Food in the News: Noisy SunChips, Restaurant Gardens and Why You Should Eat Walnuts

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Noisy SunChips Bags are Out – Even though the bag was biodegradable and much better for the environment than the typical potato chip bag, Frito Lay is eliminating it. Why you ask? Because it was too noisy! Many customers complained about the loud noise, causing the snack food company to pull them off the shelves after only 18 months. They will be replaced by the whole bag. I guess these bags are collector’s items now. Grab them while you can!

Walnuts and Stress – According to a new Penn State Study, eating a diet rich in walnuts or walnut oil could help your body better cope with stress. The study found that including walnuts and walnut oil in the diet lowered resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress in the lab. One of the researchers said that these results mirror several other studies that have shown that walnuts can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

Food Halloween Costumes – Bon Appetit has a cute blog post on finding a foodie Halloween costume that reflects your love for all things culinary. Since vampires are still very popular this, try Count Chocula! You can also spoof your favorite chef, and try something a little riskier, like Ghoulia Child, Werewolfgang Puck or Malice Waters. If you have any awesome Halloween costume ideas, let us know!

Eating Food Off the Floor – We’ve mentioned before that the five-second rule is a complete sham, but that doesn’t change the fact that this handy chart is hilarious! It helps you determine whether or not that last morsel that just happened to take a tumble to the ground can still be devoured. Most of the time, of course, the chart basically just tells you to eat it! Do we agree? No, but we still like this idea!

Gardens…The Hottest Restaurant Trend of 2010 – Yep, you read it right. The hottest trend in the restaurant scene might actually be hiding in your backyard. More and more chefs have gotten involved with the garden movement and have started growing their own herbs, vegetables and other product. Of the 2,000 chefs interviewed by the National Restaurant Association, a third of them named gardens the top trend.

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