Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

We know french fries are bad for our waistlines, but now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants us to know that there’s another reason to cut back on them – a chemical called acrylamide, which forms in foods cooked at a very high temperature and which has been linked to cancer in animal studies. Acrylamide primarily shows up in plant-based foods that are fried, toasted or baked, like potatoes, cereals, breads, dried fruit, even roasted coffee beans. Evidently, the …

Why Southern Food Is Bad for Your Brain

The South is called the Stroke Belt because its residents are more likely to have a stroke than are people in other parts of the country. And now University of Alabama researchers think they know why: It’s all that fried chicken, bacon, ham, pies and sweet tea. The researchers, who presented their results at the International Stroke Conference last week, found that those who ate typical Southern food six times a week had a 41 percent increased risk of stroke …

Paula Deen Gets Healthy, Sheds 30 Pounds

The secret to losing weight? Getting paid millions to be the public (non-pudgy) face of a diabetes drug campaign. Evidently, that has worked for celebrity chef Paula Deen, doyenne of Southern fried everything, who has lost 30 pounds since revealing six months ago  she had Type 2 diabetes and would be promoting a new diabetes drug. You can see her newly svelte self on the cover of People magazine on Friday. Since sharing her diabetes diagnosis, she tells People magazine …