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Joe Satran
Joe reports on doctors, diseases and the culture of modern medicine as a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He previously covered food and entertainment for HuffPost. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale's biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Joe Satran

New Study Links Chronic Jet Lag To Weight Gain, Early Breast Cancer Onset

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Anyone who's flown across the country knows jet lag can be unpleasant. But a growing body of research suggests that subjecting yourself to jet lag on a regular basis can also have major consequences for your health: weight gain, impaired memory -- and, according to one new study,...

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Diet Pepsi With Aspartame Isn't Going Away Completely

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Aspartame lovers can stop hoarding Diet Pepsi now. 

In April, PepsiCo announced that it was removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to growing consumer concern about the artificial sweetener's possible adverse health effects, and replacing it with sucralose. On Thursday,the Wall Street Journal reported the drink company's...

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Whole Foods Sued For Misleading Sugar Claims

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Whole Foods is in trouble again. 

The supermarket chain, still reeling from the revelation that it had systematically overcharged customers for packaged foods for years, is now facing...

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McDonald's 'Sustainable' Filet-O-Fish Threatens Alaska Fishermen's Livelihood

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:02 PM

In January 2013, McDonald's made waves in the media by committing to use only wild Alaskan pollock, certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), to make its popular Filet-O-Fish sandwiches in the U.S.. With awareness of an overfishing problem on the rise, this move was hailed...

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The 14 Major Restaurant Chains With The Fastest-Growing Sales

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Domino's Pizza was the fastest-growing major restaurant chain in America in the first quarter of this year, according to a Forbes analysis of publicly-traded food service companies.

Same-store sales growth -- a crucial measure of the annual growth in sales at stores open at...

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Arby's Launches Support Line For Vegetarians Tempted By Its New Bacon

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 5:05 PM



On June 28, Arby's restaurants across the country began selling three sandwiches featuring bacon baked with brown sugar. 

The brown sugar bacon will only be available until the end of July, but in the months leading up to its launch, Arby's executives became concerned...

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Gluten-Free Foods Are Not More Nutritious For Most People, Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:34 PM

A large study of gluten-free foods confirms what health experts have long been saying, but many consumers refuse to believe: Foods without the compound are no healthier for most people than gluten-containing counterparts. 

The study's authors, led by Jason Wu, a research fellow at the University of...

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Bourbon Production Climbs To Historic High

(12) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:33 PM

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today.

"We are in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance," Lisa Hawkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, said. "There is a fascination with bourbon in the U.S. and abroad, with...

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The Fast Food Chains Americans Love And Hate The Most

(153) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Perhaps the key narrative in the world of fast food today is the rise of Chick fil-A and Chipotle and the fall of McDonald's. Industry analysts could build an entire career on an explanation of this phenomenon, but it's really not so complicated: American consumers love Chick fil-A and Chipotle,...

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17 Foods That Aren't Worth Making At Home

(100) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Once upon a time, if there were a food you wanted to eat, you had to make it yourself. In some parts of America, this wasn't so long ago -- if you lived in the Texas Hill Country in the 1920s, for example, you probably baked all your own bread...

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Whole Foods Co-CEOs Admit To Overcharging Customers

(187) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Consumer trust in Whole Foods Market was shattered last week when a New York City government investigation revealed that the supermarket had been systematically overcharging customers for packaged foods since at least 2010. At first, Whole Foods representatives stridently denied the claims -- but today, company executives admitted...

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Dunkin' Donuts Is Phasing Out Styrofoam Cups

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Millions of Americans rely on Dunkin' Donuts for their morning coffee -- and part of what they love about the chain is that they know they can get the exact same cup of coffee every time. But customers at Dunkin' Donuts locations in New York City will now find that...

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What India Taught Burger King About Vegetarian Fast Food

(17) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:46 PM

India is a puzzle for America's fast food chains. Nearly 1.3 billion people live in the country, almost as many as live in China. Yet the market for U.S. chain restaurants in India, though growing rapidly, is still dwarfed by the market in China. Part of that disparity...

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McDonald's Quarter Pounders Will Soon Weigh More Than A Quarter Pound

(15) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:37 PM

When does the beef in a Quarter Pounder weigh more than a quarter pound?

Right now, only when you take it to a planet with more powerful gravity than Earth. (The ground beef weighs 2.3 pounds on Jupiter and one pound on Saturn.) But pretty soon, the patties...

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Holographic Ads Are Now On Display In Grocery Stores, And They're Freaky

(10) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:33 AM

It's official. We live in the future.

This week, Mondelez -- the former snacks division of Kraft that manufactures brands such as Chips Ahoy, Trident and Cadbury -- unveiled the first-ever holographic display ads in a grocery store. That's right: holograms are no longer the sole province...

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London Supermarket Tries To Sell Smokey Bacon Pringles To Muslims For Ramadan

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 6:23 PM

A London outpost of U.K. grocery chain Tesco came under fire this week for an extraordinarily insensitive display pegged to Ramadan, which began on June 17.

Employees at a Tesco on London's Liverpool Road set up a red cardboard box in one of the supermarket's aisles. It...

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Whole Foods Busted For Overcharging On Packaged Foods -- Again

(8) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Consumers have long referred to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck" for its high prices, but it isn't just sticker shock: Many locations of the Austin-based grocery chain are illegally overcharging customers.

New York Daily News reporters broke the story, finding that Whole Foods locations in New York City have...

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'Lust Vodka' Purports To Boost Libido In Female Drinkers

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:02 PM

One of the key selling points for vodka is that it's less likely to give you a hangover than brown liquors such as aged whiskey and rum, likely because vodka has lower levels of chemicals called "congeners" that contribute to headaches and nausea the next day. Rare indeed,...

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Most Restaurants 'Saved' By Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' Are Now Closed

(337) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Most episodes of reality shows about rescuing troubled businesses -- "Kitchen Nightmares," "Bar Rescue," "Tabatha Takes Over" -- follow a story arc as reassuringly predictable as those in "Law & Order." In the first act, the ornery expert comes into the business and finds a plethora of problems. In the...

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Pappy Van Winkle Is Collaborating On A New Maple Syrup

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:59 PM

For a brief window at the end of June, you're going to be able to buy bottles of a sweet brown liquid sealed with red wax and with the words "Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year" emblazoned across the front.

Is your mouth watering? Perhaps you're one of the many people...

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