Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tearful Tuesday: Pour Some Sugar on Me

Come to think of it, tears are hot and salty. Sugar will just dissolve.

"FDA targets added sugars; New food label sets limit at 10% of total calories" by Roni Caryn Rabin New York Times   November 10, 2015

NEW YORK — It’s official: The Food and Drug Administration is recommending a daily cap on sugar for the first time.

They advise one less can of Coke, no kidding!

Caloric sweeteners like sugar, honey, and high-fructose corn syrup are found in obvious places like sodas, cookies, and candy — but they are also lurking in foods with health appeal, like low-fat yogurt, granola, and whole-grain breads, as well as in ketchup, pasta sauce, canned fruit, and prepared soups, salad dressings, and marinades.

“There is a lot of hidden sugar in our food supply.” 

Yeah, no kidding!

We are a society awash in corporate sugar, and it has always been a profitable crop as well as creating addicted con$umers.


That is somehow new knowledge, or does it just come with the official seal of approval and thus is now ripe for belief? 

You know, the sweets destroyed my appetite for lunch. Good thing, too.

"Boston to assign restaurants letter grades" by Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff  November 09, 2015

Early next year, diners in Boston will get a new tool to learn how clean a restaurant is — a city-issued letter grade rating the establishment’s food safety practices.

For the first year of the new initiative, a letter grade — either an A, B, or C — would be posted online only.

Like the color-coded terror warnings. Risk of stomach pain and illness, highly probable. 

So when is the first lawsuit?

But if the rollout goes smoothly, the grades would be displayed in storefront windows of every restaurant in Boston, resembling the systems that New York, Los Angeles, and other cities have been using since as early as the late 1990s.

When a restaurant gets a low grade (C would be the lowest), inspectors would return within 30 days to reinspect, city officials said. If the violations are corrected, the city would bump up the grade accordingly. If the issues remain, the grade would stand until the next routine inspection.

“We want to make it as simple as we can for people to understand the health conditions at our restaurants,” William Christopher, head of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, which will oversee the program, said Monday.

Ratings will be assigned to all of the city’s roughly 3,000 food establishments, including restaurants, food trucks, cafeterias, and other food vendors.

In May, the Globe reported that city inspectors in 2014 had found serious health code violations at nearly half of Boston’s food-service establishments and vendors....

I could probably find a link or two, but I don't like the menu. 

“It’s good to know what you’re getting into before you walk in to eat,” but just to be on the safe side I wouldn't eat in Boston even if the Globe picked up the check. 


Grab some of those sugar packets on the way out, will ya'?