March 22, 2010

18 Giant Bowls of Ramen

1 "The Witch" Three-peats in Japanese Eating Contest

Skinny 46-year-old Hatsuyo Sugawara, nicknamed Majo ("The Witch"), won her third straight crown in Japan's championship eating ("oogui") contest for women, aired annually on the TV Tokyo network. Sugawara finished 18 jumbo bowls of ramen noodles in an hour in the finals. In earlier heats she ate 32 grilled ground beef steaks and 26 fried pork cutlets, as well as eel and rice bowls, squid, and sweet dumplings. Sugawara finished in first place in most of the heats. Sugawara gained her first crown in 2008 by beating popular eating athlete Natsuko Sone ("Gal Sone"). Sone ended up retiring from competitive eating in the face of Sugawara's performance, becoming a television personality, where she can capitalize on her eating ability without competing head to head with Sugawara.

More at TV Tokyo (Japanese) | Hat tip to Rocket News 24 (Japanese) | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Oogui, Eating Competitions, Japanese Eating Contests, Gal Sone, Galsone, Majo, Hatsuyo Sugawara (The Witch)

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (45%) / No! (55%)

How Much Would Jesus Eat?

2 Last Supper Shows Portion Growth over Centuries

An analysis of 52 portrayals of the last supper of Jesus and his disciples shows that over the last 1,000 years portions have grown by 70 percent, bread servings by 23 percent, and plate sizes by 65 percent. An alternative but unlikely interpretation could be that human head sizes have shrunk over the centuries, because the researchers, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab director Brian Wansink and his brother, a biblical scholar, used the painted sizes of the holy noggins as controls to estimate the size of portions. Although portion growth is thought of as a recent phenomenon, the paintings show a fairly steady growth over the centuries. Of course, we've also gotten bigger and taller over time, as museum armor exhibits demonstrate.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Brian Wansink, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, Food and Brand Lab, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, Last Supper Food, Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper

Read the Comments (1) | Was this Interesting? Yes! (52%) / No! (48%)

Sweet Not Low

3 High Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Weight Gain

"The solution to obesity is not to sweeten our 64-ounce Super Big Gulp Cokes with glucose, but rather to substitute water."
- Mike in the comments

In animal experiments conducted by a Princeton University research team, rats who consumed high fructose corn syrup gained much more weight than rats given regular table sugar, even when the caloric intake of both groups was equal. Researchers determined that high fructose corn syrup, when consumed over the long term, results in significant increases in body fat, particularly in the abdomen. They hope this research helps break the US trend of increasing obesity. "Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Obesity, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Table Sugar, Weight Gain, Princeton University, Body Fat, Abdominal Fat

Read the Comments (1) | Was this Interesting? Yes! (46%) / No! (54%)

Recession Or Zeitgeist To Blame?

4 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Down in US

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported an 18 percent decline in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed last year in the US. The recession has been cited as a major factor in the downward trend but is something else afoot? After at least a decade of glamorizing cosmetic surgical procedures in television shows such as Nip/Tuck and Extreme Makeover, the tide seems to be turning. Magazines that once celebrated the beauty of artificially-enhanced movie and tv stars, now take them to task. Cosmetic surgeons say that, while the recession has impacted their business, there also seems to be a shift in taste and sensibility of the American public who now seem to prefer less-invasive procedures such as Botox and fillers.

More at Guardian.co.uk | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Want Permanently Fuller Lips?

Tags: Aging, Botox, Cosmetic Surgery, Dysport, Facial Fillers, Perlane, Plastic Surgery, Recession, Restylane, Nip/Tuck, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Extreme Makeover, Wrinkles, Facelifts

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (49%) / No! (51%)

No Metabolism Boost with 6 Meals

5 Eating More but Smaller Meals Doesn't Burn Fat

"Did this study take into consideration having energy ALL day for job, family, errands, exercise?"
- Anthony in the comments

A common and often repeated weight loss strategy is to eat six small meals per day as opposed to three larger ones. The theory behind this strategy is that, by eating more frequently, the body’s metabolism is spurred into action, contributing to faster and more vigorous calorie burning, resulting in weight loss. A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition debunks this theory, however, and found that calorie reduction, and not meal frequency, accounts for weight loss. When two groups followed a diet that consisted of the same number of calories with one group eating six times a day and the other eating three meals a day, their weight loss was equivalent as was their fat loss. Other studies showed similar results debunking the myth of six small squares a day.

More at The New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Diet, Weight Loss, Six Meals Per Day, Boost Metabolism, The New York Times, The British Journal of Nutrition, Calorie Restriction, Fat Loss, Metabolism

Read the Comments (9) | Was this Interesting? Yes! (43%) / No! (57%)

Butter’s Not Better

6 Polyunsaturated Fats Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Researchers at Harvard found that replacing dietary saturated fatty acids (SFA) — such as those found in meat, cheese and butter — with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), resulted in a 19 percent reduced risk of heart disease. The study, published in PLoS Medicine, marks the first time scientific evidence was used to study the effect of substituting PUFA and the incidence of coronary disease. Reducing SFAs has been the standard medical recommendation for controlling the risk of coronary heart disease but few studies have been done to determine the effect of increasing dietary polyunsaturated fat. Say the authors of the study, “Rather than trying to lower PUFA consumption, a shift toward greater population PUFA consumption in place of SFA could significantly reduce rates of CHD.”

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Heart Disease, Polyunsaturated Fat, Saturated Fat, Butter, Margarine, Coronary Heart Disease, Harvard University, Butter Substitutes, Dietary Fat, SFA, PUFA

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (46%) / No! (54%)

2015

October 28 21 14 8 2

September 26 18 12 6

August 30 24 17 11 5

July 29 23 16 9 3

June 28 23 16 10 5

May 31 25 20 13 8 3

April 28 21 16 8 1

March 27 21 13 6 3

February 27 20 13 6

January 31 27 25 17 12 8 7 5

2014

December 31 25 18 9 8 7 4 3 2

November 30 29 28 26 25 23 22 21 18 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 7 5 4 3 2

October 31 30 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

July 31 30 29 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 1

June 30 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 8 7 6 5 3 2 1

May 31 30 28 26 25 24 22 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 9 7 6 5 2

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2013

December 30 29 28 25 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 5 4 3 2

August 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 27 26 25 23 22 20 18 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

2012

December 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2011

December 30 29 28 27 26 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2010

December 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 8 7 6 5 2 1

March 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 7 6

2009

December 27 26 24 22 21 19 16

Most Recent 100 Items