Children who see McDonald’s Happy Meal advertising ‘put burger and fries before healthy choice’

Researcher questions whether fast food giants should be allowed to advertise on TV to childrenTelevision adverts for McDonald's healthier Happy Meal deals fail to encourage children to choose food that is better for them and instead promote a general preference for fast food, academic research suggests.The menu choices of children aged seven to 10 who watched a series of adverts for meals in which carrots and apple could replace french fries were not significantly calorifically lower than they otherwise might have been. The children exposed to adverts for the Happy Meals were, though, more likely to express a liking for McDonald's and fast food in general. The regulator Ofcom judges whether food companies can advertise to children on the basis of the nutritional value of the products without taking into account the boost adverts bring to fast food brands as a whole. Continue...

Supermarket wines worth a splash | David Williams

There's good value to be had at your supermarket if you know where to lookAsda Extra Special Pinot Noir, New Zealand 2011 (£8.48) When it comes to posh supermarket own-labels can you Taste the Difference? Are they really the Finest* wines known to humanity are they Truly Irresistible? Having spent much of the past month tasting through most of the big grocers' wine ranges as, one after another, they've been shown off junket-style to the press, the answer to all of the above is a Vicky Pollardian "No, but." They're never "The Best", they're frequently very average, but they can as with Asda's plump and juicy, light-of-tannin, cherry-berry-flavoured and salmon-friendly Kiwi Pinot be pretty good value.The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Godello, Monterrei, Spain 2013 (£8.49, down to £6.49 until 3 June) To be fair to the wine-buyers I chatted to as I made my way through the Co-operative's line-up, they seemed a little embarrassed to be saddled with the "Truly Irresistible" branding, which was foisted on them when they introduced a new range of smarter (the retail jargon would be "more premium") wines last year. They, and their colleagues elsewhere, would no doubt prefer something a little less grandstanding, a little less of a hostage to fortune. Still, they are rightly proud of the quality of this Galican white: a brisk, lemon-tangy and subtly salty partner for seafood. Continue...

Wine: a rare coup for the Co-op

'I went to the recent Co-op wine tasting with a sinking heart. But the new team has come up trumps with some decent wines at extraordinarily good prices'The way you view any kind of experience depends on the expectations you have of it. If you hear great things about a restaurant and it doesn't live up to the hype, you come away disgruntled. If it exceeds your expectations, you tell all your friends about it.I have to say I went to the recent Co-op wine tasting with a sinking heart. In the past the wines were seldom exciting, and the Co-op has lost its popular head buyer, which boded badly. But the new team has come up trumps with some decent wines at extraordinarily good prices. Continue...

Jamie Oliver’s recipes for World Cup watching

What should you eat in front of the big match? From Algeria to Ghana, here's six recipes from countries competing in BrazilFor a taste of North Africa, you can't beat el ham lahlou, a stew of slow-cooked lamb with prunes and orange blossom. Serves six to eight. Continue...