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Sparkling Water Might Be Making You Hungry, but Here’s Why You Don’t Need to Panic
Sparkling water is often considered to be a healthy (and delicious) alternative to sodas and high-sugar drinks, but a new study has made some troubling findings about how healthy sparkling water really is. Spoiler alert: It might not be as good for you as you may think. New research from Birzeit University in Palestine, published in the peer-reviewed journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, suggests that carbonated beverages make you feel hungrier. How?
May 30, 2019
Here’s Why You Get a Tingly Sensation When Eating Raw Fruits and Veggies
It’s not quite an allergy to fruits and veggies, but it’s also not “not an allergy.” If you’ve bitten into a fruit or veggie and felt a tingling sensation in your throat or your lips immediately getting ever-so-slightly swollen, know that it’s not in your head. It’s a seasonal allergic reaction to fruits and vegetables called “oral allergy syndrome.
May 30, 2019
Here’s the Healthiest Way to Cook Mushrooms, According to Science
Ever wonder the best way to prepare mushrooms without sacrificing their nutritional content? A few scientists from the Mushroom Technological Research Center in La Rioja, Spain did and they have the answer for how to best prepare the fungus. Mushrooms can be prepared in a variety of different ways, but some cooking techniques can make them lose their health appeal (they are rich in fiber, vitamins, and protein).
May 30, 2019
Trader Joe’s Sells Tiny Avocados Now (and They Actually Serve a Purpose)
Trader Joe’s just released the most adorable grocery find: teeny-tiny avocados. Ranging from $2.69 to $2.99, shoppers can get a bag of six miniature Insta-worthy avocados. And while they’re not practical for mass consumption, there are some benefits. One benefit, for the health-conscious consumer, is portion control.
May 30, 2019
Here’s What Scientists Found Eating Chocolate Does to Your Heart
A new study from Denmark gives you another excuse to indulge in chocolate: It’s been linked to a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, which is when your heartbeat is irregular. The study, published in the journal BMJ Heart, adds to a wealth of research that touts the sweet confection as a heart-healthy treat since it’s been linked to preventing heart disease and stroke. The Denmark study from researchers at Harvard T.H.
May 30, 2019
Organic Farming May Leave a Larger Carbon Footprint than You Think
When you consume organic food, there’s that feeling that you’ve done something good — for your body and for the environment. But organic foods are not what they seem. They offer consumers the promise of synthetic pesticide-free produce and are perceived to be healthier — studies have found conflicting findings about their nutritional superiority — but their environmental impact is being challenged, as it may be doing more harm than good.
May 30, 2019
Yellowfin Tuna Recalled Due to Hepatitis A Contamination
If you regularly eat raw fish, then it’s time to quickly step back and make sure you’re safe. A popular tuna retailer has issued a recall, as its product may contain the Hepatitis A virus. Those who have not been vaccinated are at risk. Hilo Fish Company Inc. rolled out the recall two weeks ago — the company made it public on Friday — for its frozen yellowfin tuna product, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
May 30, 2019
USDA Alert System Keeps You Up to Date on Food Recalls
In 2016 alone, the U.S. and Canada were victim to 764 food recalls. This year appears to be following suit, with recalls on yellowfin tuna over hepatitis A fears, edamame, and even a salad mix with a decomposing rat But things don’t have to be that way: There’s a government alert system in place that can help you stay up to date. CNET reports that the U.S.
May 30, 2019
PSA: Stop Snuggling with Your Chickens
Chicken cuddlers, be warned: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is advising you (once again) to avoid spending too much time cozying up with your live poultry. It’s a real issue with a real health hazard. According to the CDC, those snuggling with winged animals (like chickens and ducks) are responsible for salmonella outbreaks. Specifically, eight outbreaks in at least 47 states have been linked to”contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.
May 30, 2019
The Death Cap Mushroom Is Just as Terrifying as It Sounds. Here’s Why.
Mushrooms are delicious, but they can also be very dangerous if you don’t know how to navigate the varieties that grow in the wild. The types sold in supermarkets are fine, but the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) wants to warn consumers about picking up mushrooms from the wild for consumption. Their words of wisdom? Don’t do it without consulting a fungi specialist first.
May 30, 2019
Food Allergies Are Less Common than You Think, Study Finds
Food allergies can be tough to live with: People who suffer from them have to monitor their dietary intake and be ready to take action when something slips through. But a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), has found that food allergies aren’t as common as you might think.
May 30, 2019
Confused About Coconut Oil? Even Dietitians Disagree Right Now.
In the past decade, coconut oil has been touted as the holy grail of healthy cooking. But last week the ingredient was brought down a notch by the American Heart Association’s latest report. According to a recent review of existing data on saturated fat, the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory found that lower intake of dietary saturated fats — including coconut oil — is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. So, is coconut oil actually bad for you?
