HFCS Leads to Fat Guts: Adding more fuel to the high fructose corn syrup debate, a Princeton University study found that the sweetener is not just like sugar as the Corn Refiner’s Association advertisements claim, and leads to considerably more weight gain. via Care2
Chile Grenades Ready to Blow: The Indian military is going to start making hand grenades out of the world’s spiciest chili pepper, the bhut jolokia, featured in the 2007 Guinness World Records. via Yahoo!
Health Care Reform, Restaurant Edition: Fast food restaurants have to start posting calorie counts, per the new Health Care Act. via Huffington Post. Meanwhile, restaurateurs say that being forced to provide health care to employees will force them to shut their doors or raise prices. via Nation’s Restaurant News
A Good Read: Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man” feature in the April issue, which packs in recipes for pork rib roast and bucatini three ways, manly restaurant recommendations, Tom Chiarella’s “rules,” and a new word we like, the standwich: “a sandwich built and consumed entirely while hunched over the kitchen counter, probably in your underwear.”
Thread of the Week: More on men being manly: commenters respond to a Boston Globe article on vegan males, aka hegans, who are not “yuppie, tree-hugging, emaciated weaklings” with sage diet advice: “I lost 40+ pounds while still eating pizza, steak, donuts, burgers, hot dogs, beer, etc. What’s my huge secret? I ate less and exercised more,” and a cry to “stop trying to masculinize everything that might be considered ‘Metro-Sexual’ territory” such as “hegans, bromance, manpris, mandals, murses.” via the Boston Globe
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
- The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica voluntarily closes and issues an apology for illegally serving whale.
- The Harmony High Chair by Graco Children’s Products Inc., recalled for a defect that allows chairs to “topple over.”
- Little Caesar’s “spice packets” recalled for possible salmonella contamination.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
- PepsiCo is changing the name of Gatorade to “G”, and taking out the corn syrup in exchange for sugar. The company’s also considering putting designer salt on Lay’s potato chips to lessen the sodium count.
- The Economist publishes “Big Mac Index” showing cost of burger around the world as measure of world currency valuation. Top is Norway, at $6.87. China rates last at $1.83, suggesting Yuan is “artificially weak.”
- Subway adds breakfast sandwiches to its menu.