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T.S.A. starts checking snacks, holds up security lines

It used to be that solids foods were safe from the prying eyes of airport security. But TSA has stepped up its screening of carry-on snacks, meaning the security line is about get that much slower. According to The Daily Meal, TSA officers have been making passengers remove all snacks from their carry-on bags before walking sending them through screening. This means that lines are getting held up for that Clif Bar you forgot you tucked in your backpack side pocket, and that trail mix in your kid’s carry-on. Because many people aren’t aware of the new screening, they’re being sent back through security lines because of food they have forgotten about. The New York Times reports that this its not an official policy, but security can ask people to remove snacks if they think it’s necessary or if snack items look questionable on X-ray cameras. Snack scanning is supposed to actually speed up lines…

High-fat diets might not be best for weight loss, one study shows

If you’ve gone on a diet recently, you’ve probably been told by a friend or even a fitness professional that a low-carb, high-fat diet is the fastest way to fitness. The theory goes that this type of diet will force your body into ketosis, where it will burn fat instead of carbs, prompting you to shed more pounds. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case. The new study from the University of Aberdeen in the Chinese Academy of Sciences was published in Cell Metabolism. Researchers found that mice who ate high-fat diets gained more weight over a three-month period than mice who ate high-carb diets. And actually, the mice fed carbs, didn’t gain any weight at all, while the high-fat diet produced overweight mice. Researchers at Aberdeen studied how mice responded to 30 different diets, which varied widely in fat and carb content. The diet-appropriate foods…

This is what college students say would get them to drink less

Binge drinking is a major problem on U.S. college campuses. An estimated 40 percent of students engage it in regularly, despite the numerous negative consequences. So how do you get college students to stop drinking? Convince them that giving up the booze will help their grades, relationships and improve their health, one study showed. The findings were recently published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association. Researchers surveyed nearly 300 college students over the age of 18 and asked them to report any binge drinking they had participated in during the past 30 days (September 2017), and then followed up with the same inquiry three weeks later. The students were asked about their willingness to initiate and participate in healthier drinking habits, as well as what factors they deemed necessary for a successful change. Lead researcher Dr. Manoj Sharma, professor of behavioral health at Jackson State University, said in a press release by the American Osteopathic…

Eat more fruits and vegetables to reduce risk of breast cancer, researchers say

As if you didn’t have enough reasons to eat your fruits and vegetables, a new Harvard study shows that women who get their daily servings, or more, have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer servings of fruits and veggies. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and yellow and orange vegetables, had a very strong link to lower risk of breast cancer. In the study, lead by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, researchers analyzed diet questionnaires from the Nurses’ Healthy Study (88,301 women, starting in 1980) and the Nurses’ Health Study II (93,844 women, starting in 1991). They found that women who ate 5.5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day had an 11% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate 2.5 servings or fewer. (A serving is defined as one cup of raw, leafy vegetables, a half…

Starbucks to open first U.S. store for the deaf community

Two years ago Starbucks opened its very first Signing Store — a location in Malaysia that was designed specifically to employ and make ordering coffering easier for people with hearing impairment. Starbucks recently announced plans to open its first U.S. Signing Store in Washington D.C. this October. An estimated 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to The National Center for Health Statistic. About 2 million of those people are classified as being deaf, meaning they can’t hear everyday sounds or words. It is thought that around 13 million people have some proficiency in sign language, but for people who rely on American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary means of communication, sometimes something as simple as ordering coffee can become a huge inconvenience. Starbucks plans to hire 20 to 25 employees, or ‘partners’ as they’re called within the company — all of which are required to…

Gen Z interested in healthy eating, international cuisines

Millennials’ eating habits continue to steal the spotlight, but with generation Z coming of age, many companies are trying to predict how they will impact the future of the food industry. According to recent market research by Mintel, “Generation Z has the potential to reset expectations for health and wellness, increase the reach of international cuisine and heighten creativity in the kitchen.” Saying no to sugar One quarter of teens ages 15-17 say the worry about staying healthy. Another 49% agree that drinking soda is an unhealthy habit. Sugar continues to be at the top of the watchlist for parents of Gen Z kids. But while 60% of parents with kids ages 12-17 report saying “no” their their kid’s dietary choices because of sugar content, just 11% of food and drink launches in the U.S. last year had low, no, or reduced sugar. There is major room for improvement in this product area…

Lobster, cupcake and lettuce among new emoji crop

Texters prepare. A mega-emoji update is coming from Apple soon, and there looks to be a lot for foodies to look forward to. Food & Wine reports that the emoji update will roll out something in “August or September,” but there hasn’t been a confirmed time frame as of yet. It’s been more than a year since discussion of the new emojis began, but there hadn’t been any buzz, until now. Apple didn’t reveal what each of the 70 new emojis will be, but among them is a vanilla cupcake, a red lobster, a very realistic looking mango, and a bunch of lettuce — although it could also be bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage. Either way, there will be a leafy green looking option. There’s also what appears to be a mooncake, a traditional Chinese dessert served during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Other non-food related emojis expected to hit include…

A cookbook to get you fired up about grilling from Char-Broil

The origins of grilling go back to prehistoric times when our ancestors skewered meat on a stick and stuck it over a hot fire. While there’s something still so satisfying about watching the way the intense heat turns food to a crisp, we’ve come a long way since then. Humans have perfected grilling and barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie cooking and even infrared. We’ve made outdoor cooking an activity instead of a chore. And we’ve moved beyond the meat madness, and have learned to appreciate well-executed vegetarian fare from the fires as well. Char-Broil’s Great Book of Grilling ($24.99, 336 pages) covers the whole myriad of cooking methods with 300 different recipes, from pork, poultry, beef and lamb, to appetizers, seafood, salads, vegetables and desserts. The recipes in each section of the book vary from as basic or creative as you care to get, but in the spirit of outdoor grilling, they’re never fussy. Most require only ingredients you’ll have in your well-stocked fridge.…

The most popular wedding registry item in every state

Getting engaged and marrying the love of your life is exciting enough, but then you get to put together a registry. Wayfair, an online retailers of home furnishing, décor and more, took a look at what couples across the country are putting on their must-have home goods lists, and then found what the most popular item in the state was. Some states are predictable — of course Vermont wants cheese plates. Still others are less so — Alaskans are particular about their coasters. But overall, the data is an interesting look into people’s lives, and possibly a helpful guide if you’re attending a wedding in the U.S. this year. Alabama – seasonal decor Alaska – drink coasters Arizona – electric tea kettles Arkansas – outdoor planters California – decorative bowls Colorado  – cabinet hardware and door knobs Connecticut  – faux florals Delaware  – storage containers Florida  – hardwood flooring Georgia  – outdoor lounge chairs Hawaii  – wallpaper Idaho  – wine openers Indiana  – floor…

Here’s how your favorite chefs make mac and cheese

The next time you want to feast on some cheesy, gooey goodness, remember eating mac and cheese is part of our national heritage — It’s downright patriotic. Legend has it that mac and cheese came to the United Sates courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who became enamored with the pasta dish while visiting France. It was Jefferson who brought home noodle recipes and a pasta machine to the States, since these things were unavailable in the Colonies at the time. He loved the dish so much, he even served it at a state dinner in 1802. Flash forward a few decades. Kraft Foods marketed its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 during the throes of the Great Depression. One box could serve a family of four for just 19 cents. The company sold 8 million boxes that year. During the war, when fresh meat and produce were in short supply, the boxed mac and cheese…