Measuring ‘drunk’ is pretty easy; the more alcohol someone drinks, the more alcohol shows up in that person’s blood and the more impaired that person becomes, falling somewhere on a scale of tipsy to wasted. Measuring ‘high,’ on the other hand, is far hazier—much to the dismay of some states’ law enforcement.
Blood tests that try to quantify marijuana use are in fact useless at assessing how impaired a driver is, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In other words, the study found that people with low blood amounts of THC—or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive component of pot—may still act as if they’re really stoned. On the other hand, some people may have THC measurements off the charts yet still act normally.
Switching to organic apples because they top the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticides? You may want to reconsider. It turns out the “Dirty” foods are fairly clean, and organic foods aren’t free of pesticides anyway.
The “Dirty Dozen” list, which aims to rank the fruits with the most pesticide residue, comes from the Environmental Working Group, and they publish their methodology on the report’s website. They basically download the test results from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which samples produce for pesticide residues, and come up with a ranking score for each fruit or vegetable based on six criteria relating to the number of different pesticide residues seen on produce of that type, the percentage of samples with pesticide residues, and the total amount of pesticide detected.
High fructose corn syrup is terrible for you. I want to be really clear about that. But if you pore over ingredient labels trying to avoid it, or if you opt for Jones Soda or Mexican Coke because of its “real” sugar, you may have been duped.
Both table sugar, or sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup are sugars. People worldwide, and especially Americans, are eating a ton of sugar and it seems to be contributing to obesity and metabolism disorders. The 2015 dietary guidelines will, for the first time, put a limit on the amount of added sugars we should eat. Sugar is bad for you, end of story. But is there any difference between high fructose corn syrup and table sugar?
Another side to the HFCS debate is that not everyone wants regular sugar to replace HFCS. And people don’t realize that agave nectar is something like 90% fructose. Honey is around 40% fructose, so also about the same sugar makeup as high-fructose corn syrup.
Toxicologists have a saying that “the dose makes the poison,” meaning that anything and everything can kill you in large enough quantities. So here we take five incredibly common (and usually benign) foods and household items to their illogical conclusion. Ever contemplated eating 480 bananas? Don’t do it.
While we’re on that note, this isn’t a dare. Also, drinking that much coffee sounds disgusting.