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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!




imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Imagine breakfast without bacon. Now you don’t have to. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banned the production and sale of cured bacon in the country because of its link to cancer.

Bacon is either cured or uncured while all bacon is soaked in brine to give it flavor and prevent botulism. It is traditionally cured using a mixture of salt, water and synthetic sodium nitrite that acts as a preservative and made by mixing Nitrates, a naturally occurring compound in plants, with certain bacteria.

The USDA ban does not cover uncured bacon. Uncured bacon uses natural nitrates found in juice, sea salt and celery powder to achieve a similar taste, so uncured bacon does not have potentially harmful chemicals akin to sodium nitrite.

Soon after the  surprising USDA announcement, the National Association of American Chefs (NAAC) filed papers in court seeking an injunction to stop USDA from implementing the ban.

“This will end the culinary career,” a spokesperson for NAAC said. “Bacon is to hotels and restaurants just like butter is to Julia Child and Paula Deen!”

Consumers nationwide are joining the NAAC in supporting the injunction.

In fact, a million march is being planned in Washington, D.C. the Sunday before Thanksgiving to demand the reinstatement of cured bacon as the beloved miracle ingredient in home cooking and holiday meals.

Meanwhile, big box stores like Costco and large supermaket chains like Safeway have reported that their freezers have practically been emptied in the last 24 hours by customers panicking about the soon-to-disappear cured bacon.