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6 Popular Dieting Myths Debunked & Explained [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking about going on a diet before the summer season officially kicks off? Before you start depriving your body of things, you may want to double check what actually works in terms of dieting.

Quill created an infographic that details six popular dieting myths and explains exactly why they’re misguided. This includes subjects like calorie intake, eating less, fatty foods, desserts, and the price of healthy foods.

Sure, shredded abs may look nice for the ‘gram, but if you’re not going about it the correct way it could have an adverse affect on your body over time.

Check out the complete infographic embedded below and see if one of your upcoming diets made it on the debunked list.

Stay healthy out there, folks.

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Health Science Video

Why You Should NEVER Pour Cooking Grease Down The Drain [WATCH]

We’ve all had that that momentary lapse in judgment when it comes to cooking grease. Sure it’s easy to dump your extra fat and oil down the drain after frying up a bountiful platter of bacon strips. However, there’s DEFINITELY a reason you’re supposed to properly dispose of your grease rather than simply flush it down your kitchen sink.

Tech Insider created this informative short showing you the repercussions of such an act. It goes much deeper than clogged pipes, which was our immediate thought.

You see, not only can bacon grease clog your pipes, but it also ends up in the sewers where it combines with other fats dumped from other kitchen sinks. These are called “Fat Bergs” and have the potential to completely clog a sewer, leading to sewage seeping through your sink.

Fat Bergs are incredibly time-consuming to remove, and could take weeks depending on the size. They also pretty much freeze human waste and sewage in place.

All these disgusting complications can be avoided by simply pouring your excess grease into a container to solidify and throwing it in the garbage, or taking it to a waste disposal site. Check out the video to see an in-depth look at the repercussions of pouring grease and fat down the sink.

If you need other ways to properly dispose of cooking oil and grease, we got you.

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5 Ways To Properly Throw Out Cooking Oil After Frying

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Working at Foodbeast all these years, we’ve dealt with our fair share of frying. A common problem we’ve run into when working with oil or fat in the kitchen is how to properly dispose of the liquid after you’re done making a Southern-fried mess.

We’re pretty sure anything more than a quart of oil is illegal to just dump in the trash. Don’t even think about pouring it down the sink, either.

With those disastrous shortcuts nixed, here are a few different methods to disposing of used cooking oils and fats.

Paper Towel

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If you’re simply frying a couple of eggs, you’re probably not using that much oil to begin with. Just set your pan aside to let it cool and wipe it down with a paper towel once the oil isn’t searing hot.

Then, simply check that piece of paper into the trash.

Re-use

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If you’re cooking with animal fat, you won’t want that precious resource to go to waste. Pour the excess grease (filtering out the food bits) into a glass or plastic container once it cools down a bit, then store it in the refrigerator for future use.

Animal fats add tons of flavor to whatever you’re cooking.

Sealed Plastic Bag

If you have about 3/4 cups or less of leftover cooking oil you don’t plan on reusing, let your cookware cool and dump it into a sealed plastic container (or sandwich bag) and throw it out in the trash.

Just make sure that container is airtight.

Gelatin

Serious Eats tested a pretty cool oil hack that incorporates the use of gelatin. Once you’re done with your oil, set it aside to let it cool. While you wait, heat up some water and mixed in some powdered gelatin. Combine your gelatin mixture with your oil and set it in the fridge overnight. The gelatin will sink to the bottom and take all the gross food remains with it, leaving the purified oil floating perfectly at the top.

There will be some water droplets that remain in the oil, but that’s alright as it will cook off once the pan is heating up. You could probably re-use this process once or twice before thinking about starting with some new oil.

You can then just wrap that piece of food-packed gelatin up and toss it in the trash.

Oil Drums

Mostly for restaurants, but if you’re cooking with a massive amount of oil on a daily basis you might want to invest in an oil drum or trap. Just simply pour whatever oil you don’t want to re-use into the vat and properly dispose of it at a waste center every time it’s full.

Though if you’re frying up that much stuff at home, you might want to get your cholesterol checked. Just saying.

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You Gotta Try This Bacon Fat Popcorn Hack

Suicide Squad opens this weekend and, despite depressingly bad reviews, I really enjoyed it. It’s a solid popcorn flick. However, if you’re set on passing this new entry in the superhero genre, just enjoy a movie night at home. Maybe Netflix some Stranger Things and make yourselves some bacon-flavored popcorn.

Yes, bacon-flavored popcorn.

According to People, all you have to do is cook up some bacon and save the excess fat on the saucepan. Then, add your popcorn kernels and start cooking your popcorn on the stovetop. You’ll get fresh popcorn with the aromatic bacon favor. If you’re really into bacon in your popcorn chop up the pieces you cooked beforehand and throw them on top of your freshly-popped popcorn bowl.

Check out the video above for more details.

Movie night, guys!

h/t: People

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New Belgium Teams Up With Detroit Bikes To Make Fat Tire Bicycles

Too often am I drinking a Fat Tire beer and I begin imagining myself riding the iconic red bicycle emblazoned on the label. Granted, these musings normally end with me eating shit (even in my imagination I’m falling off of my bike and chewing gravel), but they’re still delightful thoughts nonetheless. No longer will those thoughts be necessary.

