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Friday Food News Wrap: August 27

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Seems like the chocolate milk debate was all over the news this week, or at least it was in our little corner of the world. Of course we’re biased, but we’d like to point out that Jolly Tomato had a pretty good wrap-up on the issue.

Oh, and remember the egg recall? That’s still going on too. The Wall Street Journal has a brief egg recall round-up of news stories from this week. Even more unsettling than the ongoing recall is the news that you may someday eat eggs from those potentially infected chickens. The Associated Press reports that the eggs that are still being laid by those chickens will be pasteurized to kill any bacteria, and then sold as liquid eggs or in products such as mayonnaise or ice cream.

Still baffled by how to tell which eggs are the “right” kind of eggs to eat? Check out Eatocracy’s explanation of various egg industry terms, including  free-range, cage-free, and organic. Had enough of eggs altogether? Joanna Sutter of Fitness & Spice has a nice summary of a few good ways to replace eggs.

Believe it or not, we’re not all eggs and chocolate around here. Check out some of the other stories from the week:

Sticky fruit snacks: Even though some claim to provide a serving of fruit, fruit snacks don’t offer all the nutritional benefits of whole fruit and often contain added sugars and sometimes fats, the L.A. Times reports. If your kids are craving fruit, give them an apple.

Calorie content: Many chain restaurants and vending machines would have to display the number of calories in their food for consumers under draft guidelines released this week by the Food and Drug Administration. The guidelines require that calorie information be posted in the same size type as the menu item or price, whichever is larger, according to the L.A. Times. So maybe we’ll start to think twice before ordering those cheese fries and that double-fudge sundae…

Caffeine and kids: The Cooper Institute blog has a good round-up of the effects of caffeine on kids, the recommended daily limits, and the caffeine contents of soda, energy drinks, and soft drinks. If your kid is drinking any of these on a regular basis, keep tabs on the caffeine because it adds up quickly.

Salmon baby food? Time magazine reports on a new salmon baby food (yes, you heard that right) aimed at giving little kids an early taste of fish so they can get those all-important omega-3 fatty acids. Grownups say it tastes kind of like a salmon-cream cheese dip. Will kids eat it? Remains to be seen.

Why kids eat sweets: Last, it’s worth checking out this thoughtful column from dietitian Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen on why kids and families eat too many sweets. It’s part of a series on helping kids learn to develop a healthy relationship with sweets – with the goal being to raise “the kid who runs by the bowl of M&Ms without even noticing it.”  We have to admit, we’re not very close to that ideal, but we’re working on it.

Happy Friday!

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4 Responses to Friday Food News Wrap: August 27

  1. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) August 28, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Whoa! What a wrap up…so many great topics and resources, I don’t know where to begin. 😉

    Thank you!!

    • jollytomato August 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks, Joanna – and thanks for the great egg-substitute story!

  2. Maryann August 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention. I’m excited about this series and hope it will lots of parents!

  3. jollytomato August 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Thanks, Maryann! It was a great post, and I know it will help lots of parents – it definitely helped me!

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