May 30, 2019
Supermarket Surfaces Have More Germs than You’d Think
Think twice before grabbing that grocery store cart.
May 30, 2019
Groundbreaking Study Spotlights How the Scent of Food Impacts Your Weight
It’s no secret that how you experience your food is linked to how it interacts with your senses. I mean, who hasn’t been tempted to indulge in some baked goods after walking by a bakery? But next time you want to loiter a little longer near some cookies, thinking there’s no harm in smelling, consider this: A new study from researchers at the University of California Berkeley has linked food aroma to your weight.
May 30, 2019
These Golden Bananas Can Change the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children
Vitamin A deficiency is a worldwide public health problem that especially impacts nations in Africa and Southeast Asia — it’s been estimated that anywhere from 650,000 to 750,000 kids around the world suffer from a deficit of vitamin A. According to the World Health Organization, a shortage of vitamin A is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the odds of disease and death by severe infection.
May 30, 2019
Should Supermarket Receipts Contain Calorie Information?
Imagine a world where you’re grabbing ingredients from your grocery store and the receipt outs your habits by printing the nutritional profile of your entire shopping cart. Would you feel proud? Embarrassed? Maybe shocked? Well, those feelings could soon become a reality. A new proposal by academics at Birmingham City University says that shoppers should get details they might not want to confront in their receipts: calories, sugars, fats, and salts.
May 30, 2019
Artificial Sweeteners Might Not Do What You Think, Review Finds
In theory, artificial sweeteners offer consumers the promise of sweet without the extra calories. In the U.S., a quarter of children and 41 percent of adults report eating artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and stevia. But a scientific review of 37 studies on non-nutritive sweeteners, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that there is no evidence to suggest sweeteners help in weight management.
May 30, 2019
Salmonella Outbreak in Papayas Has Left 47 (and Counting) Sick
Before you purchase your next papaya, take a quick peek at its label to ensure you aren’t at risk of contracting a salmonella infection. A specific variety of the fruit — Maradol papayas, of the Caribeña brand — has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 12 states. Nationwide, the outbreak has left 47 ill: 12 cases were so severe the patients were hospitalized, and one case in New York City was fatal.
May 30, 2019
A Mediterranean Diet Is Beneficial to 2 Types of People, Says Study
For years, the Mediterranean diet has been applauded for its health benefits. But a study published Monday in the International Journal of Epidemiology made some interesting findings about the disconnect in who reaps the benefits of the diet. Specifically, the study found those with higher education or more income benefit from the diet, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular issues. Mediterranean diets focus on consuming plant-based foods like veggies, nuts, whole grains, and fruits.
May 30, 2019
Americans Are Drinking More Alcohol and It’s a “Public Health Crisis”
American adults’ love for alcohol has grown over the past 10 years, a new study finds. The study, published earlier this month in JAMA Psychiatry, found more Americans are partaking in dangerous drinking habits. This phenomenon is seen across the board for adults in the U.S., but especially amongst women whose drinking habits are up by 58 percent. The study calls it “a public health crisis.
May 30, 2019
This Is Why 45,000 Pounds of Sugar Were Dumped in Times Square
An art installation in New York City’s Times Square is making a statement about the sugar consumption of American children. It’s conceptualized and executed by KIND Snacks, and reportedly went up Tuesday morning before 5 a.m. The one-day installation showed sugar boxes piled on top of one another to reflect how much sugar children in the U.S. ingest every five minutes. In case the visual cue isn’t enough to guess, it’s 45,485 pounds.
May 30, 2019
Here’s What That Controversial Documentary “What the Health” Gets Wrong
If you’ve been perusing your Netflix library, then chances are you’ve seen a new documentary, What the Health. The pro-vegan film co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn attempts to show a causal relationship between animal foods and illness. And it’s not shy about it, either, equating eating eggs to smoking cigarettes.
May 30, 2019
This Test Can Tell Whether You’ve Outgrown a Food Allergy
Diagnosing food allergies is a complicated matter. On top of pinpointing the source of an allergy, there’s the added murkiness of the fact that people can outgrow them. So how do you figure out if you’re still allergic to something without jeopardizing your health? A new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology spotlights something called food challenge, which serves as a pretty good test, reports NPR’s The Salt.
May 30, 2019
In California, Coffee May Come with a Cancer Warning
Coffee is a beverage we love to love and love to hate. Is it good? Is it bad? It’s a delicious to some, toxic to others mystery. But if this nonprofit group has its way, your next brew could come slapped with a dire warning — just like cigarettes. The Council for Education and Research on Toxics has a simple goal: for those manufacturing, distributing, and retailing coffee to alert consumers about the carcinogenic chemical lurking in a cup of Joe.
