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Why You Probably Shouldn’t Buy Your Milk From Costco

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It could save you from unnecessary frustration later.

Let’s get one thing straight: Costco is a fantastic establishment. It’s a one-stop shop for everything on your list—and everything you didn’t know should be on your list, like vacation packages and gym memberships. But there’s one product you may want to keep out of your Costco cart: milk.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Costco’s milk. It comes at a fair price, and it tastes no different from milk sold at other stores. The problem is with the packaging. Many Costco locations sell their milk in square-shaped plastic jugs, which are apparently incredibly difficult to pour without spilling. This concern has made its way across the Internet, including on Reddit discussion boards, and customers around the country all share the same frustration.

“Those square milk jugs are horrible,” Seattle-based blogger Rachel Teodoro told MONEY. “I’m a grown woman who has a college degree and I cannot pour the milk without spilling it.”

Since the packaging for Costco’s milk varies depending on the region and supplier, your local Costco may not even sell these cumbersome milk jugs. But if it does, you may want to consider going to another grocery store that sells traditional jugs that aren’t spill-prone. Costco milk prices are comparable to other national grocery stores, anyway. Here’s how to crack the secret code on your milk jug.

Of course, for every product you avoid getting at Costco, there are even more that you should definitely keep an eye out for. Check out the 15 things you aren’t buying at Costco—but should.

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Article by Claire Nowak of Reader’s Digest, for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Hummus Shakes Are A Thing Now And Are Looking To Be The Milkshake Alternative

So we’ve all had hummus, it’s the best alternative to a cheese dip for any party platter, or a great healthy late-night snack. For a while now it’s been coming up in popularity, we’ve seen hummus on burgers and even in burritos, but it wasn’t until I heard about a new shake coming from the east coast made up of hummus that my attention was really piqued.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is debuting an original and justifiably questionable new product called the Hummus Shake starting May 13.

Right off the bat it sounds like you’re gonna be sucking down a tub of Sabra. But never judge a book by it’s chickpea cover.

While the shake might look like a Frappuccino on the outside, inside is an entirely different beast.

Rather than being made up of fats and sugars like a regular shake, this one is a combination of basically the same ingredients as hummus, with added natural flavors.

Chickpeas, tahini, frozen bananas, dates, almond milk, a little pure vanilla, and cinnamon are all that this healthy little dessert consists of.

And no, it won’t taste like Sabra either. There’s a variety of flavors, just as with any other shake, like butter pecan, chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry.

The Hummus Shake is an all-natural vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free treat that boasts many health benefits, including high amounts of protein and fiber.

Though I haven’t had the pleasure of satisfying my curiosity and trying the shake myself, food bloggers have had a great time detailing their reviews of the shake.

One in particular, David White, said, “the simple ingredients and the health factor of each individual ingredient create a two-fold feeling of comfort and ease in knowing that what you’re ingesting is good-tasting with benefits that are also good for you.” You can read White’s complete review here.

Seeing as this is primarily in NYC, an apt comparison could be to the prominent Shake Shack with their frozen custards.

A normal serving of frozen custard at the Shack is going to clock in at around 600 calories, with a heap of sugar and fat indicative of a traditional milkshake.

While the sugar levels are too close to call, the Hummus Shake is blessed with all natural sugars.

If any of those details are still not enough to convince you to try the new hummus shake, here’s a bit of incentive: From now until 5/20 you can buy one shake and get another free at any Hummus & Pita Co.

So go out and try the shake, let us know what you think, and maybe it’ll end up being the new worthy shake of the summer.

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Culture Health

Animated Infographic Explains The Truth Behind Ancient Greek Superfoods

We’ve alway been fascinated with Greek mythology, with gods and monsters battling it out, going on quests, and just performing legendary feats.

When it came to Greek foods, superfoods specifically, there have been quite a few myths and legends. It was believed that herbs could heal battle wounds, beetroot could keep you beautiful, and almonds could prevent drunkeness.

Travel Supermarket asked nutritionist and registered dietitian Katie Peck if there was any real-world merit to these myths. Through a series of animated infographics, she explains the true story behind these ancient “superfoods.”

Check them out below:


Beetroot

Cretan dittany

Poppy seeds

Goat’s milk

Almonds


Pretty fascinating to see the facts behind these legends. Might grab a bottle of goat’s milk on the way home.

Also, we asked resident Greek Constantine Spyrou if he had any superfoods to add to the list, he only had this to say:

“The only real Greek superfood…is lamb.”

