Paul Quinn College Bans Pork From Cafeteria

Paul Quinn College Bans Pork From Cafeteria

It’s not easy eating well in college.  Late night study sessions.  Binge drinking.  Ramen.  Paul Quinn College, in Texas of all places, is trying to help out their students by banning pork from the school cafeteria, arguing that eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and obesity.

College president, Michael Sorrel, told The Dallas Observer that his students are especially susceptible to these sorts of health problems (Paul Quinn College is historically a black college.)

‘The reality is that our student population comes from demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in underresourced community.’

Creating a pork-free cafeteria is the latest move to ‘improve the lives and health of our students’, according to a statement from the college.

‘We know there are many negative health consequences of consuming pork (eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity)….

 

From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.’

Pork, such as chops, bacon, and pork belly, are high in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Ham and lunch meat also carry their fair share of fat and calories, as well as nitrates and nitrites as preservative agents, both of which have been linked to cancer.

However, leaner cuts of pork, such as tenderloin, are less calorie dense than chicken and contain similar quantities of fat.

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban – Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban - Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco is one of the world’s largest food distributors.  Happily they’ve decided to join the other restaurants and organizations that have pledged to stop using pork from distributors who use gestation crates.

The Humane Society has applauded the move in a and included a statement from Sysco in their own:

Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals. We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

While no timeline has been established, Sysco has promised it would work with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates.  Sysco has joined the ranks of the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Safeway, and Hormel in disavowing the use of the crates.  Sysco earned $40 billion in sales last year and has 400,000 customers worldwide.

Slater’s 50/50 Unveils a 100% Ground Bacon Burger

Slater’s 50/50 Debuts a 100% Ground Bacon Burger

In New York Mayor Bloomberg has banned soft drinks over 16 ounces.  At the same moment Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 (named after its signature burger patty that blends 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon) has rolled out their new burger of the month.  It’s called the ‘Merica Burger.  It is made of 100% ground bacon.  That is not a typo.  It’s topped with bacon.  And an egg.  And “bacon island” (what a resort that sounds like) dressing.  Oh and the cheese is bacon cheddar cheese.

Slater’s 50/50 Debuts a 100% Ground Bacon BurgerIf you’d like to feel your arteries slam shut you need to get there before the end of July.  If you’re wondering what else this burger skunkworks has created, past months have included a Pulled Pork Burger, a Chorizo Burger, an Orange Chicken Burger, a Lamb Burger and a Chili Cheese Frito Burger.

Think of this as the Heart Attack Grille North.

Some Retro For Your Monday – Reddi-Bacon, Real Bacon That Cooks In Your Toaster

Some Retro For Your Monday - Reddi-Bacon, Real Bacon That Cooks In Your ToasterIt sounds like a good idea.  Hot bacon, ready in minutes, from your toaster.  Unfortunately this was also the decade that brought you Richard Nixon.  So things didn’t quite work out that well.  Reddi-Bacon was the idea of the makers of Reddi-Whip.  They promised hot crispy bacon without the trouble of “soiling a frying pan or the oven.”

Some Retro For Your Monday - Reddi-Bacon, Real Bacon That Cooks In Your Toaster

Not quite space age, the packaging would leak fat from its foil cooking packet, which I imagine could make for some exciting moments in the kitchen.  The bacon was pre-cooked, so we’re not talking bacon inferno.  But smoke and ruined toasters laid waste from leaky packaging were certainly a possibility.  Toaster bacon pulled from test markets before being unleashed on a peace loving public.

Some Retro For Your Monday - Reddi-Bacon, Real Bacon That Cooks In Your Toaster

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