Scare People With Your Food!

By Chris Chen

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means frightening parties and delicious treats. Scare your guests with some Halloween addons!
Here are 5 tips on how to make your food spookier:

 

 1. Add dry ice to your drinks~mistystix-645x387

 Dry ice provides a haunting effect of clouds, puffs of smoke that will spill over the edge for that creepy feel. It also keeps the drinks cool as ice should. Be cautious when handling the ice as it can cause burns/frostbites.

 

2. What screams blood better than some ketchup!
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 Maybe ketchup doesn’t have that deep dark color that blood has or it’s too thick but that’s no problem at all. Mix ketchup with some water and corn syrup to fix the consistency of the ketchup and adding some drop of red food coloring can do the trick for this bloody mess.

 

3. The insect we all despise, cockroaches.
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Decorate your sweet treats or top off the cakes with these crawly creatures. To make a creepy crawler, you’ll need some dates, walnuts or almonds, cream cheese and scallions tops. Stuff the date with some creamed cheese and chopped almonds or walnuts for the crunch! Use the scallion tops to poke in for the antennae.

 

4. Insert sweet shards of glass.enhanced-buzz-578-1381308642-5It’s really simple to make, all you need is some granulated sugar and water. Bring the two to a boil in a pot, when the sugar dissolves, pour the liquid into a baking sheet and tilt it to fill the pan. Let it rest and harden. After it has cooled twist the sheet and break in any shape. Do warn your guests before eating, we wouldn’t want any blood or broken teeth.

 

5. How about some worms? Worm-Sammy-from-Our-Best-BitesJust slice hot dogs and drop them into boiling water to cook, so they have a curl factor. You can throw them into sandwiches and top them with some BBQ sauce. If you don’t like them in a sandwich form no worries, throw them into some chili to resemble dirt.

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Cronuts…Still?

By Maria Laposata

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Maybe before he concocted his scheme to give all New Yorkers one enormous sugar high, Dominique Ansel took an economics course. Why? Well, making between 200 and 250 cronuts a day almost guarantees a shortage. Of course, Ansel only makes a limited quantity because it takes three whole days to make a cronut. But still, I wonder, if Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme decided they were only going to sell 200 donuts a day, wouldn’t New Yorkers have an equally rabic reaction?

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Hmm…that can’t be his real mouth…

Wouldn’t sadistic bosses send their employees to wait in line at 6AM for the donut they’d been eating every morning for years thinking nothing of it then beyond “This is bad for me?” Wouldn’t a lucky 200 sheeples pay upwards of $20 for what was once a dollar?

Probably.

Despite the wait, a couple hundred crazed individuals line up every day at the crack of dawn–well before the bakery opens–to tempt fate with a diabetic coma, to say sorry, to give a friend the ultimate birthday treat, or to resell the cronuts for an 800% mark up.

Between the scalpers, the craiglist ads (this had to be our favorite: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/for/3919799084.html), and the new cronut delivery service charging $100 per cronut, $1,500 for 10 cronuts, or $5,000 for 20 (New Yorkers can’t do multiplication…), New York should be gaining 10 pounds per capita within the next week or so.

ImageThis next paragraph was supposed to tell you exactly how bad a cronut is for you. Unfortunately, Dominique Ansel hasn’t released the nutrition information for his creation…very smartly. Especially considering that the usual fads sweeping this city usually involve the words “organic” and “juicing.” Also, “cupcakes,” but that’s not helping my point.

Someone needs to stage an intervention for the sake of society, so I’d like to personally ask Mayor Bloomberg to organize a viewing of The Biggest Loser in Central Park this weekend to put a stop to this nonsense. Really, it’s right up your alley Mr. Mayor. We’ll make sure we’ve only got tiny cups of soda for the audience to wash down their cronuts.

Bibliography:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324853704578587714138544052.html

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/07/03/cronut-craze-has-reached-new-heights/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/whos-buying-cronuts_n_3389694.html

http://jezebel.com/sweet-baby-jesus-dont-let-the-cronut-become-the-new-c-508463351

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Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Soda Ban Overturned!

New York City’s now infamous soda ban has raised a lot of important questions and become one of the most polarizing topics of 2012. Mayor Bloomberg’s ruling was set to take effect on March 12th, until Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling overturned the ruling. The beverage industry, small businesses and several interest groups rallied together to sue and keep the city from enforcing the drink regulation while the case was deliberated on. At last, Judge Tingling declared that “The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule.”

Mayor Bloomberg and city officials felt that the soda ban was a huge move for public health, aiming to lower obesity rates and thus decrease obesity-related illness costs by close to $2.8 billion annually in New York City. The soda ban was only the latest of Bloomberg’s motions to create a healthier New York. In previous years he compelled restaurant chains to post calorie counts on their menus, banned artificial trans fats from restaurant food, and even limited the amount of salt food manufacturers would use.

Supporters of the Mayor’s health initiatives make the case that sugary drinks are clearly tied to weight gain, and now nearly 24 percent of the city’s adults are obese, up from 18 percent in 2002. City lawyer Mark W. Muschenheim said the soda ban will “have significant public health effects, and the sooner that happens, the better.”

