If you adore carbs, these bread slippers are for you

If you love bread, you NEED these slippers.

These bread slippers are the best kind of carbs.

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Soft, plush material keeps your feet “toasty.”

Kick your feet up and relax as you eat your carb-a-licious breakfast!

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Jim Beam warehouse catches on fire, kills thousands of fish in nearby river

Thousands of fish have died after alcohol was found in the Kentucky River during a fire at a Jim Beam warehouse.

The warehouse – which held close to 45,000 barrels of whiskey – went up in flames early this week.

Run-off from firefighters’ hoses ended up in the river while dead fish were seen floating on top of the water, piling up on its banks.

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In an attempt to stop the booze/water mixture from ending up in the water, a containment system was set up along with an aeration device being added to attempt to reduce the number of fish dying.

But despite this, thousands of fish are believed to have deceased.

According to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the “alcohol plume” in the river is close to 23 miles long and should hit the Ohio River where it will be watered down as it joins the larger river.

While it is not known yet exactly how many fish have died, the Cabinet revealed in a post on Facebook:

“The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is on the river again today to continue wildlife assessments and fish kill count. Results are pending.”

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Kim Strohmeier, local resident, shared with Fox News:

“I don’t believe I would want to swim in it right now. In a few days when all this passes it will be fine.”

“A lot of fisherman in both the Elkhorn Creek and the river here…folks aren’t going to have much success fishing in the river in the next few weeks.”

John Mura, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesperson said:

“We’re starting to see fish kill, and we think that it’s very likely to get worse.”

The department has previously shared in a statement:

“We continue to see dead and dying fish. People using the Kentucky River in the area of the plume will likely see and smell dead fish.”

The parent company of Jim Beam, Beam Suntory, has shared how the fire will not impact booze supplies.

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“We are thankful that no one was injured in this incident, and we are grateful to the courageous firefighters from multiple jurisdictions who brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading,” Spokesperson Emily York revealed.

“Given the age of the lost whiskey, this fire will not impact the availability of Jim Beam for consumers.”

What caused the fire has yet to be released.

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Ice cream truck owner despises these influencers so much that he charges them double

Joe Nichhi slings ice cream in L.A.’s famous CVT Soft Serve ice cream truck.

And Joe is o v e r influencers.

As of last week – Joe has officially announced that influencers (and especially those who request free ice-cream in exchange for “exposure”) will now bay double at his truck.

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Nicchi informed the site how he very often receives these types of request but became “done” last week when he “got an event request to do a party on a weekend for 300 people in exchange for the word [influencers] love to use, which is ‘exposure.'”

He revealed that it was then that he made his decision.

“I can’t do that; I can’t work for free.”

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While his first move was “kind of a joke,” he was able to put a sign on his truck which reads: INFLUENCERS PAY DOUBLE.

He then specified that if you ask for a $4 cone for free (for whatever social-media-related reason) you are now paying $8.

And while the photo of him holding the sign along with its caption gained a massive amount of traction on Instagram — it was also went viral on Reddit.

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But that was not the first time he had revealed his true thoughts on social media against those who wanted to take advantage of his business.

In just a few days before the above post, he posted another picture of the sign to make sure people saw the exact types of influencers he would rather not serve.

“Trust me, I understand the irony of all of this that I’m mocking influencers,” he revealed to VICE. “Now I’m getting some social media credit as influencing non-influencers.”

Snaps for this guy!

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This mental health influencer claims pizza helps her powerlift

Aleen N Johnson is the fit pizza girl who has praised her love of the every-time snack so much that she tattooed it on her skin.

Aleen – who goes by Aly – is an active US Air Force member as well as a lifter and a pizza connoisseur.

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And her love for the cheesy delight was actually inspired by her time in the forces.

“While I was deployed from July 2016-Feb 2017, the only thing enjoyable to eat was Pizza Hut,” she shared.

“Soon after, people started to joke around about how much I loved pizza because I was ordering it about every other night for dinner.”

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“One night before we all flew back to the States, someone bet me that I wouldn’t get a pizza tattoo on my butt for ‘pizza dat *ss’ and the rest is history.”

“The pizza tattoo I got after my deployment was the small slice, and then after I gained 60k followers I got the huge pizza tattoo on the right side of my butt – because ‘go big or go home’.”

“There are a few other girls who have pizza tattoos but I am THEfitpizzagirl, so of course, I had to go big.”

She went on, saying:

“I plan on getting more pizza tattoos in the near future,”

But there is more to the story than just plain ole pizza.

Aly uses her lifting and training her regime as a tool to fight her mental health battle.

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Aly fights depression, anxiety as well as PTSD but credits her love of lifting (as well as fueling her lifting through pizza carbs) to help her get through her issues.

“I began to use fitness as my outlet,” she shared. “I had never worked out with a barbell in my life but I knew that I needed a change, I knew I needed to make a change, and I was willing to take risks.”

