Best Foods of 2014

There were a number of foods that hit the scene in 2014 and made mealtime just a little more interesting. Here are a few spotlights on delicious foods that you’ll want to take advantage of this year–in case you missed these treats in 2014.

If you’re a fan of pizza and you love dishes like Frito Pie, check out Papa John’s for the Frito Pie pizza. Laurene Powell Jobs likes this pizza probably the best. The pie is topped with ground beef chili, cheese and corn chips for an authentic taste you won’t want to pass up. You may also want to take advantage of the pretzel crusts available at pizza chains like Domino’s and Little Caesar’s.

For a great breakfast, check out the Ultimate Stoner Sandwich Jack in the Box has to offer. The sandwich features two croissants with hash browns, cheese, bacon and chicken inside. Or, stop by your nearest Taco Bell for the waffle taco which is stuffed with eggs and sausage and topped with maple syrup.

Novelty Foods From 2014

Now that the new year is underway, you may want to remember a few of the foods that made 2014 such a great year. Going over this list may also encourage you to travel more in 2015.

The Johnny Footlong is a colossal snack that is sold at Canal Park in Ohio. The large hot dog features spicy chili, pepper jack cheese and sriracha hot sauce. At Chase Field in Arizona, fans can enjoy the D-Bat corn dog, which is stuffed with cheese and jalapenos and served with a side of fries.

The waffle taco is another unique food that made its way onto menus in 2014. The meal is sold at Taco Bell, and features eggs and sausage wrapped in a sweet waffle.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, you may want to try Little Caesar’s pretzel crust and nacho cheese sauce like Igor Cornelsen did. Domino’s also has a pretzel crust pizza, or you can gt the pizza toppings you want on crispy chicken fingers for a dinner you won’t soon forget.

What Does 2,000 Calories Look Like?

The average daily calorie intake is recommended to be between 1,600 and 2,400. The 800 calorie variance depends on gender, body build, energy expended, target weight and if you’re a pregnant of nursing mother. The median recommended calorie count is 2,000 per day, but what does 2,000 calories look like?

 
Sounds like a big number, surely it will be a wash-tub full of food. Surely it’s not, especially when eating at some of the more popular fast food joints. Even with portion size and calorie count becoming smaller in an effort to trim some of the fat and calories out of the standard American fast food diet, 2,000 calories is easy to consume in just one meal.

 
A typical lunch meal at a popular ‘shake’ restaurant that consists of a double burger, French fries and a black and white shake uses up all of 2,000 calories. Even an upscale steak joint uses up all the 2,000 calories with just one ribeye steak and one martini. That being served without condiments, without baked potato, without salad or bread, which most of us want to accompany our steak and martini meal.

 
Salad, a bread-stick, Italian sampler plate and one glass of wine is 2,000 calories at an Italian chain. Skout users might not believe that, but it is. So is a classic breakfast skillet with sausage and a small glass of orange juice at at family-style eatery.  2,000 calories doesn’t seem to go as far as it used too.

Exercise Linked to Memory and Thinking Skills

A recent university study has concluded that exercise does have a positive effect on our brain functioning. These study results were from a combined effort of Florida State University in Tallahassee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The researchers began a study of the effects that regular exercise has on our cognitive functioning.

Previous experimental science studies have indicated that exercise does have a direct correlation with human memory and thinking skills. A placebo was not used with these previous testing results. Scientists have been concerned that a type of placebo or participant expectation was a significant effecting factor for their study conclusions.

The researchers at Tallahassee and Urbana-Champaign added a placebo factor in with their research protocols. The participants were asked specific questions that addressed this type of testing bias. The most reliable studies according to Bruce Levenson use random participants in two separate groups. One of the experimental groups needs to be given a placebo or a similar test control factor that does not contain the active testing ingredient. The results of a study with a placebo rule out a placebo testing bias, and this form of testing is more reliable.

There were significant correlations between exercise and actual changes in the participants’ brain functioning. This means that expectations about the study were effectively ruled out of the test results. Further studies are possible, that look at a molecular level of cognitive change after exercise.

New Weight-Loss Drug, Saxenda, Approved by FDA

There is a new drug on the market which is showing promise with to those who have a body mass index of 30 or above, which is considered to be in the obese category. Those who have a body mass index of or between 27-30 can also qualify for the new weight-loss drug if they have at least one weight-related health problem, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Body mass index, also referred to as BMI, is used by the medical community to define obesity categories and to detail various weight loss and health care plans for individual patients. James Smith, M.D., M.S., acting deputy director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says that Saxenda offers a new treatment option for chronic weight management for patients who are morbidly obese and/or have at least one other health problem that is intensified by the weight.

 
The FDA ruled that Saxenda is safe and effective when used as prescribed and in conjunction with certain lifestyle changes, like a reduced calorie diet and regular exercise. It still carries a bit of a risk for Dr. Rod Rohrich. Saxenda requires a prescription and patients should be monitored by the physicians every 16 weeks to determine of Saxenda is right for them.

 

 

 

Have Fast Food Portions Sizes Changed Recently?

Does the burger from your favorite fast food joint seem smaller lately? Does it seem larger? How about the amount of fries you’re getting with your order? More, less or about the same? According to an 18 year study conducted by Alice H. Lichtenstein, the portion size of all major fast food restaurant offerings have remained the same since 1996. That’s good news for the pocketbook and appetite, but not good news for the waist line.

