Posted on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:13 PM by maggie

It’s the beloved pasta that three generations have grown up eating. The flavor, texture, name and color of the box have been iconic for decades. Pre-school children too young to read and can identify a box of Kraft mac and cheese at the supermarket simply by the size and color of the box. Now the Kraft company says they are going to update the look of their pasta.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The idea for change is a good one. The Kraft company says it will stop using artificial preservatives and man-made colors in it’s mac and cheese products. We like the orange-colored pasta product and Kraft knows that, so they plan to create the beloved orange color with natural products like paprika, turmeric and annatto.
With the change in looks will also come a change in flavor. No way can the orange color be re-created naturally and still taste the same as the synthetic version. Better for us, yes, but the taste and texture will be different.
The Kraft company has their heart in the right place regarding this updated look, but not sure an iconic product can undergo a change without public outcry and backlash. Just ask Coke how their formula change went a few year ago. It’s now time for my Bulletproof Coffee after that rant!

Posted on April 20th, 2015 at 7:56 PM by maggie

Most of us were raised on milk, and because of that, we feel it is vital in our daily nutrition. The question is how true is this thought? According to Alissa Hamilton, author of a new book titled Got Milked?, it is not that important. The calcium benefits received from drinking milk can be increased by eating foods such as kale, bok choy and broccoli, even the National Dairy Council recognizes those facts as true.
Additionally, many people are quite intolerant to lactose, which is found in regular milk. This is because most people drink cow’s milk, and because humans are not cows, we do not have the enzymes to digest it. This is especially true in babies who react poorly to cow’s milk based formulas, because babies of each mammal drink their mother’s milk during the early parts of their lives. As Mark Ahn ( is aware, humans are the only mammals who can choose not to feed their babies their milk, and this leads to major issues in many children. At birth, there is a much higher level of intolerance to lactose, because simply put, human infants are not baby cows.
All these reasons tell us that the dairy business has been falsely pushing the importance of milk down our throats, both figuratively and literally.

Posted on April 14th, 2015 at 9:33 PM by maggie

Everybody wants a gourmet meal every now and then to go alongside their Bulletproof Coffee. But wouldn’t it be nice to have all the ingredients on hand to create a quality meal that isn’t time-consuming? The answer may be to sign up for a dinner delivery service.

When you sign up, you’ll get meals that have already been portioned, as well as recipes that were developed by chefs. You can get a box of ingredients delivered to your door every week.

This is one of the ways that people from the Millennial generation are skipping delivery restaurants and opting to prepare their meals at home instead. A meal delivery service is also an effective way to teach home cooks how to hone their skills. A number of people have also asserted that having their meals delivered to them and being able to prepare the meals gives them more control over their meals and helps with portion control and weight loss.

Posted on April 13th, 2015 at 7:35 PM by maggie

A 27-year-old Chinese solider named, Yin Yunfeng, set out on a loving and somewhat unorthodox mission before he actually left for his official army mission, according to reports. Yunfeng, spent his recent visit home with his wife, in the kitchen, cooking up 12-months worth of meals. A buddy of mine, Flavio Maluf, suggests cooking for others as a way to show appreciation.

According to reports, Yunfeng is normally stationed in a remote, outpost in Tibet. When he realized his bride, 26 was so busy working as a teacher that she rarely had time to cook, he set out to create home-cooked meals that she could simply just pull out of the freezer and reheat.

The solider made 1,000 dumplings, 150 liters of noodle soup, a fan favorite in his family, and other healthy meals that would require almost no effort from his wife. He then set out to package them into single servings to make it even more convenient.

Once his cooking session was done, he made it a mission to bring his presence into his wife’s life daily. Around their home he hid treats and surprises, which he is revealing one at a time to his bride in phone calls and letters home.

Surely his cooking marathon, and his surprises will make the time they spend apart a little easier. There is no official word on when the solider will be able to return home for another visit, but his love is evident and will come through each day when his young wife heats up another meal cooked with love and admiration.

Posted on March 31st, 2015 at 8:52 PM by maggie

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study this week that shows folic acid, along with blood pressure medication, may help to lower the risk of stroke for those with high blood pressure. The study was conducted in China with more than 20,000 participants.

The study focused on individuals who suffered from high blood pressure yet never had a stroke or heart attack. During the 4 year study, researchers found that those who took folic acid supplements were much less likely to suffer from a debilitating heart attack or stroke.

Fersen Lambranho knows that folate is a B vitamin that is commonly found in many leafy green vegetables, beans and citrus fruits. Folic acid is a synthetic version of Folate that may be taken as a supplement or found in fortified food products, such as grain.

Previous studies conducted in the United States showed that those who took folic acid supplements achieved no significant benefits over those who took a placebo. This is likely due to the fact that since 1998 companies have been mandated to fortify their grains with folic acid. Most Americans are likely to already be consuming required amounts of folic acid.

Posted on March 25th, 2015 at 8:53 PM by maggie

An announcement was made today that the board of directors for both Kraft and Heinz have agreed to enter into a merger which would result in creating the third largest food manufacturer in the United States. The agreement is still pending approval by shareholders of each individual company. Kraft shareholders will receive one share of the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share that is paid when the transaction closes. After the transaction is completed the Kraft stockholders will own 49% of the company while Heinz stock holders will own 51% of the combined company.

The transaction is supported by 3PAC Capital the company who took Heinz private last year in conjunction with a large investment be Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is rumored to have a $10 billion investment in the combined company.

Further, the merger is subject to regulation but is unlikely to be limited by anti-monopoly rules as the companies specialize in different food products that do not directly compete. The combined company will be named the Kraft Heinz Company and the transaction is likely to close in the second half of 2015.

