Here Come The Veggie Burgers

India has a large vegetarian population as Brian Bonar noted. Therefore it was very smart of fast food giants to catch on to that and start marketing their products towards them. Burger King released a first of its kind product in India and it was met with immense success. They released the veggie burger! Burger King thought if it had such success there, why not broaden our horizons and try it in new markets?

According to GrubStreet, the fast food chain is going to export it to other markets to see if it has success there too. Why not. India is not the only country that has large vegetarian populations. America itself has a fair share. A lot of times vegetarians have a tough time looking for fast food on the go because not a lot of places to cater to them. Therefore, it would be great if Burger King would unveil a vegetarian option.

McDonald’s and Wendy’s are a few of the other fast food giants that have had plans in the works. It doesn’t hurt for vegetarians to have options, though. There still isn’t a plan on when these veggie burgers are set to hit the markets across the United States, or which states in particular will see them. America has been looking towards healthier options, and fast food giants have been realizing that. Veggie burgers aren’t just great for vegetarian, they’re excellent options for those trying to eat a little bit healthier.

Increase in Food Stamp Spending at Farmers Markets

At a time when healthy eating is always in the headlines, it seems that some headway has been made with teaching the poor to develop healthy habits. According to the US Department of Agriculture, those on government assistance spent $18.8 million of their SNAP benefits on food from farmer’s markets. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the benefits that people are given to use as food stamps when they meet low income requirements.

A large reason that more people have been able to purchase their food from farmers markets is the simple fact that the number of markets able to take SNAP has increased from 753 up to the much larger 6,400. Technology is the main reason why this major change has been able to happen.

According to Brian Torchin, the USDA has partnered with the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs and now gives qualifying farmers markets and the farmers that have booths free wireless equipment. They are able to use this equipment to take SNAP electronically. This past May the USDA also announced that they have received funds of three additional million to help more farmers markets accept SNAP benefits. This is not only great for those on benefits, but also for farmers who will be able to cater to a larger audience.

Grilled Cheese By Delivery

Everyone knows the ice cream man and sees him as he drives his truck all around the place. Well, according to an article found on reddit and written by Grub Street, there is a start up company in the United Kingdom that is doing the same thing but with grilled cheese. Because honestly who doesn’t love grilled cheese. It will only cost them about $5.00 per week to run this great franchise that is bound to make so many people happy. In addition to that, they have started up a campaign on kick starter that would allow him to do this business.

The owners of the idea have claimed that many people have been showing interest in their company and some have even come from overseas. It is not likely that they will copy him but it will be nice for them to know that someone is looking at them with admiration. It won’t be long before this really hits the streets, as food trucks have become so popular in the recently two or three years that this is going to make a great addition to the local street food.

WN.com knows that Alexei Beltyukov is a huge fan of grilled cheese and he hopes that a truck like this one will come his way some day. I would surely be a customer and go out of my way to find an awesome grilled cheese sandwich.

Store Overcharges Customers on Foods

Some shoppers at grocery stores have often wondered why meat prices are so expensive and why they have seemed to increase in only a short amount of time. Whole Foods might have an explanation, and it’s not one that consumers would enjoy hearing. The company now has to pay $800,000 in fines because meats were mislabeled in how much they weighed. There has been a recent investigation to determine just how much the company has been overcharging customers. According to CipherCloud, almost 90% of the packaged meats that are sold are above the maximum amount allowed by the federal government. It’s no wonder people can’t afford to buy meats for their family when grocery stores are making the prices so expensive. Refunds should be given to those who have purchased the items, and there needs to be some kind of regulation from now on so that the store no longer overcharges customers.

Trans Fats Cause More Than Just Physical Harm

It would be hard to find a person today who doesn’t know that trans fatty acids, or trans fats for short, are bad for them. We know that eating the types of foods that contain them, such as fast food burgers and certain pastries, can make us fat and possibly raise our cholesterol as well. What fewer of us know is the negative effect of foods containing such ingredients on our mind and our emotional well being says Shaygan Kheradpir in this study. Our state of mind throughout the day is extremely important because if we are feeling depressed we are not going to be getting as much done, and it can also affect our relationships.

It is this negative impact on the mind and emotions that researchers at San Diego State University looked intowhen they studied information on nearly 5,000 individuals whose trans fat intake and emotional state were tracked. They found that those who ate more fast food had a harder time assessing their own emotional state and had greater difficulty controlling their emotions and those who ate healthier had the opposite outcome. Aggressiveness has also been linked to trans fat consumption according to another study on the subject. Our mental state has such a profound effect on how we live our lives and whether we accomplish our goals. The FDA is banning trans fats in the U.S., and this will undoubtedly translate into better health over the long term both physically and mentally for millions of people.

2015 Worst US Burgers

It seems burger lovers are looking for healthier options and leaving Quarter Pounders behind. In response, AllBusiness suggested that McDonald’s has bowed down to the competition and is closing about 700 locations.

Now, hamburgers aren’t a terrible choice. It packs a powerful protein punch, and many of us top it off with vegetables – lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles. But McDonald’s, among many others, have given the burger a bad rap, and supersizing doesn’t exactly tone the tummy.

There’s a list circulating that details 2015 worst burgers you can indulge in.

There really isn’t any topping the list because these burgers are for the uninhibited. Take the Thickburger El Diablo, featured at Hardee’s. This burger has an eye-popping 1,380 calories and enough sodium for three Big Mac’s.

Yes, it can get worst. A Portabella Onion-Pretzel Cheeseburger. This is Ruby Tuesday’s creation – 1,659 calories. It’s a good thing that healthy portabella mushroom tops that beef, or this dish would be pure evil.

