Food News Today for June 21st, 2014

Juice vs. Soda. Is there a winner? Crazy ice cream flavors.

June 21, 2014

Unless you've been living under a rock the past few years, it should come as no surprise to you that soda is loaded up with sugar. And for most is us, we're also aware that fruit juices aren't so good for us either. Now, a recent study is serving to remind us one more time, that just because it's got fruit in it, doesn't mean it's good for you!
This new study, published online in the journal, Nutrition, study shows that on average fruit juice has a fructose concentration of about 45.5 grams per liter, only a bit less than the average of 50 grams per liter for sodas.
The sweetest juice is Minute Maid 100 percent apple, with nearly 66 grams of fructose per liter. That's more than the 62.5 grams per liter in Coca-Cola and the 61 grams per liter in Dr. Pepper.
Lead author of the study, Michael Goran is director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the University of Southern California. His focus was to measure  the fructose, specifically, in juices and sodas because of a growing body of evidence suggesting fructose is a riskier substance than glucose.  He notes that fructose from whole fruit is different because in whole fruit it comes with fiber, which slows down and reduces the absorption of the sugar in the body.
So… should we stop drinking juice altogether?  You can check the nutrition labels of juices to check for sugar content, but remember but remember "sugars" on the label can include sucrose, which is a combination of glucose and fructose; lactose and other variations. Goran's suggestion? Always dilute the juice you get from a store with 50% water.

Summer is here and ice cream season has officially begun. If you're looking for a slightly different sweet treat to cool you down check out some of these crazy ice cream flavors found by the Huffington Post:
In Venezuela you can get Spaghetti and Cheese! And it's actually made from
real spaghetti and cheese!  This is one of more than 1,000 flavors offered at a local Venezuelan shop that holds the Guinness Book of Records for the largest selection of ice cream flavors in the world - other flavors you may…or may not want to try there…  tuna, hot dog, and Diet Coke.
We love hummus, but really not sure about hummus ice-cream! You can get this popular savory flavor at  Legenda Ice Cream in Israel. This hummus ice cream contains ground chickpeas, tahini, vanilla, and sugar. According to the Huffington Post, the result is a sweet take on hummus that tastes similar to halva, a dessert of tahini and honey.
And finally…anyone for some salty fish tasting ice-cream?! Bacalao, which is salty cod, is more generally known as an ingredient in Puerto Rican stews. But in the small town in Puerto Rico, it’s also a popular ice cream flavor!  

Any of these sound appealing to you? What's the weirdest ice cream you've ever tried? Let me know on Facebook, twitter or on our website at Supermarket

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