As part of its continuing effort to establish the health benefits of pastries and coffee, Blather reported recently on the campaign to roll out a healthy doughnut. Now AP reports that industry behemoth Krispy Kreme is getting into the game. The Motley Fool casts a jaundiced eye on the idea.
The Wall St. Journal, in a piece about why a truly low-fat doughnut is "the Holy Grail of the food industry," also offers up a little primer on why doughnuts are so tasty and delicious and really, really bad for you: They're basically the best system ever devised for the efficient delivery of fat. (Original WSJ piece subscribers-only; excerpted here via the Seattle PI's Buzzworthy.)
Pepperidge Farm is set to announce that it's removing transfatty acids from its Goldfish crackers. The company will, however, retain the product's terrifying TV jingle, in which a chirpy-voiced singer urges consumers to "bite their heads off," a message comparable in its cheerful creepiness to the twins in "The Shining" urging Danny to "Come play with us... forever and ever and ever... "
It's vivid but not entirely accurate of New Scientist to refer to a potentially life-saving medical device -- a kind of stent that's placed in the carotid arteries to block the passage of blood clots to the brain -- as a "tea strainer." At least, cripes, I hope it's inaccurate. I'd hate to think my prospects for a stroke-free future rest on something you can get at Bed Bath & Beyond. Besides, what happens if I get some British intern who's so lonesome for a taste of home that he filters a quick cup of Earl Gray through the thing in the five minutes before my emergency surgery?
Surgeon: How do you feel, Mr. Barol?
Me: Better, doctor, thanks. What's more, I have a refreshing hint of bergamot in my brain.
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