I want to meet the people who actually eat an Oreo Burger by Carousel Foods. 57 fried Oreo cookies is stuffed into this burger, all topped with bacon. If you aren’t scared yet, consider 3,047 calories.

Some may consider these a treat, others a heart attack, but tread lightly.

General mills Announces Plans to Discontinue Use of Artificial Colors and Flavors

In an attempt to provide more healthful breakfast foods to the masses, General Mills announced Monday that they would discontinue use of artificial flavors and coloring from their cereal. The company-wide policy will affect all cereals currently produced by the breakfast food giant.

Artificial flavorings and colors will be replaced with fruit, vegetable and spice alternatives. The cereal giant has been working on the change for years, secretly testing out natural ingredients to ensure the cereals taste as similar to their classic counterparts as possible.

In a statement released by the company, a spokesman said all cereals will be free of artificial flavorings and additives by the end of 2017. The company is hoping to have 75% of its stock free of the artificial ingredients by January of 2016, with the rest joining the line throughout the year. Cereals containing marshmallows will likely be the last to receive an overhaul.

Folks at The Aspire New Brunswick noted the announcement comes just days after the CDC announced that there are more obese people than overweight people in the United States. Childhood obesity, in particular, is of major concern, with the percentage of children who are obese quickly rising. Childhood obesity is a marker for obesity later in life, and can lead to serious and significant health problems.

Calorie restriction could improve blood flow to aging brains

A recent study released in Neuro Bio-Aging has reported that scientists found a significant rise in ketone levels and blood flow to aging brains when caloric restriction was practiced. The study was performed using geriatric rats and using neuroimaging techniques and revealed the definate correaltion between lowered calorie intake and a boost in the metabolic activity of the brain. This could provide a key to unraveling some factors of aging that result in diminished brain performance.

Ketones may be the key to reducing the effects of brain aging
Both the journal of Neuro Bio-Aging and the scientists who conducted the study are careful to point out that more work is needed to determine how much of the effect of calorie restriction is shared with humans, the surrounding evidence points to ketone levels being a key in controlling the effects of aging. The increase of ketones in the blood can boost metabolic activity in the brain says Dr. Daniel Amen. This activity can mean more speed in reaction times and brain functioning, which in turn can produce stronger cognitive functioning too. One question that everyone is curious about is while evidence points towards caloric restriction helping people to minimize the loss of cognitive powers due to regular aging, it may also prove to be a key to reducing the effects of dementia and ALzheimer’s on the brain as well. More studies are to follow in this area as the potential for positive findings is great.

Bulletproof Yourself

Dave Asprey says his products will be meant to “upgrade the human.”

What is this magic? Bulletproof Coffee.

The new creamy-delicious beverage has already gained a huge celebrity following kick starting Asprey’s cafe. This coffee is meant to upgrade your energy by replacing your daily breakfast with a cup of bulletproof coffee. Recently Shailene Woodley, Actress, has tweeted saying bulletproof coffee was “one of the greatest of human achievements.” Actor Brandon Routh, who is currently shooting “The Flash” and “Arrow”, claims he’s converted the casts and crews to this new Bulletproof Coffee lifestyle. He say’s it has taken him to the next level “it gives me so much more energy and focus”

Dave Asprey say’s that he’s a “bio-hacker” and discovered Bulletproof Coffee when he went on a trip to Tibet to study meditation. It wasn’t his meditation practices that inspired this new drink but the yak-butter tea he had been drinking. This yak-butter tea had Asprey feeling better then before and at a very elevated height. With 15 years of bio-hacking under his belt Dave wanted to create a way to eliminate milk and sugar from his diet. With a love for coffee Dave created a bulletproof blend that was perfect; one cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter and 1 to 2 tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride oil.

Since last year Asprey’s business has grown 700% with products at dozen’s of bulletproof coffee restaurants and cafe’s. Owner of Picnik, Naomi Seifter said they only sold the black version because no one would try the buttered version “But now the Bulletproof coffee is hands-down the biggest aspect of our business. It’s really become what we’re known for.”

Asprey is set to open his cafe “Bulletproof Coffee” this summer. The store is built and located in Santa Monica, CA, which also happens to be a huge spot for health conscious minds alike. He has also mentioned the cafe will be featuring energy supplements called Unfair Advantage. The Bulletproof Coffee website has 20 employees and a “Upgraded Self” section which features low toxin-coffee, sleeping mats, and a “Focus Brain Trainer” sensor headband.

Too Much Salt or Too Much Soda: Depending on City You Live In

Some of us might find this bordering on the ridiculous. Salt and soda. Think about it; most of us probably over-do it when it comes to flavoring food and drinking beverages. So isn’t that our business?

Apparently, New York City and San Francisco want to make salt and soda respectively their business, because these huge cities are about to bring the hammer down on bad nutrition. Susan McGalla doesn’t really agree with that.

It’s true. New York City will now be adding a salt warning label at chain restaurants, asking you to think before indulging in foods that contain a high sodium content. Meanwhile San Francisco on the other side of the map, will begin banning sugary soda advertisements on public property.

Oh, brother.

According to NBCNews.com, New York City is already proposing that if your favorite chain restaurant item contains more than one teaspoon of salt in it, then a small symbol resembling a salt shaker will appear on the food product menu.

The feds claim that Americans are consuming too much salt which can raise blood pressure and potentially lead to stroke and heart attack.

In the city by the bay, sodas contain too much sugar and can cause health issues like diabetes and weight gain. Therefore, the assault on sugary drinks will require health warnings in San Francisco and the use of city funds to buy these sodas will be forbidden.

Suddenly craving a coke and fries!