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McDonald's in Moscow, Russia. Image: Francis Bourgouin

Russia Closes Down Nine McDonald’s Restaurants

People in Russia remember waiting more than eight hours to taste their first Big Mac. The line-up was hundreds of people long, snaking back and forth along the sidewalk. That was 1990, when the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Russia, in Moscow’s Pushkin Square.

by · October 22, 2014 · Health, News
Atlantic Salmon. Image: Zapyon

Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?

A company called AquaBounty Technologies has created a new type of salmon that grows twice as fast as regular salmon.
Now it wants permission to sell the salmon as food.
But many people, including some scientists, say the company should not be allowed to farm or sell the salmon until we know more about the possible effects it could have on the environment and on human health.

by · September 24, 2014 · Health, News, Science
12-year-old grade-five student Ji-Yoon Moon says the food culture in California is very different than in Korea.

Big Differences Between Korean and American Food Culture: Student

A student from South Korea says she was “shocked” at how differently food is treated in the United States compared with her homeland.

by · August 18, 2014 · Lighter, News
First lady of the United States Michelle Obama talks to American and British children about health and fitness. Image: Staff Sgt. Austin May

Fewer Young American Children Are Obese: Study

Obesity rates in young children in the U.S. have dropped by 43 per cent.

In this case, obesity means “very overweight,” which is not good for a person’s health.

Over the last 10 years, the number of young children in the U.S. who are obese has gone down by a lot.

In 2004, nearly 14 per cent of American children aged two to five were obese. In 2012 the number went down to 8.4 per cent.

by · February 27, 2014 · Health, News
Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right

Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right

Sesame Street may be where the air is sweet, but these days it’s also where the food… isn’t.

The children’s television show has started a program to help get kids eating food that’s better for them.

The program is called, “Food for Thought: Eating Healthy on a Budget.”

About one in four children in the United States does not get enough nutritious food to eat, often because parents can’t afford it.

That’s about six million children, according to the Sesame Street website.

by · February 2, 2014 · Health, News
Image: United States Department of Agriculture

Scientists Discover Cause Of Irish Potato Famine

It’s well known that in the 1840s, Ireland suffered from a disaster known as the Irish potato famine.

“Famine” means a “shortage of food.”

More than a quarter of the population of Ireland died or left the country from 1845 to 1852 because of the famine.

For much of the country at the time, potatoes were the main source of food.

The famine had a big effect on Ireland; for one thing, its population is not yet back to pre-famine levels.

The famine happened because the country’s potatoes caught a disease.

At the time, no one knew what the disease was or how to cure it.

by · May 24, 2013 · Science
Celebrity chef - and nutritionist - Mairlyn Smith says creating healthy recipes requires specialized knowledge and skills.

Many Celeb Chefs’ Recipes Not Healthy: Study

Celebrity chefs serve up amazing food that tastes great and is good for you, right?

Research shows that most people believe that food created by famous chefs is generally healthy.

Well, maybe not.

Some researchers at Coventry University in Britain took a look at 904 recipes written by 26 celebrity chefs.

A celebrity chef is a chef who has become famous and popular—often because of they’re on a TV show or own a famous restaurant.

More than 85 per cent of the recipes the researchers tested “fell substantially short of the UK government’s healthy eating recommendations,” according to a media release on the Coventry University website. Most of the recipes called for ingredients that are known to contribute to health problems like obesity and heart disease.

by · May 9, 2013 · Health
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Chain Restaurants Needs Calorie And Sodium Numbers On Their Menus: Public Health

Chain restaurants in Toronto should have calorie and sodium (salt) counts on their menus, according to the city’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown.

According to a news release from the City of Toronto’s public health department, nearly half (46 per cent) of adults in the city are overweight. Nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) of adults in Toronto have high blood pressure.

McKeown wants that to change.

In the news release he said that, “diners underestimate the calories and sodium in their restaurant meals.”

Having the calorie and sodium figures right on the menu will help people make healthier choices when they order their food.

by · April 25, 2013 · Health
A Chinese food truck in Boston. Image: Joseph Barillari

Montreal To Put A New Spin On “Street Food”

Montreal is known for its fine and unique culture. Visitors flock to the city for its art galleries, high fashion and excellent cuisine.

Now, people in Montreal have a special treat in store for them.

The city’s mayor, Michael Applebaum, recently announced that the ban on food trucks has been lifted. That means that people may now be able to sample the city’s unparalleled cuisine from special food trucks on the street.

In many big cities, street vendors offer hot dogs and sausages from food trucks.

In typical Montreal style, the food trucks in that city will be a little different. The “street food” in Montreal will be “of a quality that is going to be highly respected and renowned,” the mayor said at a news conference, according to the Globe and Mail newspaper.

After the announcement, the mayor approached a food vendor called Grumman 78, which served him a Vietnamese-style taco and tomato salad with cornbread croutons.

by · April 10, 2013 · News
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Eating Like They Do In The Mediterranean Is Good For Your Heart

Eat like they do in the Mediterranean and you’ll live to a ripe, old age. Or at least a little longer than you might otherwise have done.

A new study has found that people who eat a Mediterranean diet are less likely to suffer heart-related problems like a heart attack or a stroke.

The Mediterranean region comprises the 18 countries, plus Portugal, that border the Mediterranean Sea. It includes Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Egypt, Israel and Turkey.

People there eat lots of extra-virgin olive oil and nuts as well as fruit, fish, chicken, wine, beans and salads. They tend not to eat a lot of baked goods or pastries.

by · February 26, 2013 · Health