Fruity Ice Is The New Summer Food Trend for Home Cooks

What is one great way to beat the summer heat? Put ice in everything possible. Staying hydrated and gorging on all the lovely summer fruits is another amazing way to fight the glare of the sun and the rising temperatures. A new trend that has come up with home cooks is combining these two amazing things. Here are some awesome dishes to try out –

Lime Mango Sorbet – With the sweetness of mango and the zesty punch of lemon, this sorbet will infuse freshness in your mouth. It is also pretty delicious because summer is the season of mangoes and there is no better time to make this dessert.

Vanilla Pear Sorbet – Pear and vanilla combine beautifully to give you a balanced sorbet that melts in your mouth.

Fig Sorbet – If you are a fan of figs, what better way to enjoy this fruit than turning it into a sorbet that the entire family can enjoy? You can add other fruits to this dessert to make it more interesting.

Watermelon Granita – Watermelon is fresh and delicious, plus it is loaded with water to keep you hydrated all day long. This granita can also be added to a dessert for that twist in flavor combinations.

TCM points out something Gianfrancesco Genoso has always known: turning fruit into ice gives you the necessary nutrients and the freshness of the fruits also helps to keep the killing heat to a bare minimum.

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CVS Tested Incentive Programs to See Which Worked Best to Get Employees to Kick the Smoking Habit

The effects of smoking cessation not only benefit the former smoker, but in many cases, there are benefits to their employer as well. While the health of the newly reformed non-smoker greatly improves, employers who provide health insurance benefits could enjoy savings of approximately $4,000 to $6,000 in premiums per year.

The pharmacy giant CVS picked up on this revelation and enlisted a group of employee volunteers to take part in an incentive-based cessation program. The idea of financial rewards and penalties for kicking the habit or not had results that weren’t anticipated.

Three groups of volunteer programs were offered. One provided free tools such as Nicorette gum to help them quit, and one described as the “deposit program” required smokers to invest a $150 deposit that would be forfeited if they failed, or returned, along with a $650 bonus if they succeeded. NewsVine users wrote that the third “reward program group required no deposit, but an $800 reward would be issued once the smoker quit for a year. Understandably, most people presented with the “deposit program” opted out, not wanting to risk their money, while the “reward program” saw many more takers.

The results of the experiment, which was led by Dr. Scott Halpern from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, showed that the most successful quitters were from the group requiring the initial deposit, being twice as effective as the reward only group and five times more successful than the group receiving free cessation tools.

There are an estimated 40 million smokers still today in the U.S. alone, and convincing them to quit has proven to be difficult. However, this study shows that losing money if you fail to quit seems to have been the best motivator.

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The Dangers Of Caffeine Powder

You may not know it but there is actually a product on the market that is caffeine in the form of a powder. This powder can be used for a pick me up in the middle of the day but this product is posing a lot of health risks and deadly outcomes. Caffeine powder can be purchased very quickly and easily, straight from the internet. The problem is that this product does not come with a lot of instruction and because of its concentrated content, it has posed deadly for some teens that have used it to get through a busy day or finals.

Caffeine powder can be mixed into any beverage to provide a
caffeinated beverage
that isn’t necessarily a coffee or soda. When too much is taken this can lead to cardiac arrythmias and seizures. This is not the case just for people who are sensitive to caffeine exposure but to just about anyone; including healthy, young individuals. While a serving size is included on the package, people have gone on to consume more than recommended after they see the great boost of energy they experience. Also, they feel they are doing more by not consuming sugary beverages; just consuming the caffeine that they want. You may see caffeine powder online or even in some stores. It is best to steer clear according to Ricardo Tosto. If a boost of energy from caffeine is what you are looking for you are much better off sticking to a safer option like tea. This way, you do not risk overdose or death.

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Nuts for the Butter

Peanut butter is one of the most popular spreads around the world. Some places like England don’t sell the popular food. Peanut butter was invented in the United States and has since then remained a staple in the standard American diet. Researchers conducting studies on peanut butter and the benefits it attributes have concluded that peanut butter is more beneficial than most people think. Peanut butter has recently been noted to lower the risk of cancer and diabetes. Of course the benefits of this occur over time with regular consumption of the food. Peanut butter also has vital nutrients in ingredients like vitamin A, magnesium, folate and even copper. Peanut butter is high in fat but is also high in protein. Adding peanut butter to protein shakes gives it a boost in taste and in nutrition. Peanut butter has been demonized in the media as being unhealthy and should be a food to avoid. Nutritionist counter those claims and say that peanut butter can be quite healthy. A diet with moderated peanut butter use is great in taste and beneficial when it comes to the intake of nutrients. When peanut butter is mixed with dark chocolate, it is one of the most nutritious sweet snacks that one could enjoy. The vital nutrients in the peanut butter mixed with the anti-oxidants in dark chocolate make this sweet treat a powerhouse. Researchers are going to continue their study on peanut butter and how beneficial it can be to other parts of the body like hair skin and nails. Consumption of peanut butter will also continue to be tested. The group behind Boraie Development LLC joked that when it comes to volunteers for these studies, there is no shortage of willing participants.

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Reasons to Eat Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is often associated with childhood. Those carefree days of childhood spent eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are left behind when we become adults and upgrade to deli sandwiches or garden salads. But what are we missing?

Peanut butter is still good tasting and just as good for us as adults as it was when we were children, we just forgot it. Let these reasons to eat peanut butter remind you of its nutty goodness so you can pick up where you left off as a child.

