July 3, 2013 |
If you've ever had a meal that changed your life, maybe you understand what it's like to be a newborn lizard. If you're a Zootoca vivipara lizard, whether or not you get an easy first meal may change the course of your life, according to a pair of scientists in France and Spain. The study, published in Current Biology, shows that small, even fleeting events in an animal's life can dramatically alter an animal's development, even if it has the same genes as its brethren. At a national park in southern France, the researchers captured 120 pregnant Zootoca vivipara lizards, insect-eaters that birth their young live rather than laying eggs.
July 2, 2013 |
Food-focused watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has its hooks in Long John Silver's, accusing the seafood chain of serving the least healthful meal in the country. The advocacy group said it ran laboratory tests on the chain's Big Catch meal, including batter-fried haddock and side dishes such as hush puppies and onion rings. The results showed 33 grams of trans fat, according to the group -- or more than two weeks' worth of the two-grams-a-day allotment recommended by the American Heart Assn.
July 2, 2013 |
The Center for Science in the Public Interest rarely makes friends in the nation's chain restaurants. The advocacy group frequently calls out foods it finds nutritionally objectionable. And on Tuesday, it put Long John Silver's Big Catch meal, with hush puppies and onion rings, in its spotlight, calling it the worst restaurant meal in America -- even though plenty of other choices have more calories. The CSPI said laboratory tests showed the Big Catch had 33 grams of trans fat, “the most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply,” and an additional 19 grams of saturated fat and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium -- more salt than is recommended for a day. The Big Catch has 1,320 calories.
June 27, 2013 |
Tucking into a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup, or a great bowl of white pasta for lunch, not only sends your blood sugar soaring--and then, suddenly, plummeting. Four hours after you've put down your fork, such a meal makes you hungrier than if you'd eaten one with more protein and fiber and fewer carbohydrates, a new study finds. The study also demonstrates that four hours later, the echo of that meal activates regions of the brain associated with craving and reward seeking more powerfully than does a meal with a lower "glycemic load.
June 14, 2013 |
Sometimes nothing beats an easy one-dish meal. Especially if it comes together in an hour or less. Hash is a great option when you want something simple -- it's one-pan comfort food. Simply combine potatoes with the meat of your choice and flavor as desired. Voila. Check out these options: For diner-style roast beef hash, take that leftover roast beef in the fridge and cook it up with some cubed potatoes, bell pepper, garlic and jalapeño for a little heat. Thinking chicken? Take leftover chicken (or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store on your way home)
May 15, 2013 |
Two truck drivers have sued one of Southern California's largest trucking companies, alleging they were denied breaks, lunch hours and overtime because they were treated as independent contractors rather than employees of Harbor Express Inc. The lawsuit filed this week is one of several complaints lodged against trucking companies in recent years and is seeking class-action status. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it could affect as many as 400 truck drivers who worked for the Wilmington-based company since May 2009.
May 14, 2013 |
Want to satisfy your full day's requirement of salt, fat and calories? Sit down in a restaurant and order a meal. After an exhaustive analysis of 3,507 possible ways to order 685 meals at 19 restaurants chains in Canada, researchers found that the average meal contained 151% of the recommended daily value of sodium. That means a single breakfast, lunch or dinner had enough sodium to get you through an entire day and a half. Overall, more than 80% of the meals studied contained at least a full day's supply of sodium, according to a report published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
May 8, 2013 |
Welcome to the 21st century, where a compass can be used to find the nearest pizza place. Thanks to Pizza Compass , an app released Tuesday, iPhone users can now turn their smartphones into their own personal guides toward melted cheese, warm crust and delicious tomato sauce. The app, which costs $0.99, works like any other compass with a few differences. For starters, the arrow is actually a pizza slice and it doesn't point north -- it points toward the nearest pizza joint it can find.
May 4, 2013 |
Jeffrey Weinstein once swept through 19 Denver restaurants in six hours, a feat that most people would characterize as gluttony. Weinstein calls it research. Eating out is more than a hobby for the founder and co-chief executive of the Counter, a growing Culver City chain of build-your-own-burger eateries. In its 10 years, the company has been mentioned on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," adored by reviewers and touted as one of the forefathers of the so-called better burger craze. Weinstein, a culinary school grad, spends his time at the helm reading cookbooks, determining whether his Midwest menus are ready for spicy Sriracha sauce (yes)
May 3, 2013 |
Zsa Zsa Gabor slept here. So did Tony Curtis . And newlyweds Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood held their wedding reception here. That was all in the 1950s, but the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Ariz., remains true to its midcentury roots. The building, which underwent an $80 million renovation in 2005, offers a hip downtown experience that's different from the usual stay at a golf resort in town. Now the Valley Ho kicks off a one-day sale on Monday with rooms starting as low as $89. The deal: Stay up late or get up early if you want to take advantage of the Annual One-Day Sale . Rooms start at $89 for Sundays through Fridays; $109 for Saturdays (prices exclude tax)