Sugar in mixed drinks slows down effects of alcohol
February 5th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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Saving calories at the bar may not be a good thing.

Researchers gave college students vodka drinks with regular soda and with diet soda, and the diet soda group got more intoxicated, faster – about 20% more intoxicated than those who mixed regular soda with liquor, according to research published Tuesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Sugar in your mixed drink actually slows down the effects of alcohol, researchers say.
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Blogger Spotlight: Cooked Earth
February 5th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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We're highlighting local and regional bloggers 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.

Who: Mark Rinaldi, of CookedEarth
Where: Queens, New York
Twitter: @CookedEarth
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By the numbers, how has farming changed since 'So God Made a Farmer'?
February 5th, 2013
10:15 AM ET
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Ryan Goodman is a generational rancher from Arkansas with a degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, studying beef cattle management. Goodman is one of many farmers using social media to bridge the gap between farmers and urban customers. Follow his story daily at AgricultureProud.com or on Twitter and Facebook.

This week has been an exciting one for those discussing food and farming. Sunday's airing of RAM Truck's Super Bowl ad featuring the American farmer has had online communities buzzing about the images and characteristics that defined our farmers in 1978. Those traits and values still hold true today, despite what we often hear in mainstream media and reports from those who have a "beef" with modern farming.

Paul Harvey first recited "So God Made a Farmer" at the 1978 Future Farmers of America annual convention. A few things have changed in the three and a half decades since. My dad was in junior high (and still had a full head of hair). Since then, he has raised a few thousand cattle, has broken in a few new pickups, and harvested several crops of hay.

So how do things compare between 1978 and today?
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World Nutella day
February 5th, 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.

Spread the joy! February 5 is World Nutella Day.

I shudder to think of a time when chocolate-hazelnut spread on toast wasn’t an acceptable breakfast. We’ll call this period B.N. - or Before Nutella.

During World War II rationing, Italian pastry maker Pietro Ferrero turned to hazelnuts, which were naturally plentiful in Italy, to extend his cache of chocolate. Combined, the two ingredients became what we fondly refer to as Nutella, and breakfast hasn’t been the same way ever since.

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Coffee klatsch
February 5th, 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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