Genetic Analysis of 250 Burgers Reveals Some Unsavory Surprises

Last year, a biotech startup called Clear Labs performed DNA testing on a bunch of hot dogs and discovered that they often contain more than the label advertises. The same company has now used its arsenal of molecular technologies to break down America’s other favorite meat-on-a-bun product: burgers. Once again, there are some unsavory surprises.

Source: Genetic Analysis of 250 Burgers Reveals Some Unsavory Surprises

A black bean burger that contained no black beans?  Surprising – the cost of beans is trivial compared to meat.

How Much Do You Have to Workout to Burn Off the Junk Food You Eat?

If you want to be remotely healthy, don’t eat junk food. It’s that simple. Because it’s really not worth it (oh but it is, sometimes) when you try to burn off all those bad calories you just ate. Think about the exercise! Think about the weights! Think about the cardio! Think about all that when you’re about to eat a Big Mac and Fries because you need about an hour and a half of cardio or two hours of weights to whip that out your system.

Source: How much do you have to work out to burn off the junk food you eat?

Calorie counters do not combat sustenance, they combat gluttony.  We are inundated with so much food in our day-to-day lives that it’s hard to give our body exactly what it needs rather than overconsuming. Junk food is particularly good at supplying calories. If you let your body follow its own will, you’ll consume your daily allowance of calories easily. Even when you’re trying to control your calorie intake, we typically overconsume. We’re meant to eat as much as possible in the wild, when food was scarce and we ran 30 miles a day. Now it isn’t, we don’t, and our brains don’t quite get that…

You Can Turn A Lot of Things Into Sushi. It’s Not Always a Good Idea

Sushi literally means “ vinegar rice”. That is all that is required for it to be sushi. In fact, sushi arose out of a means to preserve food – by pickling it.  For those who think sushi only means fish, sashimi is closer to what you have in mind.

For extra credit: It is not in the strictest sense traditional to serve salmon as sushi, and especially not as sashimi. The reason is that even though salmon are ocean going fish, they spend part of their lives in fresh water, and in Japanese traditional cuisine, sushi and sashimi are not typically considered the appropriate preparation for freshwater fish. Of course in this day and age it is common to find salmon sushi in Japan, you can even find California rolls there, which are about as Japanese as fortune cookies are Chinese.

TLDR: Did you enjoy it?  Like wine, beer, etc. that is all that matters.

How to Make Healthy Choices at a Summer BBQ

Salad is just lettuce nachos 😉

Not sure what your healthiest options are when faced with an impressive spread at a summer barbeque?  We asked nutrition and wellness expert Rose Reisman to chime in on our best (and worst) options at backyard shindigs this summer.

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I’m surprised to see a crisp suggested as a dessert.  I thought they were largely sugar, with some fruit.