“As a powerlifter, carbs are your best friend and everyone gravitated towards my love for this food. I went from weighing 182lbs in January 2018 to weighing in at 155lbs in June 2018.”

“I was officially thefitpizzagirl and it didn’t stop there. During this time I was growing my brand on Instagram and gained 60k followers in six months.”

But her love of pizza is not all that makes this titan a force to be reckoned with.

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Her motivational posts have moved many and the pizza queen is not afraid to share her journey to lift others up — especially when it comes to celebrating others.

“This post is for all of the women who do not compete with other women. Women who are willing to stand in the fire with their sisters. Women who build each other up and rise together. Those women are not just women. Those women are Queens. Please forgive me, I was not able to post every woman that has been there for me but THANK YOU to those who have. I am grateful for all of the support that I have received, but there is nothing better than the support from other bad*ss women who express endless amount of love and admiration for one another’s goals and dreams. Don’t ever stop being YOU and doing what makes you happy, I love you all ♥️”

YOU ARE A QUEEEN – I AM A QUEEN – WE ARE ALL QUEENS! Now who wants some pizza?

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You probably have one of the these 21 cereals that have weed killer in them

So far, at least 21 cereals, snack bars and granola made by Cheerios, Nature Valley and Fiber One contain glysophate according to a new study.

Glysophate is the chemical in Bayer-Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup, that has been linked to multiple types of cancers in the US.

Scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the ingredient in oat-based cereals made by General Mills and Fiber One at levels about what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems safe.

The EWG warned that some of the cereals had more than five times the EPA’s 160 parts per billion of glysophate.

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Since 2015, glysophate has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (an arm of the WHO.)

But chemicals continue to show up in food in the US.

Both the EPA and consumer protection groups, like the EWG, have been attempting to get the chemical outlawed outright.

But it was been used for a long time on some of the most widely grown crops in the US such as corn and soybeans.

Honey Nut Cheerios, the second most popular cereal in the US, also made the list of EWG’s contaminated cereals.

Glysophate has been the subject of a rapidly increasing number of lawsuits against Bayer Monsanto.

People across the country are claiming that their long-term use of Roundup led them to develop cancers including lymphoma.

California courts have so far awarded over $2.2 billion in total to three plaintiffs in those lawsuits.

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While their exposures were far greater than what people consuming these cereals would encounter (most likely) it should be noted the cereals are popular among children.

In the midst of the findings, General Mills preached that their “top priority is food safety,” according to CNN

‘The only way to quickly remove this cancer-causing weedkiller from foods marketed to children is for companies like General Mills and Quaker to use oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate as a desiccant,” wrote the EWG study authors. 

But the recent findings have only scratched the surface over the chemical.

It has since collected over 236,000 signatures on a petition that calls for major food companies to take better measures to protect consumer health.

EWG said the company, Bayer-Monsanto, “knew about the risks for decades and went to extraordinary lengths to cover it up.” 

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“As these latest tests show, a box of Cheerios or other oat-based foods on store shelves today almost certainly comes with a dose of a cancer-causing weedkiller,” said vice president for science investigations at EWG, Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.

Naidenko asked: “Does General Mills really want to keep using a chemical that independent scientists say causes cancer, made by a company that three juries have found guilty of covering up its health hazards? Or will they listen to the growing chorus of concerned consumers calling on General Mills and other companies to remove glyphosate from the cereals kids love to eat?”  

To learn more about the harmful chemical, Glyphosate, the FDA answers your questions about its debated use.

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Cafe serves magical cup of coffee with actual cotton candy on top

One cafe in Shanghai has curated a cup of coffee that Instagram-worthy to the max.

If you love sweet things, staging the perfect photo and magical caffeine — this is the cup of coffee for you.

Mellower Coffee has become famous for their “Sweet Little Rain” coffee.

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So what is it exactly?

Sold for 58 RMB (or around $9) food bloggers are attempting to take part in the scrumptious refreshment which features black coffee with a (massive)
“cloud” of cotton candy hovering above it.

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And while it looks simply out of this world, a few folks who have tried it say it has been over hyped and a little gimmicky.

Additionally — they are saying it can get pretty messy.

Looks worth it to me!

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And when it comes to coffee — the folks who make it deserve a lot of praise.

That’s right — I am talking about baristas.

And sometimes, folks give these coffee creators the most outlandish requests.

One barista by the name of Kerri revealed to Bored Panda the craziest requests she has heard while working at a coffee shop.

“I am the store manager which is what I assume people call the general manager,” Kerri shared with Bored Panda. “I ensure the store is being run well and deal with any paperwork, contract things and issues that might arise.”

“My main responsibilities are focusing on ensuring the store is a happy and safe work environment and making sure all customers needs are being met.”

Ready for the ridiculous requests? We thought you’d never ask.