May 30, 2019
New App Tells You If Your “Made in Italy” Product Is Actually from Italy
You might think you picked up Italian olive oil at the grocery store, but there’s a chance it might be from another country. Unless you’re an expert sleuth in label reading, it usually requires some research to understand what you’re actually getting — until now, that is. Enter Reliabitaly, a smartphone app created by a nonprofit organization of the same name that’s targeting brands that claim to be “made in Italy” but are really anything but.
May 24, 2019
Butter Shortage Leaves France’s Croissant Production at Risk
Despite having its roots in Austria, the croissant is associated with one European nation in particular: France. And now, courtesy of a looming butter shortage, the country may soon find themselves with dwindling amounts of the pastry. Mon dieu! Butter, which makes up 25 percent of the pastry’s ingredients, has seen a 92 percent increase in price. The price of butter is slated to double what it cost last year this time.
May 24, 2019
Montreal Eatery Offers Free Food for Those Without Money
A Canadian eatery is offering free meals to the hungry while also setting an example for how a gesture of generosity can make a difference. Marché Ferdous, a small Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Montreal, implemented a new policy — those without money can dine for free — five months ago, reports CBC News. Restaurant co-owner Yahye Hashemi came up with the idea after he noticed how frequently people came in asking for spare change.
May 24, 2019
Australian Tim Tam Biscuits Are Finally Available in America
Arnott’s Tim Tam Biscuits are the world’s most popular chocolate biscuits. Despite being a cult favorite for Australians and readily available in 40 countries around the world, they never made their debut in the United States, leaving Americans with two choices: visiting the land down under or sourcing Tim Tams at duty-free shops in airports. Now, they’ve finally launched in America and consumers can finally experience what the hype is about. Get excited.
May 24, 2019
These Gorgeous Temporary Tattoos Smell Like Fresh Herbs
Temporary tattoos have come a long way. There are some seriously cute tattoos you can buy that actually look pretty chic. With summer underway and more opportunities to show a little skin, it’s prime time to display some new body art. That’s why I’m so excited about these new tattoos that not only look great but also smell great. That’s right!
May 24, 2019
Is This the Best Way to Cut Your Cake?
You might think cutting your birthday cake — or really any cake — is a pretty straightforward ordeal, but I’m here to tell you that you might be doing it wrong. Don’t believe me? A new cake “hack” on Instagram made its rounds on the internet last week that you need to know about. Shared by Australian baker Katherine Sabbath, the video shows a person using a cutting board to cut slices of a circle cake into little rectangular pieces.
May 24, 2019
This Amazing Mom Used Extreme Couponing to Help 30,000 People
Extreme couponing can change the world and the lives of the people in it. No, really! Just ask Lauren Puryear, an extreme couponer who has fed over 30,000 people with her savviness and desire to help others. The 29-year-old set a goal for herself this year: to feed 30,000 people before turning 30 this September. Puryear met that goal last week with six months left to spare.
May 24, 2019
Oprah Is Launching Her Own Brand of Healthy Comfort Foods
Oprah Winfrey is dipping into the food market with the upcoming launch of her own line of packaged foods. Winfrey’s culinary debut is a collaboration with Kraft Heinz, which owns brands like Oscar Mayer, Grey Poupon, and Jell-O. The new line is slated to be called “O, That’s Good.” The concept behind the line, which offers soups and sides, is to offer healthy alternatives to comfort foods.
May 24, 2019
Forget Hygge — This Is the Scandinavian Word You Should Live By
The Danish term describing the concept of coziness — “hygge” — embodies a feeling of warmth, and it was the it phrase for the end of 2016. But before you get too comfortable with the word, know that hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) has been replaced and its successor is yet another Scandinavian buzzword. The BBC predicts 2017 will be the year of the “lagom.
May 1, 2019
Is Blue Wine Really Wine? Spain Doesn’t Think So.
Wine drinkers in Spain have a decision to make regarding the identity of wine: Does the color of the drink have anything to do with what makes a fermented grape beverage a “wine”? Spanish startup Gïk Gïk founder, Aritz López, told Food52 that authorities received an anonymous tip that blue wine is breaking a 2013 law stating wine can only be one of three colors: red, white, or pink.
May 1, 2019
GMO Apples Arrive Next Month at Midwestern Grocery Stores
The apples that never turn brown.
May 1, 2019
These Brilliant Stickers Make It Easier to Spot a Ripe Avocado
The struggle is real when trying to find the perfect avocado that is not unripe but also not too ripe. There are few things more frustrating than slicing into an avocado only to learn you’re a few days early or, worse, a few days late. Thankfully, for those guilty of not being able to distinguish between an underripe and overripe avocado, a sticker with a color gradient is here to help.
May 1, 2019
Safe to Eat? Food Labels Are Finally Getting Easier to Understand.
