Evaporated Cane Juice Is Just Sugar

You may have noticed a subtle change on your food ingredients list. Big, bad sugar is being replaced by the fresher, greener sounding evaporated cane juice. But how does this ingredient differ from sugar? It doesn’t, says the FDA.

Source: Evaporated Cane Juice Is Just Sugar

If they evaporate the liquid it is no longer juice it’s only dry sugar. Mislabeled ingredients,that’s the issue.

This Endangered Frog Is a Popular Smoothie Ingredient in South America

If you Google the words “green smoothie,” you will be inundated with recipes for the perfect healthy shake. You might have to look a little farther for the elixir popular in Peru and Bolivia, which relies not on leafy greens, but on the endangered Titicaca water frog.

Source: For This Green Smoothie, the First Ingredient Is Frog

I don’t get the issue here. Are we supposed to ignore the mass consumption of an endangered species because they happen to consume it in a certain part of the world?

As someone once said, “It’s not easy being green” 😉

Stop Drinking Bottled Water

There are few things on this planet I hate more than bottled water. Just the crinkling sound of someone wrapping their mouth around one of those squeaky garbage accordions fills me with rage. I stopped drinking it a long time ago—and you should stop drinking it, too.

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Where the water comes from is different per geographic area.  I knew of one case where the water was coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada… and it was grey water.  Don’t care how much filtering you do…

A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it’s poison for dogs.

Source: A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs

It’s not peanut butter/etc per se – it’s the artificial sweetener in certain brands when they want to make it low calorie.   So it might just be a small amount of the wrong kind.

Tim Peake Beat the Record For Running A Marathon in Space

The London Marathon was held earlier today, and among its runners? Astronaut Tim Peake, orbiting above the Earth on the International Space Station, and he set the world(?) record for running a marathon in space.

Source: Tim Peake Beat the Record For Running A Marathon in Space

Can one beat a “world record” not on said world? 😉

The Number of GMOs Worldwide Just Dropped For the First Time in Two Decades

For the past two decades, the number of genetically-modified crops has been steadily skyrocketing around the globe. Until 2015, when the number saw its first recorded drop. What’s going on?

Source: The Number of GMOs Worldwide Just Dropped For the First Time in Two Decades

Why I hate GMO labeling?  Because it tells the consumer absolutely nothing. If a tomato is labeled “GMO”, it might mean “modified to resist pesticides”, in which case I would probably avoid it, or it might mean “modified to stay resist freezing”, in which case I would be willing to pay extra for it.

I oppose GMO labeling because to people who actually understand what GMO is (or can be), they provide no useful information, whereas scaring away people who do not understand it. It is a lose-lose.

The Right Way to Put Out a Kitchen Fire

Your kitchen is a dangerous place, just waiting to combust into flames at any moment. That was our Stern Bolding—did it work? Are you reading this while two slices of leftover pizza are starting to singe in the oven? Stay alert! Here’s how to deal with a kitchen fire, according to Lt. Mancuso.

Source: How to Put Out a Kitchen Fire Because OMG FLAMES

Don’t keep your fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Keep it just outside the kitchen, so a kitchen fire can’t block access to it. If you put it inside a cabinet or something, make sure everyone who does any cooking in your kitchen knows where it is.

It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor

An international panel of doctors has decided that a type of tumor that was classified as a cancer is not a cancer at all.

As a result, they have officially downgraded the condition, and thousands of patients will be spared removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine and regular checkups for the rest of their lives, all to protect against a tumor that was never a threat.

Source: It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor

News worth passing onto anyone you know who is currently dealing with thyroid issues.

Don’t Feed Babies a Ton of Rice Cereal, Says FDA

It’s a cereal killer. 🙂

Rice cereal is a popular first food for babies. It’s also kind of high in arsenic, says the Food and Drug Administration, so if your kid gets a steady rice cereal diet, it’s time to diversify.

Source: Don’t Feed Babies a Ton of Rice Cereal, Says FDA

Boiling it and discarding the water (like how you make pasta) reduces the arsenic content, so that might help. The FDA’s fact sheet has some more info.  I’ve covered arsenic in rice in the past.

New Food Labels Would Tell You How Long It Takes to Burn Off Calories

Food labels are notoriously confusing—but what if they simply told you how long it might take to burn off the calories you’re about to consume?

Source: New Food Labels Would Tell You How Long It Takes to Burn Off Calories

Really? I mean in most countries it already breaks down the GDA of energy, fat, carbs, protein, and salt, along with how many grams of each per serving and container. Then clearly separate is the ingredients and allergens. I’d say that’s pretty easy to grasp.

Plus how much you burn has so many variables, I get it’s an average, and that’s fine, but I also feel something should be mentioned about how everyone has a BMR, so up to a certain number of calories will be burnt off just by your bodies functions, even if you do absolutely nothing all day long. “Eat a bar of chocolate? Still 200 calories under your BMR? You’re probably fine.”