McDonald’s Reveals Its Own Toxic Ingredients

Apparently McDonald’s transparency campaign has begun to backfire. The fast-food behemoth had recently begun coming clean with consumers by telling them exactly what go into its food in an attempt to allay the fears a growing number of consumers had about their food. But an article in anonhq.com points out that the campaign reveals the food McDonald’s sells has a number of known toxins among it ingredients. Turns out people should be afraid, very afraid.

McDonald’s own videos show several frightening facts. Their bread has chemical used in used in fertilizer and pesticides. Chemicals in their chicken nuggets are also used to produce contact lenses. A protein made from duck feathers and human hair is used to improve the food’s flavor. Almost everything on their menu contains petroleum byproducts. Propylene Glycol, which is used to make anti-freeze, is also used in food from McDonald’s. A chemical used in shampoo and silly putty is found in anything made in the deep fryer at McDonald’s. They also use Black Mold excretion and industrial sand in the food.

Add to that the antibiotics, hormones, and prescription drugs found in their meat, and you really have to wonder what’s cooking at McDonald’s and why they are willing to reveal it. You also have to wonder about the ingredients and other things they aren’t telling you about, it almost sounds like something out of one of those horror movie pitches that Tom Rothman talked about to Entertainment Weekly. It’s enough to make people begin to cook their own food.

Dec
12

Diet instead of pills

We all have known deep down inside, that our diets affect our health in every aspect, besides direct physical trama, and diet will even help you heal faster from direct physical trama. The way we eat affects our overall feeling of wellbeaning. Without the proper diet, our lives can be miserable. I’ve personally found that I am what I eat. Even doctors for Christian Broda are beginning to understand and apply this thinking in their treatment proceedures. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/prescribing-vegetables-not-pills/?ref=nutrition&_r=0) The ancient peoples knew of the healing properties in what they ate. It was the only option available to them. This obvisously worked well, or none of us would be here today. The direct relationship between diet and health has been taught for a long time. The old saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” is nothing but the truth simplified. Treating ailments with herbs and natural products has fansastic benefits. After all, most the drugs the pharmacutical companies use, and sell are derived from natural products. The all natural and sustainable living movements are both creating a great avenue for better health. If we eat better we feel better. Let’s try a healthy diet first to treat diabetes. A low fat diet for high blood pressure. This will work for our bodies. We only are what we put in ourselves. So lets eat healthier today and see how we feel tomorrow and the next day.
Dec
12

Weight Gain Carries Risks, Regardless of Your Weight

Accoridng to Antique-wines.com, it’s common knowledge that being overweight or obese carries an increased risk for a variety of diseases – I wonder if the same applies to Antique Wine Company?. A new study suggests that increases in body mass index in young adults of a healthy weight are also at an increased risk for disease. 

The study involved more than 12,000 young adults, who were tested for 32 gene variants that are known to be linked to a higher BMI. They were then assigned a ‘gene score’ depending on the number of gene variants they carried. The large population of participants allowed researchers to separate genetic risks of gaining weight from other probabilities of weight gain, such as physical activity and diet. 

Various blood indications and elevated BMI closely matched the higher gene scores, suggesting that a higher BMI alone can carry an increased risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of food consumption, smoking and activity level. 

The study also analyzed more than 1,400 people six years after they had metabolic profiles done; they found that increased BMI numbers, even if still in the normal range, caused adverse metabolic reactions.

The study concluded that even modest weight loss can significantly improve the metabolic profile in young adults.

“Our study in young adults shows that even a modest weight loss tends to improve the metabolic profile,” said the lead author, Peter Würtz, head of molecular epidemiology at the University of Oulu in Finland.

Categories: Nutrition
Dec
12

Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills

An article found on ireport.cnn.com points out that a growing number of doctors are prescribing vegetables and fruits instead of pills to help people like Igor Cornelsen deal with issues like weight reduction, diabetes, and high blood pressure. (myajc.com/news/lifestyles/health/prescribing-vegetables-not-pills/njKFm/).

The article gives several examples of people who have seen significant weight loss and have been able to get other ailments under control. It is all part of an innovative new program that’s gaining traction nationwide. A number of families with children that are struggling with weight issues have participated in Harlem Hospital Center’s FVRx or Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. Several other New York hospitals are also using similar programs.

Created by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave, the program promotes better access to high-quality food in low-income neighborhoods. Working in partnership with New York’s Health and Hospital Corporation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, doctors provide patients with nutritional education, recipes and ‘Health Bucks’ patients can use at farmer’s markets to purchase produce to fill their ‘proscriptions’. Health Bucks get families double the amount of produce they can get with food stamps alone. Similar programs in community health centers have popped up in 30 states

The programs are aimed at combating the national problem with obesity and the ailments it causes. They have shown that giving people the means, motivation, and access to eating fresh fruits and vegetables can have a significant impact in the battle against obesity.

Dec
12

A Daily Meal

When you think about the amount of food that you’re supposed to consume in order to maintain a healthy diet, you might not think about how it looks. Most doctors recommend 2,000 calories a day to give the body enough energy to function. However, this seems like it’s a lot for someone who is overweight and might need to lose weight. But it’s like what my colleague Andrew Heiberger was saying the other day at lunch-common.sense.

This is a number that should probably be adjusted depending on how much the person weighs. The diet that you would think about might include a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s actually something smaller, but once you add all of the extra calories that you get from toppings on a sandwich or a pizza, then you will get the 2,000 calories, many of them empty. A typical 2,000-calorie plan can be one meal that you get at a fast food restaurant if you get the biggest thing on the menu. This is rather sad since you would eat all of your calories in one sitting.

