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01 Apr 2011 20:51


U.S.: Ordering fast food may become more harrowing

  • NEW proposed FDA rules for calorie disclosure source
  • » The implications: Restaurants and vending machines that have more than twenty locations or units, respectively, would be required to post the caloric content of their foods. Menu cards would also bear a generic message about 2,000 calories being the recommended daily intake. This was actually a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that passed last year; the FDA proposal would just be the beginning of that enforcement. So, basically, you’ll have to start closing your eyes when you get to the counter at Carl’s Jr. (or, for our southern brethren, Hardee’s).

25 May 2010 20:45


Biz: Three foods WebMD says that you should avoid, fattie

  • 1,500 number of calories in a large order of Five Guys’ fries – even more than the bacon cheeseburger
  • 1,670 number of calories in The Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake
  • 1,820 number of calories in P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo; wowza source

28 Apr 2010 20:30


Biz: McDonald’s not very happy with Santa Clara County right now

  • What happened?Santa Clara County, Calif., decided they had enough of the Happy Meal convincing kids to eat crappy food by teasing them with a cheap toy, so they banned selling crappy food with toys inside. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” the county supervisor claimed.

    healthy food excluded The ordinance really only limits restaurants from giving away toys with crappy food. If your meal has less than 485 calories, 600 milligrams of sodium, 35 percent of calories from fat and 10 percent of calories from sugar, you’re golden.

    Grace period Restaurants have a little over 100 days to make changes to their menus. source

03 Mar 2010 20:56


U.S.: Hey mom! Kids are craving more snacks! Give them sugar!

  • 27% of children’s calories now come from eating junk food like chips and snacks
  • 168 number of snack calories added to childrens’ daily diets since 1977, which sounds tasty
  • 13½ number of pounds that fattening addition to their diets means each year; mmm source

20 Nov 2009 19:36


U.S.: Movie popcorn: Our nation’s biggest, scariest problem ever

Why you should eat movie popcorn: It’s really tasty. Why you shouldn’t: It’s a giant bag of fat and calories – even before the butter. source

17 Sep 2009 10:03


Biz: Is taxing soda a good idea? Doctors, lobbyists push the issue

  • Many doctors say that putting a tax on soda – much like cigarettes – helps promote healthier choices by discouraging the empty calories of sugar water. source
  • The beverage industry (which can throw lots of money at this issue), however, is fighting this idea tooth and nail. And support for the tax is not universal. source

02 Aug 2009 12:51


Offbeat: The weirdest fitness craze: hula hooping your way to a six pack

  • 600 calories can be burned in an hour by hula hooping source

29 Jul 2009 22:29


Biz: Cancer group: They should call frappuccinos “fatuccinos”

  • 561 calories number of calories a single Venti Dark Berry Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks has – drinking a lot of these will make you very fat source