"Are you serious? Butter?"

“Are you serious? Butter?”

Time Cover:  FAT is GOOD

For TIMEBryan Walsh writes:

 In 1977, the year before I was born, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.

By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat…(read more)

[Also see Butter: One of the Great Comeback Stories in U.S. Food History]

[Read more Yes, Saturated Fat is Good: Undoing Decades of Government Misinformation About Health]

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[VIDEO] The Future of Cookies, Now: Oreo-Customizing Machine

What if you could design and print your own Oreo cream filling, with a selection of possible flavors? At SXSW, people can do just that at Oreo’s Trending Vending machines.

Peek Inside a Pi-Powered CNC Oreo-Customizing Machine

Users pick a trending topic on Twitter and get a cream-filled cookie inspired by that topic. The entire process happens right before their eyes as a turret of flavored fillings pumps cream onto the cookie, which is held by an inverted delta robot. And what’s cooler than a machine that creates custom Oreo cookies on-demand?


Pepsi-flavored Cheetos on shelves in Japan: Coming to the U.S.?

Pepsi-flavored Cheetos

Cheetos and Pepsi come together for a new snack flavor. (Mr. Brian / Flickr ; Susana Gonzalez / Bloomberg)

Pepsi and Cheetos are a natural combo. Anyone who’s ever indulged in an after-school snack knows they’re made for each other. There’s even an I Love Cheetos and Pepsi group on Facebook.

The folks at Frito-Lay have caught on too: Pepsi-flavored Cheetos are one of the newest snack flavors to hit shelves in Japan. We called Frito-Lay for comment but so far no word on if, or when, the flavor will make its way to the U.S. market.

According to an early product review on the Impulsive Buy, Pepsi-flavored Cheetos replace that classic cheese flavor with a fizzy cola flavor that actually fizzes in your mouth.

“The first sensation, which I did not expect, was a very acidic bite,” wrote Impulse Buy writer Steve. “It tries to capture the citrus notes of Pepsi, but it’s over the top. Too lemony. The sweeter cola flavor is there but it’s subtler and overpowered by the intense citrus.”

If the existence of a soda-flavored crunch snack is too much for you to wrap your brain around, the bag has pictures to explain everything. There is a cluster of Cheetos in one corner, and an ice cold Pepsi in the other.

This isn’t the first Pepsi-meets-savory variety, of course. Remember those Pepsi chicken chips in  December?

And with hot dog pizza hybrids, “cronuts” and ramen burgers on the brain, we’re not fazed.

Is it just the latest in a line of Frankenstein foods? Or the best thing to hit snack shelves since fire hot Cheetos?

By Jenn Harris via latimes.com.


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