Dietary Restrictions and Hospital Food

When one is the kind of person who requires a special diet, it can be hard to get the kind of food that you need. Just ask Mikal Watts for one example. When you are someone who is in need of certain food and allergic to others, that individual needs to have special food served to them no matter where they are. When you are someone with dietary restrictions and you are going to be spending some time in the hospital you would expect to receive the kind of food that you need while you are in that hospital, the kind of food that is safe for you, but that may not always be the case.

Research suggests that some hospitals may actually serve food that is harmful to those who are in need of special foods. It seems that some hospitals are causing harm to their patients by serving those patients the kind of food that they cannot tolerate. Hospitals are a place where people go to get well, but it seems that some hospitals are actually harming their patients by serving them food that is unsafe.

Whole Foods Execs Apologize For Overcharging Customers

After angrily denying consumer complaints regarding frequent overcharging, Whole Foods co-CEOs Walter Robb an John Mackey seem to be backtracking.

In a YouTube video released on July 1, Robb and Mackey are now admitting to what they were accused of in the first place. Well, sorta. After an in-depth investigation launched by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs proved that Whole Foods routinely ripped off customers, the CEOs initially denied the charges and even went as far as taking their fight to television.

Officials described Whole Foods’ actions as “One of the worst cases of mislabeling ever seen.” While neither Robb or Mackey never bothered to offer a reason for the complete 180 from their initial stance, they did offer an apology of sorts, insisting that the overcharges were only a small percentage. They go on to admit that mistakes were made from time to time due to a “hands-on” approach. Say what? Okay, where is all that righteous indignation now? Adam Sender is waiting to see what happens next.

Whole Foods promises to do better by offering additional staff training and more oversight. The moral of this story: When caught in a lie — Spin. Spin. Spin.

Be Careful When Eating Food While Drinking

If you have ever eaten food while drunk, then you may be disgusted to find out now that it probably didn’t smell as good as it seemed to you at the moment. The food that you ate probably wasn’t nearly as tasty as it seemed while you were drunk. A new study says that alcohol can have an effect on the brain that would make bad food smell good. It can make it seem more appealing to you than it would normally reports Shaygan Kheradpir.
So, the next time that you go out drinking you might want to think twice about the kind of food that you are eating. You might want to take extra time to consider it all. If you don’t choose the food carefully, then you might end up eating something that you wouldn’t normally choose to eat. You might end up eating something that really tastes – and smells – bad.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Despite the sometimes polarizing political and social views, people still think Chic-Fil-A is the best in the business. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which polled over 5,000 people, Chic-Fil-A ranked no. 1 in customer satisfaction.

While Chic-Fil-A went home with the top spot, the mega-chain McDonald’s limped away with last place. Chic-Fil-A is famous for their customer service, and it’s common to be greeted with a smile when walking through the doors. Not only that, but Chic-Fil-A doesn’t try to do everything, which may be why McDonald’s is struggling to stay relevant. Chic-Fil-A only does chicken, but they do it very well. By narrowing their focus, the chicken restaurant is able to concentrate all efforts on perfecting their namesake. McDonald’s on the other hand has an expansive menu and tries to do too much at once, which means their attention is spread very thin.

Look for other restaurants to follow suit by trimming the excess off of menus and emphasizing quality of quantity. Chic-Fil-A proves that focus is the key to success, and that doing only a little can actually be doing a lot. Who would’ve guessed that a chicken sandwich adorned only with a few pickles could beat out the global juggernauts? Bloomberg suggest that it may sound surprising, but only if you’ve never tasted one.

Marvel Studios Is Set To Be Busy For The Next Few Years
Marvel Studios is a busy place and from the sounds of things they are only going to get busier. In recent interviews Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, has been laying out what is coming next for fans of the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since Ant-man is the final film in Phase 2 of their plans and Captain America: Civil War is the first one in Phase 3, it’s a good time to see what happens next.

Three to Five Cups of Coffee Could Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

There is growing scientific evidence about the benefits of coffee consumption.

Researchers at the EuroPRevent ‘2015 conference presented a study that says drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by up to 21%.

The finding is important because heart disease and stroke remain one of the leading causes of death. In fact, more than four million people die from cardiovascular disease each year.

The researchers also say drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with drinking less than two cups or no coffee each day.

According to Mikal Watts, the report points to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in coffee, and the benefits these compounds have on the heart.

But the study warns that the benefit is not equal for all populations; for example, two cups of coffee a day may offer greater protection to the population of Japan, while three cups can provide the greatest protection in the populations of UK and US.

