Food in the News: Competitive Eating, Twilight Wine and the Iowa State Fair


Competitive Eating Like Porn?- William Saletan argues that competitive eating, which has drastically increased in popularity in the past 5 years, is somehow like porn. What grosses him out the most is the fact that these contest/competitions, which have included eating more than 60 hot dogs in 10 minutes, harm the competitors’ bodies.

Iowa State Fair – Those who attended the Tuesday preview of the Iowa State Fair were in for a treat…literally. They caught a glimpse of a couple new sweets, including the “Twinkie log,” a frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed cashews, and “fair squares,” made of crisped rice cereal and marshmallow. The fair runs from Aug. 12 to Aug. 22.

Twilight Wine – For all of you Twilight fans out there (me included!), get ready for a red drink (not blood!) to reign supreme. Washington state’s Olympic Cellars Winery released a “Sparkling Twilight Syrah” about a year ago, but I only just heard about it this week! You can still purchase the wine now. Each bottle runs for $35.

Chocolate For Pregnant Women
– A new study revealed that chocolate is good for both a pregnant woman and her baby. Women who snack on chocolate are less likely to develop pre-eclampsia. The potential consequences of pre-eclampsia include convulsions, blood clots, liver damage and kidney failure.

Summer Food Service Program for Low-Income Children – Many South Dakota children are eating meals through the Summer Food Service Program, which is designed for low-income children, bucking the common trend in many other states. South Dakota currently is above the national average when it comes to feeding low-income children.

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