Bits and pieces: KFC, Slow Food International and other food news from the web, 4.11.11

New moms aren't eating right, so says the experts. Photo courtesy of flequi via Flickr.
  • New mothers let their health slip after the baby arrives because of lack of exercise and unhealthy eating, according to a study published in Pediatrics journal. It took a group of researchers to tell us that new moms are too busy to eat right and exercise. I’m not a mom, but I will give a “Well, DUH” in sisterly solidarity. (CNN)
  • Please check out these pictures from the World Grits Festival. They made my day. (Best Week Ever)
  • Here’s a list of 50 great food-related accounts to follow on Twitter. One day, I’ll make the list. One day. *shakes fist with determination (The Kitchn)
  • Good news — Slow Food International is considering Louisville as a host city for the group’s international congress, which would be its first such event in the United States. Bad news — the group has postponed making a decision until June. (WFPL News)
  • Yum! Brands, the folks who own KFC, is lobbying the state to allow the disabled, elderly and homeless to use food stamp vouchers at the company’s restaurants. Folks are pissed at this prospect. (WFPL)
  • Oh, snap. Louisville is getting an organic produce/local food/natural grocery delivery service. And the company, Green BEAN, is going to donate to Dare to Care Food Bank. It’s my middle class dream to have something like this. (Business First of Louisville)

You have two hours to get free Chick-fil-A french fries March 4

The Chick-fil-A waffle fry. Photo courtesy jronaldlee via Flickr.

Hungry? Got nothing to do on Friday afternoon?

Chick-fil-A is offering a free medium order of french fries between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday. The restaurant is promoting the new Heinz Dip and Squeeze packets.

From Business First of Louisville:

The freebie is part of a promotion to get customers to try Heinz’s new ketchup packets, which aren’t traditional packets at all … It holds three times as much as the old-fashioned packets and is designed for dipping or squeezing, leaving it up to the user to decide how to get the all-important ketchup to mingle with their fries.

The Heinz packets are indeed magical. Mama Eats treated me to some Chick-fil-A a couple of weeks ago, and the packs are wide enough for optimal waffle fry dipping. Find your nearest Chick-fil-A here.

And speaking of Chick-fil-A, check out this insightful article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the company.

Can government take away my Happy Meal?


As a Star Wars fan, I'm digging this Happy Meal. Photo courtesy of jasonippolito via Flickr.

I spent years collecting the toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals in a cardboard box.

It was no coincidence that I was also a chubby child.

Now, one city has taken action to curb the McDonald’s tradition of including toys in Happy Meals to market fast food to kids.

San Francisco’s board of supervisors gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will ban fast-food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines, which puts McDonald’s Happy Meals in the crosshairs, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

From the article:

The ordinance, which would go into effect in December of next year, prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 640 milligrams of sodium, 600 calories or 35 percent of their calories from fat. The law also would limit saturated fats and trans fats and require fruits or vegetables to be served with each meal with a toy.
Health advocates are thrilled that this ordinance will help fight childhood obesity. Other folks, including San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and McDonald’s franchise owners, object to the board regulating what children eat.
My view? Bravo to the board for calling McDonald’s out for peddling junk to kids. I’ve seen parents (mine included) buckle under tantrums from their kids and buy burgers and fries for the family. But the city needs to lead some efforts to teach parents about healthy eating and ensure that families have access to affordable, healthy food. I work in an area where it’s easier to get a Happy Meal than an orange. Something has got to change on both ends to make this ordinance work.
What do you think? Should a government group be allowed to regulate what a fast-food restaurant can offer kids? Take it to the comments.