Herbs, infusions and syrups are taking center stage in the spring cocktail menus of Madison, Wisc.'s hotspots. Lighter creations include the Sean Connery with its cocoa and tea syrup added to Hendricks gin or the Springin' in the Rain with a "cucumber-parsley-celery vodka." The mojito gets an update with fresh basil and strawberry added to the mint, lime and white rum at Fresco.
A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that sodium content of fast food varies by country. For example, a serving of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets contains 680 milligrams of sodium in Canada, 600 mg in the U.S. and 240 mg in the U.K. Researchers said voluntary salt-reduction targets in the U.K. could explain the reason sodium is lower there.
Higher exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during pregnancy more than doubled the risk of childhood obesity by age 7, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study also found that children of women with higher prenatal PAH exposure were almost twice as likely to be obese at age 5 compared with children born to mothers with lower PAH exposure.
Research shows that trace levels of harmful chemicals in packaging seep into food, and scientists are researching and debating what levels are dangerous. Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer Fund calls it a huge health issue that is not getting enough attention from regulators, while the American Chemistry Council contends there is no reason to worry because all packaging that comes into contact with food must meet FDA safety standards.