Topic: junk foods
With Starbucks on every street corner, 5-Hour Energy shots in every checkout lane and Red Bull in school vending machines, Americans clearly aren’t lacking for easily accessible sources of caffeine. But I suppose we are lacking a source of caffeinated molassess-flavored candy-coated popcorn and peanuts, well-known for being packaged with a prize of nominal value inside. And Frito-Lay is trying to fill that hole by introducing ‘Crack Jack’d Power Bites,’ an update on the children’s classic packed with twice the caffeine found in a can of cola. More
UNREAL is a new brand of natural candy that, according to its new buzz-worthy marketing video, is actually “doctor-approved.” What’s more, it’s actually approved by Dr. Mark Hyman, a doctor who’s devoted to fighting diabetes and obesity (and who we happen to respect and like a lot). According to the brand’s new video (which is practically going viral on Facebook right now, thanks in part to celebrity endorsements and the genius videography of Casey Neistat, who’s pretty much making all of our favorite videos these days), their products are a lot like the candies we all love, but made with natural, sustainably-sourced ingredients. Or, as they would put it, “unjunked.” More
The Bacon Cheeseburger Turtle: Conclusive evidence that you can have too much of a good thing. This image just ruined bacon for me. More
A Florida state senator just introduced legislation that would bar food stamp usage for junk food or other unhealthy purchases. In a time of state budget cuts, “people can live without potato chips, without store-bought cookies, without their sodas,” she said. But are rules controlling exactly what foods and drinks people on food stamps can purchase really a good idea? More
There was a time when people thought body-size was all about willpower—control what you eat, exercise, and you’ll be thin; over-indulge or sloth around, and you won’t. Of course, we know now that it’s much more complicated than that—so many other factors, like genetics, metabolism, environment and the type of calories consumed (to name just a few) play a role in weight and body size. Lately, however, researchers have been coming back to the issue of ‘self-control’ in weight management—only this time, scientists are looking at its biological basis. More
It happened again. Recently I was eating a meal out with a few pals, and there was a friend-of-a-friend vegan among us I had just met for the first time. The fact that this person is vegan and I’m not is absolutely fine with me. (I have several good friends who are vegan and highly respect them.) That day, this particular vegan made it clear that we all needed to respect his food rules (no problem!), so I happily researched vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood where we wanted to eat and presented my findings to everyone in the group including my new friend, the vegan. We settled on a good, vegan-friendly option within walking distance. It was a sunny weekend day and everyone was in a good mood. When it came time for our table to order, I happened to notice and be impressed by the fact that almost everyone in our party — all omnivores or vegetarians — ordered relatively healthily: Salads, grilled vegetable sandwiches on multigrain bread, grilled fish, vegetable sides, and the like.
Except the vegan. Do you know what the vegan ordered? A bowl of pasta with red sauce, a side order of French fries, and not one, but two Cokes. More