News Bites: Bad News Wine-Lovers and McDonald's Spices Up Fries

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Read on for the May 14, 2014 edition of News Bites.

Bad News About Wine and Chocolate

A new study has found that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and chocolate, may not have any affect on cancer, cardiovascular disease or inflammation. After studying 783 elderly participants, the researchers found that those who had high levels of resveratrol in their urine lived no longer than the subject who didn't. Scientists have been touting the benefits of red wine and chocolate for years and now it seems like resveratrol might not be the miracle compound everyone once thought.

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New McDonalds Fries

In Asia, McDonald's has had a "Shake Shake" line of fries for years. Now they are slowly bringing the savory treat to the U.S. under the name Shakin' Flavor Fries. The concept is simple; customers can order fries and then customize the seasonings. Currently in Northern California the flavors include garlic parmesan, zesty ranch and spicy buffalo.

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Restaurant Review Gets Trolled.

Recently a student went to Sukiyabashi Jiro, a three-Michelin star restaurant and widely considered one of the greatest sushi restaurants in the world. After showing up 40 minutes late, the student was displeased to discover that Jiro only served raw fish and ultimately asked for her food to be taken to go and cooked. The restaurant was horrified and the student lashed out on the Internet. Some commenters called her a "national disgrace," but don't worry she apologized to the restaurant, who then kindly told her to come back when she learned to like sushi!

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A new pop-up restaurant in London is letting customers Instagram their meals instead of paying for them! The frozen food company Birds Eye is behind this aptly named Picture House, where diners simply must upload their meal to Instagram with the hashtag #BirdsEyeInspirations.

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How Pizza is a Tax Issue.

Even though pizza and tax codes should never sit next to each other in sentence, there is a tricky issue at hand. Take-and-bake pizzas are uncooked pies that you bake at home. Due to its uncooked state, many states consider it a grocery item, but others are wondering whether it should be tax-free. This is a significant problem because certain states have different tax codes and people on food stamps may only purchase food that isn't taxed.

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Hungry for More News Bites?

Yesterday, News Bites explored maple water and whiskey-flavored pigs.

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Bad news about the health benefits of wine and dark chocolate. New research has found that the healthy compound found in both chocolate and red wine doesn't really live up to its claims.

In other news:

  • McDonald's spices up its fries.
  • A customer's restaurant review gets rightly trolled.
  • This restaurant lets you pay for food with Instagram!
  • How pizza is says a lot about taxes.

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