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Here’s Exactly How Long To Dunk Your OREOs, According To Science

If you clicked on this, I’m just going to assume you’ve dunked your cookies in milk before. If you’ve never dunked before, get your ass to the grocery store, buy some Oreos, your milk of choice, and listen up.

There is actually a specific scientific amount of time that you should be dunking for. If you dip the cookie in milk for too long, it falls apart and ruins your plans. If you don’t dip long enough, you just wasted your time with a mildly moist cookie.

According to Mental Floss, the was a study conducted by Utah State University, and they concluded that the sweet spot for Oreo cookie dunking is about 3.5 to 4 seconds.

Within the study, they found that at one second inside 2-percent milk, the Oreo absorbed 50 percent of it’s potential liquid weight. At two seconds in, the Oreo absorbed 80 percent of of possible liquid weight. After 4 seconds, the cookie stopped absorbing milk. So if you keep it in any longer than 4 seconds, nothing’s really happening in there and you’re basically playing yourself.

Of course, this study was done with 2-percent milk, and the time does change when using other milk, but only by a few split seconds, at most. So even if you’re doing it with skim, or 1-percent milk, dunking it no more than 4 seconds is ideal.

If you’re wondering how long to dunk non-Oreo cookies, there was a study conducted in the ’90s, by a scientist named E.W. Washburn, with fairly similar results. Washburn used a British biscuit (cookie) in his testing and found that you should keep the dunk between 3 to 5 seconds.

So next time you indulge in an Oreo cookie, and are dunking for any longer than 4 seconds, you’re not really doing anything but keeping yourself from eating it. Enjoy this newfound knowledge.

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Health News

San Francisco Just Banned Chocolate Milk From All Schools

Chocolate milk has been a staple in school lunches for the longest. You might not remember too many of your elementary school lunch items, but chances are you’ll remember the chocolate milk cartons, or in some cases, milk pouches.

In an attempt to curb student calorie intake, San Francisco, California just outright banned chocolate milk from its schools, according to the SF Chronicle.

It’s not #NationalChocolateMilkDay if you haven’t had your daily glass of Nesquik chocolate milk! 🐰

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When these young San Franciscans return to school from summer vacation, they will have one less drinking option to choose from, as the flavored milk ban will start in the Fall of 2017, for all elementary and middle schoolers.

High school students will have an extra semester to enjoy their chocolaty drink, as the ban will not take effect for them until the upcoming Spring semester.

Getting rid of the milk cuts the students’ calorie intake by at least 35 calories, and sugar intake by 10 grams.

They tested the ban on five schools last semester, and while the students weren’t big fans of the idea, they eventually just forcefully switched over to plain milk.

Over the years, San Francisco has really cracked down on unhealthy food, doing away with sugary snacks such as cookies, vending machine candy, and of course, sugary sodas.

While a piece of our childhood will be banned, looking down at my 28-year-old gut, I get it.

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Culture Video

Watch These Moms Try Baby Food For The First Time

It’s a parents duty to taste every food that goes into their newborn’s body. Whether it’s breast milk or packaged baby food, you gotta know what your’e feeding your kid.

The folks over at Facts got a group of moms together to try a batch of different types of baby food for the first time. Baby food includes infant milk (breast milk substitute), baby puree, gourmet dinner cups, and baby desserts.

Now, we’ve watched Facts try dozens of foods from all over the world in the past few years. This, however, may be the least appetizing journey they’ve embarked upon.

Still, check out the video above. If there’s a takeaway from this, it’s that maybe you’ll appreciate your mother a little more seeing all the gross baby foods she had to try to make sure you could eat them.

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Walmart and Costco’s Organic Milk May Not Actually Be Organic, Here’s Why

If you’ve bought organic milk from Costco or Walmart’s house brands (ie. Kirkland Signature), it may not actually be organic milk.

The company that supplies these and other major retail brands, Aurora Organic Dairy, was the subject of a recent investigation by the Washington Post that revealed the milk and cattle handling practices of the giant dairy company were not adequate for federal standards of organic dairy.

The Post found an egregious number of errors in the raising of Aurora’s cattle for milk, including extremely sparse grazing periods and testing by Virginia Tech scientists that revealed the absence of key components found in milk from cattle on a grass-fed diet. These compounds include conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and alpha-linolenic acid, both of which have been linked to optimal health and long-term weight management.