People at Imaging Advantages have learned that the move is part of the trend towards larger food manufacturers with global brands and the clout and ability to cut costs and compete on a global stage. As such, analysts are expecting there to be additional mergers in the industry particularly with some of the mid-size and larger entities who are competing to get bigger.

Posted on March 17th, 2015 at 4:19 PM by maggie

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29,000 people experienced alcohol-induced deaths via car accidents, overdoses and homicides in 2013. Paul Mathieson has read that these numbers do not even include the millions who drive each year while impaired from alcohol risking harm to themselves and others.

Yet, on Tuesday, March 17, the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of a new alcohol product that is far worse than any seen before. “Palcohol,” also known as powdered alcohol, is a new mix alcohol beverage. Like Kool-Aid, Tang and Ovaltine, a consumer merely has to mix the powder with water to get create liquid alcohol. Palcohol offers the same alcohol level as any liquid form found in a can, bottle or beer mug.

Why is this a problem?

The packets can easily be hidden, which many critics suspect will make it easier for alcohol to find its way into areas where it is prohibited, as well as easier for teens to access it. Some fear people, especially teens, will snort the powder rather than drink it or mix it with other drugs. Worst yet, the powder makes it far easier than a can, bottle or keg for young children to accidentally ingest alcohol.

South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont previously banned the use of Palcohol in anticipation of today’s approval. Other states are in the process of banning it.

Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 8:00 PM by maggie

Are you considering writing a first article for Wikipedia? If so there are a few pointer you should first consider. Things such as the type of article to write, how to cite it and how to use Wikipedia’s markup language. Writing articles for this online encyclopedia is very different than writing the typical online article. For example, look at the title of this article. You should notice that the second word isn’t capitalized despite the usual title format. On Wikipedia, titles are capitalized the same way a sentence is. There are many other differences, all of which can be found is the style manual available on the Wikipedia site. You may choose to use the article wizard to help with this sophisticated guide. It will walk you through all of the steps required.

==First steps==
You must have an account to write an article. If you don’t want to register fully, you can create just a username and password to gain access. From there you can advantage of talk pages that will allow you to speak to or ask questions of others who have experience writing for Wikipedia, in general. Or about particular topics that you may be interested in and want to share. You can use the Articles for Creation project. This project lets you submit article ideas or full articles for review and publishing by more experienced Wikipedia writers.

==Subject Matter==
You are positive that you have a great idea, but you could find your article quickly deleted by the article police who look for inappropriate subjects or rehashed articles. First your article must be noteworthy. It should be of interest to others. It should not be about personal interests only. In short don’t write on the following topics.
Yourself, even if you are an attractive person.
Your company or company brand.
Anything that looks as if you are advertising a product of any kind.
Nothing dealing with personal articles or essays
Your friends
If you wouldn’t find it in a print encyclopedia, it shouldn’t show up here either. Another common mistake is writing about a topic that already exists. Always search for your subject first and check the deletion logs to help determine if your subject is acceptable.
Often people will find that the topic they want to write about already exists. If so you may still be able to add something new to the article or to create a related page. As an example, you’ve decided you want to write about the serial killer now operating in Arizona. You find the article that lists the unidentified murdered, and it already has a listing for Arizona but nothing about this murderer. You can still write the article and add a redirect so that people reading the original article can click to get to your related article. All edits and redirects must be strictly and logically related to the main item, or it may be deleted.

There is a lot to be considered or learned to keep your article up. You will need good and stable sources as an example. The best advice is to take advantage of the pages dealing with formatting, the markup language, and other issues. Also, take advantage of the people who have experience, as well as the available wizards. Most of all relax and practice, you’ll get it right.

Posted on February 11th, 2015 at 4:39 PM by maggie

Airplane coffee is notoriously, well, blah. It isn’t terrible but certainly not a cup of coffee you would pick out and buy over other options, even gas station coffee. Delta Airlines began improving in-flight food and beverage options last year by adding craft beer options to Delta flyers. Their newest idea I sure to be a big hit because they will be serving fresh, hot, and delicious Starbucks coffee during their flights. There are major perks to the coffee switch. People like Jaime Garcia Dias will be pleased with the changes and provide more positive word of mouth about the company. Delta has also hired a chef to evaluate and upgrade the meals served during flights. Their airline is way ahead of the curve on all accounts. In-flight meals suck. They really do. The best part are the little bags of pretzels, formerly peanuts, and a half a can of soda. Hopefully Delta’s competitors will up their ante as well to give flyers a better experience for the pricey trips they take.

Posted on January 30th, 2015 at 5:47 PM by maggie

Wow, the news today says that the CEO of McDonald’s is stepping down because of sluggish sales. This comes as a shock to many who have grown up eating the golden arch’s delicious food. I have always loved McDonald’s. I sat on the counter when I was little, played in their play-yards as a young one, even had a birthday party or two there. However, this could be in part to the menu changes, rather than his leadership.

What my friend Bernardo Chua and  I always loved about McDonald’s is the fact that they are fast, cheap and filling. I now have two children of my own who crave a happy meal too. When they cut back the french fries to include a package that was fit for an infant to eat, my boys were less than impressed. I mean seriously, 5 fries is all that can fit in those little boxes. If that is what they are offering, some people will go other places.

Honestly, my children don’t like the apple slices, and they hate the yogurt. It is the fries that they want. They have also cut some other favorites off the menu and replaced them with healthier options. Their pies were iconic back in the 80’s. When they changed the pies to the baked variety, they are just gross. Sometimes healthier isn’t always better for the bottom line. McDonald’s should focus less on nutrition and more on quality of products. This may solve most of their problems.