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How to choose the best meat for burger patties

Good burgers start with good beef, but your recipe is probably pretty vague, only calling for “ground beef.” So how do you know where to start making the best burger? When it comes time to choose the best ground meat for your burger patties there are a few factors to consider: Fat percentage Save your love of lean meat for another meal. Fat provides flavor and the necessary moisture when cooking over a hot grill. Without enough fat, your burgers will dry out quickly. Start with ground meat that is 80/20 or at least 85/15. You may even want to go as low as 70/30 for a really juicy burger. Choose a cut The high fat content requirement eliminate cuts like sirloin and round, which are far too lean to make a juicy burger. Beef chuck falls in the 15 to 20 percent (80/20) scale, and it has a rich flavor…

Soda could cause cancer tumors to grow, study shows

Think your 3 p.m. Coca-Cola pick-me-up isn’t a huge problem? You might want to reconsider. New research revealed that your sugary soda addiction could actually cause serious health problems — even cancer. According to The Sun, it was the increase in bowel cancer cases in people under 35 that spurred the interest of Dr. Lewis Cantley, of Cornell University, to look for answers. Cantley, along with his colleagues, suspected that an increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup was to blame. To test the theory, cancer-prone mice were fed high-fructose corn syrup (amounting to about one can of Coke per day for a human). The study showed that the tumors were “directly eating the sugar… the cancer was using fructose and glucose together to more than double its growth rate.” Yikes! Excluding skin cancers, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. According to the American Cancer…

There’s a good reason potato chip bags are always half empty

If there is one thing that can upset junk food aficionados, it’s a potato chip bag half filled with air. No matter what brand you buy, once you tear into the bag, you almost always find it already halfway empty before you’ve even chomped on a single single. While it can be disappointing, there is actually a good reason for all of this seemingly wasted space. Protecting those potato chips No, chip companies aren’t trying to pull a fast one on you. In the industry, the empty space is intentionally built into the packaging to help protect the product. It’s known as “slack fill,” and it serves to diminish damage to your Doritos on its journey from production to transportation to the grocery store. Even a small drop in a vending machine could deliver a serious smash job to your chips if that space wasn’t there. It’s not actually air…