The Egg Is Making a Comeback at the Breakfast Table

The egg has had quite a rehabilitation of its image lately. First, a health advisory panel of the U.S. government said there was no evidence that eating foods containing cholesterol actually increased levels of it in the body. As a result, it recommended lifting the admonishment against eating eggs. Now, eggs just got another mention in their favor. A study out of Finland shows a significant decrease in the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes among people with diets that included moderate egg consumption. They were careful to allow for other factors such as exercise, smoking and the health of other foods consumed. As recently as 2012, 1.7 million people were diagnosed with type 2 diabetesin the United States alone, so this is no small benefit of egg consumption.

Eggs used to be a staple of the American diet, and then nutritional authorities started recommending against their consumption. Brad Reifler is glad to learn that they seem to be making a comeback. They are wonderful for their flexibility. There are not many foods that can be cooked in so many different ways. They make a great protein contribution to any breakfast when they are fried, poached or scrambled and hard boiled eggs make a quick and convenient snack at any time of the day. They are probably better for us than the high carbohydrate cereals that many of us who were told to avoid eggs had switched to instead.

Fast Food Proximity Linked to Diabetes and Obesity

A new study is attempting to link diabetes and obesity to the number of fast food restaurants located near a person’s home. The study was based in the UK and focused on 10,000 individuals from all walks of life.

Researchers found that there were nearly twice as many fast food joints in neighborhoods that were predominantly ethnic. They went on to conclude that for every two fast food locations located within 500 meters of a neighborhood, one additional case of diabetes was being reported.

While the findings of this study are interesting, I think they are assuming too much. The reason that any business exists at any location is because that location is profitable. This means more demand in a particular area. The demand could be based on any number of things including personal preferences or lifestyle.

Folks at STX Entertainment know that fast food tends to offer convenience and affordability. This makes it ideal for any low income area. Low income can generally be correlated to lack of education. If you have very little money and aren’t aware of the health consequences you would certainly be more likely to make bad choices when it comes to your diet.

I think this study is merely jumping on the bandwagon to demonize fast food. Correlation definitely doesn’t imply causation.

McDonald’s Plans to Offer All- Day Breakfast

The one time leader fast food sales, McDonald’s, has been experiencing an overall loss in sales revenue over the past several years stated Sam Tabar. According to Wikpedia.com, The loss in sales revenue for the fast food giant are due to several causes including increased competition from other restaurants and changing consumer preferences.

In an effort to regain its lost market share, McDonald’s is planning to test the idea of offering an all-day long breakfast menu to its customers. McDonald’s is responding to customers who have indicated that they want to buy breakfast items after the 10:30 a.m. cut off point that is currently in effect.

McDonald’s plans to start testing the viability of offering an all-day breakfast menu beginning in April for some restaurants located in the San Diego area. However, the idea of offering an all-day breakfast menu does pose some logistical problems for the fast food giant. Some company officials feel that the kitchens are too small to accommodate both a breakfast and lunch menu at the same time. Particularly, the grills are thought to be too small for an expanded menu.

Time will tell whether or not McDonald’s proposed all-day breakfast menu is a feasible proposition. No matter what happens, McDonald’s should be given credit for responding to its customers demand for all-day breakfast food.

Taco Bell Calls Out McDonald’s Breakfast Menu, Possibly Inciting a Breakfast Battle

Taco Bell entered the breakfast game in 2014 with seemingly outlandish offerings. The waffle taco and mini cruchwrap filled with hash browns, eggs, bacon, and cheese have been competing side by side, literally in most cases, with McDonald’s. While I cannot say what percentage of business Taco Bell and stolen from the famous burger chain there has been most definitely a dip in morning sales. McDonald’s breakfast menu has pretty much been the same, well, since forever. Biscuit with meat, egg, with or without cheese. Greasy goodness to many. The younger generation prefers something with a little more variety of flavors and options and, thus, Taco Bell stepped in and stepped up their game. It isn’t just breakfast burritos and tacos, they also teamed up with Cinnabon to offer delicious little doughnut balls and coffee products. That is pretty tough to compete with. Bruce Karatz is aware that Taco Bell has just released two online videos promoting their breakfast menu, one of which shamelessly puts down the Egg McMuffin and compares it to a dictatorship or communism. The question is how will McDonald’s respond?

Coca-Cola Pays Fitness Experts to Promote Their Drink as a Healthy Treat

The world’s largest beverage manufacturer has been using a new promotional ploy, but it may be a little to much for the public to swallow. The Coca-Cola company is paying fitness and nutrition experts to promote their drink as a healthy treat.

Articles and blog posts promoting the soft drink as being a healthy treat starting popping up last month, which just happened to be the month dedicated to raise awareness of heart health. February was American Heart Health month and a multitude of online blog posts and websites contained plugs for a can of Coke. Seems a mini can of a sugary soft drink is acceptable as a heart healthy treat.
A spokesperson for the soft drink giant, Ben Sheidler, says that this type of product promotion is not new and that all major brands work with bloggers to promote their products. According to Marcio Alaor BMG,  other types of paid talent make a pretty penny to say what those major brands want them to say. Just as in the case of Coke, paid talent write posts for their official-looking website touting that a high calorie beverage that’s loaded with sugar as a healthy treat. If only that were true.

