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Softer Music and Lighting Can Help Cut Calories, According to Study

Here’s a new tip for those looking to shed some pounds: Dim the lights while eating.

According to a recent study, softer restaurant music and lighting can help cut calories.

Researchers transformed the atmosphere of a fast-food restaurant with milder music and lighting and found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than other people in the unmodified part of the restaurant.

Not only did they eat less, but also they ate longer and rated the food as more enjoyable.

“These results suggest that a more relaxed environment increases satisfaction and decreases consumption,” Brian Wansink, a former executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, told Reuters.

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Booze News: Will Beer Make You Smarter?, Kirin’s Frozen Beer Foam

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago found that men are better at solving brainteasers after they have a couple of pints of beer, as reported by the New York Daily News. For the study, male participants were divided into two groups and asked to solve word puzzles. The men in one group drank two pints of beer each; the men in the other group remained sober.

The boozers solved 40 percent more of the problems than the sober men. Does that mean drinking beer will make you smarter? Even considering the results of the study, it’s a bit hard to believe.

Another type of beer research, conducted in Japan, has produced surprising results: frozen beer foam. The Japanese brand Kirin has developed a new beer called Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft, which is topped with a frozen head that’s supposed to keep the beer cold for 30 minutes. Watch the video, which we found on Laughing Squid, to see how it works.

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Snacks Make Women Fat: Study

Hey, ladies: Scientists have found another thing that might make us fat — mid-morning snacks.

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As detailed in The Times of India, female dieters who ate or drank between breakfast and lunch only lost 7 percent of their body mass index (BMI) over the course of the year. Non-snackers shed 11 percent.

Researchers say that afternoon or evening snacking doesn’t seem to slow weight loss.

“We think this finding may not relate necessarily to the time of day one snacks, but rather to the short interval between breakfast and lunch. Mid-morning snacking therefore might be a reflection of recreational or mindless eating habits rather than eating to satisfy true hunger,” Anne McTiernan, the lead author of the study, told reporters.

If that’s not confusing (or boring) enough, McTiernan opines that snacking could somehow help you lose weight, even if it seems kind of counterintuitive based upon all the other stuff she says.

“Adding a snack might help people deal better with hunger and ultimately help them to make more sound choices at their next meal,” she told the media.

So there you have it, girls: Snacks might make you fat, and snacks might make you thin.

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Next Week Is Meat Week in NYC; Cantaloupes Now Officially Deadliest Food Poisoning Outbreak in U.S. History

In Occupy Wall Street news today, food vendors have returned to their Wall Street locations now that police have removed some of the barricades.
[DNAinfo]

When Le Cirque opened recently in New Delhi, they did so with some menu modifications. (Spoiler alert: Indians prefer Italian to French.)
[Wall Street Journal]

It will be a carnivore’s delight: Starting next Monday, “Meat Week” will showcase organic, locally raised meat at venues throughout Manhattan.
[NY Times]

The death toll from tainted cantaloupes is now at 29, making it the deadliest food-borne outbreak in this country.
[ABC News]

Despite 61 percent of Staten Islanders having trouble affording food, food banks have seen donations slow to a trickle.
[SILive]

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The Pleasures of Mustard Oil; The Beauty of Having a Butcher

According to a new study, fast food is most popular among the middle class. [CSP]

On that note, researchers say overwhelming evidence shows fatty foods are as addictive as cocaine. [Bloomberg]

New York chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Alex Raij have discovered the pleasures of mustard oil. [NY Times]

Breadfruit could be the food of the future: It grows in huge quantities and is high in nutrients. The only problem is that it’s terribly bland. [Wall Street Journal]

A new breed of wine bar has great bottle lists without the pomp and pretension that used to accompany wine bars. [NY Post]

Occupy Wall Street protesters are being blamed for shutting down Milk Street Café and getting staff fired. [NY Post]

Buying from a butcher is more than just purchasing cuts of meat you’ll never find at the supermarket. It’s about the human interaction. [NY Times]

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Get Ready for a Coconut Rum-Tequila Mutation; Get to Know Calvados This Fall

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to note that Thanksgiving is only 24 days away. Pumpkin martinis with your turkey?
[Washington Post]

Glenfiddich is releasing 11 special bottles to mark the 110th birthday of the distillery’s founder’s granddaughter.
[Drinks Business]

Ne-Yo, the r&b singer, is teaming with Malibu to launch a new coconut rum-silver tequila blend.
[DBR]

New York State is neck and neck with Washington for the number-two spot behind California for domestic wine production.
[Washington Post]

