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USDA Reclassifies Wine As Fruit, Coffee And Chocolate As Vegetables

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – If you consume wine and coffee or eat chocolates on a regular basis, you no longer need to feel guilty about it.

In a stunning announcement today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reclassified wine as fruit and coffee and chocolate as vegetables. This means that it will now be much easier for Americans to follow the government’s nutritional guide, MyPlate, released in June, 2011.

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA — a pie chart depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. It replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid guide, ending 19 years of USDA food pyramid diagrams.

MyPlate is divided into sections of approximately 30 percent grains, 40 percent vegetables, 10 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, accompanied by a smaller circle representing dairy, such as a glass of milk or a yogurt cup.

MyPlate is supplemented with additional recommendations, such as “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.”

USDA says that it just makes sense to classify wine as fruit since it comes from grapes, and to consider both coffee and chocolate as vegetables because they come from plants.

For many years now, consumers have been barraged with studies and news articles about the health benefits of wine, coffee and chocolate. The USDA announcement should not come as a surprise.

Here’s to a healthier, fun diet!



Starbucks Will Donate All Of Its Leftover Coffee To America’s Needy

Starbucks moving on down the roadSEATTLE, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Coffee giant Starbucks today announced an unprecedented move to help feed America’s hungry population.

The Seattle-based company is parterning with the Food Donation Connection and Feeding America in a program known as FoodShare that will allow the company to donate all of its leftover brewed coffee to food banks. With this program, FDC and Feeding America will pick up the coffee at 7,600 Starbucks-operated U.S. locations redistribute it.

Other coffee companies like Peet’s and Seattle’s Best are expected to follow suit.

It’s American corporate responsibility at its best!


CaptureSEATTLE, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles) – Starbucks has just announced plans to launch a media start-up that produces documentaries for TV or even films capable of changing culture “through creative storytelling.”

Starbucks is partnering with The Adobo Chronicles for this new venture which will be run by veteran Washington Post reporter and former Baghdad bureau chief Ravji Chandrasekaran.

Chandrasekaran said that Starbucks and The Adobo Chronicles are a match made in heaven. “With the AdoboChron’s pool of creative writers and Starbucks’  street corner popularity worldwide, we hope to bring the best news and features that can change the world,” he added.

The media venture will initially focus on two areas of interest: venti and grande news.

Large-screen monitors will be installed at every Starbucks store where customers can watch relevant news and features while waiting for their coffee to brew.