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McDonald’s Happy Meals to Get Healthy Makeover

In an effort to help stave off childhood obesity, McDonald’s announced Monday that its iconic Happy Meals are getting a healthy tune-up.

Traditionally, the meals included a burger or chicken nuggets, fries and a soda. But starting this fall, a fruit or vegetable will also be in the shiny box.

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The government hopes the new rules help people make better choices when it comes to eating outside of their homes.
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US Government Mandates Fast Food Nutrition Labeling

In an effort to help people make more informed choices when eating away from home, the federal government is introducing mandatory nutrition labeling for fast food menus and vending machines.

Items sold at movie theaters are exempt, which is odd given what calorie bombs those snacks can be.

The problem is that few Americans pay much attention to the nutrition labeling on even the packaged foods brought into their homes.

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Joey Chestnut Destroys Competition to Win Fifth Straight Hot Dog Eating Contest

In an age where dynasties are few and far between, Joey Chestnut has dominated his sport like few others.

Best of all, he let's the success go straight to his belly.

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Diet Soda May Make You Pack on the Pounds

By analyzing the results of a 10-year longitudinal study of 474 people, researchers  were able to determine that the participants who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced a waist size increase 70 percent greater than those who stayed away from diet soda.

Dr. Martin P. Paulus, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, and an author of the study, offered this theory as to why something without calories can lead to weight gain:

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Popsicles Shaped Like Marilyn Monroe, Darth Vader and Other Famous Faces

The double popsicle? Tired. Gourmet popsicles? So last summer. Right now, we’re all about this new line of incredibly detailed, pop culture-themed popsicles from Russian ad agency Stoyn, depicting ten iconic cultural figures from throughout the world — everyone from Che Guevara to Marilyn Monroe to Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.

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Deep Fried Kool-Aid and Other Battered Delights

If there’s one knock against Kool-Aid, it’s that it’s not fattening enough. Sure those sugars are going to turn into fat at some point, but what if you need a quicker fix? Who has time to sit around all day waiting for their metabolism to convert that excess glycogen to fatty acids? Enter deep-fried Kool-Aid, the newest oil-injected creation from the reigning king of fair food, “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian that’s a major web obsession right now.

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‘Baconized’ Manicotti Recipe Clocks in at 3,000 Calories [VIDEO]

Epic Meal Time, a group of YouTubers notorious for cooking comically high-calorie food, have taken cheese-filled pasta to new artery-clogging heights.

In an episode dubbed “Masta Pasta,” a hacked manicotti dish features a tasty bacon weave, ”trifecta liquor meat sauce” and multiple types of ravioli.

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Ice Cream Parlor Sells Cicada-Filled Ice Cream

Ice cream makers have always pushed the limit when it comes to flavoring their creamy dessert.

This week, Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream, located in Columbia, MO, joined the ranks of bold and off-the-cuff ice cream makers when they offered an insect-filled cicada ice cream.

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Food Pyramid Gets a Makeover

The food pyramid, which since 1992 has demonstrated the proper amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat a person should consume per day, is no more.

On Thursday, the USDA rolled out the government's new food icon: A plate divided into two larger sections of grains and vegetables, two smaller sections of fruit and protein, with a glass of dairy on the side.

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Man Goes to Therapy to Kick Sausage Addiction

Here's a challenging case for Dr. Drew. A 47-year-old British man is hooked on sausage.

David Harding, who has eaten sausage in some form every day for the last 42 years, is so desperate to kick the unusual addiction that he has undergone therapy to cut the food out of his diet.

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Jersey Mike's Supports Boys and Girls Club of East Texas
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Jersey Mike’s Subs Helping Boys & Girls Club of East Texas

During the month of March, aka the "Month of Giving", Jersey Mike's Subs Customers are able to make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas, a non-profit organization that focuses on the positive development of youth through after school programs.

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Eat at the Jalapeno Tree Tonight and Help the American Red Cross

Tonight the Jalapeno Tree is donating 15% percent of its proceeds to help the local chapter of the American Red Cross help local victims right here in East Texas. Pass the chips and salsa, please.

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