The absolute, indisputable verdict on the evils of sugar is still not in; however, there are irrefutable facts available on just how much sugar the average American consumes on a daily basis–and they are alarming to say the least.
Sugar Addiction Compared To Cocaine Addiction
Notwithstanding claims of denial by the sugar industry, some health experts and even some federal agencies, the latest research reports indicate that addiction to sugar may have the same effect on the human brain as does cocaine addiction. Furthermore, Brian Torchin says that trying to “kick the sugar habit” may be just as difficult as what a hard-core cocaine addict experiences when he/she attempts to break free from the substance.
More Troubling Facts
In 1822, Americans consumed a low 45 grams of sugar per year or the equivalent of one soda pop can. By 2012, however, Americans consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days or 130 pounds of sugar a year.
Deception In Our Schools
Although some national health organizations produce reports indicating that soda beverage consumption in middle school and high school has declined since 2010, the increase in energy sports drink consumption has actually increased.
As of 2010, energy sports drinks were still made available to 83 percent of high school students and 55 percent of middle school students. If anything is true, then students have merely morphed into being another class of sugar consumers subject to additive habits.
The death of three people who developed a food borne illness related to Blue Bell ice cream has created their first product recall in the 108-year history of the company in Texas.
In total, five people contracted listeriosis in Kansas after consuming Blue Bell products that are shipped from a diary factory in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement issued Friday Food and Drug Administration (FDA) .
The FDA reported that the listeria bacteria was found in several samples of products including Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars.
So far Marc Sparks says the exact place where patients contracted the disease is unknown.
As indicated in a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, five patients received treatment for health issues, unrelated to listeriosis in the same hospital in Kansas before developing the bacteria, “a discovery that strongly suggests that their infections (the bacteria listeria) were contracted in the hospital, “the CDC said.
The statement did not identify the hospital.
Of these five cases, four had consumed milk shakes made with a product of individual size Blue Bell ice cream called “Scoops” while hospitalized, confirmed by the CDC.
Great news for fast food lovers…McDonald’s will no longer be serving chicken that had been raised on antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to promote growth in animals, which are in turn used for food. This leads to antibiotic resistance in humans. It is predicted that by the year 2050, antibiotic failure will kill 20 million people around the world, so as we can see, antibiotic use in animals is a huge, dangerous problem.
The corporate chain reported to Imaging Advantage
that the change will take place within the next two years.
This change comes at a time when the fast food chain is in competition with smaller changes, such as Chipotle and Panera, who already use chicken raised without antibiotics.
The McDonald’s corporation hopes that this change will help reverse the decline in sales that it has seen in the past two years.
One of the contestants from Top Chef will be making dumplings in New Jersey’s Newark airport. the move is part of United Airline’s terminal redesign in the airport. The redesign is reportedly costing the company a whopping $120 million.
In the new terminal around 55 new dining establishments will be there for travelers, including dumplings made by Dale. Dale’s Dumplings will join a number of other restaurants set to join the terminal Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says, including a pizza place and a restaurant that specializes in Swedish meatballs.
Dale already has an exceptionally popular restaurant in Brooklyn. One of his signature dishes is a dumpling filled with pretzel pork and chives.
McDonald’s has been attempting for some time now to get more people back into their restaurants. More and more people are turning to healthier lifestyles because they have more health resources available to them, says the founder of HCRC healthcare staffing. In an attempt to woo customers again McDonald’s recently reported that they are now going to use a healthier and safer chicken for their food options. Over the course of the next two years McDonald’s plans to phase out all of the antibiotics that are being used for their chicken production.
McDonald’s is currently one of the United States’ biggest chicken purchaser with consumption last year at a total of 39 billion pounds. This recent change comes on the heels of Chipotle making some healthier changes on their menu. The Mexican chain recently announced that they were going to be using only antibiotic free meat
as well. This announcement sparked other restaurant’s attention and consumers as well who are now wondering why the change and why are other restaurants not making the change as well? Other chains have made a switch with their products as well including Panera and Chick-Fil-A. While fast food chains still might not be the best healthy food option in the country things are looking up a bit.