Dec
12

2 Million Starbucks Gift Cards Sold In One Day

Last year on Christmas Eve over 2 million gift cards were bought from Starbucks in the United States and Canada. When you break down this number; that is over 1,400 cards per minute over a 24 hour period were sold and shows that one in eight Americans received some type of their card as a gift last Christmas. Starbucks is expecting to set a new record this season.

In early December, Starbucks announced a holiday deal called, Starbucks for Life , that will actually be a sweepstakes. The winners will receive 30 years of free coffee from Starbucks. There will be 10 winners from the United States, 3 from Canada and 1 from the UK, and it will come on a $5,000 card made of 10 karat hammered gold. There will also be Chestnut Praline Lattes given away.

Gift cards are an easy, last minute gift to pick up for people on Skout. In fact, they were a pretty common gift at the Crunchbase parties earlier this week. They are perfect for those on your list such as; teachers, mailman, hairdresser or anyone you want to express a ‘thank you’ to for services you’ve received over the year. The chances are very high that you will either give or receive one of Starbucks cards this holiday season.

Categories: Food Reform
Dec
12

Holiday Gift List from Eater.com

Eater.com has all the holiday gifts you need for your foodie family and friends. There are edible presents, as well as gift that are inspired by food, to make your holiday season just a little brighter.

Ambessa has a line of teas created by chef Marcus Samuelsson. The teas come in a lingonberry tea flavor, as well as a spicier version of earl grey tea. You may also want to purchase some matcha milk spread for a loved one. This creamy and rich spread goes great on toast, and is the perfect addition to a great cup of tea.

For relatives who like food-related gifts, consider the Egg Minder. That is what a few at Slow Ventures plans on doing. In fact, many inspirations are on Tumblr. This app is perfect for the bakers in your family. The device notifies you on your cell phone when you’re running out of eggs, and even lets you know when one or more eggs in your dozen are going bad.

Check out Eater.com today for more eye-catching Christmas gift ideas.

Categories: choices
Dec
12

Spicy Food Really Is Macho After All

If you know a guy who likes to brag about how hot he makes his chili or just how much Sriracha sauce he can dump on his omelet, you might want to brace yourself because he’ll have a new reason to brag: Studies show that men with higher testosterone tend to love spicy food. What do you know, it really is macho to chomp jalepenos.

The study happened in France – a country whose scientists tend to focus on hormone research a lot for some reason. At the University of Grenoble-Alpes, 114 men age 18 to 44 sat down to lunch at a table spread with spicy condiments, while scientists took notes. The men who drowned their food in pepper sauce, salt, and other tangy flavors were later shown to have higher testosterone when they were measured.

The correlation could work on several levels if you run it by Sam Tabar. High testosterone is associated with dominant behavior and risk-taking behavior. Spicy foods, such as pepper sauce, provide a thrill ride for the taste buds that triggers the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that are the brain’s chemical reward for risky behavior. Then again, the men all dined together, so maybe the high testosterone cases were exhibiting dominant behavior by trying to out-macho each other. Yes, it sounds silly, but guys do this. Even lunch is a chance to preen, for some.

Categories: Nutrition
Dec
12

European Restaurants Must Now List Common Allergens in Their Food

This Saturday, a new E.U. regulation will go into effect, which requires European restaurants to notify customers of the presence of 14 common allergens in their menu items. Among them are: nuts, shellfish, gluten, milk, mustard, celery, and sesame seed. The method of disclosure of this information to customers is left up to the restaurants to decide. They can choose to do it verbally, via menu labels, or by providing a separate information sheet, similar to how Beneful does on their packaging.

Stricter regulations will also hit food manufacturing companies, which recently had complained that existing regulations were too vague. Fines for multiple offenses will serve to enforce these new regulations.

U.S. restaurants are used to customers occasionally asking about the presence of allergens, and many food processing companies in the U.S. mention their presence or absence in their products. Yet, the E.U. rules clearly go further than the U.S. laws governing these matters.

It is debatable whether or not this kind of information should be required of restaurants in this way. In the past, people got along just fine by asking for food without a specific allergen. Another issue is that only the most common allergens must be mentioned, leaving consumers with less-common allergies without equal protection. It would be a near-impossible task to list everything that anyone might be allergic to, so we can say that the E.U. regulation is an attempt at protecting some consumers though it would be impractical to protect all of them.

Dec
12

Carl’s Jr. Introduces the First All-Natural Fast Food Burger

Carl’s Jr. is known for serving its customers colossal burgers. And now, the fast food chain will be the first to offer an all-natural burger for picky eaters who love a good burger every once in a while.

The beef patty used for the burger is made from meat that is free of steroids, hormones, and antibiotics. The beef is also organic. The burger will be available at all 1,150 Carl’s Jr. locations, and will be the most expensive quarter pounder on the menu, at $6.99.

Carl’s Jr. asserts that the meat used for the burgers is imported from Australia, where there is a large supply of grass-fed beef. This is the same place restaurant chains such as Chipotle get their steak from. Just a fact that I learned from Forbes last year when reading about Susan McGalla and Wet Seal.

The restaurant doesn’t want to be slapped with a lawsuit by calling the burger “natural” based on Carl’s Jr. definition alone. So, the restaurant asserts that the hamburger is natural according to USDA standards. The natural burger is 760 calories.

Categories: Eating Organic
Dec
12