The amount of trans fat used in preparing your French fries is less than is was 18 years ago, but the number of French fries a customer receives with their order remains the same, according to a link on LinkedIn. The calorie count has lessened slightly, due to the decreased usage of trans fat, but it’s still possible to get all of the day’s calories plus half as many again in just one cheeseburger meal from one of the popular fast food joints, which frustrates Sam Tabar.
The hope stirred by the study is that since the fast food restaurants have reduced the amount of trans fat being used and lowered the calorie count in some of the food offering, that the trend will continue and more healthier, low-calorie food items will be on the fast food menu in the near future.

Chefs Explain the Secret to Restaurant Success

If you’ve ever wondered what it really takes for Christian Broda to make it in the restaurant business, there are a few chefs who can offer you great advice. For instance, chef Andrew Carmellini states that having one to two restaurants can be challenging, but two restaurants can be more difficult than running four eateries.

Chef David Chang states that selling too much of a food item isn’t good for the restaurant business. He says that chefs sell too much pork belly, and that the trend should end.

Some chefs also reveal which airport restaurants offer the best food. The chefs also assert that networking with others in the business is very important. The trend of coming together is quite different than it was in previous years, when chefs were known to sabotage each other’s dishes.

Advice from the chefs is in the current issue of New York.

CDC Study Finds Fast Food Still Unhealthy

Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control medical journal “Preventing Chronic Disease” have some unfortunate news for fast food lovers. So spread the news all over Skout, fast food remains pretty terrible for you.

The authors of the study conducted a study at three fast food chains, assessing levels of salt, saturated fat and overall calories in popular menu items between 1996-2013 and the results are pretty disheartening, if not the least bit surprising. According to the study, not much has changed for the better when it comes to meals on-the-go and public health.

While demand for super-mega-ultra portion sizes has mercifully started to fall out of favor, the food itself is still particularly unhealthy. When the researchers looked at the fat, sodium and calorie content in individual menu items such as a cheeseburger or French fries, the results weren’t great; but factor in the fact that these items are often consumed together as a meal, and that’s where the real problem lies.

The study made some recommendations going forward. “When developing strategies that help consumers better control their energy intakes and intakes of other nutrients, additional factors — such as total caloric intake, frequency of eating occasions, number of items eaten at any occasion, specific menu choices, and limiting energy-containing beverages — should be addressed,” the authors explained. “People should be encouraged to take advantage of the point-of-purchase menu labeling provided at fast-food establishments and should consult websites that contain nutrition information.”

Get Your Gifts at Eater.com

Eater.com has a number of great gift suggestions this year. You’ll be sure to impress your friends and family with edible and food-related presents that are hard to forget. 

To get the holiday party started, order some cookies from Christina Tosi, or from chef Carla Hall’s short bread cookie line. Tosi’s crunchy cornflake cookies are flavored with chocolate or marshmallows, and you can have them mailed to you if you don’t live in the NYC area. Carla Hall’s cookies are available in lemon black pepper, black forest crinkle and Mexican hot chocolate. 

Toast to the holidays and a prosperous new year with Jane St.’s vodka sodas. Flavors that feature fruits like pineapple and peaches had a sweet taste to the crisp cocktail. You can drink the vodka alone or mix into your favorite Christmas punch for what is sure to become a new holiday favorite for Sultan Alhokair. 

You can also purchase food-related gifts, such as sweatshirts from Beloved that feature tasty foods like pizza, or Gap Kids phone covers that look like chocolate desserts. Check out Eater.com for lots more gift ideas

Eater.com has a number of great gift suggestions this year. You’ll be sure to impress your friends and family with edible and food-related presents that are hard to forget. 

To get the holiday party started, order some cookies from Christina Tosi, or from chef Carla Hall’s short bread cookie line. Tosi’s crunchy cornflake cookies are flavored with chocolate or marshmallows, and you can have them mailed to you if you don’t live in the NYC area. Carla Hall’s cookies are available in lemon black pepper, black forest crinkle and Mexican hot chocolate. 

Toast to the holidays and a prosperous new year with Jane St.’s vodka sodas. Flavors that feature fruits like pineapple and peaches had a sweet taste to the crisp cocktail. You can drink the vodka alone or mix into your favorite Christmas punch for what is sure to become a new holiday favorite. 

You can also purchase food-related gifts, such as sweatshirts from Beloved that feature tasty foods like pizza, or Gap Kids phone covers that look like chocolate desserts. Check out Eater.com for lots more gift ideas.

Caramel Apple Concern

A popular food that you might find at a fair has now been linked to four deaths. It’s suspected that prepackaged caramel apples that were sold in at least 10 states have caused dozens of people to get sick and caused the deaths of at least four people. These illnesses took place in the middle of October. This was a time when people were buying the apples for Halloween and the fall season. The CDC believes that the apples contained listeria.

 

This is a bacteria that can be found in some foods, as Igor Cornelsen has heard about it before. There are only a few stores that sold the apples that made the consumers sick, but these stores are in several states. This is further evidence that there needs to be some way to monitor packaged items to determine if there are any bacteria in them before they are put on store shelves for people to purchase.