Fast Food Nation, and Other Links

84% of parents fed their kids fast food in the past week. One of the worst choices: Dairy Queen’s original cheeseburger with a side of fries, a full-sugar soft drink and chocolate Dilly Bar adds up to 973 calories, 171 of which are from saturated fat, and 1,450 mg of sodium.

Why you love ice cream. It begins with an enzyme in saliva called amylase, which breaks down starch into liquid and a gene, called AMY1 that turns on the production of amylase.

The number of federal worker earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years. It has double since President Obama took office.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Fat parents raise fat kids.

  2. Vicki says:

    Your biological description takes the fun out of eating ice cream for me. Hate to think of how you would chemically describe the joy of sex.

  3. Stephen C says:

    There is a defense of high federal salaries discussed by Arnold Kling at Econlog.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    Amylase is also a naturally-occurring enzyme on barley that turns the starch into sugar.

  5. Rusty W. says:

    Whatever we are paying federal workers, I’m not getting my money’s worth.

  6. Linda Gorman says:

    Proud to be one of the parents feeding fast food to children last week.

    Nothing like McDonald’s fries to stave off starvation while driving home for dinner after a meet. The good news? An order fries can be easily be made part of a balanced diet.

  7. Virginia says:

    I’ve never been a huge fan of ice cream. Maybe ice cream’s jedi mind tricks don’t work on me.