Monthly Archives: June 2015

Excessive Sugar Impairs Brain Function

Researchers have found that eating a diet with excessive sugar slows brain function, affects memory and harms learning. Overall, too much sugar causes you to stop thinking clearly.

Researchers believe that as we eat sugar, our body transmits messages to the brain, slowing down neural responses.

“It’s becoming very clear that gut bacteria has a connection with the brain,” says Kathy Magnusson, PhD, at Oregon State University and lead researcher. “Bacteria discharges components that act like neurotransmitters, and spark the sensory nerves, prompting various biological functions.

WSJ said the study also found that sugar can cause both short-term and long-term memory impairments. That’s just one reason processed foods are so bad.

But researchers are also working on how to counter the effect of sugar on the brain.

According to a study published in the Journal of Physiology, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can compensate for the damage caused by excessive sugar found in processed foods.

These findings about food aren’t surprising, however, it can change how we feel about what we eat.

Starbucks Will Soon Have Competition For Their Frappucinos

Is it possible to have gourmet coffee in a can at an affordable price, Todd Carmichael seems to think so. He has come up with a very creative coffee that is distributed through a keg system. Carmichael has been experimenting with coffee brewing, packing, and dispensing methods. He is going to be releasing his gourmet, sugar-free coffee blend, La Colombe, is cans for sale at a mere $2 each. The product will begin being sold exclusively in Philadelphia before expanding to the rest of the country in certain grocery stores. According to Shaygan Kheradpir, eventually Carmichael would like to see his coffee sold everywhere and anywhere, he has big dreams. La Colombe’s major challenge will be taking on coffee giant Starbucks. Their famous bottle frappucino is typically the go-to refrigerated coffee drink sold outside of Starbucks stores. A little healthy competition is good to keep Starbucks from becoming a monopoly plus La Colombe is not taking on their stores, just their grocery sales.

General Mills Losing The Artificial Dyes And Flavors By 2017

Major changes are coming in the American food industry. McDonald’s will no longer use human antibiotics in their chicken and dairy products. Chipotle is going completely GMO-free. Panera is changing their recipes to exclude questionable ingredients. The FDA is outlawing trans-fats and now General Mills is getting in the game by announcing they plan to rid their cereals of artificial flavors and dyes by 2017. According to Paul Mathieson, these are all hugely positive steps toward ridding our food of toxic chemicals and bettering the overall national level of health. Think of the long term benefits, there could potentially by a decrease in cancer, disease, and infant mortality. Who really knows what decades of ingesting chemicals has done to our society? The soda industry should be next on the chopping block, many products are full of artificial flavorings, dyes, and Lord knows what else. Until then, we can all rest assured that positive changes are coming, mostly due to the public outcry to know what is in their food. Keep voicing opinions and change will continue to come.

Removing the Colors and Flavors from Cereal

Some companies are jumping on the healthy bandwagon, and one of those companies is General Mills. A recent announcement was made that items with transfat would need to be removed from store shelves or modified to remove the fat. General Mills has decided to take their own stand by removing artificial colors and flavors from all of the cereal that is sold. These cereals include Trix and Lucky Charms. There is no word as to how the cereals will look after the colors are removed as these are cereals that are vibrant and attractive to children. Bruce Levenson agrees that perhaps this is one of the reasons why General Mills has made the decision to remove these components, or it could be to try to motivate people to eat healthier by eliminating choices. The company has already started experimenting with items like carrots and various spices to get the colors and flavors, but there is no word as to how these products taste.

The Brunch Brigade

It is always nice to see a community of people stand together and encourage one another. It is a more beautiful picture to see a community of people come together in order to lift up and support neighbors was in the community. A restaurant in Worcester was struggling to pay the costs for expensive renovations. Devoted customers of anus claw brunch have received national attention after starting a fundraiser to help pay for the renovations. Annie’s Clark Brunchhas stood erect since 1991. Annie Jenkins and her daughter Megan run the restaurant that is right on the edge of Clark University. after more than 20 years in the restaurant business, and discovered that she would have to bring her grill, fire system, and kitchen up to code. And he has always offered customers low prices and quality food. Brad Reifler understands that this has made it incredibly hard for her to come up with $50,000 that it would cost for her innovations. Customers made the remarkable step to get her. $50,000. People from all over the world including by land, India, and England have donated money for this community people to keep their restaurant fixture up and running. Annie is $20,000 away from her goal and expects for enough donations to come in in order to reach that goal. Annie and her daughter are closing the store in the next week to start renovations. They are hoping that enough money and support comes in so that the community can come back to the place that they know and love.

