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As most of you have probably done yourselves, I’ve happened to stumble on some good food-related articles/sites in the past few days and thought I’d share!  I’ll include an excerpt, but you should really visit the sites for the full articles!

1. What’s Inside a Slim Jim @ Wired

It’s real meat, all right. But it ain’t Kobe. The US Department of Agriculture categorizes beef into eight grades of quality. The bottom three—utility, cutter, and canner—are typically used in processed foods and come from older steers with partially ossified vertebrae, tougher tissue, and generally less reason to live. ConAgra wasn’t exactly forthcoming on what’s inside Slim Jim.

2. Fancy Fast Food

These photographs show extreme makeovers of actual fast food items purchased at popular fast food restaurants. No additional ingredients have been added except for an occasional simple garnish.

3. Secret Fast Food Menus @ LA Weekly

In a town that elevates VIP treatment to a level that, at the very least, approaches absurdity, it makes sense that the rest of us would want a taste of it too. The easiest, and cheapest, way to be special and in-the-know? Ordering secret (and not-so-secret) off-menu stuff at fast-food joints. Full disclosure: the off-menu items contained herein cannot all be personally attested to by this author, so when you sidle up to the counter, casually ask for a “Suicide” at Burger King, and are met with a blank stare, you’re on your own. (4 meat patties, 4 slices of cheese, bacon and sauce on a sesame seed bun.)

4. Japanese Caveman Meat Snacks @ Gizmodo

Always been jealous of cartoon cavemen and their succulently perfect meat rolls on convenient bone handles? Japan, as is their hyper-capitalistic wont, has satisfied yet another consumer desire you weren’t quite sure you had.

5. Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise @ NY Times

Eating fatty food appears to take an almost immediate toll on both short-term memory and exercise performance, according to new research on rats and people.

6. Fatty Foods Enhance Memory By Same Mechanism As Emotional Learning @ Summer Tomato

Have you ever noticed that some of your strongest food memories are of rich, fat laden meals shared with family and friends? According to new research, this may not be a coincidence. A study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that digesting fatty foods enhances memory consolidation using the same neural pathway as emotional learning.

That’s it for today… please share any interesting links I may have missed in the comments!!

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