Diet and Nutrition

  • Culture

    October 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    A Defense of American School Lunches, Or: We've Got It Pretty Good Here

    If there's anything that the Internet loves more than talking shit on America, it's following pointless trends and meme-blasting the hell out of them until they're just one more Bad Luck Brian, to be picked clean by 9Gag or Cheezburger. So, Por que no los dos? Case in point: International school l ... More >>

  • Film

    May 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    5 Places to Eat in OC If You're Dating a Vegan

    By Ryan Cady It's getting easier to be vegan nowadays, but dating a vegan--especially if you're a carnivore--is still kind of shitty. Sure, you could be an asshole and drag your animal-loving significant other to a Korean barbecue place and force them to watch, horrified, as you consume pounds and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    5 Things You'd Thought You'd Miss After Going Vegan

    The decision to go vegan can be an overwhelming one, especially in a culture where animal products are in so many different foods. But with growing interest in alternative sources of meals that don't include meat or dairy, many products that vegans thought were gone for good are opening back up. Som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Starbucks To Start Posting Calorie Counts On Menus Nationwide

    Wake up and smell the calories! Beginning next week, all Starbucks nationwide will begin posting calorie counts on the menu ahead of the federal mandate that will go into effect later this year. The company is already required to do so at New York stores and calorie counts for its drinks and food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    PETA Promotes A Vegan Diet With ... Animal Sex (NSFW)

    The rebel-activists at PETA are known for using shock tactics to grab people's attention (ie. "Let's promote animal rights with women masturbating with asparagus!"), so their antics shouldn't surprise anyone. And yet, I feel dirty after watching their latest ad. For 46 seconds, animals--horses, rh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Vegan Pizza Opens in Garden Grove

    If Pizza & Chicken Love Letter wins the prize for the most fanciful pizzeria name, the new Vegan Pizza would win for the most no-nonsense. Vegan Pizza serves, you guessed it, vegan pizzas. It just opened in Garden Grove and claims to be the first vegan pizzeria in Orange County. As far as I know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    YouTube Video Shows What 2,000 Calories Looks Like

    Sure, you've probably done the math in your head: You could consume about 4 Big Macs and be just slightly over the recommended 2,000 calories for your daily allowance. But how many carrots would you need to get up there? The answer: 60. How many slices of bacon? Surprisingly, 50. And what if you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    McDonald's Introduces Egg White McMuffin

    A yolk-less Egg McMuffin will hit McDonald's stores this April, reports say. McD's has been testing the so-called Egg White Delight in select markets, but is now ready to offer it nationally. 

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Long Beach Vegan Eatery

     Long Beach Vegan Eatery is all about taking vegan food mainstream with flavors that you didn't know could exist without animal byproducts --how many times have you heard that one before? But here's the real, tasteful deal. Want macaroni and cheese minus the dairy? Done. Want a me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Angels Stadium Makes PETA's List of Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks

    I haven't been to an Anaheim Angels game in about two years, busy as I've been. But I gotta head down there this year to check out that kid Trout. And when I'm at Angels Stadium, I gotta check out their vegetarian options.The motivation comes in part from PETA's recent release of the 10 most vegetar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Who's Picky Now? 30% of Meat Eaters Won't Date a Vegetarian, Survey Says

    Love may see no class or color buuut it's apparently pretty judgy when it comes to what's on your plate. A survey conducted by the Today show and found that out of 4,000 singles, nearly 30% of meat eaters won't date a vegetarian. According to, the reasons for this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Starbucks Introduces New Fruity Energy Drinks Made From Unroasted Coffee Beans; Free Samples This Friday

    It was early last month that Starbucks announced it was buying a San Francisco bakery in an effort to improve its food offerings. It was late last month that it said it was opening a standalone store dedicated to serving its Tazo brand of tea. This month Schultz and Co. is getting into the energy dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    PETA Sponsors 'Sexiest Vegetarian' Contest

    When you think of vegetarians and vegans, do you think of skinny, pale people with wan faces who wear baggy brown trousers and bare feet? Yeah, you do. Don't lie.To combat this image, PETA--you know, the lovingly whacko freaks who proposed that fish be renamed "sea kittens"--is running their annual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    [UPDATED: USDA Caves] 'Pink Slime': Too Disgusting For McDonald's But Good Enough For Schoolkids

    ​UPDATE: After the Pink Slime Uproar of 2012, the USDA will give school administrators the option of not feeding the stuff to children. The agency has confirmed that due to "customer demand," it will give schools in the National School Lunch Program a choice to order products with or without "Lean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Japan To Ask UNESCO To List Its Cuisine As An "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

