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Glowing Blue Meat, Snakes Under A Fridge And The 6 Craziest Food Stories [THE KATCHUP]

It’s been a crazy week in the world of food news. If you’ve been swamped with work or personal problems and haven’t had a chance to keep updated on what’s delicious, what’s dirty, and what’s trending right now, the Foodbeast Weekly Katchup might just be your new best friend.

We’ve definitely got some pretty tasty, weird and terrifying headlines this week.

Check out our Katchup in the video above. We’re still cringing from that snake story.

1. Mozzarella Marinara Shot Glasses

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A new player in the world of cheesy food creations has entered the game. Through The Eyes Of My Belly created a deep-fried mozzarella SHOT GLASS that she fills marinara sauce. We definitely wouldn’t mind pounding a few of these.

2. Snake Under The Fridge

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An Australian woman woke up one morning to discovered there was a giant brown snake under her refrigerator. Even worse, it had laid 14 EGGS. So it looks like we’re going to be cautiously afraid of refrigerators for the rest of our lives.

3. Starbucks Barista Stealing A CC

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A video recently went viral showing a woman driving up to a Starbucks drive-thru window explaining that she had her credit card information stolen and that a barista at a Starbucks she visited was behind the theft.

The video shows the angry mother confronting the 19-year-old girl over the theft.

4. IHOP Journey AYCE Pancakes

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When one of our writers, Sean Fahmy, said he could demolish his fair share of pancakes, we told him to put his money where his mouth was. Boy, did he.

Sean hit up the local IHOP and attempted to break the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat pancake record. What happened next was a morning filled with four different kinds of syrup, sticky laptops, and a massive sugar coma.

5. Glowing Meat From China

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A man in China bought himself 92 pounds of pork. After seasoning it and leaving it overnight in a bucket, he came back and found that the meat started to GLOW BLUE.

What crazy thing could cause every-day pork to turn such a luminous color?

6. Cheetos Pipe

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Honorary Foodbeast Tym Bussinach, known for his Breakfast Sushi, and more recently the White Castle Pizza, decided to turn a Cheetos puff into a pipe. Probably his simplest recipe yet. All you really need are three ingredients.

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The Good, The Bad And The Downright TERRIFYING Things About ‘Asian Glow’

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As an Asian dude, my face has been known to glow red after a beer or two. The phenomenon known as “Asian Glow,” leaves me blushing, my heart beating, my stomach queasy and my head throbbing.

While my non-Asian friends friends poke fun, the glow is actually a condition many Asians face.

Officially titled Alcohol flush reaction, the redness is caused by the body not being able to metabolize alcohol as effectively as others might. Because the syndrome is most common among folks of Asian descent, Asian flush syndrome or Asian Glow is a common nickname.

Your body can’t break down the alcohol

Two enzymes determine how the body breaks down or metabolizes the alcohol consumed. These enzymes are Alcohol dehydrogenase and Acetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

Alcohol dehydrogenase converts alcohol to acetaldehyde (a chemical compound from alcohol) where Acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) breaks down acetaldehyde so that it doesn’t harm the body.

Folks with flush syndrome aren’t able to properly break down the acetaldehyde so it builds up in the body and causes the flushing reaction.

The downright scary thing about ‘Asian Glow’

Because acetaldehyde is a toxic, cancer-causing agent, it can trigger inflammation in the upper gastrointestinal tract, says Dr. Victor Lee Tswen Wen, Senior Consultant from the Department of Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery. It can also cause damage to DNA and increase risk for gastrointestinal diseases. This includes esophageal and stomach cancers and peptic ulcers.

According to HealthXchange, those with flush syndrome who regularly drink two beers a day increase their chances of esophageal cancers up to 10 times more than a person who has a normal ALDH2.

The good news is, however, that those with the condition are less likely to become alcoholics. With all the discomfort that comes with alcohol flush, you’re probably not going to drink all the time.

How we currently deal with it

With no current cure for Asian flush syndrome, people use short-term hacks that help keep their faces clear and their heart still when out drinking.

Popping Peptol Bismal about a half hour before drinking has been known to prevent redness in the face. Though consistently ingesting Pepto Bismol, AKA bismuth subsalicylate, can cause toxicity in the body.   However, if medicine isn’t your thing we’ve also tried the all-natural Before Elixir that’s filled with antioxidants works pretty well against the Asian glow.

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Pro-tips for a night out drinking

Drinking moderately may be asking a lot for some, but if you’re a heavy drinker with flush syndrome make sure you:

Pick drinks with lower alcohol content. This leaves less acetaldehyde for your body to have to break down.

Eat plenty of food. Don’t drink on an empty stomach and try to eat while you’re drinking.

Drink plenty of water. Before you jump headfirst into a few brews, down a glass or two of water. While drinking, alternate between your booze and water/non-alcoholic drinks.

These tips will definitely help your body process alcohol better when you’ve got the Asian Glow.