Food & Food Culture

1:58am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Salt

Mississippi Passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:11 pm

Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.

On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes. And lawmakers in Mississippi are taking the backlash against government regulation on food marketing one step further.

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3:29pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:11 pm

Less sleep equals less self-control when it comes to eating, a new study finds.
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Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too.

People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study.

Since Americans are chronically sleep deprived, it's no wonder that our waistlines have been expanding. One-third of American workers say they're sleeping six or fewer hours a night, compared with the seven to nine hours recommended.

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2:51pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:06 pm

A customer fills a 21-ounce cup with soda at a New York City McDonald's.
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12:50pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Cool Ranch Tacos

One way to identify a healthy meal is if the name of the food is written on the food.
NPR

When Taco Bell released the Doritos Locos Taco last year, taco watchers everywhere knew the Cool Ranch Taco couldn't be that far behind. It's a basic Taco Bell taco, but the shell has been coated in Cool Ranch Doritos dust.

Robert: Does Taco Bell still use the slogan "Run for the Border," or have all the rogue food scientists already escaped?

Ian: Man, this taste really takes me back to that place Nowhere In Mexico.

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9:48am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Edible Bonsai: East Meets West On These Cookie Canvases

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 3:37 pm

Risa Hirai's bonsai cookies are made from sugar, flour, butter and egg. They're completely edible as long as they haven't been on display for too long.
Courtesy of Galerie Tokyo Humanité

Risa Hirai is a Japanese artist who paints detailed images of bonsai trees and Japanese meals. But instead of using paint on a canvas, she works with icing on a cookie.

The 23-year-old is a senior at Tama Art University in Tokyo whose mouthwatering works will be exhibited at Gallery Tokyo Humanite all this week. Assistant director Maie Tsukuda tells The Salt it's the gallery's first cookie exhibit and notes that it's not an ordinary medium for artists.

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