However critics of the soda ban have been far more outspoken, calling it arbitrary in that it applies to only some sugary beverages and allows other beverages to be sold only in certain stores. Critics also stated that the City Board of Health went beyond its jurisdiction in approving this size limit rule. The elected City Council did not preside over the initial ruling, instead a panel of doctors and health professional appointment by Bloomberg approved the soda ban.

While meant to curb obesity, the soda ban would hurt many businesses that relied on beverage sales and would have to retool their menus and change inventory with no compensation, while other established businesses like grocery stores would be allowed to carry on selling large sugary beverages.

Although Bloomberg’s health initiatives may have hit their first real hitch, the Mayor seems unfazed by the judge’s ruling. Shortly afterward he tweeted “We plan to appeal the sugary drinks decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the measure will ultimately be upheld.”

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Research Shows Sugary Drinks Directly Contribute to Obesity

The relationship between sugary beverages and obesity has been hotly contested over the past few months as new policies have been put into effect to decrease the consumption of these beverages. Now a decades-long study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, involving over 33,000 Americans has finally been released, asserting that soda and other sugary beverages actually have a profound effect on obesity.

The results of this study show that drinking sugary beverages does in fact interact with the genes that affect weight, and increase the likelihood of obesity from heredity alone. For people with genes with a high risk factor for obesity (most people have at least a few of these genes), sugary beverages can be especially harmful. The study also strongly suggested that sugary drinks cause people to gain weight independently of other unhealthy behaviors like overeating and lack of exercise.

Previously experiments have been inconclusive in determining the effects of sugary beverages. In one of the new studies research randomly assigned over 200 obese or overweight high schoolers in Boston to receive shipments every two weeks of either sugary drinks or their sugar-free alternatives. The kids were aware of the beverages they were drinking, and made no efforts to curb their eating or exercise schedules. The results showed that after one year the sugar-free group weighed four pounds less on average than the group which continued drinking sugary beverages.

This directly demonstrated that sugar-free drinks do lead to less weight gain, and people can satisfy their cravings for sugary beverages with these substitutes. A second study in the Netherlands involved 641 normal-weight children between the ages of 4 and 12, who regularly drank sugary beverages. The children were randomly assigned sugary or sugar-free beverages at school, and were not told what kind of beverage they were drinking. After eighteen months the sugary-drink group weighed two pounds more on average than the other group.

The American Beverage Association was not so easily convinced by the findings of these studies. “Obesity is not uniquely caused by any single food or beverage,” it commented in a statement. “Studies and opinion pieces that focus solely on sugar-sweetened beverages, or any other single source of calories, do nothing meaningful to help address this serious issue.”

Since the 1970’s consumption of sugary beverages in the U.S. have more than doubled, same as the U.S. obesity rates. Sugary drinks are currently the biggest source of calories in the American diet, and they may be accountable for the obesity epidemic that affects a third of U.S. children and over two-thirds of adults.

“I know of no other single food product whose elimination can produce this degree of weight change,” said the study’s leader, Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

In the wake of Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban in New York City, evidence like this will undoubtedly affect how other cities choose to address this obesity problem.

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Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Put Into Perspective

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced his latest crusade in the war against fat by proposing to ban all large servings of soft drinks. This proposal has been met with a variety of backlash from newspapers, politicians, comedians and many more critics. The ultimate question however remains, what will be the ultimate effect of this proposal and will it actually increase healthy consumption habits?

One of the first things noticed about this proposal are all the loopholes people can use to still consume as much sugar as they wish. Consumers can still get refills at fast food restaurants, and they can still consume many other sugary beverages like milkshakes, sweetened juices and alcoholic beverages. Mayor Bloomberg has tried similar initiatives in the past, such as the required calorie counts on restaurant menus. However it seems like the mayor has learned little from his past mistakes.

Chain restaurants like McDonald’s are mandated to tell consumers how many calories are on each item in their menus, but local delis and restaurants have no obligation to do this, once again creating a loophole in Bloomberg’s plan. With so many ways to get around Bloomberg’s policies, a careful analysis of what the actual goals are of Bloomberg’s war on fat is needed. Health costs have gotten much higher in recent years due to rising obesity; however it is unprecedented for the government to limit what Americans can and cannot eat. Some of the strongest backlash to Mayor Bloomberg’s policies has criticized the mayor for abusing his power; if food regulations start with soda, where will they end? Will we soon be regulated into eating certain size portions of ‘healthy food’ for the rest of our lives?

Large soft drinks can still be purchased at grocery stores and drug stores, simply making it less convenient for customers to consume large quantities of soda. Since the mayor cannot hope to actually regulate how much soda people consume, the major goal of this initiative is to raise awareness and create a buzz about the health risks associated with these sugary beverages. Raising awareness and enacting a law are two very different things, and the mayor needs to realize that he cannot force people to change their eating habits.

In dealing with America’s obesity epidemic government policy needs to examine the big picture. Making our decisions for us will not yield greater long term results, but most likely frustration at the government. Has Mayor Bloomberg heard of the Prohibition in the early 20th century? Changes need to be made that will affect people’s behavior and views towards nutrition. Access to healthy and fresh foods might expose consumers to more culinary options and an emphasis on physical education in schools might encourage healthier habits. Rising costs in agriculture make unhealthy food more affordable, and current health insurance policies help the ill but do little to prevent illness. While Mayor Bloomberg alone cannot curb unhealthy eating, a look at all the factors at play might make his next set of policies more effective.

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