Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thursday's Thinking of Food

Happy beautiful Thursday everyone! I hope everyone gets some sunshine and family time this Easter weekend--I am looking forward to a 3-day weekend, working in our vegetable garden, and sunning's supposed to be in the 80's and sunny all weekend in Columbia!

And here's your round-up of interesting food news this week:

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I opened up my April Bon Appetit to find local rice producer Anson Mills--who sells their products at the All Local Farmers' Market every Saturday-- within the pages. Their Carolina Gold Rice is listed in Bon Appetit's top 5 exotic rices list. Kudos to them! The magazine describes the Carolina Gold Rice as a "true standout, with a plump, fluffy texture and a roasted aroma. Carolina Gold offers hauntingly buttery flavor..." Now that is a glowing review!

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A friend who lives in Athens, GA sent me a link to the Athens Local Farmers' Market blog, and this post about accepting EBT cards--how forward-thinking and awesome of them! The Athens Farmers Market will now accept EBT cards on Tuesdays and Saturdays. (For those who may not know, the EBT card is the form of payment used by people who receive SNAP benefits, or modern-day "food stamps.") Great job on increasing access to healthy food. And thanks, Tiffany, for sharing the information.
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High fructose corn syrup has been shown to be more addictive than sucrose, (regular table sugar), and cause higher incidences of obesity, a Princeton research study shows. There has already been criticism and speculation about the merits of the study by numerous sources, but read it and decide for yourself... Here's a Washington Post article about it from 2 days ago, and here's a blog post about it from the LA Times Health blog, Booster Shots.

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And more news about junk food that you could probably's addictive. "Junk Food Jones is Wired in the Brain," as reported on NPR's Health blog, Shots. According to a Scripps Research Institute study done on rats, junk food is as addictive as drugs. So, this Easter weekend, lay off the HoHo's and chocolate bunnies...or you'll be fiending for more soon enough.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!

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