Calorie bombs away! The worst chain restaurant dishes are...
January 16th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
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Shrimp pasta, steak and eggs, maybe a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.

Sound good?

Those dishes, as prepared by restaurant chains, may look and taste good, but they're loaded with calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar - enough to earn them the dubious distinction of being named Xtreme Eating "dis-honorees" on this year's list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI.

For the last six years, the CSPI has released Xtreme Eating Awards winners in its Nutrition Action Healthletter.

But "we think this year that this is the worst of some of the worst," said Jayne Hurley, CSPI senior nutritionist. "They top the list for being extremely high in calories, saturated fat and salt or sugar."
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Horse DNA found in burgers in Britain and Ireland ... and they're off
January 16th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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The discovery of horse DNA in hamburgers on sale at supermarkets in Ireland and Britain is testing the appetite of meat lovers there.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said Tuesday that 10 out of 27 hamburger products it analyzed in a study were found to contain horse DNA, and 23 of them tested positive for pig DNA.

The horse-tainted burgers, on sale at several different supermarket chains, came from two meat processing plants in Ireland and one in Britain, the Irish authority said.
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National Fig Newton day
January 16th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Cheers to the cookie that thinks it's a fruit! January 16 is National Fig Newton Day.

When you open a package of Fig Newtons (or Newtons as they're now called), you might take it for fact that the little fruit rolls are a modern American invention. You’d be wrong.

The fig roll is actually an Egyptian pastry. Figs were highly prized in the days of explorers and were often regarded with great reverence. The Egyptians realized that by baking the figs in a simple flour pastry they’d stay preserved for longer.
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Coffee klatsch
January 16th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.
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