BRAND EATING: HOLIDAY PIES ARE BACK AT SELECT MCDONALD'S FOR 2016 HOLIDAY SEASON
"McDonald's festive Holiday Pies are once again available at select restaurants throughout the US. The Egg Nog Shake is also available at select locations. The Holiday Pie is a baked turnover-style pie with a sugar cookie-like crust embedded with rainbow nonpareils and filled with custard. The pies are available for 89 cents a piece (may vary)." Read full story.
NPR: Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive
"A few scientists have reported that carrageenan has caused intestinal inflammation in laboratory animals. […] That evidence is disputed. Other scientists say that they tried to confirm those laboratory results and failed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as the European Commission and the World Health Organization, say that they still believe carrageenan is safe. […] The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on rules for the organic industry, recently voted to ban carrageenan from organic food. If the USDA, as expected, adopts that recommendation, the ban could take effect within two years." Read full story.
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THE ATLANTIC: The Sugar Wars
"How might we explain the soaring rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, not to mention lots of other ailments of modernity—asthma, gout, cancer, stroke, hypertension, and maybe even dementia? These conditions tend to show up together, both in populations and in individuals, investigative journalist Gary Taubes explains. 'The detectives assigned to the case would start from the assumption that there was one prime suspect, one likely perpetrator, because the crimes … are so closely related,' he writes. 'We should begin with the simplest possible hypothesis, and only if that can’t explain what we observe should we consider more complicated explanations.' It’s the lone-gunman theory of disease, and sugar once more stands accused." Read full story.