If you’ve looked at the date label on food packaging and asked yourself what exactly “best by” means, you’re not alone. It’s confusing! There’s a lot of guesswork when it comes to the date plastered on food packaging and, more often than not, it leaves it to the shopper’s discretion to decide whether a food is safe for consumption.
May 1, 2019
This Viral Image Shows What’s Really in Your Nutella
Not all is sweet in the land of hazelnut chocolate. When Reddit user MrFlow uploaded the image of a breakdown of what Nutella is really made of, the hearts of Nutella loyalists shattered around the world. As you can see in the above image, despite being marketed as a “healthy” hazelnut spread with no preservatives or artificial coloring, the now-viral picture busted this notion.
May 1, 2019
Want to Extend the Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables? This New Product Can Help.
How many times have you purchased produce from the grocery store or farmers market, only to have it go bad a couple days later? It’s a huge waste of money and time, not to mention the environmental impact advice It’s Fresh!, a food tech company, is working on preserving produce with the help of filter papers. These special papers hit the pause button on the ripening process of fruits and veggies and, in turn, extend their shelf life. It’s Fresh!
May 1, 2019
KitchenAid Attachments Are Up to 35% Off at Williams Sonoma Right Now
KitchenAid stand mixers have a reputation of their own in the cooking world. They’re famous for being a “must-have” tool in every aspiring and professional cook’s arsenal, and they’re notorious for coming with a hefty price tag. But for those who cook on a regular basis or experiment in the kitchen, the mixers do so much more than whip up a batch of cookie dough.
May 1, 2019
Calling All Muggles! Butterbeer Ice Cream Is Now Available in Grocery Stores
Muggles who’ve been dreaming of enjoying a mug of lightly boozy butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade might not have their wish coming true any time soon. But, thanks to Pennsylvania-based Yuengling’s Ice Cream, they can drown their sorrows in a pint of butterbeer ice cream. Author J.K.
May 1, 2019
This New Dairy-Free Talenti Flavor Sounds So Dreamy
Ice cream lovers of the world have some exciting news to freak out about: Talenti just released four new flavors for spring, and they all sound delicious. And one of them — a decadent peanut butter fudge flavor — isn’t so decadent at all. In fact, it’s vegan. Now, don’t expect some sugary treat with the lightest hint of peanut butter flavoring with this sorbetto. This new flavor is made up of 30 percent real peanut butter, and has swirls of dairy-free fudge.
May 1, 2019
Spaghetti Donuts Exist and the Internet Has Strong Feelings About Them
The latest food hybrid craze has arrived.
May 1, 2019
The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Strange Pizza Topping
Remember when pineapple pizza caused an uproar and dipping pizza in milk was the source of internet outrage? Those were simpler times. The internet has found a new battle to fight in the grand ol’ pizza war: Do melted Peeps belong on top of a pizza? By Peeps, I’m referring to the candy. You know, the marshmallow-based treat shaped like a chick, rabbit, or other cuddly animal. Sold primarily in Canada and the United States around Easter, the confection is fluffy, sweet, and sugary.
May 1, 2019
Here’s a Map of the Most Popular Jelly Beans in Every State
Every Easter Americans go to town on jelly beans, consuming around 16 billion of the small candies. It’s the third most popular Easter candy — first place goes to the chocolate bunny, and second place belongs to marshmallow Peeps. Now, thanks to a ranking from CandyStore.com, we know what each state’s favorite jelly bean flavor is and the 32 most popular flavors across the nation.
May 1, 2019
There’s a New Coffee on the Market That Won’t Stain Your Teeth
Coffee drinkers know the struggle of keeping their teeth white, as the caffeinated beverage can permanently discolor teeth. Now, thanks to two Slovakian brothers, there is a solution: clear colored coffee. The clear coffee, produced by British coffee company CLR CFF, offers the same caffeine found in a traditional cup of joe, but without the dark-colored hue. According to David Nagy and his brother Adam, the transparent coffee is a “combination of technology and quality ingredients.
May 1, 2019
The Rumors Are True! Unicorn Frappuccinos Are Coming to Starbucks This Week.
America’s unicorn craze — the love for all things rainbow-themed and sparkly — is going mainstream. After lattesbagelsgrilled cheese The franchise previously had a unicorn drink in their secret menu (although an anonymous barista has debunked the myth that a secret menu is real; it’s really just customers asking for weird stuff they’ve read online), but after the concept of the beverage went viral, Starbucks is hopping on board with an official drink on its menu.
May 1, 2019
IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs May Be Coming to a Restaurant Near You
No trip to IKEA is complete without a visit to the restaurant for Swedish meatballs. You might technically go to IKEA for the affordable furniture, but that ligonberry sauce makes the trip way sweeter. In fact, the quick eats are so successful that the company may be diving into creating standalone eateries, Fast Company reports. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad conceived the idea of including a sit-down dining space a year after opening the first store in Sweden in 1958.
May 1, 2019