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Our Iced coffees are a fresh espresso shot poured over ice, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, cold milk and a swirl of whipped cream. Iced Mochas are the exact same drink but it has chocolate syrup added to it. That’s the only difference. I did explain it to her but she had already made her mind up. Extra dollar to the store I guess. The way she said “Thanks” really riled me up because truly, it doesn’t get any better than this as I really love a condescending tone of voice.

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This gentleman is older and likes to think of himself as very money savvy, he’s a regular at our store and has an incredibly tight budget. This fella ordered our all day breakfast choice of Eggs on Toast, with an additional side of bacon, (which is two eggs cooked to your liking and two pieces of toast with a fried tomato for $12, a side of bacon is two rashers for $4 which comes to a whopping total of $16) We aren’t heartless and if we know there’s a cheaper option we always tell our customers. The meal we were trying desperately to convince him to buy is $13.50 and comes with everything he wanted, two rashers of bacon, two eggs, two pieces of toast and a fried tomato. We gave up and he left thinking he had gained the upper hand and scammed us all, his smug smile is one I will never forget.

AH people. It is what brings us together.

And it’s the coffee that keeps us sane.

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Woman who was once vegan for over a decade now exclusively eats meat

After following a strict vegan diet for 15 years — a mom of two has recently decided to eat exclusively meat.

The 44-year-old, Nicole Carter, believes that her vegan diet left her immune system in shambles — adding that now, she has more energy and is healthier after swapping her veggies for steak.

Nicole, who hails from California, decided to become a vegan at the age of 18.

She cut out sugar, alcohol, made her own dried flaxseed crackers and squeezed fresh juice.

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That being said, she developed a laundry list of health issues and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2012.

And despite trying to ease her condition — nothing was successful, until she began to consume a meat-based diet.

Nicole says that she now feels both healthier not only in her stomach, but in her mood — saying that she even lost weight.

“I had raging candida overgrowth, hair loss, joint pain, fatigue and insomnia. My blood tests showed almost non-existent levels of iron and Vitamin D. My hormones were low and my thyroid hormones were low despite natural supplements.”

Pictured: Nicole Carter on vegan diet

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“I had gall stones and pancreatitis which led to gall bladder removal in 2006. I had chronic constipation, gas, bloating and eventually ulcerative colitis. I was hypoglycaemic. I had insomnia at night and no energy all day.”

“I didn’t drink coffee, only organic green tea. I was depressed, had anxiety and felt lost as to how to improve my health.”

She continued, saying:

“I read about Amber O’Hearn doing it [carnivore diet] for mood disorder. I was curious if it would cure my autoimmune disease, ulcerative colitis.”

“It is the elimination of all plant and non-animal foods. There are varying degrees, but most carnivores focus on beef and ruminant animals and add in pork, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy to some degree.

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“It is extremely nutritious because the nutrients are all bioavailable as opposed to the nutrients in the plants which are bound by oxalates and phytates. It also eliminates foods that are destructive to the human gut such as [fiber.]”

“People think that meat causes cancer, that it causes high cholesterol which may kill you, that it causes diabetes and that it is bad for the environment. None of this is true,” she continued.

“The hard thing for most is eating enough. The other hard thing is the social aspect. Most people can’t wrap their head around it because of being told their entire lives that they need vegetables.”

Pictured: Nicole Carter on carnivore diet

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“My life is entirely better. My health is better, my gut, my energy and my mood. I also have a lot more time for other things now that I don’t spend all my time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. I also save a lot of money this way.”

“All of the symptoms I mentioned before are gone. I no longer have a life-threatening disease nor any of the annoying symptoms or problems I had before. My autoimmune disease is gone and I am so grateful for what I have learned that got me here.”

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After drinking 6 energy drinks per day, this 32-year-old mother gets fitted with pacemaker

A 32-year-old is determined to share her story about the potential dangers of downing energy drinks after she began to have blackouts and was eventually fitted with a pacemaker at the age of 32.

While there is no standard definition of an “energy drink,” it can be defined as a non-alcoholic drink that contains caffeine, taurine (an amino acid) and vitamins, along with other ingredients.

The mother of three, who hails from Leicester, U.K., said that at her very worst — she was consuming up to six cans a day of caffeinated beverages.

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“In 2014 I was drinking five or six a day until I had the pacemaker fitted in February 2018,” she told LeicesterLive.com.

She said how the drinks which used to make her stay awake during work — would cause her heart to beat faster and caused palpitations.

She would then crash and it was cause her to have another.

“It would give me headaches, I’d be grumpy, and I’d need another one to keep me going,” she shared with the news outlet. “I wouldn’t sleep and I had an overwhelming feeling of doom when trying to sleep.”

She then eventually went to the doctor who diagnosed her with a blockage in her heart and she was then fitted for a pacemaker.

