Chef knives demystified by my good buddy and frequent collaborator, Brendan McDermott. Click through for a great guide on picking out a chef’s knife.
This week in Mississippi – the fattest state in the nation – a law was passed that made it illegal to limit portions of food, or require restaurants to post calorie information next to menu items.
Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi – where 68% of it’s residents are overweight – is expected to sign the bill into law.
The author of the bill was State Senator Tony Smith, who owns a BBQ chain in Mississippi called Stonewall’s. Stonewall’s has 5 locations across Mississippi, and one location in GA. The chain does not serve soda, even to children, in cups any smaller than 20oz. One 20oz soda has 220 calories. Two of those (presumably how much you’d drink with a meal) carries about 440 calories, or about a quarter of the daily caloric intake for an adult.
The bill has been called by many, including state legislators, as the “anti-Bloomberg” bill after NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg attempted to pass a law banning the sale of sodas bigger than 16oz. This is largely due to the fact that obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in the United States.
To put matters into perspective – the burden of obesity on American taxpayers is about $147,000,000,000,000 a year. It also costs airlines an additional $200,000,000 a year in airline fuel alone due to the fact that the average American has gained a whopping 20lbs since 1990. At the increase of 1lb a year, by 2030 the average American male will weigh 200lbs. In 1950, that average American male weight was 155lbs. Somewhere along the line, America gained about 45lbs, or the weight of an average dog.
A Harvard study has cited that American caloric intake has risen dramatically while calories burned has remained somewhat the same. The paper (available here) says that one of the main reasons this has happened is due to the fact that the American habit of eating out has risen sharply since 1980 – with the majority of Americans eating out 4 to 5 times a week… down from once a week in 1970.
By 2015, Type 2 Diabetes – a preventable disease – will affect 15% of American adults.
So, while many Americans are dying, becoming obese, and putting a strain on the American way of life both financially and emotionally due to their eating habits, Mississippi politicians and Bloomberg opponents are doing everything in their power to make sure that Americans stay fatter. Why is that?
Must read, long read, must read.
Or how to turn a pie into a desperate cry for love & attention.
Bad news for bacon lovers
Stow away that bacon and toss out your hot dogs - there’s a new study linking processed meat consumption and premature death, specifically at the hands of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
From Sabine Rohrmann of the University of Zurich:
“Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams processed meat per day.”
Just to put those 20 grams in perspective, your average hot dog contains 50 to 70 grams depending on the brand. Yikes.
Read more on the study via Booster Shots.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Processed meat is bad for you? YOU DON’T SAY.
NEW VIDEO: Caramelized White Chocolate, Blueberry, Oatmeal Cookies
For those of you that love oatmeal cookies but hate raisins…or those of you who love white chocolate but hate getting flak for eating it…or those of you that just plain love cookies (ie everyone everywhere): this episode is for you.
Crop varieties then and now. Homogeneity may be the friend of Big Ag but it’s the enemy of sustainable farming.
How exciting would it be to walk into your farmers market and see over 500 varieties of cabbage? Can you even imagine 285 types of cucumbers? Would you ever get sick of lettuce if you could choose from nearly 500 different kinds?
The ‘Nice’ Guys of LA
My dear old friend Zach, who writes the music for Working Class Foodies, also wrote the music for this parody of that awful ‘Nice Girls of LA’ video.