    ​A year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan will submit to have UNESCO recognize its cuisine as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". The country will argue that "Washoku: Traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese," a seasons-based cuisine based on rice, fish and vegetables ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    On the Line: Lisa Fontanesi of Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Part One

    ​The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution has been parked at the Santa Ana offices of Latino Health Access this month, working with schools and families of central Santa Ana to fight the obesity epidemic spreading across the nation. The Food Revolution truck moves from city to city and faces the challenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Seabirds Truck e-Cookbook A Recipe For OC Weekly Readers

    ​ Have you ever wanted to cook delicious vegan food like the crew of OC's own Seabirds Truck? Well, fire up your tablets, because over the Christmas weekend, the Birds released an e-cookbook of the all-vegan luxe lonchera's greatest hits.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Kids Hate Healthy School Lunches, Black Market for Junk Food Emerges in LA

    Flickr user woodleywonderworks​This year, the Los Angeles Unified School District changed the unchangeable. It made cafeteria lunches (gasp!) healthy. Out went chocolate milk, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and nachos. In came vegetarian curry, lentil and brown rice cutlets, quinoa and pad Thai.   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Ten Questions With Long Beach Vegan Eatery's Jeff Terranova

    ​As of 2010, the population of Long Beach was somewhere in the 500,000 range, yet the city was home to only one vegan restaurant (Zephyr). While this animal-free diet ain't exactly sweeping the nation -- or the town -- by storm, that number still seemed small.Luckily, however, about two weeks ago, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Omaima Aree Nelson Parole Condition Sought by PETA

    ​People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written a letter to the warden of Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla asking that a condition be part of Omaima Aree Nelson's parole, should the state board grant the model-turned-cannibal wife's request today.  See if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    University of Washington Conducts Expensive Study, Discovers Junk Food Is Cheaper Than Healthy Food

    ​A paper recently published in the Health Affairs professional journal suggests that eating healthy foods costs more than eating unhealthy foods.Gee, thanks, Captain Obvious!The paper, by Pablo Monsivais, Anju Aggarwal and Adam Drewnowski of the University of Washington and based on a survey of 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Why Is Subway Adding Vitamin D and Calcium To Its Bread?

    Edwin Goei​Subway has announced that it will add Vitamin D and calcium to all its breads, except for their English muffins and flatbreads. According to Nation's Restaurant News, eating a Subway six-inch sub will now give you 30% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 20% of the recommen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    A Journey to Success With XS: David Vanderveen And A Healthier Approach To Energy Drinks

    ​An energy drink without sugar, calories, or even caffeine? Unheard of! Yet XS Energy Drink co-owner and Laguna Beach resident David Vanderveen says he does it, in 13 flavors with a healthier approach than the Monsters and Red Bulls of the world.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Veggie Burgers

    Edwin Goei​By now, you should've gone to Rick's Atomic Cafe and had his breakfasts. You haven't? Stop reading and go. You back? Okay, now try his veggie burger. Seriously. Try it. Yes, I, too, was skeptical. Why would any meat-eater opt for a veggie burger when you don't have to? Answer: When Rick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Four Loko Founders Finally Speak Out

    ​ Even as their product was being blamed for everything from teen binge drinking and a slew of date rapes to an atrocious gay-bashing incident and even the deaths of multiple college students, Four Loko founders Jeff Wright, Jaisen Freeman and Chris Hunter mostly skirted the press. But addiction a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    On the Line: Jenny Ross of 118 Degrees, Part Two

    ​ Our second installment of On the Line with 118 Degrees chef Jenny Ross not only dispels any misconceptions about vegans, but we get a heads up about an upcoming cookbook. If you want to begin at the beginning, Part One can be found here. Check back tomorrow for our final segment with a recipe fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    USDA: Today's Egg Is Lower In Cholesterol Than A Decade Ago

    Flickr User John Morgan​Earlier this week, the USDA checked on the nutritional value of eggs and found that something changed with today's chicken ovums compared to the eggs they tested in 2002. Today's eggs, with 185 mg of cholesterol, has 14% less cholesterol than back then, which had an averag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    How Many Calories Does Santa Claus Consume On Christmas?

