Reading List: Anti-Energy Drinks, Airport Food Safety & the Green Restaurant Trend

In this week’s nutrition news: Caffeine to be listed on food products, the popularity of green restaurants and a look at calories in today’s home cooked meals
Related To:

In this week’s nutrition news: experts call for caffeine labels, green restaurants continue to grow in popularity and a look at calories in today’s home-cooked meals.

Experts Call for Caffeine Labels
These days, caffeine is in more than just coffee and cola. Energy drinks, chewing gum and potato chips (at least for a short while) all have the stimulant added. Some experts think it's high time that consumers be clearly informed how much caffeine is their food — especially when studies have linked high caffeine consumption with increased blood pressure and heart rate. Would you like to know how much caffeine is in your food?
Airport Food Safety Questionable

Thousands of travelers go through airports during the holiday season. USA Today reviewed 800 restaurant reports for 10 major airports and found numerous critical safety violations — violations that can make you sick. The problems ranged from not keeping cold food at the proper temperatures to classic cases of cross-contamination, where raw meat touches ready-to-eat foods such as salad greens. And don’t forget about the rat droppings! If you’re planning on flying in the near future, think about bringing your own food. Be sure to check out our our healthy traveling tips.

Is Home Cooking the Calorie Culprit?

Many of my clients cook most of their meals at home. Often I find that they go heavy on the butter, oil and portion sizes. A Cornell University study from earlier this year showed that recipes from the newest version of The Joy of Cooking (where I helped write the Know Your Ingredients chapter) has significantly more calories from the original 1936 version. Convenience foods have also become popular in the home front — boxed versions of mac and cheese, microwavable dinners and chicken nuggets, to name a few. Some home-cooking habits may contribute to our growing waistlines — luckily, healthier recipes are available right here!

Green Restaurant Trend To Continue in 2010

According to the National Restaurant Association’s recent survey, environmentally-conscious restaurants will continue to be a hot trend next year. These restaurants not only buy their food from local farmers, they also practice sustainability by reducing food and paper wastes (i.e. paper towels) and recycle whatever they can. The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a national non-profit that rates the “greenness” of restaurants based on environmentally-friendly guidelines. Check them out and see if your favorite "green" restaurant made their ratings.

Coming Up: Anti-Energy Drinks

The anti-energy drink is hyped as the hottest food trend for 2010. What is it exactly? One popular anti-energy drink in California is Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda, which is made from sugar and kava (a South Pacific root with supposed sedative properties). The FDA says consumers who have liver disease shouldn’t drink it before consulting their physicians. Even if they're popular, be sure to do your homework and research what you’re drinking before gulping down any trendy "healthy" beverages.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Star in Training

The Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira takes us through the making of her new show, Aarti Party.

Reading List: Caffeine Hurts Your Heart, A Look at Cheap Food & A Pro Footballer Goes Veg

A new (rather graphic) ad wants to keep you from pouring on the pounds, coffee and alcohol are linked to irregular heartbeats and there's a new "veggie-filled" Goldfish snack on the market.

Food Fight!: Caffeinated Drinks

Looking for that morning or afternoon buzz? Caffeinated creations -- including coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks -- vary not only in their pick-me-up powers but also in their nutritional benefits. Find out which one offers the most perks.

In the News: Warning for Tea Drinkers, Starbucks Goes Green, Teen Weight Loss Surgery & More

From this week’s headlines: Starbucks goes eco-friendly, weekly food recalls, making dinner faster and easier, and weight loss surgery for teens.

7 Healthy Warm Winter Drinks

These hot drinks will keep you warm all winter long.

Cold Brew & Beyond: 5 Coffee Trends to Look for This Summer

From carbonated coffee to regional twists on cold brew, here are 5 caffeine-fueled trends to get in on this summer.

Dairy-Free Coffee Drinks for Your Morning Buzz

These dairy-free coffee drinks make a great morning alternative.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Bottled Coffee Drinks

Although a plain cup of java runs about 50 calories, many brands add ingredients that can make you think twice before sipping. Here are four things coffee lovers should be aware of.

Nutrition News: Fast Health, Fat-Fueled Sports and Another Reason to Drink Coffee

A study finds benefits in intermittent fasting; a high-fat diet may be good for athletes, but not everyone; and if you drink coffee, your arteries may be spick-and-span.

It Turns Out That Coffee Drinkers Get a Pre-Workout Caffeine Boost, Too

Consuming caffeine before you exercise can enhance your performance even if you are a big-time coffee guzzler.

On TV

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.