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Additionally, it was discovered she suffered from kidney stones and was given a warning about developing diabetes with the amount of sugar she was consuming.

And while she says that her doctors could not point the blame at the energy drinks for her heart issues — she said she has not had any snaffoos since quitting the drinks cold turkey.

“I don’t black out anymore and I can’t feel my heart messing up anymore,” she said. “My heart used to skip beats.”

Sharpe, who has to return to the doctor every six months, said she wants to share her story as a cautionary tale for others.

And if you are wondering which energy drinks, if any at all, are healthy — you are not alone.

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A new review by the World Healthy Organization (WHO) — which reviews the literature on the associated health risks and policies related to energy drinks — recently reviewed the benefits and risk associated with energy drinks.

The review was born out of the scientific community along with the general public questioning the health effects of such drinks.

These researchers described quite a number of potential health risks — almost which are associated with the high caffeine content of the drinks as well as when they are mixed with alcohol.

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They also discovered that the policy regarding energy drinks is limited and encourage more long-term research as well as policy action to minimize the risk of harm from both heavy and long-term energy drink consumption.

“Energy drinks could cause public health problems, says WHO study,” according to The Guardian reports.

When these drinks are mixed with alcohol, the harm can be even worse.

Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster contain very high levels of caffeine — a stimulant.

And over the last 20 years, these drinks have become increasingly popular with young people, with many clubbers mixing them with alcohol.

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Christian mom group livid over swear words in Burger King’s new meals

Burger King recently rolled out a new marketing campaign where the target audience was depressed teens.

An apparent play on the McDonald’s “Happy Meal,” the campaign includes colored “Real Meal” boxes with names like “Salty Meal,” as well as “Yaaaas Meal,” along with “P*ssed Meal,” and “DGAF Meal.”

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That being said — it is still unclear what these particular phrases have to do with the contents of the box.

And now — a group of concerned Christian mothers by the name of One Million Moms — has raised an alarm about the campaign.

Currently, the campaign has over 5,000 signatures with moms describing the boxes as ” a marketing disaster,” citing their “crude language,” and urged Burger King to remove both the “p*ssed” and “DGAF” boxes immediately.

The campaign states on their website:

“Burger King is mocking McDonald’s Happy Meals with a little competition. Yesterday, Burger King announced new meal boxes that “let you choose how you feel.”

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“No one is ‘Happy’ all the time,” Burger King said in a press release.”

“Dubbed as “Real Meals,” customers will be able to order Whopper-based meal boxes in a variety of different moods, but “happy” isn’t one of them.”

“Though the Real Meals are Whopper-based meals, the boxes are replicas of Happy Meal boxes and will, therefore, attract children. No matter the target market, this campaign is a marketing disaster.”

“Similar to the Angry Whopper, Real Meals are available only at select restaurants while supplies last. Even if your local Burger King is not participating at this time, your voice needs to be heard so this vulgar marketing will be stopped and not added at additional locations.”

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“Burger King’s #FEELYOURWAY campaign is irresponsible and offensive to customers. Burger King needs to know parents do not approve!”

The group then urged others to sign the petition, stating:

“If you agree that this marketing campaign is inappropriate, please sign our petition urging Burger King to remove the boxed meals “P*ssed” and “DGAF” from their menu immediately. Let them hear from you even if your local Burger King is not participating at this time. This is a nationwide petition. Also, encourage Burger King to be more responsible in future marketing campaigns. If Burger King wants our business, it must stop using crude language.”

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If chosen to sign the petition, the pre-typed message reads:

“I find Burger King’s #FEELYOURWAY campaign to be in poor taste. Everyone knows children repeat what they hear. Burger King using crude language to sell burgers is irresponsible. One Million Moms is particularly offended by the two boxed meals “P*ssed” and “DGAF.” Offensive ads cause customers to lose respect for a company, and complaints should not be taken lightly. I urge Burger King to put a stop to inappropriate marketing campaigns and remove the boxed meals “P*ssed” and “DGAF” from your menu immediately. I will not patronize your restaurants as long as you use vulgar language to market your products.”

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“DGAF” is an acronym for, “Don’t give a f***.”

Let’s be honest — I am not sure anyone would want to consume anything that is packaged in a “p*ssed box.”

As Randy Jackson said: “That’s gonna be a no for me dog.”

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People are drinking out of a peculiar household item

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There’s a new hipster trend around town, and it’s something much cooler than mason jars.

You’ve definitely seen light bulb drinks posted all over your Instagram.

You can drink yummy cocktails, healthy juices and fun lemonades out of it!

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Shaped like a light bulb, the drinks are able to stand on their own and keep your drinks nice and cool.

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Healthiest foods to get at Starbucks, by the calories

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Starbucks: It’s everyone’s favorite coffee chain, known for their yummy fruit plates and their rich cake pops. And their great coffee, of course.

