Thanks to the long weekend, it's already Wednesday. And, perhaps due to the BBQ fest known as Memorial Day, food seems to be on everyone's minds—or at least it seems to be all over the news. Here are our four favorite food stories (plus a Gwyneth link, we just can't help it) of the week. Think we missed something? Tweet us @Shape_Magazine or leave us a comment in the section below!
1. New meat labeling laws are going into effect. Huffington Post reports that new federal laws that went into effect last week mean that soon American shoppers will have more of an idea of where exactly their meat is coming from. The rules require that labels on steaks, roasts, and ribs (though not ground beef) list where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's earlier rules only specified that countries of origin be noted, so while an old label might say "Product of U.S. and Canada," the new labeling rules will require it to note, "Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the U.S."
2. Cronut scalping is here. The cronut—a cross between a croissant and a donut—has officially arrived in New York and at least one person on Craigslist has offered to deliver the sugar-laden treat right to your door—for a fee, of course (hey, it's the American way). Although the cronut looks seriously delicious, we say this is one treat to skip. Got a sweet craving that needs to be satisfied? Try a healthy donut do-over with these recipes instead.
3. The verdict is in: Potatoes are actually good for you! Often villified, potatoes are enjoying a bit of a comeback after a recent study showed that they're a cheap, easy way to pack in important vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. In fact, just one medium-sized potato contains more potassium than a banana and almost half of your daily vitamin C requirements with no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Try these easy and healthy ways to get your potato fix today.
4. Hanson debuted a new beer. And it's called MMMHops! Created with the help of a brewery in their home state of Oklahoma, Zac, Taylor, and Isaac unveiled their new creation last week at the premier party for The Hangover Part III. It's an IPA, and it even says on the bottle that it's from the "guys who invented MmmBop." It's so delightfully cheesy, I love it. My only question: How do I get my hands on it?