The Ultimate Café Is Open – Martha Stewart is in the Food Business

Martha Stewart, 73 years old, is opening her own café makes sense. After all, she is the queen of quality recipes, organization, sales and more.

The Martha Stewart Café is actually only a little kiosk in an the Starrett-Lehigh building in the heart of New York City. It is aptly labeled “Martha’s Blend.” She offers tea, coffee and fancy pastries.

She said her cafés theme was a result of her travels throughout the world. The tea and coffee she offers are from many different countries.

Her pastries come from a variety of sources. She gets them from different bakeries, restaurants and chefs.

It’s a good thing that Martha Stewart is an advocate for higher education customer service with prices being comparable to similar coffee shops. Food and drinks are at or less than $5.00.

Martha Stewart’s new cafe has sparked the curiosity of many customers. She has the reputation for being good with crafts, food and creativity.

Three Die After Eating Contaminated Ice Cream

Three people are dead in Kansas after eating ice cream contaminated with a rare and potentially strain of listeria.

A connection was made between the deaths as five people in all were reportedly infected with the deadly bacteria between January 2013 and January 2015. The five adults who were treated received treatment at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Through the process of elimination, it was determined that four of the patients had eaten Blue Bell ice cream during their visits. Three of patients later died.

According to Marcio Alaor BMG, the hospital sent out a press release stating that the facility “had not been aware of contamination prior to serving the ice cream and since removed the treats from their locations.”

The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control conducted testing in February 2015 and discovered that different strains of Listeria had been discovered in Blue Bell products. The particular ice creams were manufactured at a facility in Brenham, Texas. Testing of other products made at the site revealed further contamination.

Here is a list of the recalled Blue Bell ice cream products.

Blue Bell noted that this was the first time in the company’s history that a recall has been necessary.
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KFC Under Pressure to Serve Antibiotic-Free Chicken

KFC is now facing some heat about serving chicken with human antibiotics. This is because McDonalds has publicly made an announcement that they will no longer serve chicken that has been raised with human antibiotics. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that the purpose of this is because it can potentially cause health issues in the near future. When chickens are injected with human antibiotics, it eliminates harmful bacteria, but also wipes out bacteria that is meant to defend “superbugs.” Due to these injections, superbugs may now resist the treatment and continue to manifest into something more serious. According to Reuters, KFC has no “publicly stated policy on antibiotic use in the production of the meat it buys.” Your text to link…
It has become imperative that KFC should follow Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, and other food chains that are in support of not serving chickens with antibiotics. If not, this franchise could seriously face a significant loss of customers and develop a bad reputation over time. Ultimately, customers will want quality food and healthier options.

Japan Unveils Tower Burger of Madness

Japan is known for its innovative inventions and trend-starting styles. According to the article on Grubstreet.com, Japan’s biggest fast food chain is unveiling a burger of innovative layers.

MOS (Mountain, Ocean, Sun) Burger, the biggest fast food chain in Japan behind McDonald’s, has announced their new burger- the Tokyo Tower Burger. And what a tower it is! The burger consists of fourteen different layers. MOS Burger have decided to create this new burger in commemoration of the opening on March 13 of their new location in Tokyo Tower’s food court.

At this point you have got to be wondering what goes into a 14-layer burger, right? MOS Burger have revealed that the layers go as follows:

Bun
Lettuce
Hot chili sauce
Chopped onion
Mayo
Burger Patty
Extra wide tomato slice
More Hot chili sauce
Onion ring
Ketchup
Another layer of chopped onion
Pastrami bacon
Burger Patty
Bun

I’m not even sure how one would go about tackling this tower of madness, but I can’t wait to see someone try! Thanks to our friends at AnastasiaDate for the tip!

This is Your Body Without Sugar

We’ve often heard of sugar addictions, chocoholics and people with who have a sweet tooth. But are these terms describing a real conditions or an imaginary one? According to recent research using lab rats, sugar addiction is real and so are the withdrawal symptoms.

A little sugar makes life sweeter as Paul Matheison says, but the last study on sugar consumption showed that the average person consumed 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. That’s was including the amount of added sugar found in processed foods. The amount of sugar added to processed foods and beverages has risen since that study, so has the amount of processed foods consumed by the average person. By doing the math, we see sugar intake has risen and it’s all because we like it.
Why do we like sweets so much and what would happen to our body if we cut sugar out of diet altogether?
The study using lab mice showed that by giving sugar water as a reward to the mice, they wanted more and more of the sweet treat. When the sugar water was withheld from them for hours, then they were given free access to it, the mice binged on it. Addiction at its peak. An increased amount of sugar was needed by the mice as time went on.
When the sugar water was totally eliminated from the study mice, they became depressed and would not attempt to swim for their lives when placed in water.

Must. Eat. Food.