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Why toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible

If you every drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing your teeth, you probably wish you hadn’t. It’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? Blame it on your tastebuds. Your taste buds can detect different flavor types: salty, savory, sour, sweet, and bitter. When you brush your teeth, your ability to detect sweet flavors — be it candy, pastries, OJ, or anything else — stops working so well. It goes like this: Your toothpaste and toothbrush work up a foamy lather that creates bubbles and makes your mouth feel clean. But this foam is made by a chemical called sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), according to the American Chemical Society. On top of disabling your sweet receptors, SLS also break up the phospholipids, or fatty compounds that help reduce bitter tastes, meaning that once…

10 foods that aren’t what you think they are

There’s nothing like watching a baseball game while snacking on a bag full of legumes, except perhaps, sitting down to dinner with some warm, crusty Italian bread dipped in soybean oil. Yes, what we eat isn’t always what we think we’re eating. Here are 10 foods that you’re probably not getting what you think you paid for. Maple Syrup Those images of flannel-clad men tapping a tree in the wilderness are pretty much the stuff of yesterday for most mass-produced syrup brands. If your bottle says “pancake syrup” or “imitation maple,” it’s likely just flavored maple (with fillers like corn syrup and other sugars) without containing much — if any — real maple. Stick with bottles that say “pure maple syrup” when you want to smother your homemade pancake stack with the real deal. Try these must-make Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes. Crab stick Ever wonder why crab stick is so inexpensive…

Plant-based milks not necessarily healthier than cow’s milk, study shows

Think switching to non-dairy milk is an all-around healthy move? Not so fast. Plant-based milks, like almond or soy, have become a popular alternatives for millions of people with dietary restrictions. They’ve become the go-to dairy for vegans, those suffering from lactose intolerance, and even for those just looking to reduce their intake of animal products. But, if it’s the healthiest dairy option you’re looking for, don’t just assume it will come from a plant. A new study found that many nondairy drinkers automatically assume their non-dairy milk choice is healthier than cow’s milk. And that may not be the case. Also see: Whole milk might be healthier than skim milk. When 1,000 Americans were surveyed, it turns out that many consumers don’t actually pay attention to the nutritional labels on their milk. So Consumer Reports got to work evaluating 35 types of milks including various brands of almond, coconut,…

What’s the difference between vegetable oil and canola oil?

It can be easy to get canola oil and vegetable oil mixed up. Both are extremely common pale yellow, neutrally flavored, inexpensive oils with high smoke points making them great for high-heat cooking or frying. But these two vegan-friendly options are just as great for baking and sautéing. So, what’s the difference between them, and can they be used interchangeably? The short answer: Canola oil is actually a type of vegetable oil, so yes! You can use canola or vegetable oil when a recipe calls for either. What’s the difference between vegetable and canola oil? Canola oil is a specific type of vegetable oil. It is always derived from the rapeseed plant, a bright yellow plant resembling the mustard seed. The seeds go through an extremely lengthy process before their oils can be extracted. Vegetable oil is a catch-all oil, which — fun fact — does not actually include any…

How to order vegan-friendly at Auntie Anne’s

Finding vegan-friendly foods when you’re out and about with friends can be tough. Mall food courts don’t do us any favors, with their General Tsos, cheeseburger, and other meat-heavy fare. But one shopping center chain stands out among the rest — Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. Auntie Anne’s offers a ton of vegan pretzel options. In fact, the website even says make it vegan by “ordering this item without butter” to help you order. Here are the pretzels you can order “without butter” to stick with your vegan diet: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsBOU5pDSBD/ Pretzels Original Cinnamon Sugar Raisin Jalapeño Sweet Almond Dips And you don’t have to dip out on the dips. Auntie Anne’s has two vegan dip options: Marinara Dip Sweet Glaze Dip (The mustard dip has milk products in it, so stay clear.) Drinks And for vegan drinks: Frozen lemonade Lemonade mixers Coke products Iced tea Menu items vary by location, so it’s…

