The Daily Dish: September 17, 2015
Today’s first course?
In what’s unlikely to surprise anyone who has contemplated bribing kids out of a tantrum, researchers discovered children are more likely to eat produce when paid in comparison to peers unrewarded for good eating habits. The psychologists suggest incentives might be used to introduce new foods, but not sustain eating them.
And a new study that analyzed 22,000 American adults over a decade claims a direct correlation between regular diet soda drinkers and junk food indulgence. Apparently, diet soft drink consumers were most likely to eat “discretionary foods” like sweets, chips, and fast food. The more diet soda consumed, the more likely they were to crave and bend to junk food cravings.
Well, we hear all the time about companies boasting antibiotic-free beef and poultry, but a recent study scrutinizing practices of major fast food companies says most chains plump up meat with growth-inducing antibiotics. Only five chains received passing grades. The worst offenders include Olive Garden, Papa John’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Applebee’s, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Starbucks.
Speaking of franchises, it’s come to light that years ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reached out to Shaquille O’Neal to do a deal that would have made the basketball legend lots of money: opening Starbucks in predominantly black communities. Shaq recounted his belief then that ‘Black people don’t drink coffee,” and called it one of his worst business decisions.
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