Chocolate Hearts . . .

During the week before Valentine’s Day, about 1.1 billion boxed chocolates, that’s about 58 million pounds of chocolate candy, will be sold in the United States. A pound of milk chocolate contains 2300 calories, 140 grams of fat, 270 grams of carbohydrates, and 31 grams of protein. Although a lot has been reported about the […]

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Love Those Candy Hearts . . .

“Be Mine,” “Kiss me,”  “Sweet Talk.” The brightly colored hearts with the familiar sayings have been a Valentine’s Day treat since 1902. Their manufacturer, NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, in business since 1847, expects to sell more than 8 billion candy conversation hearts this year. The original candies with printed sayings were called “motto […]

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What Do You Eat During A Snowstorm?

Chocolate chip cookies. That’s what a friend said to me as we waited for our kids to get off of the school bus after early dismissal from school because of snow.  Walking down the street to our houses, the snow was blowing sideways and the kids were ecstatic to be flinging snowballs at each other.  […]

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How Many Chemicals Are You Wearing?

How many chemicals are you wearing today? The SocialDieter usually talks about food that you put INTO your body, but results of this UK poll of 2016 women and what they put ON their bodies is a real eye opener. As reported in Reuters, the average British woman who uses deodorant, body and facial moisturizer, […]

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Supergood and Superbad Superbowl Food

Superbowl:  football, commercials, halftime show, and food! It’s amazing how food has become associated with football — from tailgating to the food for the game — which of course culminates in the Superbowl party.  There are plenty of choices and anyone can eat well — and even have room for an indulgence — if you […]

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Ever Wonder About Restaurant Reviews (and reviewers)?

Who were some of the famous restaurant reviewers?  Did they really keep their identity secret?  Did their reviews have a significant effect on the restaurant’s performance? If you want to read about restaurant reviews and restaurant reviewers – and how the process has changed over the years, check out  Robert Sietsema’s, “Everyone Eats . . […]

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Drive Thru Diets: Say What?Drive Thru Diets: Say What?

So here’s the dilemma: you’re stuck in an airport or an Amtrak station – it’s late at night and you haven’t had any dinner.  You’re starving.  Look around.  What’s open to grab a bite of food?  You guessed it fast food, fast food, and more fast food. Or, you’re driving your kid and a bunch […]

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Want To Save Close to 100 Calories at Lunch?

Lunchtime.  What will it be?  Maybe a sandwich – it’s nice outside – good day to eat on a bench in the park.  Salad is way too messy.  Sandwich or a wrap is the way to go. Lots of choices for the sandwich filling:  ham, turkey, roast beef, cheese, tuna, grilled veggies . . . […]

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The Dirty and Not-So-Dirty Dozen

Fruit and veggies are the friends of SocialDieters and healthy eaters. Unfortunately there’s something other than nutrient value and delicious taste to bear in mind: pesticide contamination. Sometimes known as the dirty dozen, the following lists of fruit and vegetables show the 12 most and least contaminated by pesticides (rankings compiled by the not-for-profit Environmental […]

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How Many Calories Are In That Glass Of Wine?

Love your wine with dinner – or maybe that champagne at your friend’s wedding?  What about that wonderful, sweet, thick dessert wine to polish off a fantastic meal? You may have your preference – most of us do – but whether it’s red, white, dry, sweet, or sparkling, it is really easy to overlook the […]

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