Archive for the ‘Breakfast & Fast Food Blogs’ Category

Brand Eating


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Brand Eating is a daily fast food (fast casual, quick serve, whatever you want to call it) news, culture, and review blog written with everyday people in mind.

There might be an occasional local fast food review thrown in, but for the most part, I try to keep readers up to date on the newest items coming to market (and how they taste!), the current deals to save you some money, and some of the neater bits of the fast food world, including regular coverage of dishes that some of your favorite brands are offering exclusively abroad. [Read more]

Eat breakfast to avoid diabetes and more

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Nutritional guidelines recommend a healthy breakfast for everyone and now there is study evidence proving that there is a direct correlation between developing type II diabetes and skipping breakfast. Researchers in study findings write: “Overall, our findings show an inverse relation between increasing breakfast frequency and T2D (type II diabetes), probably mediated by BMI (body mass index).”

These researchers looked at thousands of study participants who did not have type II diabetes at the start of a 20 year study and found that eating breakfast decreased the chance of developing type II diabetes mellitus by 31 percent and that breakfast eaters also gained less weight in their body mass index. Those with higher diet quality had lower incidences of type II diabetes leading researchers to the conclusion, that the higher the quality of breakfast, the better the results overall, but also found that frequency of eating breakfast helped more than just the quality of breakfast.

The CARDIA study

The name of the study led by Andrew Odegaard, PhD, is the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. CARDIA is a longitudinal study of 5115 black and white women between the ages of 18 and 30 years who were initially examined in 1985 and reexamined at years 2, 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20. CARDIA was presented at a poster session at the 2012 American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions. Data collected included a number of cardiac risk factors, including smoking, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as behavioral and psychological data and a dietary history questionnaire that recorded dietary caloric intake and breakfast frequency.

Skipping breakfast causes weight gain!

Researchers have consistently found that when people skip breakfast to “lose weight” that it is more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss; and skipping breakfast is actually strongly linked to the development of obesity. Studies find that obese children, adolescents, and adults are less likely to eat breakfast every morning than their thinner counterparts.

Skipping meals, and especially skipping breakfast, makes weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat even more food at the next meal than normal and nibble on high-calorie snacks to curb hunger pangs. People actually accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than people who eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. Teenagers often skip out on breakfast thinking that they are cutting down on calories to lose weight.

• Kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often than children who eat a regular breakfast
• Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities
• Kids who eat breakfast have lower blood cholesterol levels
• Kids who eat breakfast make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints

Breakfast provides adults, teens and children with the energy needed for improved memory, concentration, productivity, attention, creativity, mood, behaviors and academic performance.

Never too late to start

The CARDIA study found that for each additional week of breakfast intake, there was a five percent decrease in risk of developing type II diabetes until maximum potential was reached. You will never save on time, calories or even sleep quality by skipping breakfast. Breakfast is much more valuable than the few extra minutes of sleep you might get by skipping breakfast in the morning. The benefit of morning alertness alone makes breakfast a worthy investment. The little extra effort spent pays great dividends in health and mental well-being. It’s important for us as responsible parents to set the example, reinforce the habit and educate ourselves and our children about the importance of breakfast.

What About Second Breakfast?

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Boston Globe journalist by night, food blogger and writer by day.  I started this blog back in 2008 when a former coworker and I frequently swapped recipes and cooking/baking updates, and then she started a blog that I admired.  She encouraged me to do the same.

You’ve probably gathered from my blog’s title that I’m a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien.  I also love the Game of Thrones series, Jane Austen, and the Brontes, and I’m always on the lookout for interesting contemporary reads.  I live in the Boston area with Joe and our cat, Shnooky, and we’re all New York natives. Our other cat, Gandy the Grey, is the first Massachusetts native in our family. [Read more]

Why Skipping Breakfast Increases Appeal Of High Calorie Foods


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Scientists presenting a new study at a conference this week suggest the reason skipping breakfast makes high calorie food more appealing later in the day is because our brain circuits may be primed toward seeking it when fasting.

Lead author of the study, Tony Goldstone of Imperial College London in the UK, and colleagues, compared people’s MRI brain scans and their eating patterns, both after breakfast and when they skipped it.

They presented their findings at Neuroscience 2012 in New Orleans on Wednesday. Goldstone, who is from Imperial’s MRC Clinical Science Centre, told the press:

“Through both the participants’ MRI results and observations of how much they ate at lunch, we found ample evidence that fasting made people hungrier, and increased the appeal of high-calorie foods and the amount people ate.”

For their study, the team took several functional magnetic resonance images (fMRIs) of 21 normal-weight volunteers who were asked not to have any breakfast when they arrived in the test centre on the mornings of their visits.

After an initial visit, some days the participants ate a large 750-calorie breakfast about one and a half hours before undergoing scans, while on other days they underwent scanning without receiving a breakfast beforehand. They were served lunch after the scans each time, and the scientists observed how much they ate.

On each occasion, participants were also asked to rate the appeal of pictures of high-calorie and low-calorie foods while they underwent brain scanning. They were also asked to rate the appeal of household objects as a control.