Calvados, the apple brandy, is a perfect drink for fall. A new book explores the category and illuminates how to enjoy it.
[NY Times]

Chris Gall, known in New York for his flying-fish posters inside MTA subway cars, did the illustrations for The PDT Cocktail Book.
[NY Times]

Prices for the world’s top wines, like premier cru Château Lafite Rothschild, continue to decline.
[Wall Street Journal]

New medical research suggests that more than two drinks per day can raise the risk of certain cancers.
[Wall Street Journal]

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Not All Yelpers Are Created Equal; OWS Protesters Target Fancy Restaurants

Junk food is now being blamed for low sperm counts in young adult males.
[Business Insider]

If you thought the tainted cantaloupe death toll had peaked, you were wrong. A second New York death brings the total up to 25. [Wall Street Journal]

Some Yelp reviewers — Yelpers — are so influential they can make or break a restaurant nowadays.
[NY Post]

Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia may or may not renew his contract with the team, but he has signed on to become part owner of the new Hooters in Murray Hill.
[NY Post]

Who said capitalism is dead? Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, Libertos Pizzeria rakes in about $3,525 on a good Monday.
[NY Post]

Also in OWS news, the protesters are now targeting the restaurants of the rich and famous, like Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café.
[Crain’s]

With competition increasing among supermarkets, packaged food manufacturers are vying for a presence in the popular produce section.
[Wall Street Journal]

Elaine’s is in contract to be sold for more than $8.4 million. Don’t worry, says buyer Robert Skolnick, “Elaine’s will be in good hands.”
[NY Post]

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Rachael Ray Mag Changes Hands; Cantaloupe Death Toll Hits 23

A food-truck festival has been canceled in Boston this weekend due to the Occupy Boston protest downtown.
[Boston Herald]

A blogger for Politico went to 25 restaurants frequented by Michelle Obama to “have what she’s having” and discovered the first lady likes vegetables and dirty martinis. [AFP]

A new study suggests that pregnant women who load up on trans fats are more likely to give birth to bigger babies.
[Reuters]

Meredith, the publisher of Ladies’ Home Journal, will buy Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine from Reader’s Digest.
[Crain’s]

The death toll linked to tainted cantaloupes from Colorado has now reached 23 across 12 states, including New York.
[FOX News]

Is Starbucks getting into the juice-bar business? CEO Howard Schultz has been spotted checking out Liquiteria and the Juice Press in the East Village.
[NY Post]

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Peanut Butter Prices On the Rise; Topping Meat with Meat at Burger Restos

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced that he decided to become a vegetarian as part of his anti-animal-cruelty campaign.
[NY Post]

A new study has shown that it’s possible to achieve peanut tolerance by attaching peanut proteins onto blood cells and reintroducing them to the body.
[Sun Times]

Meanwhile, another bad year for peanut crops means that the price of peanut butter is going up next month.
[Wall Street Journal]

Now that the labor dispute at the Boathouse has been resolved, the Hotel and Motel Trades Council has taken out ads inviting people to visit the Central Park restaurant.
[Crain’s]

In restaurants around the country, burgers are getting topped with more meat, like Smashburger’s grilled pastrami burger.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

A new smartphone app called B4YOUBOARD will allow airline passengers to order food for gate-side delivery at JFK.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

 

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France Bans American Evil: Ketchup; Park Avenue Autumn Serves Up Saddam Hussein’s Old China

Could petit fours be the next cupcakes? Probably not, but here’s hoping. [Wall Street Journal]

Todd Wilbur, a recipe hacker, has spent years trying to decode restaurant chains’ most famous recipes. [NY Times]

France has banned school and college cafeterias from serving ketchup with anything but french fries. [LA Times]

As part of an ongoing art series, Park Avenue Autumn restaurant has enlisted artist Michael Rakowitz to make a dish served on china looted from Saddam Hussein’s palaces. [NY Post]

A slump in sales has Taco Bell hinting at plans to “reinvent the taco” next year — hey, it worked for Domino’s. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Four new four banh mi chain concepts around the country have national growth aspirations, including Michael “Bao” Huynh’s Baoguette empire. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Food ads have more impact on kids than parents, according to a new study. But parents aren’t completely powerless, it says. [USA Today]

Friendly’s has started closing locations across the country as the restaurant chain files for bankruptcy. [Wall Street Journal]

A space shortage is forcing Manhattan’s growing Koreatown to expand beyond Fifth Avenue. [Wall Street Journal]

A new study has found that rats and mice suffered substantial organ disruptions from eating genetically modified foods. [TG Daily]