Low-fat Fries, Offensive Burger Ads and Tainted Bacon
In a recent study of heart-healthy foods, vegetables, nuts and the Mediterranean diet were named as "good" heart foods, while--shocker!--the trans fats in french fries are bad. Meat, eggs and milk are still in heart-health limbo.
[AP via Google]
Meanwhile, an Iowa company is working on a genetically engineered soybean oil that will be able to make a low-fat french fry. The new high-oleic oil will have no trans fats and should last up to five times longer in commercial fryers than other zero-trans-fat oils.
Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin will host "Extreme Cuisine," a new Food Network show that will show him traveling the world eating octopus, ants' eggs and Peruvian ceviche. Says Corwin: "It's not about grossout foods."
[NY Daily News]
Burger King joins Taco Bell on the list of US fast-food chains to offend Mexico. In an ad for the Texican Whopper, a short wrestler in a Mexican flag cape teams up with a tall, lanky cowboy to illustrate: "The taste of Texas with a little spicy Mexican."
[AP via Yahoo!]
Bad news for pork lovers: free range pigs are more likely than industrially farmed ones to carry salmonella, the pathogen toxoplasma and the parasite trichina, the latter of which was thought to no longer exist.
Mars candy plans to have all its chocolate come from sustainable sources by 2020. The announcement comes a month after competitor Cadbury said its Dairy Milk chocolate bar would carry a Fairtrade Foundation seal by the end of the summer.