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.

Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald’s, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman’s Recalled Over Listeria Contamination Risk

Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald's, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman's Recalled Over Listeria Contamination RiskSliced apples distributed to fast-food and grocery chains across the country are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.  There have been no reported illnesses, however Listeria was discovered on processing equipment used by Missa Bay LLC, a division of Ready Pac Foods of New Jersey.

Among the items recalled were apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King in some states packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman’s grocery chains, and various apple and fruit snacks with “Ready Pac” labels or “Safeway Farms” labels.  Items recalled have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20.  Any items within the effected date should be discarded.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.  Listeria is especially harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to miscarriages.

Competitive Eater Furious Pete Takes The Michael Phelps Dietary Challenge – 12,000 Calories In One Sitting

Competitive Eater Furious Pete Takes The Michael Phelps Dietary Challenge - 12,000 Calories In One Sitting

You’ve no doubt noticed that the Olympics are currently on, even if the coverage is horribly delayed on our US airwaves.  You may have also noticed that Michael Phelps has won an awful lot of medals.  During an interview he revealed that his training diet consists of 12,000+ calories per day.  That’s the better part of a weeks worth of food for most of us.  He packs that into 24 hours.  Furious Pete is a competitive eater.  He saw that as a challenge.  If only competitive eater were an Olympic sport.

So then, this is one man – eating 12,300 calories in one half hour sitting.  It’s been edited down to a few minutes – you can imagine watching someone eating for half an hour would be about as entertaining as a spinal tap.  Check out the video below.

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This Is Just Nacho Day – Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

This Is Just Nacho Day - Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

I Am Norovirus

Last week Margarita’s Restaurant in Holland Michigan sickened at least 200 people with Norovirus infections.  The outbreak started on Thursday of last week and by the end of this week the illnesses had been linked to the restaurant.

Symptoms of Norovirus infection, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low-grade fever and chills usually appear about 24-48 hours after exposure and last a day or two.
Lauren Mast shared her story with MLive:


“The food tasted really good – I didn’t think anything was wrong with the food,” Mast said. …


“I’m not mad about it. I don’t blame it on them,” she said of the restaurant. “They probably just forgot to wash their hands or something.”

Local ABC affiliate WZZM 13 spoke with owner Alonzo Salinas, who said the restaurant remained closed last weekend for a thorough cleaning:

“It’s very emotionally draining just because we’re a family owned, family operated restaurant that has worked really hard at gaining the respect of our community,” said owner Alonzo Salinas. “My hopes would be that we could still continue to maintain that integrity of being one of the best Mexican restaurants here in Holland.”

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

100 Meter Sprinter

It’s time for the Olympics.  In that vein, stylist Sarah Parker and photographer Michael Bodiam, have put together a short series depicting the typical meal for several types of athletes.  Or at least those suggested by Olympian nutritionist Dan Benardo.  Each 2000 plus calorie meal has been recreated in tiny format – each component meticulously arranged.

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo


The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

Hammer Thrower

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo


Infographic Of The Day – Americans Are Fat

Here’s a surprise.  Americans eat too much.  Giant portions, giant sodas, and giant asses.  This new infographic tries to put all that in perspective.  Comparing U.S. serving sizes from today with those of 20 years ago is fairly revealing.  Portions have at least doubled since 1992, sometimes expanding by 400%.  That’s a lot of expansion.  The chart also compares portions between the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Where you aware that people gain weight just by moving here?  Makes sense.  The study mentions a group of Tarahumara Indians (the guys who run bare foot for hundreds of miles) who gained nearly 10 pounds in five weeks after adopting the American diet.

Give the whole infographic a gander – as usual click on the picture for a larger image: Continue reading