Alexandra Clark is bringing artisan chocolate to Detroit with her new shop, Bon Bon Bon, in Hamtramck, which opened earlier this month. She offers 45 flavors of chocolate including Better Butter Crunch, a milk chocolate made with Better Made potato chips; Pain Au Chocolate, a dark chocolate featuring Avalon Bakery bread crumbs; and a paczki chocolate that incorporates fried dough ganache.
The Girl Scouts this year launched a pilot program to have some councils sell gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Stewart Goodbody of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. said the organization asked a company that makes its cookies to consider a gluten-free one because of the many food allergies affecting children and adults. The gluten-free cookies are made with rice and tapioca flour.
More fresh, local fruits and vegetables are being added to lunchroom menus at thousands of schools across the U.S. in a bid to curb rising obesity rates and promote healthier eating habits. Fifteen school systems are working with the Department of Agriculture to strengthen the farm-to-school programs.
U.S. and British researchers who reviewed study data said diet and exercise should be the first choice in treating obese children, while weight-loss surgery should be a last resort due to the potential risks and the lack of evidence for long-term safety and efficacy. They also said drug treatment should be used rarely and only among the most severely obese.
IBM is starting a multiyear research initiative that seeks to find ways to boost human health by integrating and analyzing information from various sources to simulate cause-and-effect relationships. Called SPLASH, the project initially will consolidate and examine data to simulate the impact of exercise and eating habits, socio-economic status, and other factors on childhood obesity.