Experts note that moderate consumption of coffee could play a surprising role in reducing the risk of mortality and could have a big impact on health outcomes and health care spending.

“McBike” Happy Meal Box for Bicyclers

McDonald’s is making all kinds of new changes to its menu. A recent packaging strategy is catching the attention of the fitness market. It has become an appealing idea for people who bike to work according to Brad Reifler.

McDonald’s is now making a box that fits perfectly over a bicyclist’s handlebars. This allows the biker to use the drive thru to pick up their meal, fit it over their handlebars, and ride to their destination where they can eat their meal. This clever package has room for a hamburger, a side order of fries and even a drink.

No one expected McDonald’s to ride the fitness wave in quite this fashion. This “McBike” idea was initially marketed in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has since spread to other countries as well. It has yet to reach the United States market.

Americans Are Drinking Less Coffee

Just when you thought you might never hear about the United States deceasing their coffee consumption, it has been done now. According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater, many Americans are not drinking as much coffee as they used to thanks to the single serving machines such as the K-Cups. In a way, each single K-Cup has slowed down the Americans from drinking larger quantities and made them feel satisfied with just the one cup. I suppose this could related wot the fish in the pond scenario, the bigger the pond the bigger the fish, just like the bigger the coffee pot the more java we think we need to start up our day.

While it hasn’t been totally bad for the economy, there has also been not as much sales with the regular grounds. I think that over time this K-Cup fad will likely diminish somewhat, but for now it is still a trend and people do enjoy having what is the most popular option out there.

Sam Tabar agrees that it is going to be interesting to see how the K-Cups shape the American coffee industry and their imports for that matter, but at the end of the day there will still be people who need to drink that whole pot of it in the morning to get their kickstart going and on the move. That is how it is for me anyway.

Removing Trans Fats Could Be Costly

As expected, the Food and Drug Administration has issued an order to food manufacturers to eliminate all trans fats from their products. Christian Broda knows that the FDA is giving them three years to accomplish this. By 2018, their manufacturing processes will no longer be allowed to include any form of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

While it’s been proven that trans fats are unhealthy, and eating them can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attacks and strokes, the cost to the companies to remove them could be upwards of $200,000 per product. The FDA said that the overall price tag to bring the manufacturers into compliance would be between $12 billion and $14 billion.

The first trans fats started to be used around 1911 in shortening and then in margarine. Ironically, in the 1950s and 1960s, people were routinely told that saturated fat and butter were bad for them, and consumers were encouraged to use margarine instead. Come to find out, years later, just the opposite is true.

American Milk has Been Banned in Europe

What would cause Europe to ban something that comes from the US? What would cause Europe to believe something that comes from the US is not worthy of their consumption and that it should not be brought into their continent? It seems that Europe has made the decision to ban US milk from their land, and they have done this for a surprising reason.

In the US we are told about the importance of milk consumption and just what milk can do for our bodies. We are taught to consume milk on a regular basis and in large quantities stated The Street. We are taught that milk is something that we just cannot go without. It seems, though, that Europe feels differently about the milk that we have available here. It seems that Europe feels that the milk available here is no good for the human body. US milk has been banned in Europe because it is not helpful to one’s health according to them. Is this true? Is US milk something to be avoided?

The Trans Fat Crisis

As many people know trans fats are not exactly the best thing to be put into the human body. The Food and Drug Administration has even made a point to declare trans fats a threat to human health. By 2018, hydrogenated oil will slowly fade out of food products. This is not a full ban of trans fats, however it is a start. Companies will be allowed to petition the FDA if they can prove that the trans fats will not cause any harmful effects to consumers.

The recent FDA initiative have already been beaten by other local initiatives that have over 20 percent of Americans eating foods with trans fats restrictions. The trans fat consumption rate has decreased by over 80 percent since 2003. This percentage drop has also contributed to the cholesterol rate decrease in children.

Trans fats gained popularity in the 1940s when they were presented as an alternative to saturated fats say some friends of mine at FreedomPop. Currently items such as coffee creamers, canned frosting, packaged pie, frozen pizza, and margarine all contain high amounts of trans fats. Within 3 years, these six products must be all reformulated in order to fit the requirements made by the FDA.

There has been another movement since 2006 to require companies to put the amount of trans fats on the labels of each product. For the next three years all products will high amounts of trans fats will be reformulating and changing the ingredients to make it suitable for consumers.