Blue Dye May Save Spines; Is a Fat Tax the Answer to Health Care Woes?


A common and safe blue food dye called brilliant blue G — a close relative of the popular dye Blue no. 1 — was found to be useful in treating spinal cord injuries in rats by crossing into the spinal fluid and helping to block inflammation.

President Obama’s health-care reforms include the promotion of overall wellness, but not — so far — a fat tax, as some people in Washington are pushing for. A 10 percent sales tax on fattening foods could raise $522 billion over the next 10 years.

The makers of Muscle Milk, a fortified sports drink, are being accused of false advertising by Nestle, which says the product does not actually contain milk. Nestle, which does sell milk products, filed a petition with the Patent Office to revoke Muscle Milk’s “deceptive” trademark.
[NY Times]

In other milky news, Coca-Cola is rolling out fizzy milk. Vio contains skim milk, sparkling water, fruit flavors, and cane sugar — and will not curdle in the can. Coke is test-marketing the carbonated drink at natural food stores and delis across the city.

The Daily News rounds up the best food finds at both the Fort Greene and DUMBO locations of the Brooklyn Flea, including Asia Dogs and Red Hook Lobster Pound’s toasted lobster rolls.
[NY Daily News]