News Bites: The New Coconut Water and Whiskey-Flavored Pigs

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Read on for the May 13, 2014 edition of News Bites.

The New Coconut Water

Coconut water has grown popular recently as a hydrating alternative to sports beverages. Now that maple water has hit the shelves in the U.S., will the Canadian drink give coconut water a run for its money? Maple water is a clear liquid that flows through maple trees. It's 98 percent water and 2 percent sugar, high in antioxidants and only 20 calories per serving.

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Whiskey Pigs

The Templeton Rye Distillery in Iowa is trying to raise pigs that taste like whiskey. Through a specific diet of distillery grains, the distillery hopes to have the whiskey-pigs available in June.

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Clean Your Plate.

A buffet-style restaurant in Switzerland charges customers who don't finish all their food. To cut back on food waste and make a statement, the head chef, Giovanni Tafuro, began charging customers 5 francs (around $5.65) for leaving food behind. Tafuro hopes that this new rule will compel his customers to take a more sensible amount of food.

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Duck is the New Chicken.

Raising chickens in the backyard is becoming trendy amongst a yuppie set, but could ducks be next? NPR spoke with John Metzer of Metzer Farms who says that he sells about 35,000 egg-laying ducklings each year. Ducks are also able to forage nearly 90 percent of their food, making them a more efficient backyard animal.

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The Extinction of the Kitchen Dog

Back in the 16th century, the turnspit dog was an important fixture in large British kitchens. The tiny dog was bred to run a wheel that turned the roasting spit in the fireplace and viewed more as a kitchen tool than a pet. Now the dog has gone extinct, but at the Abergavenny Museum in Monmouthshire, viewers can see the last of the turnspit dogs on as a taxidermy display.

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Many people swear by the hydrating effects of coconut water and opt for it over sports drinks. Even though others speculate that the health benefits of coconut water are greatly exaggerated, the beverage has amassed a following. Now there's a new drink in town. Straight out of Canada, maple water is set to make its debut in the U.S. Filled with nutrients and not too many calories, maple water seems like the ideal drink to match the popularity of coconut water. Could maple water be coconut water's new competition in the drink aisle?

In other news:

  • A distillery is trying to flavor pigs with...whiskey.
  • A Swiss restaurant fines customers for leaving something basic behind.
  • Why duck could become the new chicken.
  • This dog was once a major asset in 16th century English kitchens.

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