Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. Family meals matter. HealthDay reports on a new meta-analysis study that found children who ate with their families tended to be less overweight (and, not coincidentally, less prone to eating disorders). Family meals were less calorie-dense and higher in fruits and vegetables.
2. Sugar up, America. New study: Americans eat 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. That works out to be .46 cups ― about 23 small peanut butter cookies, or about 26 ounces of Coke ― and 355 calories. In a side note, I couldn't resist clicking on the associated link on the UPI's website, and learning that 20 percent of all cats and dogs are now obese. Time to switch your chihuahua to diet soda, people.
3. Home cook gets fined. An amateur cook preparing food for a huge benefit dinner used the wrong eggs and made 45 people sick, so the government fined her AU$20,000. The reason for the steep fine: She charged the organization for materials, and so the government charged her as if she was operating a commercial enterprise. I know this happened in Australia, but it's awfully conceivable that the
same thing could occur in underground-market-happy San Francisco. One case like this could ruin the party for everyone else.
Last Note. Can anyone tell me what dandelion wine tastes like? Because, after reading this photo essay of the process on Punk Domestics, I want to know.