The results showed that skipping breakfast increased hunger, appeal of high-calorie foods and food intake at lunch after scanning.

When they compared the brain scans of the breakfast eating and the breakfast skipping visits, the researchers noticed different patterns of activity in the orbitofrontal cortex. This area is situated just above the eyes and influences judgements about pleasantness and reward value of food.

On the days the participants skipped breakfast, this area was more active when they looked at pictures of high-calorie foods than on the day they had breakfast.

The study suggests the orbitofrontal cortex plays a key role in making food choices. The researchers say their findings add weight to previous studies that have suggested fasting is not a good way to lose weight: it appears to “bias” the brain toward seeking out high-calorie foods.

They said it was possible, through looking at the MRI scans, to predict which individuals were “primed” to respond more strongly to high-calorie food.

Funds from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the European Union Marie Curie Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and the National Institute for Health Research helped finance the study.


Oregon Hamburger Review

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They love a good hamburger and regularly keep a top 10 list. It can’t be just any old hamburger, however. It must come from what I call a burger joint. That means no fast food (except In-N-Out, and there aren’t even any In-N-Outs in Oregon…yet), no chains, and preferably a local one store burger joint.

This is a blog from Burger Meister who is stepping up to the plate for Oregon Hamburgers!  While this burger is a home cooked burger and not from a burger joint, any burger lover and member of this blog could very well contact burger meister through this site and perhaps sample this unique beauty![Read more]

So Good

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So Good isn’t your typical food blog or website. It takes a keen interest in observing how food companies market and advertise products while offering up intriguing Would You Rather? questions, food based Rants and the ever popular Meat Madness, Fast Food Bracket and Snack Madness. So Good is perhaps best known for breaking the Papa John’s “Crybaby” story. That story, along with several other national stories, has lead to widespread Media Coverage of So Good. [Read more]

Fast food: 5 ways to healthier meals

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These five tips can help you make wise meal choices when going to a fast-food restaurant.

Can fast food be part of a weight-loss or healthy diet plan? You might not think so. In fact, you might even think that you can’t have a meal that’s both quick and healthy.

But this isn’t necessarily so. An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet plan. The key is to choose wisely when ordering fast food.

  1. Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass hamburgers with two or three beef patties, which can pack more than 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. Choose instead a regular- or children’s-sized hamburger, which has about 250 to 300 calories. And skip the large serving of french fries or onion rings and ask for a small serving instead. This switch alone saves 200 to 300 calories.
  2. Choose a healthier side dish. Take advantage of the healthy side dishes offered at many fast-food restaurants. For example, instead of french fries choose a side salad with low-fat dressing or a baked potato. Or add a fruit bowl or a fruit and yogurt option to your meal. Other healthy choices include apple or orange slices, corn on the cob, steamed rice, or baked potato chips.
  3. Go for the greens. Choose an entree salad with grilled chicken, shrimp or vegetables with fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side, rather than regular salad dressing, which can have 100 to 200 calories a packet. Watch out for high-calorie salads, such as those with deep-fried shells or those topped with breaded chicken or other fried toppings. Also skip extras, such as cheese, bacon bits and croutons, which quickly increase your calorie count. If you forgo the dressing, you can find salads for around 300 calories at most fast-food chains. Some examples include McDonald’s Southwest Salad, Burger King’s Chicken Garden Salad and Wendy’s Chicken Caesar Salad.
  4. Opt for grilled items. Fried and breaded foods, such as crispy chicken sandwiches and breaded fish fillets, are high in fat and calories. Select grilled or roasted lean meats — such as turkey or chicken breast, lean ham, or lean roast beef.
  5. Watch what you drink. Many beverages are high in calories. For example, a large regular soda (32 ounces, or 908 grams) has about 300 calories. Instead, order diet soda, water, unsweetened iced tea, sparkling water or mineral water. Also, skip the shakes and other ice-cream drinks. Large shakes can contain more than 800 calories and all of your saturated fat allotment for the day.

Have it your way

You can eat healthy away from home, even at fast-food restaurants. Don’t settle for what comes with your sandwich or meal. Ask for healthier options and substitutions. For example, ask for reduced-fat mayonnaise or mustard on your sandwich. Or at a fast-food Mexican restaurant, request salsa instead of cheese sauce. And remember to keep your eye on portion sizes.

Junk Food Blog

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Tired of eating soy-cheese? Wondering why you starve yourself all morning only to replenish yourself with carrot sticks? Then you need to bookmark Junk Food Blog! Junk Food Blog reports on the newest junk food hitting the market, giving you plenty of options to satisfy your lust for fat, sugar, salt, and alcohol (you know, the stuff you really want). [Read more]

Simply Breakfast

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There is Jennifer’ blog. She is a food and lifestyle photographer living in Brooklyn, NY.  She grew up in the South eating grits and biscuits. Breakfast is her favorite meal and coffee is her favorite way to start the day. She keep this blog as a way to add a bit of creativity to hers everyday and to keep hers shooting photos just for fun. Sitting down to a meal in the morning helps hers to be present and allows hers to think and to set intentions for the day ahead. [Read more]