 2, 2008

Yogurt maker Dannon sued over probiotic claims
Last Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2008 | 12:44 PM ET
CBC News
  A California consumer has filed a proposed class-action suit against The Dannon Company, alleging the company’s claims that its probiotic yogurt offers clinically and scientifically-proven health benefits are false.  What are probiotics?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has defined probiotics as “live microorganisms administered in adequate amounts which confer a beneficial health effect on the host.”  “Deceptive advertising has enabled Dannon to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of ordinary yogurt at inflated prices to responsible, health conscious consumers,” Timothy Blood, the lead attorney handling the case, claimed in a statement issued Wednesday.  The lawsuit alleges that Dannon’s clinical studies didn’t support marketing claims suggesting DanActive, Activia and Activia Light yogurt products had been proven to regulate one’s digestive system. The suit says the company charged 30 per cent more for its probiotic yogurt and spent more than $100 million US in advertising to persuade U.S. consumers of the product’s benefits.  The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, asks for compensation for U.S. consumers who purchased the products based on the marketing campaign and asks Dannon to launch a new advertising campaign that corrects the record.  Michael Neuwirth, Dannon’s senior director of public relations, told the San Francisco Chronicle the company’s claims were sound.  “We stand by the claims of our products and the clinical studies that support them,” Neuwirth said.  Dannon is one of many companies that introduced probiotic foods ranging from breads and cereals to chocolates and cheeses.    Read related post.

Ordering Pizza in the Future and your Health…

April 1, 2008

This just in from a friend…talk about Big Brother…
 

What the fuck is Dannon’s Bifidus Regularis?

March 29, 2008

I like Jamie Lee Curtis, but she’s killing me.  The folks at AdRANTs say “Jamie Lee Curtis Can’t Take A Dump, Hypes Dannon’s Bifidus Regularis”  Over two years ago, Dannon began promoting its Activia yogurt with the special ingredient, Bifidus Regularis, a “nonsense word that’s been trademarked,” as dubbed by American Copywriter. The ingredient is supposed to make women more regular, to use acceptable vernacular. Because marketers can’t always come right out and say what they mean – in this case, “Dannon, the yogurt that helps you shit better” – meaningless words have to be created to sugar coat what every person over the age of five can see right through.

CNN Planet in Peril

October 26, 2007

When reporters were asking the Chinese farmer what he thought about irrigating his crops with dark water from the adjacent river, I could not help thinking about all the apple juice the US imports from China.
Are the apple trees used in making the juice also being irrigated with similar black polluted smelly water?
Is Made in China—a warning label?