There is a best time to drink your morning coffee, study shows

If you’re like most people, you love to have a hot cup of coffee as soon as you roll out of bed. But if you’re looking to maximize the effects of your morning cuppa joe, you might want to wait a while, science says. It turns out, the best time for your coffee fix is one hour after you wake up. This is because your body’s production of cortisol has one of its three peaks by this time, according to researchers. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone because our bodies received an influx of it when we feel tension in a situation. But perhaps cortisol would be better known as the “alertness hormone” because when we’re under stress, it creates the alert feeling which determines our “fight or flight” response. So why wait an hour? You want to wait an hour after you wait up because delivering a jolt…

21 restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2019

It might be the season for roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, but if preparing all of that sounds more distressing than it does a blessing, you might just want to eat out. Thankfully, lots of restaurants are staying open on Thanksgiving so you’ll have your choice of places to dine. Just be sure to call ahead (and make a reservation when possible!), as some locations may have altered hours. Put the “Happy” back in “Thanksgiving” and get to any one of these restaurants on November 28 (or considering picking up a side or two for take-out to save time at home): Applebee’s All Applebee’s locations will be open on Thanksgiving Eve, and lots will be open on Thanksgiving Day, too. Be sure to call ahead if Applebee’s is your choice. Bahama Breeze If drinking a Mai Tai with your turkey sounds more your speed, enjoy Thanksgiving at…

Each American throws out more than $50 a week in food, survey shows

If you think tossing those banana and spinach is of no real consequence to you, think again. According to new research, your wasteful food habits are costing you more than $50 a week. The new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bosch home appliances found that Americans have about $102 worth of food in their fridge at any given time. Based on survey results, the average American will end up tossing $53.81 worth of that. That amounts to $2,798 every year! In terms of pounds, each American tosses about 103 pounds of spoiled food every year, which adds up to 6,180 pounds in a lifetime. With numbers like those, it’s safe to say we should seriously reconsider our shopping habits, especially when it comes to fruit. Fruit was the most commonly wasted food overall. Specially bananas (55%), strawberries (50%), and apples (47%), which makes sense since these are some…

The most popular Halloween candy in every state

This year, American households will drop about $2.6 billion on Halloween candy, according to the National Retail Federation. If we’re going to shell out that kind of cash, it might as well be on candy the kiddos actually want, right? Well, thankfully Candystore.com has taken the guesswork out of what to buy. Researchers at the online bulk candy retailer analyzed 12 years of sales data — particularly those sales in the weeks leading up to Halloween — to determine which candies are most popular. Of course, preferences may vary depending on where you live. Source: CandyStore.com. So what do you think? Do you agree with your state? America’s Top 10 Halloween Candies If we blur state lines and just take a look at America’s favorites as a whole, you might be surprised! Skittles Reese’s Cups M&M’s Snickers Starburst Candy Corn Hot Tamales Tootsie Pops Sour Patch Kids Hershey’s Most Halloween…

What you can order that’s vegan-friendly at McDonald’s

Burger King is getting vegan love because of its Impossible Whopper. Taco Bell has a long list of vegan offerings. Even Chick-fil-A has delicious options for vegans in a pinch. But what about the most ubiquitous fast food chain of them all. What can vegans eat at McDonald’s? The storied restaurant chain best know for its burgers and chicken nuggets doesn’t exactly seem like a place that veggie-lovers would enjoy. Unfortunately, they’re mostly right. It is true that McDonalds doesn’t offer any vegan-certified items, and it’s also true that a lot of the foods you might mistake as vegan actually aren’t. The famously tasty french fries and hashbrowns include “natural beef flavor” made from milk derivates. Even the smoothies contain kosher gelatin. Still, if you’re a vegan who isn’t afraid of a low risk of a little cross-contamination with meat items, there are a few mostly safe menu items you…