Food Porn Pays Off!

Milk Chocolate gets steeper. Soda and your health. Lessons from "Eat, Drink, Vote". Food Porn Pays Off.

November 7, 2013

MILK CHOCOLATE GETS STEEPER!

If milk chocolate is on your favorite treat list then you may be interested in this… the production cost of an average milk chocolate bar has surged by 25 percent over the last year! The cause is the growing demand in emerging markets and bad weather in cocoa-producing countries. So, chocolate fans listen up! As a result, U.S. retail prices for chocolate are up…7 percent!

SODA AND YOUR HEALTH

Recent analysis of data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that from 1999-2010 there was a decrease in the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (like soda) and parallel improvements in cholesterol and inflammatory biomarkers.  Now, this data shows a connection, not causation, but a connection worth noting.  For many health and nutrition advocates this data adds to the increasing body of evidence that, simply put, soda is bad for you!

One particular expert, Professor Marion Nestle from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, spoke to us recently about soda consumption and said "Sodas are a marker for unhealthy foods, but they are worth discouraging in their own right.  Think of them as candy in liquid form: sugars and water and nothing else of redeeming nutritional value.  When people ask me what to do to lose weight, my first suggestion is to cut out sugary drinks."

 

LESSONS FROM "EAT, DRINK, VOTE"

We also spoke to Dr. Marion Nestle, about her new book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics. In it, she touches on a wide range of food issues from farm subsidies to obesity, genetically modified foods and trans fats and does so using food-related cartoons. She says, 'Cartoonists are able to convey complicated concepts along with an opinion in just a few lines." 

Like, for example, this one... I love how it pokes fun at Americans' food waste and highlights the obesity epidemic.

Or this one: Parents, I know how easy it is to give in to your kids (especially when they're loud and screaming) but this cartoon demonstrates just how silly that concept is.

And then there's this cartoon which makes fun of the food guide pyramid issued by the Bush Administration in 2005.  That pyramid replaced the one published in 1992 but ignored everything that was good about the older one.  It doesn’t even show food! Dr. Nestle uses it regularly in talks about political influences on government dietary advice.   

And finally,  Dr. Nestle has argued for years that the food environment—the heavy marketing of junk food in large portions—makes it difficult or impossible for people to make healthful food choices, even when they want to, a concept that's not easy to illustrate, but this cartoon nails it.

FOOD PORN PAYS OFF

We've all seen it, and we've probably all done it…you're out for dinner, your meal arrives and it looks so good that before you take your first bite, you can't help yourself… you have to take a photo, and then share it with everyone! It's Food Porn!  The craze has been around for a while but now it's looking like it might pay off.

Enter "Photopon"  a new app that lets you take your scrumptious food photos and make them into location-based coupons.  Participating locations present a number of coupon templates, like $25 off an entree or $1 beers.  Users choose a coupon, take their own photo, and share the custom version through the app or via email, text message, or social networking sites.  Recipients can use the coupon at their leisure, or creators can redeem them as well. Creators also receive loyalty rewards and kickbacks.

 The app sources deals from individual businesses, as well as aggregators like 8coupons, but for now many of the participating businesses are large chains like Olive Garden or Chilis.  Food porn fanatics may be more interested in unique foods rather than chain restaurants, but there's no doubt it's a smart app idea, we'll see if it pays off.

That’s all for this week’s edition of Food News Today.  Don’t forget to check out our website at SupermarketGuru dot com or send us a message on Facebook and twitter! Food News Today is sponsored by Con Agra Foods, who shares with me the desire to provide the most current, interesting and unbiased food news.

 

 

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