But when you’re sticking to a diet, or are just trying to be conscious of what you’re eating, the chain’s pretty bakery display can be pretty tempting.

So what’s the healthiest options to get at Starbucks? One top nutritionist weighs in on what you should be opting for instead.

From breakfast sandwiches to lattes, here’s what you should be looking out for:

Vanilla scone (120 calories, 8 grams of sugar) 

Chocolate cake-pop (140 calories)

Nonfat latte (100 calories in a grande, 10 grams of protein)

Skinny cappuccino (61 calories in a tall)

Egg white, spinach and feta wrap (19 g of protein, 10 g of fat, 33 carbs)

Reduced fat turkey bacon and egg white sandwich, (16 g of protein, 230 calories)

Whole grain oatmeal (160 calories without the toppings)

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Scary things happen to your body when you eat too much protein

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Everyone’s always saying to eat more protein. Protein, especially when low in fat, gives us energy and fuel necessary for the human body.

However, have you ever heard of anyone advising to eat less protein?

You probably didn’t know that too much protein can actually be dangerous and hurt your body instead of help it. Bad breath and mood swings are just two of the ways in which too much protein can hurt your body.

Scroll through to see the other ways overdoing protein can hurt you:

You can hurt your kidneys 

Protein has an abundance of nitrogen byproducts — too much of it puts stress on your kidneys because of how much byproduct is going into your system. 

You have stomach issues 

Eating chicken might equate to a lot of protein, but that doesn’t mean it has a lot of fiber. You need fiber for your digestive system to work properly. Any low carb diet may have this effect — but it’s important you’re getting all the food groups as well. 

You can actually gain weight 

A lot of protein may take away numbers initially. But in the end, you’ll gain the weight back — and then some. Patients who incorporated higher protein diets were linked with obesity, heart failure and risk of death. 

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‘Hand salad’ recipe sparks massive debate on social media

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On Monday, food magazine Bon Appétit shared a recipe for something it’s calling “hand salad.” Like all revolutionary ideas, it has drummed up quite a bit of debate.

Hand salad is simple. Dip sturdy lettuce leaves in salad dressing, and enjoy.

“We call this a hand salad because lettuce and dip just doesn’t sound like nearly as much fun,” the recipe says.

Immediately, people started making fun of the concept. But hey! People probably laughed at the person who first thought it was a good idea to eat a bowl of leaves with a fork, too.

Some think hand salad is a sad attempt to jazz up the chore of healthy eating, but the more optimistic noticed it’s just a more convenient way to consume ranch dressing.

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One type of cooking oil is beneficial for your heart and skin health

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Are you paying attention to what kind of cooking oil you’re using? Not only could your choice affect you and your guests — but it could also affect the environment.

We turned to culinary expert and educator Chef Gerard Viverito to learn more before we get going in the kitchen.

Here are three things to consider as you begin:

  • Is the oil GMO? Today, more than 90 percent of soybean, corn and canola (rapeseed) crops come from genetically modified seed. This is a significant increase from just 20 years ago.
  • Does it turn toxic when heated? You might be surprised to learn that both olive oil and coconut oil break down when exposed to high temperatures. They start to smoke and degrade into harmful chemicals, called aldehydes, which may damage essential organs, tissues and cells. Even the fumes from overheating some cooking oils may have serious health consequences.
  • Is it responsibly grown? Some oil crops may be harming Mother Earth. With our booming world’s population – now nearly 7.5 billion people – we need a sustainable source of this dietary staple. Some experts point to oil-producing perennials, such as oil palms, olive trees and grape vines, to help feed the world without harming the planet.

If you still feel like you’re in the dark, Viverito broke down the pros and cons for the cooking oils now commonly found on store shelves:

Olive Oil

ProsRich in mono-unsaturated fat, this oil is great for your heart and skin health. Use it for salad dressings and drizzling over breads. 

Cons: Not suitable for high-temperature applications because it starts to degrade before it hits 400 degrees Fahrenheit. High demand has also led to soil erosion in some areas of Europe.

Butter

ProsFlavorful and easily accessible, butter is fine to use in moderation for adding flavor to veggies or potatoes 

Cons: The nutritional value of butter varies. Grass-fed butter is higher in omega-3s and vitamins A, K, D and E. But most of the butter in stores is produced with milk from grain-fed cows.

Malaysian Palm Oil

Pros: This flavor-neutral tropical oil with a buttery texture is a popular replacement for harmful trans fat. It is non-GMO and tolerates heat extremely well. Approximately 80 percent of palm oil imported into the U.S. is from Malaysia, where it is certified sustainable, produced from high-yielding perennial crops. An acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybean plants and seven times more than canola. 

Cons: While Malaysian sustainable palm oil is an ingredient in many foods, the country of origin is not always listed on the label.

Coconut Oil

Pros: Coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids (also found in grass-fed butter and palm oil) are easily utilized as body fuel, which may help you manage your weight. 

