At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And we’ve come across some stories that are too good to not share. Here are the food items from the week that you don’t want to miss.
1. Organic Gatorade is coming, but is that even healthier?
PepsiCo, which owns Gatorade, announced it is launching an organic Gatorade drink based on consumer demand. I’m honestly just surprised that there are any ingredients in Gatorade natural enough that it can be produced organically at all. Gatorade no longer contains high-fructose corn syrup, so it’s not that. Maybe some of the “natural and artificial flavors” will be derived from organic ingredients?
At any rate, those looking for a healthier choice (especially kids, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics) are better off sticking to plain water when working out. — Business Insider
2. Girl Scout cookies are for sale — online
Your favorite cookies are back. And for the second year in a row, Girl Scout cookies will be available for purchase online. Once again you can order as many boxes of Samoas as you want in the privacy of your own home. The only tricky part is that each Girl Scout will have her own online ordering site, so you need to get the Web address from a Girl Scout to make your purchase.
Time to start making friends with all your co-workers who have kids just in case, I guess! The real danger comes after you get your hands on the link — a few glasses of Chard Deep, and online shopping for cookies might just be too fun to resist. — Huffington Post
3. P.F. Chang’s still under fire over gluten-free menu pricing
P.F. Chang’s is currently embroiled in a legal fight for pricing gluten-free versions of its menu items $1 more than the original versions. The plaintiff is arguing that because celiac disease is a medical condition, the surcharge for gluten-free items counts as unlawful discrimination. P.F. Chang’s filed a complaint that the argument wasn’t valid, but after the judge in the case saw a list of the symptoms of celiac disease and learned what can happen when those with the disease ingest or come into contact with gluten, he dismissed P.F. Chang’s complaint. The legal battle will continue. The outcome of the case could set a precedent for other restaurants who currently charge more for gluten-free menu items. — Legal Newsline
4. All 16 U.S. Le Cordon Bleu schools are closing
Big news for American aspiring chefs: All 16 Le Cordon Bleu culinary schools in the U.S. are closing. The closures might not be such a terrible loss, though. These types of for-profit vocational schools have come increasingly under fire for not adequately preparing students for their future careers. When Eater analyzed culinary school tuition rates and culinary field salary data, it found that there was barely any advantage to attending culinary school.
A better option for those interested in entering the field might be seeking apprenticeships or starting at the bottom as a dishwasher. Or you can do like I do and just watch an obscene amount of Food Network and wait to be discovered based on the witty and knowledgeable things you shout at the screen. — Eater
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5. Chipotle’s latest apology is a clear sign of panic
It seems like not a day goes by without Chipotle issuing yet another statement about its food safety woes, and this week has been no different. The company took out full-page ads in more than 61 newspapers across the country, issuing an apology to its customers in the form of a letter from Chipotle founder Steve Ellis. He writes, “The fact that anyone has become ill eating at Chipotle is completely unacceptable to me and I am deeply sorry.”
Regarding Chipotle’s plans to revamp its food safety procedures, Ellis says that, “In the end, it may not be possible for anyone to completely eliminate all risk with regard to food (or from any environment where people congregate), but we are confident that we can achieve near zero risk.” I hope he’s right, because honestly, it’s been a rough few months for us burrito bowl fangirls/Chipotle apologists. — Consumerist