Since organic milk must come from cattle grazed at least during grazing season, you would expect an organic milk to be relatively high in these compounds. Aurora’s milk, when tested, had levels of both very similar to conventional milk, indicating a lack of organic practices at the firm.

This isn’t the first time Aurora has been found to be potentially violating rules. The Post reports that Aurora was found to have “willfully violated” organic standards by the USDA ten years ago, but the matter was settled out of court and the company was allowed to continue to operate.

Seems like Aurora just went back to business as usual by continuing to deceive its customers. Considering that organic milk can be almost double the price of conventional milk, that’s a huge scam the dairy firm is pulling off if the Post’s investigation is confirmed by outside sources.

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The DAIRY PRIDE Act Is Poorly Written, Big Dairy Propaganda

A couple of months ago, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the “DAIRY PRIDE” Act into Congress. The bill, now in committee, aims to cut the legs out of the rapidly growing plant-based industry by preventing items like almond milk, soymilk, or cashew cheese from using dairy-related names.

However, the DAIRY PRIDE act is a poorly constructed bill that takes down swaths of other products alongside plant-based dairy and may even be unconstitutional in the first place, all while doing nothing to help the milk industry recover sales numbers, which is the whole aim of writing and introducing this bill in the first place.

The milk industry has been on a long trend of decline over the past 30 years. According to the Journal Sentinel, milk consumption has now fallen to 50% as sales tumbled over the past three decades. Following an increase in milk production due to shortages in the supply two years ago, massive excesses of milk now exist. The Wall Street Journal reports that this has led to a 36% drop in milk prices since 2014 and has forced farmers to dump over 43 million gallons of milk that they were unable to sell off last year.

Big milk would like to see that milk be sold rather than discarded, but consumers aren’t buying milk as much as they used to. So far, they’ve been able to work with the food industry to create cheesier products to use up some of the surplus, but it hasn’t been enough to prevent that milk from being lost.

To recover sales and prevent more milk dumping, big dairy needed to do something drastic. With plant-based dairy rapidly growing and eclipsing $5 billion in market value for the first time, it’s become a target for the milk industry. A bill like this is definitely a welcome boon to the dairy industry as a result.

However, there are a plethora of issues that this bill has that make it ineffective, weak, and possibly unconstitutional.

The bill cites the FDA definition of milk, unchanged since 1938, that is specific to only cows.

“Milk is the lactereal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.”

The DAIRY PRIDE Act aims to strictly enforce this definition. In doing so, plant-based dairy isn’t the only product category that has to change names. Peanut butter and goat cheese would both have to change names to be called something like “Peanut paste” or “goat curds.” Yum.

The bill does get more specific, however, when it targets plant-based dairy multiple times in the opening section of the act, directly calling out plant-based dairy labels as being “misleading to consumers.”

Their reason?

“Imitation dairy products, such as plant-based products derived from rice, nuts, soybeans, hemp, coconut, algae, and other foods that imitate milk, yogurt, and cheese, often do not provide the same nutrition content as real milk, cheese, and yogurt derived from dairy cows.”

As such, the act specifically goes after the plant-based industry and specifically calls them out in the act as “confusing” customers when it clearly doesn’t. We know that soy milk is soy and almond milk is almonds, and to anyone who says consumers can’t read a nutrition label is underestimating the intelligence of consumers. Almond-derived juice would be the basic alternative name, which just sounds… weird. That’s what proponents of the DAIRY PRIDE Act want, though, since it doesn’t sound as appealing. Removing the label doesn’t benefit consumers who are used to the name to begin with.

What’s more, the DAIRY PRIDE Act isn’t just misleading on its own, it may also be unconstitutional. The Good Food Institute wrote a public statement condemning the DAIRY PRIDE Act as “pandering to the dairy industry” through censorship.

“The government is only allowed to restrict commercial free speech if there is substantial government interest in doing so. Simply pandering to the dairy industry does not qualify as a good reason, therefore this legislation would be in violation of the First Amendment.”

Basically, Congress has a choice: pass this law and kill a rapidly growing and innovative industry in a feeble attempt to preserve the death of an already declining one, or leave the law be. If the DAIRY PRIDE act is dropped, plant-based dairy will be allowed to thrive while milk sales would continue to drop, which means farmers just need to produce less milk. They can sell the beef or switch to alternatives.

There is no substantial government interest in enforcing this rule because it does nothing to save the milk industry and is honestly just blatant censorship.

If Congress wants to avoid a meaningless legal battle and prevent their public perception of corruption to fester even more, they should not let this bill leave committee.