Category Archives: Junk Food

The Great Cheese Debate

What fun would childhood be without the classic grilled cheese sandwich? It wouldn’t be much fun, and a little indulgence couched in moderation is good. Isn’t it? Of course it is!

Well maybe grilled cheese sandwiches received a bad reputation in the past because according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the trade group representing 75,000 registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals, at least one ingredient in that childhood classic of melted cheese, butter, and bread recently received the trade group’s seal of approval. Well, at least Kraft Singles did.

Kraft Singles recently received permission to use the trade group’s new “Kids Eat Right” label on its packaging. The label was created from the logo for the Kids Eat Right nutrition education program run by the group’s foundation arm. Many advocates of proper child nutrition are upset. While nutritionists agree that cheese is a healthy food for children because it contains calcium and vitamin D, many of those nutritionists are arguing that Kraft Singles are heavily processed and contain milk protein concentrate. A recent article featured on the New York Times website, “A Cheese ‘Product’ Gains Kids’ Nutrition Seal,” captured much of the opposing sentiments regarding the recent updated packaging of Kraft Singles.

Kraft has long been the target of critics for its products because the critics claim that many of Kraft’s grocery store products contain heavy concentrations of sodium and sugar said Reifler yesterday. One of the founders of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, Andy Bellatti, stated that his “jaw hit the floor” and his “eyebrows hit the ceiling” when heard about the trade group’s endorsement of Kraft Singles.

One thing is certain; the classic grilled cheese is caught in the middle of the debate over processed foods with long shelf lives. A debate that is sure to continue.

Any Bon-bon You Can Think Of Can Be Found Here

Lovers of bon-bons like Fersen Lambranho of Dealmaker.com or just plain old lovers of chocolates and sweets should make a point of going down to Mott Street in New York City. There they will find an establishment known as Stick With Me Sweets, which produces an enormous variety of bon-bons. So many choices will be set before you that your head will literally spin.

The owner and confectioner, Susanna Yoon, makes caramels, truffles, nougats, toffee, brittle, cakes, and more. It is, however, her incredible stash of bon-bons that has the whole town talking.

Here is a list of the many flavors of bon-bon you may encounter at Yoon’s place:

  • Matcha Green Tea
  • Raspberry Rose
  • Yuzu
  • Black Sesame and Passion
  • Strawberry Bubble Gum
  • Vanilla Custard
  • Sea-salt Caramel
  • House Praline
  • Malted Milk Chocolate
  • Bourbon Maple Pecan
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Speculoos S’More
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Honey Walnut
  • Passion Fruit
  • Caramel Macchiato
  • Giandua Hazelnut
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Caramalized Banana
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Liquid Salted Caramel
  • House Dark

Gift boxes are available, so feel free to pack one up with any combination you desire. Now, that is an unbeatable bon-bon shop!

Do Your Christmas Shopping With Eater.com

Shopping for Christmas gifts can be fun, and a little stressful. If you’re still not sure what to get for some of your relatives this year, Eater.com can help. There are several gifts for you to choose from that will stand out and let your loved ones know you care.

Edible gifts include a curry ketchup that is served at Atlanta’s Rosebud restaurant that Dr. Daniel Amen is a huge fan of.  For the relatives with a sweet tooth, pick up a canister of mini shortbreads, created by “The Chew” host Carla Hall. Flavors like lemon black pepper and Mexican hot chocolate are the perfect addition to traditional holiday drinks like hot cocoa or egg nog. If you’ve got an avid baker in your family, consider purchasing the Egg Minder for them this year.

For more inventive gift ideas you can purchase this season, visit Eater.com today.

McDonald’s Going Too Far?

McDonald’s is always one to get flack from the public and the press about its image, its choices, and what it portrays. It isn’t too uncommon to see bad talk about the company or its products, so has McDonald’s gone too far to try and diffuse such an image that they’ve acquired over the years?

Most recently, McDonald’s hired former ‘MythBusters’ star Grant Imahara to address certain accusations involving the company, like the pink slime topic, and others as well. With this, McDonald’s is launching a campaign, “Our Food Your Questions” with Imahara.

“We’re proud of the food we serve our 27 million U.S. customers every day, yet we know people have unanswered questions,” Kevin Newell said, who’s the executive vice president for McDonald’s USA.

This campaign is set up into videos that will address the issues and rumors at hand that McDonald’s feels the need to clear up.

Many people are skeptic about this move made by the major company, and there’s even more doubt in the mind of the citizens. User itzik51 wrote in this in response to TheDailyMeal, “Any company, no matter what industry it is in, that refuses to take guidance at all from the people that actually eat at, or buy, or use a companies products, foods, or services is going to flop!”

Soda Tax: Inherently Idiotic and Inequitable

The purpose of taxation is to put money into government coffers, which will be redistributed to pay for infrastructure, programs, and outstanding debts. That is the simplest way I can describe the taxation if anyone cared to ask. That is why I am deeply suspicious of the proposed soda taxes in Berkeley and San Francisco as reported at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/us/berkeley-officials-outspent-but-optimistic-in-battle-over-soda-tax.html?ref=nutrition&_r=0.

Supporters claim that taxing non-diet soda beverages will curb consumption and lead to better health choices for low-income residents. In at least one of the two cities mentioned, the collected tax will contribute to a special fund for health and nutrition programs in California’s public schools. I believe a similar argument is used when legislators propose raising the tax on tobacco products to raise revenue for government coffers.

Either the educated and enlightened supporters of Berkeley’s tax missed that discussion in microeconomics or they are counting on the average voter not realizing he or she has been duped till the ballots have been tallied.

Finally, the supporters of the soda tax seem to be implying that people who are classified as low-income are incapable of making decisions about their health. A soda tax will not address issues such as food deserts in urban areas and income disparities in the American population. It will not address how people form personal preferences for certain food items. If Mann wants to indulge once in a while, he is going to do just that. I believe if anyone wanted to change how public health is discussed in this country, the help needs to be delivered in a way that does not resemble a parent scolding a child!