Cons: The yield from coconut trees declines as they age, which may lead to more deforestation. Coconut oil starts to break down at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, limiting its use.

Avocado Oil

Pros: This flavor-neutral oil is rich in nutrients and tolerates heat up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Cons: Our avocado obsession may be causing serious harm to the drinking water in Chile. The trees demand a lot of water, a resource which is in short supply in this drought-prone country.

Macadamia Nut Oil

Pros: Although most commonly used as a beauty aid, this sweet and buttery oil is good for your health, too. It contains a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. 

Cons: Macadamia trees are susceptible to many pests and diseases. In some cases, rats consume up to fifty percent of the crop. 

Flaxseed Oil

Pros: This oil is extremely nutritious and rich in heart-healthy omega-3s. 

Cons: Many people find its flavor unappealing. Flaxseed oil also begins breaking down at just 225 degrees, so it can’t be exposed to heat. Also known as linseed oil, it’s commonly used in paints and wood finishes.

Sunflower Oil

Pros: Sunflower oil is rich in skin, brain and heart-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. 

Cons: It contains inflammatory compounds which may increase your risk of heart disease. Because it is a lower-yielding plant susceptible to diseases, it requires significant herbicide and insecticide use. 

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We tried the $500 tequila-infused pizza — Here’s what happened

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One tequila, two tequila, three tequila — it’s the one day of the year where you can shamelessly order more!

February 22 is National Margarita Day, which means an excuse to down one (or four) of your favorite tequila-infused drinks.

And though the holiday does call for a beverage after all, chefs and restaurants are getting more and more creative with taking the “holiday” and using its concept to create different drinks and dishes inspired by the classic cocktail.

Say, for example, a $500 Patrón-infused pizza.

Topped with the most decadent of ingredients and creative combination of spicy and sweet, this mouthwatering delicacy is called the “Platinum Margarita Margherita Pizza” in celebration of National Margarita Day on February 22.

We stopped by Bodega Negra, inside the Dream Hotel in New York, New York, to watch this cheat-meal dream come to life, and, of course, to snag a bite (or six but really who’s counting?)

The flakiest, thinnest crust is prepped and covered in a three-cheese blend (tequila infused) with sliced tomatoes set in the middle, and put in the oven.

Once finished it’s time to layer on the toppings – and believe us, watching the process without being able to bite into that tequila-flavored goodness was nearly a legal form of torture.

The pizza is cut into thin slices before the ingredients are placed on, which allows for the maximum, gooey amount of toppings to fall off the crust and on to your plate with each slice – more bang for your buck and your bite!

The toppings are layered in a circular manner, starting from the outside and working inward.

First, around the crust are the lemon-water covered avocado slices, followed by the next layer of seasoned mango, which surprisingly spices up the flavor of the fruit.

An (adorable, may we add) avocado flower is set in the center of the pie and then surrounded by juicy, glazed lobster.

The unlikely pizza ingredients didn’t just come naturally to the team behind the pizza, explains chef Joel Reiss:

“We tried a few variations of things. We were thinking about using foie gras in here — We thought lobster, the caviar, the sweetness of the mango and the saltiness of the truffle would mesh well together.”

Hand shaved black truffles are then added to the pizza on top of the mango, interspersed with house made crema, infused with Gran Patrón Platinum.

Chef Reiss explained that the Patrón has “such a nice flavor to it, more so than any other tequila that I’ve used in the past,” which left his team “shocked at how much nice flavor [the tequila] actually added to the dish…it really added a lot of depth.”

Pickled red onions are added for acidity (and aesthetic variation) and finished off with Osetra caviar and edible platinum foil, for decorative touch.

Then it was time to dig in and if you haven’t been able to figure out by now, we were not disappointed.

And according to chef Reiss, customers haven’t been either:

“I haven’t stopped making them yet – in my sleep, somewhat!”

For such decadent ingredients and flavors, we were surprised by how surprisingly light the pizza tasted.

The layering of ingredients allows for each unique flavor to hit your mouth in succession, including the tequila – the bitter richness of the alcohol combined with the creamy avocado, decadent lobster and punchy mango is a combination that tastes just as good as it looks on a menu.

This pizza goes for $500 and is available at Bodega Negra in NYC and has to be ordered 48 hours in advance, since the Oestra caviar and black truffles are outsourced.

And if a pricey pizza isn’t in your budget, treat yourself to a shot of tequila (Patrón, of course) in celebration of National Margarita Day – or, you know, any day because life is short and tequila is good.

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Budget Better: 17 things you should always buy in bulk

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There’s nothing worse than going to the store and realizing that you’ve purchased more than you need, or more than you have room for in your home.

But in some cases, it (literally) pays to buy in bulk.

Aside from warehouse clubs like Costco, BJs and Sam’s Club, many grocery stores and specialty stores will offer discounted prices per unit if you purchase in bulk.

