No one cares people got sick from Chipotle because that's just Chipotle, says branding expert

So, a Chipotle in Powell, Ohio made a bunch of people sick recently. Health officials in the county had received 518 inquiries as of Wednesday evening; per CBS, 200 people have been interviewed, and “food and samples from people have been sent to a state laboratory to test for salmonella, shigella, e.coli and…

Eating on a small plate may not trick your dumb brain into thinking there’s more food

This is one of those news stories apparently designed to make me feel like a grade-A sucker: Science Daily reports today that a new study by Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev debunks the popular diet trick “based on the Delbouef illusion” that encourages people to eat their food off smaller plates because it will…

Thinking about eating healthy leads to choosing smaller portions, says study from University Of Duhhh

This news comes, as so many good things do, from the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. A brain-imaging study has revealed what Forbes calls a “hack for making healthier portion choices,” and it’s straight from the school of “yeah, no shit”: turns out we make healthier portion size…

Cheesecake Factory’s 2,700-calorie breakfast burrito among “winners” of the Xtreme Eating Awards

We may figure when we go out to eat at Cheesecake Factory or Chili’s that we’re not necessarily eating the healthiest food in the world. But the annual Xtreme Eating Awards, put out by the Center For Science In The Public Interest, highlight exactly just how unhealthy that food can be. This year’s “winners” were just…

How much can parents really control their kids’ eating habits? We ask a kid

I read with interest this story about a Memphis mom whose teenage daughter had to have her gallbladder removed. The mom is blaming the copious amounts of spicy snacks, like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Hot Takis, that the girl would eat, taking large bags of chips to school with her. The PR arms of those companies were…

Last Call: More Americans are reading poetry, probably because the world is a mess

The National Endowment for the Arts announced earlier this month that its annual Survey of Public Participation in the Arts shows more American adults are reading poetry than at any other time in the survey’s 15-year history (a whopping 12 percent!). Pacific Standard digs into the reasons why, noting that movements…