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Healthy eaters create more food waste. Here’s what you can do

Healthy eaters can be proud of their nutrient-rich diets, but a recent study shows that the healthier you eat the more food you are likely to waste. The average American wastes nearly a pound of food every day, a new University of Vermont study concluded. But a person’s exact amount depends on how healthy their diet is. In the study, published April 18 in the journal PLOS One, researches found that consumers who ate higher-quality diets were also those who were the most prone to planet-harming food waste. Investigators reported that as much as 39 percent of food waste in the United States is made up of fruits, vegetables and dishes made from produce. Dairy was the second biggest culprit, making up 17 percent of the nation’s waste. Meat made up 14 percent. “Eating healthy is important and brings many benefits, but as we pursue these diets, we must think much more…

U.K. proposes ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton swabs

In a sweeping movement to help reduce the amount of non-recyclable consumer waste, the U.K. government has announced plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs. “Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world,” Prime Minister Theresa May announced in a statement on Wednesday, in which she called the U.K. government to be “a world leader on this issue.” Downing Street also said in the statement that it would work with industry in developing alternatives and ensuring “there is sufficient time to adapt.” The proposal would exempt plastic straws used for medical reasons. The ban is a small step in an overall effort to reduce plastic pollution from finding its way into the Earth’s oceans. According to the announcement, 150 million tons of plastic find its way to the water each year. This trash is responsible for killing one million birds and…

18 songs about food that will make you hungry

Music can make us many feel many things: happiness, sadness, melancholy or joy. After listening to this list, you’ll agree a good tune can also make you feel pangs of hunger. From burritos to buttered popcorn, just try to walk away without considering how to satisfy your new cravings. There are countless songs out there that mention food. What others do you think should make the list? Hot Burrito #2 — The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969) If you’re going to name your band “The Flying Burrito Brothers” you had better write a song about burritos. https://youtu.be/3H2FHkFy5Ok Mango Tree — Zac Brown Band (Feat. Sara Bareilles) (2015) This easy, breezy tune transports you to a place where the tropical fruit is plentiful and delicious adult drinks flow freely. https://youtu.be/UOBgmPwNF7I Buttered Popcorn — The Supremes (1961) The Surpremes give a fun ode to when Buttered Popcorn could be the highlight of your night out. But don’t judge their…

8 things you never knew about LaCroix

Once a drink favored by Midwestern moms, in recent years LaCroix has bubbled to the top of soda sales all over the United States. In the The low-calorie sparkling water beverage caught the eye of Americans, particularly Millennials, looking for a healthier alternative to regular sodas. Since the early 2000s, sales have exploded. And everyone seems to have a ranking on their favorite flavor. Here are a few things you might not know about this new beverage icon in your grocery aisle: 1. It’s PRONOUNCED la-croy The fizzy, flavored water has developed a seriously loyal following in recent years, yet many fans don’t pronounce the name correctly. If you’ve been faking some fancy French accent and saying “La-Kwah,” you should save yourself the embarrassment. The real name rhymes with “enjoy.” How can we be certain? It’s on the La Croix website. 2. What’s that mean? Lacroix translates to “The Cross” in French. 3. easy going origins LaCroix was invented in 1981…

Studies showing moderate drinking is healthy were funded by alcohol industry

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet, here we are again, believing that drinking promotes heart health or that a small amount of booze is better than exercise for those of a certain age. Unfortunately, new reports shows that these benefits, among others, might be skewed because the studies were funded by big alcohol companies. According to HuffPost: If you’ve ever seen headlines about how red wine is good for your heart, or how moderate alcohol use is linked to longer life, you’ve seen the alcohol industry’s influence on health science at work. And Americans seem to be swallowing that message. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans believe “moderate” drinking is good for health, and that this was especially true among those who drink alcohol. The New York Times recently reported that a 10-year $100 million study underway at the National Institutes of Health was largely funded by alcohol…

