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Archive for July, 2009

Treat a craving with modest portion

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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All of us crave certain foods like ice cream, chips, and pizza, but why do we crave them?

It turns out, there’s scientific evidence that shows our brains are being hijacked by food.

Ever wonder why that chocolate chip cookie seems to have so much power over you? Or why potato chips are so addictive?

Researchers say our brains are being hijacked by fat, sugar and salt.

Add flavor, add texture, add temperature, add color. And what do we end up with? One of the great public health epidemics of our time.

Former FDA Commissioner, Doctor David Kessler, is author of the new book, The End of Overeating.

Kessler says by combining fat, sugar and salt in all kinds of different ways, food makers are stimulating our desire to eat even when we’re full. “Back 20 years ago, the average bite had about 20 chews. Today, food goes down in one or two chews. It’s a wash. We get stimulated and we reach for more and more.”

We just can’t help ourselves. Just ask four-star chef Daniel Boulud. He agrees with Kessler, and emphasizes portion control is so important… when it works. “We don’t control how much you eat of it. We just control how much we give you.”

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All of us crave certain foods like ice cream, chips, and pizza, but why do we crave them?

It turns out, there’s scientific evidence that shows our brains are being hijacked by food.

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PPD to eliminate 270 jobs, including some in Wilmington

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

PPD Inc. is laying off “fewer than 80” people at its Wilmington headquarters as part of a work force reduction of 270 across North America.

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D.C. Virgo students get new dress code

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Chelsea Kellner,Chelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Back to school shopping just got simpler for D.C. Virgo Middle School students.The school announced a new standardized dress code Wednesday, to take effect when the new school year begins Aug. 25.

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Bladenboro and Whiteville to receive federal funds

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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Federal stimulus funds are on the way to this area.

On Wednesday, Senator Kay Hagan’s office announced grants for projects in Bladenboro and Whiteville.

The town of Bladenboro will receive $300,000 in loans and grants for construction of a new town hall.

The city of Whiteville will get $240,000 for eight new police cars.

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Federal stimulus funds are on the way to this area.

On Wednesday, Senator Kay Hagan’s office announced grants for projects in Bladenboro and Whiteville.

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Surf City Town Council seeks lower speed limit on N.C. 210

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The combination of high speeds and a sharp curve often has dangerous consequences on N.C. 210 in Surf City – and they usually end in Betty Saunders’ yard.

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