Small Bites from Around the Country: June 4

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Here are some of the food stories we’re reading at The Chew today:

As you may know, The Chew tapes in New York City and everyone is apoplectic about Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s move to band super-sized sodas. It’s all very political and some people are ending up on surprising sides of the debate. Here’s a quick roundup.

The New York Times Op-Ed page hates it.

So does Jon Stewart.

But the conservative NY Post and the liberal NY Daily News are both in favor of the ban which is shocking because these two tabloids rarely agree on anything.

A quick primer on it all can be found at The Atlantic Wire.

And, as usual, the soda ban comes back to high-fructose corn syrup. Here’s some info on why you should care about the politics of corn syrup.

Meanwhile, here are things that Chew pal Jamie Oliver does not like. We won’t name them here.

What’s man-food and what’s woman food? New research tries to sort it out and the results are somewhat unexpected. The most shocking news to us? The average American eats 195 pounds of meat every year. Time to order some more salads we think.

Something a little more fun to debate: Should you drink wine with your kids? Joe Bastianich, a partner of our own Mario Batali, makes the case that you should. Read his missive at Salon.

And, finally, the future of food might be in a laboratory. Check out the details at Slate.


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