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Fast Food

Here’s Exactly What’s In McDonald’s ‘Healthier’ McNuggets

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McNuggets just got much cleaner, supposedly. McDonald’s announced it will be serving an all new, healthier McNugget recipe nationwide.

Initial announcements didn’t include ingredient details, according to the Associated Press, they hadn’t announced that new recipe yet.

The new recipe calls has no artificial preservatives, and removed ingredients like safflower oil and citric acid.  McDonald’s said they also replaced them with “more familiar sounding’ ingredients, like pea starch, rice starch, powdered lemon juice.  

A McDonald’s representative revealed the full new ingredients list as follows, white boneless chicken, water, vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil), enriched flour bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), bleached wheat flour, yellow corn flour, vegetable starch (modified corn, wheat, rice, pea, corn), salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, calcium lactate, monocalcium phosphate), spices, yeast extract, lemon juice solids, dextrose, natural flavors.

The current recipe crams 32 ingredients into each McNugget. The ingredients they officially said will not be included are sodium phosphates, which is used to keep the chicken moist, an artificial preservative called tert-Butylhyroquinone, and the a change to the oil used to fry the nuggets.

The company originally started testing the new recipe back in April at 140 restaurants.  No specific ingredient changes were announced at that time either. According to Crain’s, the McNugget’s new packaging and advertisements both in-store and on social media highlight the lack of artificial colors and flavors in the new recipe.

The company has been attempting to market itself as more healthy for years, and on Monday, they announced that their goal was to stop using chickens that have been raised with human antibiotics. Other efforts include removing high fructose corn syrup from the buns. Revamps to get rid of artificial ingredients are expected to effect about half the menu. In 2014, McDonald’s even hired former Mythbuster co-host Grant Imahara to investigate and answer customer concerns surrounding McDonald’s food.

All this to try and convince us that their food is healthy. Are you buying it?

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Video

How To Hack Your Hotel Room To Cook Travel Meals [WATCH]

I’ve been going on quite a few work trips lately. When you’re up late working on stories, you tend to get pretty hungry. Unfortunately, Foodbeast stopped paying for hotel food after someone decided to order the entire room service menu on a cruise and another dude got an escort.

So now, I’ve got to rely on hotel hacks to eat.

The Brothers Green Eats, those guys that recreate popular fast food menu items at home, show us how to survive your hotel stay in one of their latest videos.

If you’re not looking to spend lots of money eating out and want to avoid unhealthy fast foods, you’re gonna want to check out this video.

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Health Hit-Or-Miss Products Technology

This Innovative Plate Will Make Healthier Eating Effortless

Let me make sure to clear up the immediate question everybody has right off the bat, that way we don’t waste any time:

No, this plate will not automatically make your food healthier.

Metro reports that the plate was created through a collaboration between advertising agency BBGO Thailand and the Thai government health board, this creation was made in order to help curb the growing obesity problem in Thailand. With grease and oil playing pivotal roles in the typical Thai cuisine, it comes as no wonder that this problem would eventually arise.
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The plate, known as the AbsorbPlate, removes all the excess grease from meals by draining the food once it’s been placed onto the plate. The AbsorbPlate sucks up a good chunk of grease, saving you from eating an average of 30 extra calories.

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While this may not be revolutionary in terms of weight loss, it certainly could have noticeable affect over time. Furthermore, the biggest takeaway from this product is the fact that you don’t have to diet. Everybody wants to lose weight but nobody wants to give up burgers and pizza. So why not give up the equivalent to a bite or two instead?

The plate comes riddled with 500 holes made to drain the grease from the food. Much like blotting a slice of pizza with a napkin, the plate works to remove as much oil and grease and possible without jeopardizing the integrity of the food.


While this plate in no way will make any dishes you make healthier, it will at the very least make it slightly less greasy, and that’s better than nothing. The AbsorbPlate is currently still in a concept design phase, but will hopefully be sent into mass production soon.

 

 

Photo Credit: Metro

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Animals Features Health Hit-Or-Miss

The FDA Is Warning About A Common Food That Could Harm Your Dog

It’s been known for some time now that xylitol, a crystalline substance used as an artificial sweetener in many foods and drinks, is harmful to dogs. Although this was already known, it is certainly not considered common knowledge and it was never officially announced by the FDA,  until now.

According to the report posted a week ago, xylitol can be found in a variety of household items and common foods that we never would have suspected before. Some of the more common items that contain the harmful substance are:

-breath mints

-baked goods

-cough syrup

-chewable vitamins (both children and adults)

-mouthwash

-toothpaste

It turns out that xylitol, while completely harmless and safe for us, is toxic to dogs due to the affect it has on their pancreas. The pancreas is the gland that releases insulin and regulates the level of blood sugar in people and animals, keeping us from feeling too lethargic or too excitable, and adversely, keeping us alive. So why is xylitol so dangerous to dogs and so safe for us?

