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The government hopes the new rules help people make better choices when it comes to eating outside of their homes.
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US Government Mandates Fast Food Nutrition Labeling

In an effort to help people make more informed choices when eating away from home, the federal government is introducing mandatory nutrition labeling for fast food menus and vending machines.

Items sold at movie theaters are exempt, which is odd given what calorie bombs those snacks can be.

The problem is that few Americans pay much attention to the nutrition labeling on even the packaged foods brought into their homes.

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Chestnut continues to dust the field in the annual Coney Island competition
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Joey Chestnut Destroys Competition to Win Fifth Straight Hot Dog Eating Contest

In an age where dynasties are few and far between, Joey Chestnut has dominated his sport like few others.

Best of all, he let's the success go straight to his belly.

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Diet Soda May Make You Pack on the Pounds

By analyzing the results of a 10-year longitudinal study of 474 people, researchers  were able to determine that the participants who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced a waist size increase 70 percent greater than those who stayed away from diet soda.

Dr. Martin P. Paulus, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, and an author of the study, offered this theory as to why something without calories can lead to weight gain:

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Red White and Blue Recipes: How to Plan a Tasty Fourth of July

Our founding fathers weren’t messing around when they decided on red, white and blue. When it comes to planning a Fourth of July menu, neither should you. Three colors are more than enough to plan a five-star meal.

Below, check out some delicious recipes to help you celebrate our nation’s birthday in style.

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Popsicles Shaped Like Marilyn Monroe, Darth Vader and Other Famous Faces

The double popsicle? Tired. Gourmet popsicles? So last summer. Right now, we’re all about this new line of incredibly detailed, pop culture-themed popsicles from Russian ad agency Stoyn, depicting ten iconic cultural figures from throughout the world — everyone from Che Guevara to Marilyn Monroe to Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.

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Giant Python Found Atop Garbage Truck in Ohio

You’ve heard about snakes on a boat, snakes on a train and, yes, snakes on a plane, but what about snakes on a Midwest garbage truck?

Last week, a Cincinnati, Ohio garbage collector found an unexpected – and unexplained – behemoth Burmese Python on the roof of his garbage truck after he emptied a bin at a fast-food restaurant.

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Ice Cream Parlor Sells Cicada-Filled Ice Cream

Ice cream makers have always pushed the limit when it comes to flavoring their creamy dessert.

This week, Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream, located in Columbia, MO, joined the ranks of bold and off-the-cuff ice cream makers when they offered an insect-filled cicada ice cream.

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Food Pyramid Gets a Makeover

The food pyramid, which since 1992 has demonstrated the proper amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat a person should consume per day, is no more.

On Thursday, the USDA rolled out the government's new food icon: A plate divided into two larger sections of grains and vegetables, two smaller sections of fruit and protein, with a glass of dairy on the side.

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Man Goes to Therapy to Kick Sausage Addiction

Here's a challenging case for Dr. Drew. A 47-year-old British man is hooked on sausage.

David Harding, who has eaten sausage in some form every day for the last 42 years, is so desperate to kick the unusual addiction that he has undergone therapy to cut the food out of his diet.

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Super Bowl Sunday Food Facts

As we prepare for Super Bowl parties and such, I came across these interesting facts on food consumption on the big day.  What do you have going on?  Are you hosting a party...or going to one?

SOURCES: BestLinesSports.com and AssociatedContent.com

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY FOOD FACTS:

Americans eat almost 15-thousand tons of chips and four-thousand tons of popcorn during the Super Bowl. If you lined up each and every chip, you would produce a trail almost 293-thousand miles long. Meanwhile, a popcorn string consisting of all that popcorn would ring the Earth almost five and a half times. More after the jump:

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Super Bowl It’s All About The Food

According to a recent survey, 20 million Americans are attending a Super Bowl party this weekend and Super Bowl plans are so important to people that they're made an average of 41 days in advance.

So, if you're one of those 20 million Americans preparing to party this weekend, brace yourself for the massive amounts of food that will be prepared and consumed

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