Bits and pieces: Tainted water, Hungry Girl TV show and other food news from the web, 12.20.10

  • There’s apparently more in Louisville’s water than the fluoride folks brag about. A new analysis shows that there is a presence of a probable carcinogen in the tap water of 31 major U.S. cities, including Louisville, according to an article from the Washington Post. Here’s what the newspaper says about the chemical, which got public attention in the 2000 Julia Roberts film Erin Brockovich:

The chemical … has been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals by the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health … The federal government has not set a limit for hexavalent chromium in drinking water but is reexamining the chemical to decide whether it should impose such restrictions.

  • Are you one of the 1.3 million people who subscribe to Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien’s newsletter? If so, you can watch her starting Jan. 8 on the Cooking Channel where she will have her own show, according to an article in the New York Daily News. But some of the ladies over at Jezebel are a little peeved at Lillien’s emphasis on processed foods.


  • This is a great idea to get motivated to eat healthy – keep a journal detailing what you don’t eat. Josie at the blog Yum Yucky calls it reverse food journaling. Instead of obsessing over every bite you consume each day, writing down all the bad food that you turn away (like that pizza everyone had after the staff meeting) is more encouraging to a healthy lifestyle.


  • The Boston Globe recently published an article about the growing awkwardness of splitting the bill during these tough economic times. I have a solution – pay for what you order. Order what you can afford. The. End.

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