    ​When I was a young boy, I loved to leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus. This tawdry attempt at bribery, meant to distract him from the fact that I'd attempted to impale the dog on my He-Man and the Masters of the Universe sword ("I HAVE THE COCKER SPANIEL!") and tried to melt my sister's d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The Government's Conspiracy to Make You Eat More Cheese

    ​While warning against fat consumption, the U.S. government pushes cheese sales, resulting in a sudden dairy consumption highhh for Americans.Got cheese? When Domino's Pizza was down for the count last year, an organization called Dairy Management came flying to the rescue. Since then, Domino's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Vegemite

    Edwin Goei​Name: Vegemite Origin: Australia Found at: Cost Plus, Santa Ana Cost: $6.99 Ingredients: Yeast Extract (From Yeast Grown on Barley), Salt, Mineral Salt (508), Malt Exact (Frm Barley), Colour (150c), Flavors, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folate.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Black Black Hard

    Edwin Goei​Name: Black Black Hard Origin: Japan Found at: Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa Cost: $4.99 Ingredients: Maltitol, Guarana and Chrysant & Gingko Extract, Xylitol, Acesulfame K, Aspartame, L-Phenylalanine, Sucralose, Gum Base, Artificial Flavor, Gum Arabic, Caffeine, Cacao & Caramel C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Ugo Allesina of Prego, Part Three

    Kimberly Valenzuela​The interview is done, the questions over; it's time to get cooking with Executive Chef and Partner Ugo Allesina of Prego Ristorante. (If you're looking for said interview, you can find it here and here.) This week, your chef-approved dish is abbacchio al senape, suckling lamb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Real Sugar Soda vs. HFCS Soda

    Dave Lieberman​As we posted at the end of last year, PepsiCo bottlers are making limited-edition "Throwback" versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew. These are made the old-fashioned way, with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While OC is no stranger to sugar soda (a lot, but not all, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    The Caloric Content of an Office Kitchen in December

    coconino @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0​Peanuts and walnuts and crispy rice crackersCookies and brownies and sugary snackersNut-studded cheeseballs and things just like thatThis is why holidays make you so fat.December is a festive time of year, with parades and songs and decorations... and food. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    UK Government to Increase Recommended Calorie Intake

    ​If you've ever dieted, you probably know these numbers: 2,000 for women; 2,500 for men.These are the immutable numbers of calories the government says you should eat per day to maintain a healthy weight.Well, the British government apparently got it all wrong and will be adjusting their suggested ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009

    Intro to Living Foods

    Whole Foods Market

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Reminder: Denny's Free Grand Slamwich, Wednesday April 8

    Don't forget: you get a complimentary Gran Slamwich at Denny's tomorrow (6:00am-2:00pm) when you bring a friend and order a Grand Slam breakfast. That's $4.99 of free food. And 1,320 calories.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    "31 Cent Scoop Night" at Baskin-Robbins

    Three weeks from tonight (That's Wednesday, April 29th), Baskin Robbins will be holding their "31 Cent Scoop Night" from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event honors America's firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    McDonald's Makes The Grade; Others Must Try Harder

    A few weeks back we brought you news of a survey of America's healthiest fast-food chains (Panera Bread topped the list). Now comes the reverse: America's unhealthiest fast-food restaurants. A report by health and nutrition experts David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, authors of "supermarket survi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    And the Wiener Is ... a Burger!

    The Cancer Project today issued its list of the five worst fast-food value menu items. And the envelopes, please...   1) Junior Bacon Cheeseburger (Jack in the Box, pictured). $1; 400 calories; 23 grams of fat; 8 grams of saturated fat; 1 gram of trans fat; 55 milligrams of cholestero ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Kuai Kuai Corn Snack

    Orange County's culturally diverse, but all cultures living here have at least one thing in common: snacks, junk food, stuff you can't really call cuisine or dinner. So, in what I hope to be a long-running and fun series, we'll pick out one "Wacky Snack" from a local market per week; then do a marg ... More >>

  • Food

    December 14, 2006

    Of Hummus and Hezbollah

    Good food trumps ugly Americanism at Meejana

  • Food

    October 23, 2003

    Bodhisattvas of Vegetarianism

    The Pham family re-emerges with Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe

  • Supplement

    November 21, 2002

    Infomercial Junkies

    A hundred knives for, like, a hundred bucks and other gift ideas

  • Food

    June 20, 2002

    How Delicious

    Veggies, cocktails and cow tongue with DJ Wanda

  • Food

    January 24, 2002

    Meat Knowlwood!

    In this carnivores paradise, the veggie burger is best

  • Food

    July 12, 2001

    Hookah Party!

    Smoky flavors at Open Sesame

  • Food

    March 15, 2001

    Fakin Bacon!

    At Au Lac, even the strictest vegans can make pigs of themselves

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