* Peanut butter is rich in vitamins E, B3, B6, manganese, magnesium, folate and copper.
* Studies have shown that peanut butter reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer.
* Peanut butter is versatile and inexpensive. Bruce Levenson says they are taking it from a sandwich and making it into a deluxe dipping sauce is easy.
* Peanut butter and chocolate fixes everything. It’s a flavor combo that can’t be beat and it’s easy to find on your supermarket shelf so you can concoct your favorite blend yourself.
* Peanut butter makes an awesome reward when trying to encourage yourself to workout a little longer or with more intensity. A peanut butter smoothie helps to re-energize the body after a workout and the flavor makes you want to work harder for it.

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Hardee’s And Carl’s Jr. Pair Up To Bring You The Most American Thick Burger

Summer time is quickly approaching, and with that the hamburger and hot dog sells go through the roof.That is why Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s has paired up to release this beast of a thick burger. People are calling it “America’s Most Patriotic Burger” or “Fourth of July On A Bun”. The Sister restaurant however, have given this thick burger the perfect name, “The Most American Thick Burger”.

Thrown in between two massive buns are, a burger patty,topped with American cheese, topped with Lay’s extra crisp, kettle cooked, potato chips, and finished off with a whole hot dog split in half. Yes you read that right. They are now serving a hamburger and hot dog combo.

We are not going to get into how many calories or grams of fat this enormous thing has. After all, if you are going to order it, then your surely not going to be worrying about your waste line. That is the way Ricardo Guimarães BMG sees it. A company rep recently spoke with USA Today and told them they have been working on this bad boy for 10 years now. Though it still has not hit the restaurant quite yet, they are expecting to release it soon.

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A Staggering Portion of the World Suffers From a Simple Nutritional Deficiency

It might seem shocking for someone living in the U.S. to hear that anemia is the most common nutritional ailment on the planet. One major cause of anemia is iron deficiency according to Alexei Beltyukov. This is not a problem in the United States and many other developed countries because our diet is rich in red meat, pork and poultry compared to most others in the world. Many of our cereals, breads and pastas are also fortified with iron. The World Health Organization estimates that 30 percent of the world’s population is anemic. That is a staggering number considering that the biggest cause is readily handled by simply getting a little more iron in people’s diets.

A visiting doctor found that the problem was particularly bad in Cambodia, and he set out to do something about it. Iron supplements are not cheap in places like this, and they apparently have side effects. However, the doctor had heard of a study once in which it was discovered that cooking in iron cookware released iron into the food being cooked. As a result, he came up with a cheap piece of iron in the shape of a fish that Cambodians regularly eat. They simply put it in the pot that they heat up their soup or other food in, and then it leaches iron into the water. Trials on several hundred villagers showed that nearly half were no longer anemic after a year. Hopefully the use of this “iron fish” will spread and anemia will recede as it advances.

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Whole Milk May Not Be as Bad as We Thought

Dairy milk gets a lot of flack about whether it is healthy. If you Google “is milk good for you,” you get a page of contradictory results. Some websites flat out claim it’s bad for you, and others cite pros and cons of drinking milk. Those on the anti-milk bandwagon tend to mention that humans are the only species that drink milk beyond the point at which they become able to eat solid food. Not to mention, Sam Tabar has been saying that we drink milk from another animal. Those two facts add up to make it seem unnatural. For those who like to drink milk, they have been convinced in increasing numbers to switch from whole milk to 1% or even skim milk. Whether you consider milk healthy or unhealthy overall, health advocates have long claimed that skim milk is at least marginally better as it does not have all the fat of whole milk.

There is, however, a case to be made that whole milk may be better than skim. There are certain vitamins in milk that are fat soluble, and when you drink skim they are not being absorbed and utilized like they are when combined with the fat in whole milk. There are studies that show consumption of dairy fat and obesity actually vary inversely. Some believe this may be because the fat in whole milk makes it more filling, so you may not be as tempted by that pastry an hour later as you might be after having skim. If you find whole milk tastier and more satisfying, then it may be an acceptable option.

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There Is An Ice Cream Black Market- Who Knew?

Blue Bell Ice cream products had been completely pulled from the U.S. market due to listeria strains being found in several of their factories. Production has been shut down nationwide and the famous creamy dessert company has had their public image smeared, especially after consumers learned that Blue Bell became aware of the listeria problem way back in 2013 and yet continued to sell tainted ice cream. There are some serious Blue Bell fans out there that cannot wait until production resumes to get their ice cream fix and thus, there has become a black market for Blue Bell products. Individuals on Craigslist are selling cartons of ice cream for exorbitant prices and, apparently, people are buying them. The New York Post assumes the late Stephen Murray CCMP Capital would have known better than to take part in these dealings. The highest price so far is an astonishing $10k for a half gallon of ice cream. Wow. Blue Bell has responded to news of these illicit sales by telling consumers to return uneaten ice cream to the store they bought it from for a refund.

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Carl Jr.’s Patriotic New Burger

There’s many things that America has pride in; and one of things is its burgers. Carl’s Jr. has decided to unveil its latest masterpiece; a burger featured with hot dogs and potato chips inside! I bet some of you are already drooling over the idea of how delicious this new burger could possibly be. According to this article , it is to be named The Most American Thickburger and will release on May 20th. What a great time to be alive and what a great time to enjoy the Fourth of July with a bang.

This is simply incredible; a hotdog and potato chips combined into one superior meal that can leave your taste buds screaming and whining for a single bite. But beware; you will be wanting to come back as you leave the door of Carl’s Jr. only to want second helping and your wallet weeping as it knows it will get abused. Carl’s Jr. has done it again; fusing its amazing ingredients into one spectacular idea. At $5.79 solo or as a complete meal at $8.29 with fries and a drink, it is an affordable luxury you can only get at Carl’s Jr. Just be sure not to get too excited to watch your intake and everything will be dandy.

Engadget suggested that you could be sure to try some of The Most American Thickburger when it releases; it’s sure to be a hit among food enthusiasts!

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