The costs of the rising rate of obesity in the U.S. for government, businesses and individuals are greater than previously estimated, and are spurring efforts to find solutions to the obesity epidemic. Research estimates that obesity-related absenteeism costs employers up to $6.4 billion a year, while "presenteeism" due to obesity comes in at about $30 billion a year. A study calculated $190 billion annually in additional medical spending as a result of obesity, higher than previous estimates.
University of Iowa researchers said becoming a parent doesn't prod adults to eat healthier but also doesn't have unfavorable effects on their diet. The study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found no changes in the intake of calories, fruits and vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages or fast food among people who became parents during the study period.
Chef Tom Colicchio walked the aisles of an A&P store in Elizabeth, N.J., and discussed how he would use products including jarred, marinated vegetables and cans of soup. For example, "If you want to feel like you're really cooking, buy a can of black-bean soup and a jar of chile peppers," he said. "Steam some clams open in water and garlic -- or white wine -- and mix in the black-bean soup and some of the chiles, and some cilantro. Whoa."
A Super Bowl menu is offered from chef Greg Hardesty, who will represent Indianapolis at the Taste of the NFL in Tampa Bay, Fla. He anchors the menu with sea trout crudo and also suggests black-bean tacos and shrimp-stuffed avocados. Recipes are included.
The introduction of cake mixes in the 1950s changed the way consumers looked at cakes. They became lighter, fluffier and lacked ingredients that supplied more texture. These recipes for orange-nut cake and date chocolate-chip cake forgo recent cake trends and are made with old-fashioned, pure ingredients.