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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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Innovative Coffee Cup Eliminates The Need To Tilt Your Head For A Sip

Drinking coffee can definitely become a hazard at times.

The main problem with consuming the caffeinated drink outside your home, or any hot beverage that you can’t drink from a straw, is that you’ll have to tilt your head back to take a proper sip. Unfortunately, that can impede your eyesight and potential put you in danger in a variety of everyday situations.

To remedy that, Ruumi has created a cup that completely eliminates the problem of not being able to see when you drink. The revolutionary cup is designed so that your nose fits into a groove of the lid. This means, you won’t have to tilt your head back and your vision won’t be impeded as you drink that sweet roasted medley of caffeine and sugar.

You can buy the Rev-Air Travel Cup directly from Ruumi here for $12 in three different colors.

Might actually grab one for my morning commute.

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Woman Calls Thai Rice Brand Fake After Cooking It In The Dumbest Way Possible

Thai netizens put an Californian woman named Felicity Prak on blast after she posted a video of herself burning Thailand’s popular jasmine rice and called it fake.

She also accused the country of selling the product, also known as milagrosa rice, mixed with plastic, according to Coconuts Bangkok.

The video, which shows Prak cooking jasmine rice the wrong way and burning a whole batch, has gained more than 3 million views since it was posted to Facebook on New Year’s Eve

We don’t usually use three lady brand. We got 2.50lb bag as a gift from sisters. We opened one bag to see if the rice is mixed with plastic or not, and this what we got. This is too crazy,” wrote Prak.

It’s not that crazy as rice is meant to slowly simmer and cook in water, not dry fried in a wok over high heat, which the woman proceeds to do in the four-minute video.

The jasmine rice begins to burn at the 3:30 mark and a girl can be heard saying, “Close the door. Mom, oh my god, look at this.” Four minutes into the clip and they finally take the rice off the burner and place a piece of paper into the wok, which starts a fire.

This is the Three Lady rice. This is a piece of paper, this is crazy,” the girl says.

If Prak paid attention in science class, she would know that plastic has a melting point, and not just turn black when it is burned.

Thousands of Thais blamed her for not knowing how to cook rice properly, with some Facebook users commenting, “Why you so stupid?

Some people also advised her to buy a rice cooker, and to “just search Google or YouTube” and learn how to prepare it the right way.

Others pointed out how offensive it was to Thai products and asked Prak to take down the video.

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Woman Had The Same Number As The Cuisinart Recall Hotline, Answered Phone All Weekend

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Last week, Cuisinart issued a major recall of about 8 million food processors due to faulty rivets. These rivets caused about 30 or so lacerations, and prompting the voluntary recall from the company. Consumers were instructed to call a hotline if they had one of the many products being recalled, to get a replacement or return theirs. Unfortunately for one woman, her number was nearly identical to the help line associated with the historic recall.

To be specific, a Virginia woman shares the same telephone number as the Cuisinart hotline, reports 13NewsNow. Save for one overlooked digit, the numbers are pretty much the same for anyone just eager to get their food processors replaced.

The woman, Jacqueline McDonald, received many calls she initially believed were wrong numbers until she noticed the pattern: they were all regarding Cuisinart.

That is because the first seven digits of the company’s recall number are the same as McDonald’s (minus dialing the 1). McDonald believes that folks with a landline aren’t dialing the 1 to get to the hotline and the call goes straight to her.

She doesn’t blame the callers though, who she knows are just trying to get information about the faulty products. McDonald does hope Cuisinart will change the hotline number, or tell customers to dial the 1 first.

If you own a Cuisinart product, you may want to check out the story behind the major recall.

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13 Of The Most Horrific Health Code Violations The Internet’s Ever Seen

We’ve had our favorite restaurants shut down before, and as much as it pains us to see our favorite comfort food spots go, there are reasons health inspectors decide to drop the hammer on these eateries. Stomach churning reasons. Damn, we wish Hood Rat Pizza was still open.

A question was recently posed on Reddit, asking health inspectors (though mostly friends and family members replied) what were some of the worst violations they had ever seen while on the job, and here’s what horrifying stories came from that question.

As always with Reddit, take them with a grain of salt.

Honestly, this never happens

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My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th century bakery.

The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, “Honestly, this never happens.”

They passed the health inspection.

