It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the Web. Here are a few food-related items that I thought might interest you.

“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” has been picked up for a second season by ABC, or should I say like Jamie would say, a second series. This time he’s headed for Los Angeles.

 

‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ (named ‘Jamie’s American Food Revolution’ in the UK), has been given a second series by US network ABC after impressive ratings followed by an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Series last month.

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We read that portion/serving sizes for prepared foods are often much smaller than what the average person eats, but we don’t often see that fact. Fooducate has Four Graphic Examples of Portion Distortion. You can see, for example, how much of a Starbucks chocolate chip cookie equals one portion and then see how big the cookie actually is.

One of the most important pieces of information in a nutrition label is the serving size. Many people look at the calorie count, and are happy to see low numbers. But what they don’t notice is that they are consuming twice or more than the stated serving size. Which means twice the calories, twice the fat and sodium, etc.. (but on the bright side — also twice the minerals & vitamins.

 

There are some funny examples of products with ridiculously small serving sizes, for example “11 chips” for potato chips, or “2 cookies” for Oreos. These don’t make sense, because nobody eats so little. So why are these serving sizes used?

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Here’s a little something for those who like to know what’s going on in the beer world. 200-year-old beer was found in a shipwreck, and it’s considered drinkable.

First there was the discovery of dozens of bottles of 200-year-old Champagne, but now salvage divers have recovered what they believe to be the world's oldest beer, taking advertisers' notion of 'drinkability' to another level.
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Finally, something I consider very good news that was reported earlier this week on MNN. Researchers are finding that wine (okay, all alcohol, but it’s the wine that’s good news for me) may prolong your life.

A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.
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Enjoy your holiday weekend!

 

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