Cinnamon, Sandwiches, and Chardonnay

I try to read about food and nutrition whenever I can. Although, I sometimes come across those stories by accident. But here are some of the more interesting ones I’ve read this week.

Breakfast at Your Desk: The Spice You Should Try to Eat at Breakfast —  Apparently we should eat a lot of cinnamon to stop from binging on a mid morning pastry. The Glamour blog post reads “cinnamon may help you avoid the mid-morning jitters by keeping your blood sugar in check and reducing your chances of overeating.”

Ben Ali Obit: Bel Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl in D.C. passed away this week. The Washington D.C. restaurant is almost as much as an institution as the Washington Monument. (Though I confess I’ve never actually eaten there. Maybe I should go on my upcoming D.C. trip). The restaurant was one of the only places to stay open in the U Street area during the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the reasons: Stokely Carmichael, leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was using it as a meeting place.

The Food of the G20: As a Pittsburgh native, I still read the Post-Gazette pretty often and heard plenty of stories about how the G20 was affecting downtown. But here’s an unexpected story. What did the people eat there? And who was the chef?

Top 6 Chardonnays by Bon Appetit: I really like chardonnay. Enough said.

Health Food Crisis: The foods that are the best for us may also be the worst, according to a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Leafy greens, potatoes, and tuna are just a few of the foods that are among the most likely to be contaminated. The report is available here.

Do You Really Want to Know What’s in That?:  A study by the journal Health Affairs found that even when the calories are posted on a fast food menu, people don’t seem to care. Really? A whopper and fries are 1150 calories compared to a grilled chicken sandwich and fries which are 970.

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