Read Up On It For November 15th, 2013
This latest edition of Read Up On It is all about things you shouldn’t be eating, or so says someone. Fat, sugar, MSG, you take your pick.
Andy Warhol’s Coca Cola 5 Bottles
- Let’s start with the sweet. The Atlantic reports on how Coca-cola south of the border (as in Mexico) may not be as sugary (and high-fructose corn syrup free) as its fans would like it to remain.
- The FDA is looking to remove trans fats in processed foods. The story was picked up by The New York Times, who focused on the health problems with the hydrogenated stuff. Eatocracy looked at all kinds of fats, from butter to lard and the health effects and benefits of all.
- Not long after the FDA hubbub quieted down, the CBC reported on a study that challenges the healthful aspects of sunflower, safflower and corn oils.
- While we’re talking about health benefits and whatnot, how about that lovely and meaningless term, “Natural”, The Wall Street Journal reports on how more and more companies are removing the term from their labels.
- And once again, people are talking about MSG. Is it bad, is “chinese restaurant syndrome” real? The Smithsonian says a spoonful of monosodium glutamates makes the medicine go down.
- The New Yorker posts a video about that addictive of food substances, cheese powder.
- The CBC’s Khalil Akhtar talks to a baker who looks into the science of sourdough, and how it may be easier to digest for people with gluten sensitivities.
- And Adam Leith Gollner writes in the Globe and Mail about James Maguire, “Montreal’s walking Larousse Gastronomique, genius baker and grand transmitter of classic French cuisine.”