For example, you may only need one bottle of laundry detergent to get you through the next month.

But stocking up ahead of time on five or six large bottles at a discounted price will not only allow you to pay less per bottle, but will save you from needing to run to the store for the next five or six months when you’re in need of more.

However, not every item is a worthwhile investment when buying in large amounts.

These items below are guaranteed to pay off — and a bulk purchase is always a smart move.

Cereal

School supplies

Vitamins

Laundry detergent

Shampoo

Dried fruit

Alcohol

Office supplies

Light bulbs

White rice

Aluminum foil

Batteries

Whole spices and seasoning

Pet food

Bottled beverages

Paper plates and utensils

Gum

So the overall benefit of buying in bulk? It saves you both time and money.

Yes, please!

A general rule to follow is to avoid anything perishable. Pantry items are always more favorable for bulk buys as they won’t go bad after a set amount of time.

As for non-grocery items, it’s smart to ask yourself about what small items you seem to always need but never think about going to the store to purchase, such as tape, staples, pens, etc.

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Budget Better: 7 everyday items to never buy in bulk

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Buying in bulk can be an awesome way to both save money and save yourself trips to the store. But bigger isn’t always better.

Big-box stores and warehouse clubs like BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club are a shopper’s dream — One-stop shops where you can buy a lifetime supply of your favorite foods and products. However, don’t let every gargantuan carton and low price tag tempt you. Tons of items are better purchased in a 2-pack rather than a 24-pack.

Next time you find yourself at a wholesale mecca — don’t go too crazy. Be selective! Load up your cart with giant packs of gum, toilet paper, diapers and office supplies — but don’t grab everything you see on the shelves.

See the 7 items to avoid buying in bulk below:

1. Cooking oils

Cooking oils like olive oil and vegetable oil typically have shelf lives of only 6-12 months — so stay away from the gallon-sized containers.

2. Spices

While spices don’t expire quickly, they tend to lose their potency after about 6 months. If you want to buy spices in bulk, stick to buying whole cloves and grind them up yourself to maintain those bold flavors.

3. Liquid bleach

Bleach has a shelf life of about 6-12 months. The chemical begins to degrade immediately, especially at higher temperatures, so don’t be tempted by the bigger packages.

4. Face cream and sunscreen

Lotions like moisturizer and sunscreen tend to lose their effectiveness in about 3-6 months — so stick to purchasing smaller bottles and restock a few times a year.

5. Condiments

Condiments like ketchup, ranch dressing and mayonnaise are laden with preservatives to hold a longer shelf life — but even so, it’s usually 6-12 months. There’s a good chance you won’t finish your bottle before the expiration date, so stick to buying one bottle at a time.

6. Brown rice

Brown rice deteriorates much faster than white or pre-cooked rice. Even when stored in an airtight container, brown rice only has a shelf life of about 6 months.

7. Soda

Properly stored canned soda has a shelf life of about 9 months, but it may lose some carbonation and taste.

Hit up the grocery store instead for the above items — or just stick to smaller packages.

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Budget Better: The 5 best Kirkland products to buy at Costco

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There’s always tons of discussion around store brand versus name brand products. Name brand products are always a sure bet, but these items typically err on the pricier side of their counterparts. Generic brands are almost always cheaper, but it’s argued you sacrifice quality and reliability with these purchases.

However, Costco’s Kirkland Signature line has turned the idea upside down that store brands are inferior. Kirkland Signature products can be as good — or better — than similar items from big-name manufacturers.

Kiplinger named their top Kirkland picks from the warehouse club, based on consumer satisfaction and ingredient standards, and a few kitchen staples made the list.

Check out the gallery below for the best Kirkland products to buy at Costco and why:

1. Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Image via Costco

This product is one of a few imported oils tested that met international and U.S. standards for extra-virgin olive oil, according to a study by University of California, Davis. 

2. Kirkland Signature Bacon

Image via Costco

Consumer Reports gave Kirkland Signature Bacon an ‘excellent’ rating. 

3. Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo 

Image via Max Pixel

Costco is known for it’s superior liquor collection — and the Kirkland Signature line is a customer favorite. Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo received a score in the ‘exceptional’ range, according to the director of the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Tastings.com

4. Kirkland Signature Egg Nog Liqueur

Image via flickr

This booze received top marks from Tastings.com, as well.

5. Kirkland Signature Vodka

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Costco-brand vodka is praised for its great taste and low price.

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Woman’s basketball team decimates Trump at White House when he orders fast food

Ah yes, Donald Trump invited yet another champion sports team to the White House for dinner and served them fast food.

Again.

Serving grease under heat lamps seems to be a staple under Trump’s White House.

That being said —- the women of the Baylor basketball team were not too thrilled as other teams pretended to be — I mean, were.

