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What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

These are fun food reads about hot dog apps and paella emojis, not your summer reading list from AP English. But don’t worry, we’re also getting educational with science news that might impact your juice diet and economic news about declining modern milk sales.

+ Milk sales are curdling — got (alternative) milk? NPR’s got the dish on how young consumers are milking everything but the cows these days.

Milk drinking has always been in part about habit and marketing, and milk alternatives capitalize on both.

Even using the word “milk” has become a source of controversy… As a result, lawmakers from dairy states earlier this year called on the Food and Drug Administration to better enforce rules on what is labeled “milk.”

+ Food lovers who are also emoji lovers will devour this savory history about the new paella emoji (and the man who made it a digital reality).

“I called up these guys. They are like the smartest guys in the world. But that was the easy part. They say ‘Ok, we will take a look at the paella emoji.’ But that’s it. You can’t just pay these guys off. You have to convince them that paella emoji is something that people will really use, that is really important,” Andrés said.

+ Forget home ownership. “Avocado hands” is the real threat facing millennials. Warning: graphic content found in link.

+ What’s going on at the largest Olive Garden in the country? An ex-manager shares how a knife fight between two angry customers wasn’t as bad as running out of breadsticks.

Chili Coney Hot Dog by Steven Depolo

+ Can’t tell if your photo is of a hot dog? Of course, there’s an app for that inspired by HBO’s show, Silicon Valley.

+ Sweet drinks don’t always give life a sweet ending. According to new research, increased consumption of sugary beverages (including fruit juice) can lead to faster-than-normal brain shrinkage, a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

Compared with those who drank no sugary drinks, those who drank one or two a day had a reduced brain volume equivalent to 1.6 years of normal aging, and lower memory scores equivalent to 5.8 years of aging. Those who drank more than two had decreased brain volume equivalent to two years of normal aging and lower memory scores by the equivalent of 11 years.

The study, in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, found that on average, the more sugary drinks consumed, the lower the total brain volume and the lower the scores on memory tests. Brain shrinkage is tied to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


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