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July 24, 1990 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Putting an end to a sizzling controversy, McDonald's and Wendy's fast-food chains on Monday announced plans to cook their french fries in cholesterol-free vegetable oil rather than an animal fat and oil blend. Last Tuesday, Burger King announced the same thing, citing customer demand for food without cholesterol. Numerous studies in recent years have found that a diet filled with foods high in saturated fat can raise a person's cholesterol level and increase the risk of heart disease.
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SCIENCE
November 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A Canadian study has challenged the use of corn and safflower oils as healthy substitutes for saturated animal fats, saying the oils may increase the risk of heart disease. In a paper published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal , researchers concluded that polyunsaturated vegetable oils that were rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, but relatively poor in omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, were not associated with beneficial effects on heart health. Specifically, authors said a review of recent research suggested that though omega-6 linoleic acid lowered serum cholesterol levels, it also seemed to increase the risk of coronary artery diseases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2008 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Dave Eck, a Half Moon Bay mechanic, had attracted a media spotlight with his fleet of vehicles fueled by used fryer grease from a local chowder house. So when Sacramento called, he figured officials wanted advice on promoting alternative fuels. Not at all. The government rang to notify Eck that he was a tax cheat. He was scolded for failing to get a "diesel fuel supplier's license," reporting quarterly how many gallons of grease he burns, and paying a tax on each gallon.
AUTOS
February 7, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
It isn't often that one gets to say that California has gotten it right in terms of attracting and supporting cutting-edge business enterprises. But in advanced bio-fuels, a new report says the state is leading the way. E2, also known as Environmental Entrepreneurs, is a Washington-based group of " business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. " E2's new analysis of the nation's advanced bio-fuels industry said that California had 30 of the more than 80 companies that now operate in 27 states.
FOOD
August 16, 1990 | CAROLE SUGARMAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
The French fries at McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's are having an oil change. Three of the nation's largest fast-food chains have announced that they will stop using beef-tallow and vegetable-oil blends and start using 100% vegetable oil to fry their potatoes. The switch reduces the saturated fat and gets rid of all the cholesterol in the fries.
FOOD
April 3, 1986 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
A new twist has been added to the highly competitive fast-food world where convenience and price have long been the battleground on which the burger/chicken chains fought for patrons. It seems that in recent weeks nutrition has surfaced as a customer lure. Partially responsible for the precedent-setting tactic was a national survey of the salt, fat and calorie content of some of America's favorite away-from-home foods compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
NEWS
July 21, 1985
Officials have discovered that vegetable oil was added to Jalisco Mexican-style cheese, a practice prohibited by state law, but a Jalisco Mexican Products spokesman said the oil would not have contained the bacteria linked to a disease that has been blamed for deaths and stillbirths. The vegetable oil, which was apparently used an an inexpensive substitute for milk fat, was discovered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Soviets Buying $1.25 Billion in Farm Goods: Their shopping list includes U.S. wheat, livestock feeds, hops, almonds and vegetable oil, the Agriculture Department said. Meat products were missing from the list, despite pressure from lawmakers and livestock producers for the Soviets to include more "value-added" items. The Soviets are purchasing the goods with credit guarantees.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1993 | From Reuters
A study released Wednesday found that several fast-food companies that said they switched three years ago to cooking with vegetable oil have not done so and their products are still loaded with cholesterol. The study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found fast-food giants such as McDonald's and Burger King are not living up to advertisements that claim they are cooking with vegetable oil that does not raise cholesterol or promote heart disease.
FOOD
January 12, 2013
  While most experienced cooks can agree - more or less - on basic equipment, the pantry is much more a matter of individual choice. How you cook will determine what you cook, in this case. If you prefer Italian, you're going to want a greater variety of dried pastas and at least a couple of olive oils. If you cook Japanese, you'll be choosier about rice and different kinds of soy sauce. This is my highly personal list of the things I need in my basic pantry. Baking All-purpose flour Granulated sugar Light brown sugar Powdered sugar Baking soda Baking powder Cornmeal Spice cabinet Dried thyme Dried oregano Black peppercorns Vanilla extract Ground cinnamon Cloves Bay leaves Dried red pepper flakes Cumin Fennel seeds Kosher salt Almonds Walnuts Pantry staples Olive oil Vegetable oil Soy sauce Vinegars, at least red wine and sherry Canned beans (white, pinto, garbanzo)
FOOD
February 23, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Please, please, please get me the recipe for the Brussels sprouts at Cleo in Hollywood. My husband and I ordered a variety of food at our dinner there, and the Brussels sprouts stole the show. I would love to get the recipe. It's the first time that my husband was actually excited to eat vegetables! Caroline Livengood Toluca Lake Dear Caroline: I've never had Brussels sprouts quite like this before. It's kind of like a salad - Brussels sprout leaves tossed with a tangy vinaigrette, capers and toasted almonds - except that the leaves are deep-fried first, giving the whole dish a surprising texture and crunch.
