The combination of a preference for sweets and a high sensitivity to bitter tastes means a higher likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome compared with those who have only one of those attributes, a study in the Journal of Food Science says. Researchers said gaining knowledge on the effects of bitter and sweet preferences on food choices may improve prevention efforts.
Companies can make the most of social media by being memorable, engaging with their fans and referencing cultural events, Lindsay LaVine writes. For example, the frozen yogurt brand Red Mango was able to generate social buzz by creating a flavor called Honey Badger, named after a viral YouTube video.
"Portionality" is one of the themes put forward by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in a position paper, and registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil writes that it translates into eating a variety of foods in moderate portions and trying to make healthy choices. RD Sharon Palmer says people are changing how they categorize foods, such as nuts, as they see the health benefits rather than just thinking of them as being fattening.
Chocolate was not combined with sugar until the 1500s, and it remains a traditional ingredient in savory dishes including moles and stews. Several savory dishes made with chocolate are given here, including barbecued chicken, pork tenderloin and a mashed acorn squash.
General Mills is reintroducing its Chex cereal and party mix with a print and online campaign that offers "5 recipes, 15 minutes and lots of wows." It will hold an online contest for the best Chex-based party mix recipe.