September 13th, 2010
11:00 PM ET
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September 13th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
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First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Restaurant Association on the role that restaurant meals play in the health of American children.

Key stats include:

– One-third of all meals today are eaten in restaurants.

– One in three children in this country is overweight or obese. Health consequences include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

– Research has shown that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out. And the meals they eat at restaurants have twice as many calories as the ones they eat at home.
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5@5 - Chef Amanda Freitag
September 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

It's five o'clock. We've all been there - your dogs are barking, eyes bleary and there's a serious rumble in the jungle. All you can think about is what you're going to do, and more importantly, gobble up, once you clock out and ditch the monkey suit. Even chefs like Amanda Freitag, who spend their days surrounded by food, have their post-shift cravings.

Freitag, the former executive chef of New York City's The Harrison, has worked under the notable tutelage of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Passard and Diane Forley. She is a frequent judge on Food Network's "Chopped" and is one of the judges for the five-week "Chopped Champions" series - airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. until September 28.

Five Favorite Foods to Eat When I Get Off Work at Night: Amanda Freitag
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September 13th, 2010
04:15 PM ET
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September 13th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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TLC’s new show that started September 5 shows people with a compulsion toward a particular food, meaning they eat only one item – like cheeseburgers, french fries or pizzas – all the time.

On the upcoming shows, a 29-year-old mother eats only french fries and a 34 year-old diabetic is addicted to cheeseburgers. In “Freaky Eaters,” psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow and nutrition specialist J.J. Virgin, intervene to figure out what compels the finicky eaters to obsess over the same food.

Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, the medical director for Child and Adolescent Services at the Eating Recovery Center, said he hasn’t heard much about this type of behavior in adults.

“Usually it’s a problem with children with extremely picky eating,” said Bermudez, a past president of the National Eating Disorders Association.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

Previously - Routine repasts: Do you eat the same thing every day?

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Blogger Spotlight: Two Peas and Their Pod
September 13th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Maria and Josh Lichty, Two Peas and Their Pod
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Twitter: @TwoPeasandPod
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Off-menu secrets exposed at Thai restaurants
September 13th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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Once known only among the inner-circle regulars of a few Thai restaurants in the United States, it's become apparent that America's so-called “secret Thai menus” are no longer all that secret.

Not only have Thai food enthusiasts become aware of an unadvertised list of dishes, deemed edible only to those weaned on regional Thai cuisines, they have also come to expect it. What was once accessible through a secret handshake or a knowing wink now proudly graces the restaurant menus, in English, for all to see.

Most of the these once off-limit items feature ingredients that the average non-Thai palate considers to be strange or downright intolerable.

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Lunchtime poll – sustainable food
September 13th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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In the interweb food writing world, we have this bad habit of bandying about words like "sustainable," "free-range," "pasteurized" and whatnot without actually stopping and explaining what they mean.

Earlier today, we reported that Whole Foods will be launching a sustainability-rating program for the wild-caught seafood they sell. Sounds like a dandy thing, right?

We ask, because we'd like to make sure we're serving up the most useful info we can. An empowered shopper is a healthier, happier, better-fed shopper - and that's something we'd love to sustain. Stay tuned for our sustainability primer.

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Box lunch
September 13th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • USDA sued over teenage mutant ninja beets. - Reuters



  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants grocery stores to inform shoppers about food recalls.– - New York Daily News


  • The French Laundry will offer BMW ActiveHybrid 7 sedans as part of the restaurant’s concierge service. - Bloomberg


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