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Fast food, fast weightloss?
Fast food, fast weightloss?
Eat McDonald's, Lose Weight!

"Super Size Me," a movie that documented writer/director Morgan Spurlock's 30 day McDonald's chewfest, focused on how the filmmaker's drive thru diet caused him to pack on major pounds. Fast food fans, though, have been quick to point out that the documentary showcased the fast food chain in an unfair light, and are trying to prove Morgan's anti-McDonald's stance wrong.  Over the past year, several people have gone on diets consisting of NOTHING but McDonald's foods, and LOST lots of weight.  Some have even lost over 30 lbs.  So what does all this prove?  That the problem isn't necessarily with what's on the menu, but rather with the choices people make.  Pssst... in case you missed it, here's a link to HG's Chew & Tell: McDonald's review.  It can help get you on the right track!
Flavor Sprays Enhance Food

David Burke, award-winning chef, author, inventor, restauranteur and entrepreneur (wow, with a resume like that we're shocked that we haven't heard of him), has launched a new line of flavor sprays.  What are flavor sprays, you ask?  They're calorie-free, fat-free, carb-free, cholesterol-free flavors that you spritz directly onto your food to add some intense flavor, yet none of the guilt!  There are over 18 varieties in all, including Memphis BBQ, Strawberry Shortcake, Hot & Sour, and Chocolate Fudge.  You can find more info about these interesting food enhancements at flavorspraydiet.com.  And, hey, if you don't like the way they taste, at least you can douse yourself in 'em and smell like your favorite food!

Spray it isn't so...
Spray it isn't so...
New salt sub spices things up!
New salt sub spices things up!
Breaking Sodium News...

As you probably know, most of us need to greatly reduce how much salt we consume.  In fact, due to the popularity of processed foods, one out of three of us regularly ingests more salt than is recommended.  A new all natural salt alternative hopes to help solve this growing problem.  AlsoSalt, which promises to have "no bitter aftertaste," can be used in cooking, baking, or sprinkled directly on food.  This new breakthrough salt replacement can be found in the spice aisle of many of your local supermarkets (including Safeway, Albertsons, and Kroger) or online.  We're looking forward to testing this one out ourselves...
The Buzz...

Mars (the makers of popular chocolate candies, not the planet) will foot the bill for research that'll show cocoa can be used to treat diabetes, strokes and vascular disease.  Next thing you know, they'll be saying Snickers bars lower blood pressure...  ***Is your knowledge of citrus fruits lacking?  Give Sunkist's new interactive Flavor Wheel a spin!  In mere minutes you'll know the difference between a Clementine and a Satsuma.  Orange you glad we told you about this? (hee hee)  ***There's a new trend in dining out -- small portions are in, and oversized plates of food are OUT.  Tapas (bite-sized portions) restaurants are popping up everywhere! Shhhhh...don't tell The Cheesecake Factory!  ***In need of a vacation that can help you LOSE weight instead of gain it?  Try a Fatpacking excursion.  These brand new week-long trips are designed to help people drop pounds and get healthier, all while exploring the wilderness!  That's all we've got.  HG out!
The new candy cure-all?
The new candy cure-all?
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Today, August 15th, is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.  Here's a recipe for a low cal, low fat version!
 
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