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New Belgium (the company that produces the Fat Tire beer) recently commissioned a manufacturing company in Detroit named Detroit Bikes to create 2,500 Fat Tire bicycles for them. According to a video released for Detroit Bikes and New Belgium, 16 million bicycles are sold in America every year, but only 50,000 of them are actually made here.

The bicycle, despite not being an identical replication, was heavily inspired by the red one on the Fat Tire label. Detroit Bikes sold roughly 1,000 bicycles last year, so this one order has already more than doubled their sales number. They even had to expand their workforce from 20 to 40 employees just to get this order done.

Encompassed by a rich history of industrialization and manufacturing, Detroit seemed like the best place for New Belgium to complete their bike-building order. With the slow decline of the automobile industry (particularly in Detroit), pocketfuls of people are losing their jobs left and right. This one contract was enough to draw in many assembly line workers from the auto industry with a wide enough skill set to make the switch from cars to bikes.

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The bad news: the 2,500 Fat Tire bikes will only be available through New Belgium fundraising events, some sort of contest, raffle or giveaway, and as a gift to employees approaching their 1 year employment anniversary at New Belgium.

New Belgium brought their famous bicycle to life. The ball is in your court now, Coors. Are you going to make a fancy, constantly frigid bullet train or what? We’re waiting…

 

 

Photo Source: New Belgium, Bike Rumor

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New Study Shows ‘FATTY’ Might Be The Sixth Taste Sensation

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We’re all familiar with the five sensations of taste. You’ve got sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. It turns out, scientists have added a sixth  to the list: fatty.

A research team at Purdue have found that taste receptors also recognize fat, the Washington Post reports. Fat on the tongue acts precisely the way flavor sensations like salty and sweet do when people perceive food. The team tested a group of participants and gave them foods that strongly featured the five staple tastes, along with the addition of the taste of fat.

The participants were able to distinguish the differences between foods with a fatty taste and the traditional ones.

With more research, it’s more than likely we can develop something that stimulates the taste of fat, without actually having to eat too much of it. As the experiment concluded, the team believe that there aren’t a set number of taste sensations, rather an infinite amount. As we all know, taste is incredibly complex and amazing.

 

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Health

New Study Shows That Loud Surroundings Are Making Us Fat

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If your noisy neighbors weren’t annoying enough, a new study shows they might also make you fat. According a team of Swedish researchers, a study on the effects of metabolism discovered a link between environmental noise and weight gain.

The study observed 5,000 people in Stockholm. Residents near noisy areas like airports, train tracks, or loud blocks, were found to be chubbier than their counterparts living in quieter areas.

Loud noises can lead to lack of sleep and cause prolonged stress. However, the researchers also hypothesized that the environmental noise also increased cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone known to stimulate fat growth.

According to the study, living by traffic will make people 0.21 centimeters thicker. Those living by a railroad were 0.46 centimeters fatter. Those living in an area with planes flying overhead will gain 0.99 centimeters.

While there’s really nothing those who live in metropolitan cities can do about this, it’s something interesting to keep in mind the next time residents are up all night thanks to environmental noise.

 

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Woman Says ‘Feeling Fat’ Is Not A Feeling, Forces Facebook To Remove ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoji

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Catherine Weingarten (pictured above) didn’t appreciate seeing a chubby-cheeked, double-chinned emoji on a friend’s status update on Facebook. Having struggled with an eating disorder for years, that post made her angry, so she decided to do something about it.

She took to Change.org and gathered over 16,000 “feeling fat” protesters, and Facebook has obliged them. Here’s what Weingarten said in her post:

“Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I saw a friend’s status set to “feeling fat,” accompanied by an emoji with chubby cheeks and a double chin. I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made me feel angry.

As someone who has struggled with and overcome disordered eating, I know what it’s like to “feel” fat. I have spent years of my life consumed with negative thoughts about my body, and far too many days starving myself in an effort to lose weight. But even worse than the skipped meals and the hours spent obsessing in front of the mirror was the fear of what others thought about me and my body.

When Facebook users set their status to “feeling fat,” they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. That is not ok. Join me in asking Facebook to remove the “fat” emoji from their status options.

Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for.

Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world right now. With 890 million users each day, it has the power to influence how we talk to each other about our bodies. I dream that one day the platform will actively encourage body positivity and self-esteem among its users, but for now, all I ask is that it stop endorsing self-destructive thoughts through seemingly harmless emojis.

Please sign to demand that Facebook remove the “fat” emoji from its status options and stop encouraging negative body image among girls.”

Facebook removed the “feeling fat” emoji this week and added their response to the petition, posted by Buzzfeed:

“We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders. So we’re going to remove “feeling fat” from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

No one wants to be reminded of their struggle with body image through a seemingly innocent emoji. Yet, for the rest of us who might not understand, there are so many questions like:

Can we really “feel fat”?

How will the rest of us express “feeling fat” without an emoji?

Is a “food baby” emoji more politically correct?

What are your thoughts on Facebook’s decision to remove “feeling fat” from your list of available “feeling” emojis?

Written by NextShark.com‘s Jacob Wagner || h/t: Mashable