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Fat Head » Of Mice And Men — Again

A really good read about recent dietary headlines!

I saw the scary headlines a couple of days ago. You probably did too. The one that caught my attention was this:

Diabetes expert warns paleo diet is dangerous and increases weight gain

Fat Head » Of Mice And Men — Again

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Le Cordon Bleu


Le Cordon Bleu announced it is closing all 16 of its culinary schools across the country.

Career Education Corporation—the for-profit parent company that owns the brand, announced Wednesday it will no longer enroll new students after Jan. 4, 2016, and will begin discontinuing operations.

Existing students will be able to finish their programs and all campuses are expected to remain open until September 2017, said a release from the company.

Le Cordon Bleu to close US schools

Well that will be a dark day for foodies!  Sad smile 

You will be missed, Le Cordon Bleu.

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Oh goodness – An entire day dedicated to the awesomeness that is chocolate cake!  You know I couldn’t let this one go past without notice.  Open-mouthed smile

If you need a recipe (hahaha you probably have a ton, too!), check out my Pinterest Board dedicated to cakes – probably half of them chocolate. 

Follow Vanessa’s board Recipes – Cakes on Pinterest.

or you can check out the recipes I have just waiting to be organized over on Memit, I have lots of chocolate cake recipes there too:

Vanessa’s Recipes Collection

Or maybe you have a chocolate cake recipe of your own?  That’s what the comments section is for!  Post the recipe or a link to one you’d like to share.  Smile 

Have a yummy day!

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[cross posted on my regular blog]


National Chocolate Cake Day – January 27


January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day. Although it is an unofficially recognized holiday, it is celebrated by chocolate lovers everywhere. If you are a chocolate lover then this is the day for you! You can bake a chocolate cake, buy one, eat it all yourself or share it with family and friends.

via January 27, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY | National Day Calendar.

Corn Syrup’s Mercury Surprise

Not sure how I even came across this article.  Probably reading a recipe or something.  The headline caught my eye.  Mercury?  In corn syrup?  Seriously?  That makes HFCS even worse than it already is.  Did you know your body can’t metabolize fructose?  (The F in HFCS)  Your liver doesn’t know what to do with it, it can’t send it to your muscles for energy, so it just dumps it directly into your fat cells.  Scary, huh?  Who knew fruit was actually bad for you?

Corn Syrup’s Mercury Surprise

By Melinda Wenner

If the specter of obesity and diabetes wasn’t enough to turn you off high- fructose corn syrup (HFCS), try this: New research suggests that the sweetener could be tainted with mercury, putting millions of children at risk for developmental problems.

Dufault sent HFCS samples from three manufacturers that used lye to labs at the University of California-Davis and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The labs found mercury in most of the samples. In September 2005, Dufault presented her findings to the FDA’s center for food safety. She was surprised by what happened next. “I was instructed not to do any more investigation,” she recalls.

At first, Dufault was reluctant to pursue the matter. But eventually, she became frustrated enough to try to publish the findings herself. She had her 20 original samples retested; mercury was found in nearly half of them.

But the FDA and the Corn Refiners Association, an industry trade group, claim there’s nothing to worry about.

via Corn Syrup’s Mercury Surprise – Citizens For Health.

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