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This week’d food news trend: dangerous and unhealthy things to avoid (coconut oil, airplane coffee/tea, whipped cream dispensers). 


+ The hottest trend in cooking is also one of the oldest. Read about how restaurants are serving up s’more smoky flavors.

+ There’s probably no better state than California to enjoy avocado and no better city than Los Angeles to have it on toasts. Here’s a photographic guide from the NYT to help you wade through LA’s best avocado toasts.

Coconut Oil by Paul Reis

+ Looking to consume a lot of saturated fats? You might be already in the form of “healthy-ish” coconut oil.

An AHA survey found that 72 percent of Americans considered coconut oil a health food. But coconut oil, it turns out, is shockingly high in saturated fats. And saturated fat ― even though some elements of its effects are up for debate ― isn’t good for you no matter how you slice it.

San Marzano Tomatoes by Jim Lukach

+ San Marzano tomatoes command a higher price tag, so it’s no wonder they’re considered “The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods.” Read more on Taste Cooking, where you’ll get tips on how to spot the real deal from the knock-offs.

+ Before hopping on your next flight, you should seriously consider bringing your own coffee and tea.

As NBC 5 noted, the water for tea and coffee comes from the tap, not from a bottle, while in flight. And that water could be downright disgusting. According to a 2004 EPA sample of 158 planes, 13 percent contained coliform. Two of the airplanes were found to have dangerous E.coli in the water. And as Business Insider reported, an additional EPA study found that one in every eight planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety.

+ In a thoroughly disturbing turn of events, a Chantilly whipped cream dispenser exploded and killed a popular fitness blogger and model, Rebecca Burger.  

+ Food delivery apps are growing faster than appetites, and for now, they don’t seem to be affecting restaurant visits IRL.

According to Sense360’s report, restaurant visitation patterns tend to be guided more heavily by extrinsic characteristics—like geographic location or socioeconomics—than use of a third-party delivery app. Data also shows that delivery app users who frequent quick-service restaurants are more likely to visit higher-priced concepts, such as Starbucks and Chipotle, than traditional fast food locations like McDonalds.

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