Stay away from Romaine Lettuce, report warns

Skip out that Caesar salad for a while. An E. coli outbreak that hit the United States late last week has been traced to romaine lettuce grown in certain regions of the country. The outbreak has affected 11 states so far, with a total of 35 cases reported, resulting in twenty-two hospitalizations. Luckily, no deaths have been reported. On April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement advising consumers to find out the origin of their romaine before buying or eating. The lettuce causing concern was linked to Yuma, Arizona. The CDC reports that only lettuce from this region needs to be avoided or thrown away. However, just to be safe, Consumer Reports advises considers to avoid buying romaine altogether — at least until the outbreak is over. “Consumer Reports’ experts believe that it could be difficult for consumers to determine where the romaine they purchase is…

Thunderstorm? Here’s why you should skip washing those dishes

Every grade school kid knows to seek shelter during a thunderstorm, but did you know that washing dishes or taking a shower can be dangerous during a storm? It turns out that lightning can still shock you through the pipes in your house. According to John Jensenius, a lightening safety specialist for the National Weather Service, during a storm, you need to stay away from anything that conducts electricity. That includes both wires and plumbing. “Certainly showers would be dangerous. It would be dangerous to be washing your hands or washing dishes,” Jensenius said. “Just avoid those any time you hear thunder.” Anything that plugs into a wall is also dangerous. That means avoid using dishwashers and washing machines, too. If you have plastic pipes in your home, you’re still at risk. Impurities in tap water can also conduct electricity. “Water can conduct electricity as well,” Jensenius said. “We see that on the outside…

This is your brain on a Carolina Reaper pepper. Any questions?

Remember those old anti-drug commercials with the motto of “This is your brain on drugs,” and the sizzling egg? Well, now we know what a brain looks like on one of the hottest peppers in the world. A 34-year-old man took part in a hot pepper eating competition in 2016 and ate one “Carolina Reaper.” The Reaper, a cross between a red habanero and a Bhut jolokia pepper, averages 1.5 million Scoville Heat Units. (For comparison, a jalapeno measures in between 1,000 and 10,000.) The man, who wasn’t named, started dry heaving but with no actual vomit. Then it got worse. “He then developed intense neck and occipital head pain that became holocephalic,” according to a report in the British Medical Journal. “During the next few days, on at least two occasions and in retrospect he thought probably more often, he experienced brief intense thunderclap headaches lasting seconds. This is…

Pixar’s upcoming new short film is about a dumpling

It’s been 14 years since The Incredibles first hit theaters, and the long-awaited sequel is finally about to premier this summer. As exciting as the release of a new Pixar film is, there’s another part of the Pixar moving-going experience that we look forward to just as much: the short film. The Incredibles 2 will run after new short film Bao, a seven-and-a-half-minute short film about an empty-nested Chinese-Canadian woman who gets a chance to be a mother again when one of her handmade dumplings comes to life. The heart-warming tale is also the first Pixar short film to be directed by a woman. Domee Shi, the only child to Chinese immigrants,  shared her inspiration for the story with Entertainment Weekly. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg9DpX-l6D8/?utm_source=ig_embed “Often times it felt like mom would treat me like a precious little dumpling, wanting to make sure I was safe, that I didn’t go out late, all that stuff,” Shi…

There’s a good reason you get so mad when someone steals your food

When you’re eating dinner and your partner reaches across the table to take a few forkfuls of your dessert without your consent, you might get a little pissed off. You can probably even remember a few times when taking food in this manner started an all-out fight between you two or other friends. As it turns out, your animalistic rage isn’t entirely your fault. According to animal behavior researcher Jennifer Verdolin, PhD, we need to consider how things work in the animal kingdom. Food is a resource, and “the better the resource, the less likely you are to want to share it,” she said. “Especially if it is hard to come by.” For example, that delicious dessert you rarely treat yourself to, it’s essentially a scarce resource that you want to keep for yourself. Now, if someone takes your food without permission, it also registers with us as a sign…