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Researchers find that whole fruits may lower the risk of diabetes, Chobani recalls moldy Greek yogurt after customers report illnesses, and a new IRS rule may lead to the abolishment of automatic gratuities. Read below for the full stories:

Researchers at Harvard University have found that the consumption of whole fruits lowers the risk of developing diabetes, while fruit juice may raise the risk. In a study of over 180,000 participants, subjects were questioned about their consumption of the following fruits: grapes, prunes, bananas, cantaloupe, apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, blueberries, strawberries, and stone fruits (peaches, plums, or apricots). Researchers found that three or more servings a week of blueberries, apples, and grapes helped lower type 2 diabetes risk, with blueberries having the greatest impact. Prunes, pears, bananas, and grapefruit were the only other fruits shown to lower diabetes risk. What’s the reason behind it? Polyphenols, study co-author Qi Sun stated, have antioxidant effects that help rid the body of harmful oxygen radicals that contribute to the development of diabetes. Sun’s team found that fruit juices, on the other hand, do not possess the same kind of beneficial qualities. In fact, fruit juices were found to raise the risk of diabetes by 21 percent in participants who drank at least one serving a day. Sun explained that the beneficial phytochemicals and dietary fibers are lost during the juicing process, and drinking juice incites a “more rapid and dramatic glucose and insulin response.”

Popular Greek yogurt maker, Chobani, has recalled some of their products after customers reported illnesses. The issue first came to light last week, when the yogurt cups were found “swollen” and “bloated.” The company immediately started asking retailers to remove their products from shelves, and issued a recall this week citing mold. With their products free of preservatives, mold became an issue, turning yogurt “fizzy” and ruining the flavor. While the number of illnesses hasn’t been reported, CEO Hamid Ulukaya stated that it wasn’t “in the hundreds or thousands” and that the problem has been fixed.

Restaurant tipping has long been a point of debate, but a new IRS rule may lead to the abolishment of automatic gratuities. The ruling, which will treat automatic gratuities as wages, could result in higher payroll taxes and the hassle of completing extra paperwork. For servers, automatic tipping ensures a fair compensation for their service in tending to larger parties of people. On the flip side, the abolishment of automatic gratuities gives customers the power to decide how much money they want to leave their server. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of chains including Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has already stopped automatic gratuities at approximately 100 restaurants. The IRS ruling will go into effect in January.

Posted by on September 6th, 2013

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Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.

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