Fat, Sodium, Calories: Ten Dense Dishes

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Does your favorite food want you to die?
You see them on TV, you drive past them on the way home -- chain restaurants that offer food, fun, and convenience.

We know it's difficult to ignore their siren songs of cheap food and menus that weigh more than a toddler.

To make your food more appealing and tasty, many chain restaurants pump your food with high levels of sodium and fat. Most meals at these restaurants contain the daily limits of an adult's intake of sodium and fat, and some meals contain several days' allowance. The result is that many adults are eating their way to obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

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Americans Want Safer Food, Often (Literally) Eating Crap

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Nothing is safe, nothing is sacred.

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9 Sketchy Places to Eat Dinner

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By all means, tuck into a helping of fries after your fingers have been nestled in a sweaty old ball.

Hard-wired survival instincts demand you eat when your body is running low on fuel. But what about when hunger strikes and you're stuck at a Little League game, the taxidermist (it could happen!) or a Denny's? Those instincts for self-preservation may experience a moment of conflict when faced with the provisions in such a setting.

We've all experienced a bad meal in our lives (sometimes in seemingly auspicious settings), but some places are simply destined for disaster. Listed below are nine of 'em:   

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Adventures in Extreme Couponing

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You may have already got caught up in the Extreme Couponing craze, but if not, let me fill you in - it's TLC's new show following different people who go to extreme lengths to strategically plan a shopping trip and can bring a bill up to $1,000 or more down to less than $50 (and sometimes even less than $10!) through the combination of coupons and in-store sales.

When I was watching those women walking out of the store with cart-fulls of groceries and paying less than I do on one of those oh-I-only-need-a-few-things trips I got really motivated to do it myself. Now, there's a reason why this show is called extreme - one couple bought over 70 bottles of mustard, just because it was free. I wasn't looking to create a glorious stockpile for a rainy day (or zombie apocalypse); I just wanted to save some money.

On the show, one of the biggest complaints heard by the couponers is that people don't have "enough time" to plan their shopping trip. So this past weekend, Sunday paper in hand, I decided to see how much money a "normal" person could expect to save. More »

Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries Not So Natural After All

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Wendy's Fries - they look natural enough..
Wendy's natural-cut fries with sea salt sound almost like granola in their commercials. The fast-food chain touts that the fries are natural-cut russet potatoes, sprinkled with sea salt for a fry that's better (and better for you).

Shocker of a lifetime -- Wendy's may not be exactly telling the whole truth. According to Yahoo Finance, it's true that Wendy's fries have a bit of skin left on them (making them look all golden and natural). But then they're sprayed with sodium acid pyrophosphate and dusted with dextrose, a corn-based sugar.

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Class Action Suit Involving General Mills' Digestive Health Yogurt: You Mean, It Doesn't Help Me Poo?!

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Gotta love a good ol' fashioned placebo effect.

Although many problematic poo-ers across the country swear that probiotic yogurts improve their digestion, the lack of scientific evidence has landed a few yogurt producers in hot toilet water (sorry).

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Breakfast at Aldi's: Way Cheaper Than Their Publix Competitor

I don't like grocery shopping.

While I will be the first to admit I love food, I will also admit I don't like buying it.

I've caught myself standing in the pasta aisle, comparing the deals between store brands and name brands, wondering if my coupon for Kraft macaroni and cheese makes it less than the Publix alternative. This has gone on multiple times, even in the same visit. I normally take a nap afterwards. Grocery shopping is exhausting.

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Daft Punk Partners With Coca-Cola

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Coca-Cola
In this week's head scratching celebrity/corporate moment of "synergy" Rolling Stone (via Hype Beast) is reporting that French duo Daft Punk is hooking up with Coca-Cola to launch a special edition release of Daft Punk-inspired Coke bottles. The product will be dubbed Daft Punk x Coca-Cola Club Coke.

The limited edition product is set to hit shelves in March. Thus far, there's no official company release, nor does Daft Punk's or Coke's website make mention of the relationship. Seeing as Daft Punk is no stranger to the occasional Internet hoax, we'll take this with a grain of salt 'til the product hits the shelves. Spoka, the European PR agency presumably in charge of promoting the Daft Punk/Coca-Cola marriage (their site's in French, a class that I unfortunately snoozed through), has said the bottles are a Coke product inspired by the French duo and any "promo" materials floating around the Web right now are fan-created, not from Daft Punk. 

In the event that this Daft Punk/Coca-Cola thing doesn't pan out, here's 5 equally odd or oddly appropriate musician/product pairings we wouldn't mind seeing:  

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Campaign Against Sucky Restaurant Websites

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It's great when restaurants have websites. Makes life easier than trudging through a thicket of Yelps or merry bands of Advising Tripsters. 

But just because an eatery has some HTML skills doesn't mean they have to use them. 

The Oatmeal has identified some of the worst traits of food-based websites. And it's true: Why is listing your hours so difficult? Do you really need some crazy, graphic-heavy flash-animation thing that takes minutes to load and looks like a 3-D Applebee's commercial? 
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How Much Would You Pay for the Burger of Your Life?

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The FleurBurger 5000!
Did you say $5,000?

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