Weekly Roundup: 12.11.10

11 12 2010

Happy Saturday, Friends!

Here are some articles I found interesting across the blogosphere/Internet this week. Meet you back here on Monday!


  • Menu Mondays – Fast Food Burgers & FriesEating Rules. I  have been known to beat the drum often and loudly about how there is too much sodium in most restaurant and packaged foods. The RDA for sodium is 2400mg per day, and this really in-depth look at fast food burgers and fries shows just how easily you can meet that number in one meal out if you’re not careful. Surprisingly, McD’s has some of the better numbers in this area (though they are still not “good.”)
  • Helping Ingredients Step out of Their Comfort ZonesNew York Times. A look into the advertising angle of influencing your ingredient choices. While I will gladly put sweet potatoes in brownie batter, you will never, ever, ever catch me putting Velveeta into a brownie!
  • What is Expeller Pressed Oil and Why Does it Matter?Fooducate. Link roundups are great. I never would have seen this one without Casual Kitchen’s link roundup. If you have ever wondered the difference between expeller-pressed, cold-pressed, and non-pressed oils, this article will help sort it all out for you. I had no idea that non-pressed oils use a chemical solvent to extract the oil. Ew.
  • General Mills steps down sugar in kids’ cerealsYahoo! News. It is nice to to see General Mills taking a step in the right direction when it comes to added sugar in kids’ cereals. (There is still a long way to go, but this is a start!)



5 responses

11 12 2010

Just found your blog through a google search looking for reviews of the minestrone soup from Rachael Ray’s new book and just read through all of your past recipes–I really love the test kitchen Tuesday articles and I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog!

12 12 2010

Hi Joanna, thank you so much for your nice comment! I hope to see you around here more in the future!

15 12 2010
Andrew @ Eating Rules

Hi Angela –

Glad you liked my fast food burger comparison, and I appreciate the shout-out! Thanks! 🙂

I had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory yesterday. Reading through their nutrition information, I’m estimating that about 90% of their dishes (including appetizers) have over 1,000 mg of sodium. No exaggeration: Almost every dish had a 4-digit number for sodium (and calories, amazingly). Even some of the desserts! Never ceases to amaze me…

Thanks again,

15 12 2010

Hi Andrew,

I absolutely love your blog. 🙂 Thanks for all you do! And, I totally believe that about the Cheesecake Factory. Though, it is surprising that even the desserts have that much sodium – you wouldn’t think necessarily expect it there!

Thanks for stopping by my little place on the web!

15 12 2010
Andrew @ Eating Rules

Shucks, you’re too kind.

We actually looked up the Black-Out Cake in the nutrition info — it had about 1,400mg of sodium (if I remember correctly; it was somewhere in the mid-teens). It’s almost laughable. Almost…

Keep up the good fight! 🙂

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