What exactly is in McDonald’s french fries?
July 17th, 2014
09:15 AM ET
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Potatoes
Mickey D's uses varieties like the Russet Burbank, which have a nice oval shape and just the right balance of starch and sugar. Excess sugar can cause a fry to have brown spots where it's over-caramelized, leaving a burnt taste and deviating from the uniform yellow-arches color. Just in case, the spuds are blanched after slicing, removing surplus sugar.

Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
Taters can turn a nasty hue even after they're fried—iron in the spud reacts with the potato's phenolic compounds, discoloring the tissue. The phosphate ions in SAPP trap the iron ions, stalling the reaction and keeping the potatoes nice and white throughout the process.
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Crumbs cupcake chain calls it a wrap
July 8th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
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That's the way the pricey cupcake crumbles.

Crumbs Bake Shops has closed its high-end cupcake stores after its stock was delisted by Nasdaq and it defaulted on about $14.3 million in financing.

Shares of Crumbs were as high as $3.49 in early 2013, but collapsed to 11 cents on June 30, its final day of trading. Employees were notified of the shutdown on Monday, according to published reports. The company had 165 full-time and 655 part-time employees as of the end of last year.

Read - Crumbs closes as cupcake craze cools off

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July 3rd, 2014
12:45 PM ET
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A San Francisco Burger King featured a rainbow wrapped "Proud Whopper" during the LGBT Pride celebrations. KPIX reports.
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July 2nd, 2014
04:00 PM ET
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Many Americans are trying to limit the amount of salt in their diets. They know that reducing sodium intake can help lower blood pressure and reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

But restaurants aren't making it easy to cut back, according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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Filed under: Fast Food • Health News • Salt


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