March 12, 2003 |
France's refusal to back a proposed U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq started an international food fight of sorts Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as french fries and french toast were replaced in the House of Representatives eateries by "freedom fries" and "freedom toast." The name changes follow similar actions by restaurants around the country protesting French opposition to the Bush administration's Iraq war plans. "Update.
June 18, 2004
Re "USDA: Frozen Fries Are 'Fresh' Veggies," June 15: Under pressure from the branch of the U.S. obesity industry devoted to the consumption of frozen French fries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now a federal judge have agreed that frozen French fries constitute "fresh vegetables." This is an outrageous Alice in Wonderland interpretation of a simple phrase that any 2-year-old can understand. This country's anxiety to export its vision of democracy to the entire globe makes outcomes like this especially sad. With the USDA in the deep fryer of the frozen potato industry, any country that cares to look will have to wonder about how much of our political and legal system is for sale to the highest bidder.
March 10, 2008 |
A wet tater is a healthy tater, according to British researchers. Rinsing or soaking raw French fries in water before frying may reduce levels of acrylamide in the crunchy product, according to a team led by investigators at Leatherhead Food International, a food and beverage research and consulting company. The study appeared online last week in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Acrylamide, which is created in small amounts during production of French fries and potato chips, has been linked to cancer in rodents, and some researchers believe it may be carcinogenic to humans as well.
February 2, 1999 |
If you think the fat findings of the Center for Science in the Public Interest were bad for movie popcorn, take a bite out of this. Thanks to a new machine, French fries may be coming soon to a theater near you. The MT 2000 is a self-serve machine that delivers kosher French fries in less than 45 seconds, with 20% less fat than fries made at fast-food restaurants. The process starts with a dehydrated potato product, which is reconstituted, pushed through an extruder and dropped into a fryer.
July 22, 2002 |
French fries are one of America's favorite fast foods, and it's easy to see why. When they're made correctly--flash fried to perfection, not too crunchy, not too soggy, with a dash of salt and a dollop of ketchup on the side--they're sheer heaven. Each year, in fact, the typical American consumes more than 57 pounds of frozen potatoes (almost all of which are French fries), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture; 90% of those fries are bought at fast-food restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2005 |
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sued nine snack- and fast-food giants Friday, saying the law requires them to tell the public that their potato chips and French fries contain a toxic chemical. In a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lockyer sought a court order compelling the companies to place warnings on their cooked potato products because they contain higher levels of a suspected carcinogen, acrylamide, than other foods. The defendants include Frito-Lay Inc., KFC Corp.
October 7, 2011 |
Parents may have sway over what their children eat, but a study shows that you should never underestimate the power of advertising. Television commercials figured into a study released this week in the Journal of Pediatrics involving 75 kids age 3 to 8. The children were randomly separated into two groups: One watched a cartoon plus three commercials, one of which featured McDonald's French fries. The other group also watched cartoons and commercials, one of which was for McDonald's apple dippers--a cut-up fresh apple with low-fat caramel sauce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992 |
The United Nations came to Orange County this weekend for the 20th International Street Fair, offering a smorgasbord for the thousands who flocked to this city's central plaza Saturday afternoon. "Denmark: You'll Love It," proclaimed one overhead banner, encouraging eaters to sample the Danish delicacy ableskiver--fluffy fried dough balls dipped in raspberry jam and topped with powdered sugar. "Velhommen til Norge" read another sign, offering rare Norwegian imported beer.