FOOD
June 3, 2010 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
My favorite mornings growing up, I'd wake to the sounds of Mom busy in the kitchen, rolling out freshly risen dough as a pot of oil heated on the stove. I could soon tell by the aromas wafting through the house that the morning was going to be special. Mom was making doughnuts for breakfast. Before too long, we were picking out our favorites from the freshly frosted bunch. I always chose one of the long johns she shaped using a large dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter. My siblings and I would pile in front of the TV, all four of us propped against the family dog (a very big St. Bernard)
SCIENCE
January 3, 2009 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A passenger jet powered in part by vegetable oil successfully completed a two-hour flight Tuesday to test a biofuel that could lower airplane emissions and cut costs, Air New Zealand said. One engine of a Boeing 747-400 airplane was powered by a 50-50 blend of oil from jatropha plants and standard A1 jet fuel. Biofuels were once regarded as impractical for aviation because most freeze at the low temperatures encountered at cruising altitudes, but jatropha has an even lower freezing point than jet fuel.
WORLD
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. government said it would ship an additional $20 million in food aid to Haiti. The announcement came a month after protests over rising food prices sparked riots that left at least six dead. The U.S. Embassy said the shipment would include about 30,000 tons of wheat, rice, beans and vegetable oil. Haitian President Rene Preval and others have said subsidized U.S. agricultural imports have weakened farming here and compounded Haiti's food crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2008 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Dave Eck, a Half Moon Bay mechanic, had attracted a media spotlight with his fleet of vehicles fueled by used fryer grease from a local chowder house. So when Sacramento called, he figured officials wanted advice on promoting alternative fuels. Not at all. The government rang to notify Eck that he was a tax cheat. He was scolded for failing to get a "diesel fuel supplier's license," reporting quarterly how many gallons of grease he burns, and paying a tax on each gallon.
FOOD
February 23, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Please, please, please get me the recipe for the Brussels sprouts at Cleo in Hollywood. My husband and I ordered a variety of food at our dinner there, and the Brussels sprouts stole the show. I would love to get the recipe. It's the first time that my husband was actually excited to eat vegetables! Caroline Livengood Toluca Lake Dear Caroline: I've never had Brussels sprouts quite like this before. It's kind of like a salad - Brussels sprout leaves tossed with a tangy vinaigrette, capers and toasted almonds - except that the leaves are deep-fried first, giving the whole dish a surprising texture and crunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2006
THANK you for your article on converting diesel cars to run on vegetable oil ["Vegetable Juice," by Valli Herman, Aug. 5]. Auto shop owner Brian Friedman should be congratulated for putting a concept into action. He has no political agenda except trying to make a positive change by converting diesel powered cars to run on vegetable oil. On the other hand, as usual, we have an EPA spokesman whose job requires he speak the administration oil-driven agenda of "stay the course."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Crawling by it in Sunset Junction traffic, past a scruffy row of mod clothing boutiques, Circus of Books and a gelato parlor, you'd hardly know the black garage on the corner is at the heart of a mushrooming environmental movement. Lovecraft Biofuels is a counterculture Jiffy Lube, where urban pioneers bring aging Mercedes diesels for a conversion to run on vegetable oil.
FOOD
April 18, 2007 | Leslee Komaiko
WITH Earth Day just a few days away, it's gratifying to think that eating French fries might be an eco-friendly practice. How so? Well, consider veg-oil power. Though there's not enough of it to make a big dent in air quality, the use of recycled vegetable oil in place of gas to power your car is catching on, and restaurants are stepping up to keep supplies in the pipeline.
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