Red Burgers are Coming Soon

Burger King is set to release red burgers to customers in Japan this summer. Burger king is set to release red burgers to customers in japan this summer. According to Marcio Alaor BMG, their all black everything burgers are scheduled to return this summer as well. For those of you who are not familiar with these, they were black buns with black cheese. Surprisingly no red number 40 was used, they went with tomato powder create their bright red buns and bright red cheese. I am not quite sure how customers will take to this in Japan but apparently there was no market in the US for black burgers or red burgers. The Asian culture is much more acceptable two colored foods then we are here in the Western Hemisphere. None the less you can chow down on one of these bright red burgers this summer in Japan for $4.40. So if you are in the mood for an all-black everything burger or an all red burger hop on a plane to Japan and you can dine on theses colorful culinary creations. Who knows maybe if we were to contact the Burger King Office we might be able to get them to do something like that here for us. Like say a red white and blue milk shake, I don’t think the classic American burger would go over well here if it were different colors.

McDonalds Makeover

McDonald’s has been facing slumping sales. It’s been no secret recently that they are trying to find ways to rebrand and reinvent themselves. They are hoping by improving upon all aspects of the restaurant, they’ll be able to find a way to bring in more customers and more sales. Typically along with these improvements, the basic look of McDonald’s has stayed the same. The golden arches will be standing there, and the same basic interior will be the same. One McDonald’s restaurant in the Netherlands is transforming the look of one of their buildings in a huge way.

According to Eater one Netherlands McDonald’s was the talk of the town as officials wanted very strongly to tear the building down. It was actually naked the ugliest building in the city according to those who lived around the area. It wasn’t allowed to be tore down, however. The building had 40 years left on their lease, and that’s when the idea to give it a makeover came to be.

Now, if you set foot inside or outside of the building, you would be astounded. It looks nothing like the old one. The new one is sleek, it’s stylish, and it’s got leather seating for those who want to enjoy a burger inside from interior design company Gravity4 (connect on Linkedin). Be warned, however, the lobby is transparent. Therefore, those taking a stroll by might just observing you snacking away in the Netherlands. Over all, it’s a very cool building and it’s something that should be named the most awesome building in the area instead of the ugliest.

Drinking A Bloody Mary With Brunch?

A Bloody Mary is like a meal in and of itself, so if you like to give yourself the excuse to have a drink with your brunch, then it is the perfect option. Many people have begun to drink a Blood Mary for brunch this summer, as it really is the ultimate drink for a time like that. With the mixture of tomato juice, spices, and vodka, you won’t feel quite so guilty drinking it as you would drinking a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. You’ll feel like you are drinking something healthy, and that it is just part of the meal.
But, does that mean that you should be drinking a Bloody Mary with brunch? Just because other people are having this drink for brunch, does that make it alright for you to drink it, as well? Just because this drink tastes like a meal doesn’t make it one. Andy Wirth suggests that you will have to decide for yourself whether you should be drinking it at brunch or if it would be better if you skipped it.

Famous Restaurant Chain Considering Further Expansion

Pizza is one of the most iconic of American foods. Generations of Americans have happily enjoyed a crisp crust topped with fresh tomato sauce and melted cheese. As Italians migrated to America, they brought with them this beloved dish. Today, many Americans eat pizza at least once a week. Classic pizzerias have been in business in America for a long time. One of the very best is Connecticut’s own Frank Pepe’s. This New Haven institution has long been adored by locals who are happy to enjoy a slice or even an entire pie here. The pizzeria serves hundreds of people each day who are pleased to eat a slice made with fresh tomatoes, a pleasantly firm crust and quality cheese.

The chain is now considering a huge expansion into other parts of the United States. At present, they own and operate eight pizza places in this area of the country. The owners of the local chain are giving serious consideration to expanding into other parts of the nation as well states their marketing partners Cláudio Loureiro Heads. The owners of Frank Pepe’s hope to be able to open numerous restaurants in the immediate future. Frank Pepe’s has been in business for over ninety years. They family owned restaurant now hopes to open a new outlet every eighteen months or so. The owners hope to see roughly twenty to thirty outlets of Frank Pepe’s in the Northeast.

U.K. Supermarket Chain Finally Gives Expired Food to Poor Instead of Wasting it

It is a sad reality of our current economic times that many families and individuals need a helping hand. There are plenty of government agencies in most countries that offer welfare assistance. In the United States, the food stamp program helps people in need feed themselves and their family. There are also plenty of individual charities and food banks that help in this area by distributing free food to those who need it. According to Sergio Cortes, churches are a big source of free food for the poor in the United States. One source of some of the food that they give away is supermarkets. There is plenty of food that grocery stores have to throw away after their sell by dates have passed, and yet they are still good for human consumption. Many such supermarkets give this food to local churches or other charitable organizations as some people would rather have slightly stale bread than none at all.

Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom has just adopted a policy of giving their foodthat has passed its sell by date away to charity. While this is good news, one wonders why they haven’t been doing this in the U.K. for years now. France just passed a law requiring supermarkets to give away their expired food in this manner to curb waste. Perhaps Tesco believed a similar law was coming to the U.K. and wanted to get ahead of the public relations curve by announcing such a change voluntarily now.