Kalani Brown, center, took a video which captured the fast-food spread with the words “the moment everyone’s been waiting for” paired with a cry-laugh emoji and can be heard laughing at the display of burgers, fries and pizza.

And as the video ends, she then says “okay Donnie, cool.”

AWK-WARD.

Another weird moment that happened? Trump began to talk about the women’s arms when he was handed one of their standard jerseys by the coach.

Image via Twitter

“You know, I love those short sleeves,” he said. “Such beautiful arms. Great definition.”

Ooph.

The jerseys were sleeveless — much like those that male basketball players dawn.

Aaaaand cue the Twitter comments that flooded in quickly after the video was posted:

“I will still never understand why he thinks elite athletes like this.”

“Because he has never been an athletic person in any sense of the word.”

“The players should just show up in their pajamas.”

Image via Instagram

“He’s still serving athletes fast food. Food they could buy their own d*mn selves.”

“They using Donnie’s tanning lamps to keep the fries warm.”

The first time this happened, it was for members of Clemson University’s championship-winning football team.

And due to the ongoing government shutdown that Trump himself forced — there was not enough staff at the White House to serve the student athletes a proper dinner.

So Trump then spread the word how he “saved the day” by personally purchasing “Hamberders” for the players.

The spread featured Wendy’s, McDonalds, Burger King, and Domino’s pizza….

Image via flickr

It should be noted however Trump’s diet exclusively consists of fast food so maybe regardless of the shutdown — the particular spread was going happen anyway.

And while not much was known about how the players themselves felt about being served the fast food at their honorary dinner — a video was later revealed with a player can be heard saying he thought that Trump serving them fast food was “a joke.”

So what exactly is Donald Trump’s diet?

According to culture trip, it is quite the meal plan.

Trump is not a huge fan of breakfast but if he does cave, he chooses bacon and eggs, cereal or a McDonald’s McMuffin….not coffee or tea.

Image via flickr

Trump also does not eat much during the day, usually going 14 to 16 hours without eating according to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski revealed in the book Let Trump Be Trump.

He does, however, love meatloaf.

And for dinner? Trump chooses fast food but not just for the taste, but for the reliability/safety.

Trump shared with CNN how “..one bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald’s. One bad hamburger and you take Wendy’s and all these other places and they’re out of business. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe some place that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”

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According to Lewandowski, his preferred order is “a full McDonald’s dinner of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, and a small chocolate shake – a total of 2,430 calories.”

Trump also adores Lay’s potato chips and Doritos, so much that the White House kitchen is stocked with them. And to wash it all down, he reaches for a Diet Coke — allegedly drinking 12 cans a day.

Opa!

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If Trump closes the border, it could mean no more avocados for America

Can you imagine a world without Avocado Toast?

I just did and I nearly fell out of my chair typing that first sentence.

It’s a scenario I imagine most try not to even entertain but if Trump is successful in shutting down the border — imports from Mexico will dramatically decrease.

….which means no more avocados….or avocado toast…avocado ranch…guacamole…and the list goes on.

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I am sure you are pretty shaken up about this and rightfully so.

Let’s revisit brass tacks, shall we?

That always makes me feel better.

Almost 40 percent of the fruits (avocados are technically fruits and if you don’t believe me you can click here) as well as close to half of all the vegetables from the US imports is grown in Mexico.

Most of our alcohol is imported from Mexico as well — which means tequila, limes, tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries will be down for the count as well to name just a few headliners.

And according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture — supplies would run out in just three weeks if imports from Mexico were halted.

Image via National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Three. Weeks. People.

President and chief executive of Mission Produce, Steve Barnard, is the largest distributor as well as grower of avocados in the world.

Recently, he shared with Business Insider:

“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the US right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so.”

And while the wall has been on Trump’s wish list for quite some time, the likelihood of him closing the border continues to grow each and every day that comes our way.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

A shutdown of the border would be chaotic to say the least for both countries — as it would disrupt millions of legal border crossings and asylum seekers, along with heavily impacting trade.

Close to $137 billion of trade between the countries is food.

Principal at Quarterra (a consulting specializing in Latin American agricultural issues and trade) Monica Ganley said:

“When a border is closed or barriers to trade are put in place, I absolutely expect there would be an impact on consumers. We’re absolutely going to see higher prices. This is a very real and very relevant concern for American consumers.”

Image via flickr

But it’s not just Mexico’s exports that would be affected — as the country is also the biggest importer of US exports of refined fuels — aka diesel and gasoline.

And while much of this is transported by rail — it is unclear if the railways would be affected by the shutdown.

Imports to the US from Mexico have almost tripled since 1999, with Mexico supplying close to 44 percent of America’s imported produce.

And while prices in supermarkets have yet to be affected, the food companies are the ones who are already feeling the pinch should the worst possible scenario happen — Barnard adding:

“We would be out of business for a while.”

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