Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats, which are used in processing food and in restaurants, usually to improve texture, shelf life or flavor. They can raise levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. The fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid, which is why they are often called partially hydrogenated oils. Continue reading
“I’m back, America.” And with a throaty chuckle, another fast food chain dusts off an old mascot to address the nation. A couple of weeks after McDonald’s Hamburglar robble-robbled back into our lives, KFC announced Tuesday that the fried chicken … Continue reading
When the Congressional Budget Office assessed the president’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 last year, it predicted 500,000 jobs could be lost. But a new study suggests that the fast-food industry could gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour without reducing their workforce or their profit. Continue reading
The largest fast-food employee protest is poised to happen across the nation today. Organizers, including fast-food workers from KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s and other convenience restaurants, are demanding a pay bump to $15 an hour and fervently pushing to unionize. Continue reading
Fast-food workers announced their intention Wednesday to launch an international strike across 33 countries for better working conditions and pay.
Over the past year, a small but growing chorus of fast food workers has pushed for "living wage" pay raises. A recent study found that more than 50 percent of fast food employees depend on public assistance. Kwame Holman reports on a recent national strike and examines why some experts argue against raising the minimum wage. Continue reading
In the age of pre-packaged food, author Michael Pollan says the most important thing about your diet is the act of actually cooking it. Jeffrey Brown talks to Pollan about his new book, "Cooked," which triumphs the gratification of home cooking and the importance of preserving it as a part of daily life. Continue reading
According to a new report from the CDC, Americans’ consumption of fast food has declined and kids are eating fewer calories, suggesting that efforts to fight fat may be working. Ray Suarez discusses the state of the obesity epidemic with Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat," and former CDC official Dr. William Dietz. Continue reading