When dogs eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and may result in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin may result in a rapid and profound decrease in the level of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), an effect that can occur within 10 to 60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, this hypoglycemia can quickly be life-threatening.

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Dogs may not be fountains of overflowing wisdom, but they are tenacious and determined. Leaving anything containing xylitol on the counter or table could mean trouble for you, especially if it’s something that smells particularly good and your dog can access countertops and tables. More often than not, the most common case of dogs being poisoned by xylitol is from chewing gum. It doesn’t take much for little Buddy to catch a whiff of that Juicy Fruit in your purse then go HAM on it.

If your dog does get his paws on some food or household items containing xylitol, look for any of these most common symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • decreased activity
  • weakness
  • staggering
  • incoordination
  • collapsing
  • seizures

In some cases, hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar levels) doesn’t take effect for 12-24 hours, so immediate response to any xylitol-related accidents is the best route for making sure your little pup stays safe before anything potentially life-threatening begins happening. In order to make sure your dog is staying healthy, it’s always best to read the ingredients for anything you would consider feeding your dog outside of the realm of dog food.

Some things you can do to make sure your dog never gets his paws on some xylitol is to keep any products containing xylitol high and out of reach from your pup, check the labels of anything you feed them (especially sweets), and never use human toothpaste on your dog in place of canine toothpaste.

Cat owners – While it hasn’t been completely proven that this substance is dangerous to cats as well, since they generally have an aversion to sweets, it’s best to try and keep it away from them anyways. Better to be safe than sorry.

Check out this article for more information on human foods that can be fatal to your pet.

 

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest, FDA

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Gets A Healthy New Reboot

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Even though McDonald’s is getting rid of the McWrap, it doesn’t mean they aren’t shooting for healthier choices. The fast food chain has announced that they’re working on their iconic McNugget recipe in hopes that they’ll make the chicken bits healthier for customers.

According to CNBC, McDonald’s began testing the new, simpler, recipe at 140 stores in the Oregon and Washington. It features no artificial preservatives that the original McNuggets contained.

Glad to see the chain is moving forward with their staple items.

While details of the recipe remain unclear, the chain assures that the new Chicken McNuggets will be something that makes parents feel good. Currently, the original McNugget recipe features 32 ingredients.

Photos: McDonald’s

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How To Make ‘Ratatouille’ EXACTLY Like The Pixar Movie

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When we first saw the Pixar film Ratatouille, we couldn’t believe how badly we wanted to try that titular dish. Unfortunately, most ratatouille dishes aren’t prepared the way the movie was.

Most ratatouille dishes are stewed or sautéed vegetables. Delicious, sure, though not as eye-catching as the film portrayed it.

Grant Crilly of ChefSteps shows us exactly how the vegetarian dish can be prepared at home exactly how you see it in the movie.

The style used in the film is called confit byaldi. There, the vegetables are sliced with a mandolin until they’re in neat thin layers.

Check out the recipe, in detail, in the delicious video. Man, we need to rewatch this movie again. Can’t believe it’s almost 10 years old.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Taking Wraps Off The Menu For Good

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McDonald’s is getting rid of their wraps. It seems the item hasn’t been doing well with McDonald’s customers, Bloomberg reports. Because of stagnant sales, the fast food chain has eliminated the item from store menus.

McWraps were originally intended to attract McDonald’s younger patrons looking to eat something healthy. Y’know, the millennials.

Unfortunately, they were too time-consuming for employees. Twenty seconds alone account for the steaming of the tortilla. Then, the chicken had to be cooked. It really slowed down production time.

Apparently, all-day breakfast has also contributed to the fall of the McWraps. It seems when you can get a Sausage McMuffin with Egg at 3pm, the desire for a McWrap goes out the window.

Hopefully McDonald’s next healthy addition fares a little better with customers.

Photo: McDonald’s Facebook

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Recipes

How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice

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When we heard the name Fried Quinoa, we automatically pictured a cluster of quinoa coated in corndog batter and thrown in a boiling hot deep fryer. Don’t blame us, that’s just the kind recipes we’re used to. So it was awesome to see Clean Eats come up with a quinoa recipe that was NOTHING like how we described.

Rather, it’s a healthier take on fried rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil, onions, carrots, green peas, ginger, garlic, quinoa, 3 eggs, soy sauce and green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

What to do:

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots, green peas, ginger and garlic. Then, add the quinoa and mix it into the veggies for a minute or two. Carve out a hole in the middle of your skillet and add three eggs. Allows the eggs to fully cook and add mix them into your quinoa.

Add some soy sauce, as much as you desire, and mix your quinoa thoroughly.

Finally, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Check out the video for the full recipe, in glorious detail. You can also make a dope cauliflower fried rice variation.