Rabbit Renaisance?

Rabbits “are helping win the war,” proclaimed a Los Angeles Times article from 1943. They where touted as a patriotic food during World War II, and  rabbits were raised by thousands of Americans in their backyards. Along with victory gardens, rabbits helped put food on the table when much of the nation’s supply was shipped to soldiers overseas and ration stamps provided less at home. But even though rabbit consumption spiked during the war, it all but disappeared afterward.  Most people who think rabbit today and there thoughts probably veer to cartoon characters, cereal mascots, Easter and pets. For some the only bunny they have ever eaten was of the milk chocolate breed. But if you are feeling like you have been missing out your in luck because rabbit appears to be going through a renaissance of sorts. In a time filled with foodies, food truck and an abundance of armature food critics.  Fine dining is being redesigned  as food sport, rabbit is both familiar and exotic enough to make the cut.

Fake Blueberries could be in your food

Fake blueberries are usually plastic and can be found with other fake fruits in decorative arrangements on bizarre hats or well that’s about it I think.  But now they can be found in food. A range of fake blueberries are in a number of retail food items that contain labels or photos suggesting real blueberries were used in the products, according to an investigation.  It’s like some thought it’s not hard enough to include fruits in your diet. Now you have to watch for fakes in your food.  The nonprofit Consumer Wellness Center reported in its investigation they found “blueberries” that were nothing more than a concoction of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and of course our friends artificial food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40. The offenders include well-known manufacturers such as Kellogg’s, Betty Crocker and General Mills, and the fakes were found in bagels, cereals, breads and muffins. Some products did contain real blueberries mixed with the fakes. For example, the blueberry bagels sold at Target contain some real berries but the “blueberry bits” listed in the ingredients aren’t real blueberries, according to Mike Adams, the author of the report.  Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Blueberry Muffin variety has no blueberries but does have “blueberry flavored crunchies” made from the sugar-and-dye concoction mentioned above.

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