Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sugar is everywhere, fish aren't, and people love pies

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Everything gives you cancer
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Just in time for Father's Day - cancer is all up in yo grill. Along with its link to heart disease and a few other cancers, a new study links red meat (along with processed meats) with colon cancer risk. Also, according to Time magazine, cooking by fire can cause certain chemicals to form in food, and ingesting those chemicals may lead to a higher risk of stomach and colorectal cancer. So, here are five tips from the MD Anderson Cancer Center for safer Father's Day grilling. Not surprisingly, limiting red meat and avoiding processed meats are the first two tips.

HuffPost Food posted an article from KitchenDaily called "Food Lies" about the hidden sugar in many supposedly healthy foods. I wouldn't call many of these sugars "hidden" however - milk contains lactOSE, which is a sugar, and pre-packaged oatmeal - pre-packaged anything really - is bound to have more sugar than its unpackaged counterpart. Plus, a little sugar in food that's otherwise wholesome doesn't hurt anybody - I'll keep my katchup and salad dressing and instead lay off the Mountain Dew and candy, thanks.

The FDA has found listeria bacterium in an Augusta, Georgia Kellogg cookie Plant. The bacterium can cause an infection that can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, fever, muscle aches, stiff neck and confusion and convulsions. Probably not worth it for a few Famous Amos...better lay off those sugary snacks too.

Atlanta chefs Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano were named Hometown Heros in Food & Wine's Best New Chefs Hall of Fame. Congrats!

Eater published an article that takes a look at overfishing through the eyes of five chefs. Eater asked the chefs to respond to a pretty scary-looking graphic that shows the biomass of popularly eaten fish in 1990 and 2000. The responses were rather enlightening, and they show that chef and consumer consciousness can help create a more sustainable fishing industry.

The Environmental Working Group published a guide cataloguing the "dirty dozen" of produce - fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. Apples, celery and strawberries topped the list of foods to buy organic. The guide also includes the "clean fifteen" which are the fruits and veggies that contain the least amount of pesticides, including onions, sweet corn and pineapples.

An article from BBC Travel highlights how pies have gained in popularity around the country, and how different regions are known for certain pie styles and recipes. And it points out some interesting pie-related facts - apparently, three U.S. states have a state pie, and there's actually such a thing as the American Pie Council.

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