Leaking from the ceiling

My favorite Chinese restaurant got shut down. My ex-wife worked for the city and I asked her what was the deal. She said the health inspectors found something leaking from the celling. They lifted the ceiling tile and shined a flash light and saw multiple eyes staring back at them.

It was chickens. They were raising chickens in the celing and chicken shit was dripping in the food that I had been eating at least once a week.

Elbow curry

My friend was inspecting a restaurant – walked out the back to find a man stirring a huge pot of curry. With his arm. No spoon or anything, just up to his hairy elbows in curry.

Road lobster special

My stepmother is the lead health inspector for a decent sized suburban town. While I have never asked what the worst thing she has witnessed as part of her job was, I do know of one instance that was pretty gross.

A truck full of lobsters was traveling down the highway and crashed. The police came, and eventually they towed the truck. As a board of health inspector my stepmother was consulted to see if any of the lobsters were viable and she told them no, the load is a total loss since there were literally lobsters scattered across the highway covered in dirt, sand, etc.

Fast forward 24 hours and one of the restaurants in town ran a special: twin lobsters for $19.99!

Apparently the owner of the trucking/towing company knew the restaurant owner pretty well so they made a deal whereby the restaurant would pay a very discounted price for the ‘road lobsters’. The restaurant would turn around and illegally serve the lobsters to unsuspecting customers or sell them out of a truck behind behind the restaurant.

I’m not sure what the repercussions were but I think they were shut down for like a week. They closed shortly thereafter and now there’s a new restaurant there. The towing company lost their contract to tow vehicles/semi trucks with the town and state.

(Here’s a source for this one).

The ice creamer

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I worked in a restaurant where the managers were good friends with a health inspector.

The coffee/ice cream shop next door was shut down out of nowhere and we were all shocked because they were pretty busy. Health inspector came in one day and manager asked why it was shut down. Health inspector proceeded to tell my manager that he walked in unannounced early one morning before the shop opened, only to find the owner jerking off behind the counter by the ice cream.

“Your sink’s leaking”

I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant for my first job at 16. One night we were cleaning up after closing as usual. I uncorked my sink just as we wrapped and left to do something else. As I stepped away, the waitress said, “Your sink’s leaking.”

I turned around to find brown sludge pouring out of the bottom of the sink. Not just that one but also the sink in the food prep area. The whole kitchen flooded with what I soon discovered to be sewage, complete with poopy bits and toilet paper. It rose up so high I was literally ankle deep in shit.

The waitress bailed and called her ex-boyfriend, the cooks climbed like Spider-Men out of the kitchen, and my manager locked herself in her office. I stood alone, 16 years old working my first job, and ankle deep in poop with a squeegee in hand. I mopped that kitchen until past midnight.

When I got home, I walked in like I’d been blasted by napalm. The next morning my boss called me in early. The damn restaurant opened the next day and served food like there wasn’t poop everywhere. Hell, when I showed up there was still solid poop in the drains.

I quit soon after and didn’t return for a long time. When I finally did pass by the place was closed for health violations. I wonder why…

Beef soup

My mom used to work at this restaurant where the owner just did not give a shit. It was a Mexican restaurant and my mom told me that once a lady came in asking for Caldo de res (beef soup) but they didn’t have anymore meat (at least not the one used for that dish). They were about to let the lady know, when the owner stepped up and told the lady that her food would be right out. The server and my mom were both confused as to what she was going to do.

Well this lady goes and literally DIGS THROUGH THE FUCKING TRASH and pulls out some beef (some still with bone) she then ran it through water, cooked it and served it to that poor lady. My mom says the lady was even sucking the bone and she almost felt sick watching. My mom quit that job soon after.

Fresh coat of paint

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Someone in my city repainted their floor with non slip paint and literally painted over a dead rat, sealing it in there.

And to top it off, it was in the middle of the kitchen, not under a bench or anything similar.

The nastier the place…

My cousin was a Health Inspector for the City of Melbourne, Australia many years ago. Her advice? Never eat at Chinatown.

  • Dead fish floating in the tanks of sea food restaurants, with barely alive fish in the same tanks.
  • Slime and mold in said tanks.
  • Rusty surfaces used as chopping boards and mold covered wooden chopping boards
  • Raw meats prepared together with raw vegetables.
  • The lady washing the dishes at the cash register was the same lady that cleaned the toilets and made the dumplings. She never washed her hands.
  • It doesn’t matter how much you pay, whether you spent $200 on your meal or $20, they are all as filthy as each other. The most expensive and well known were actually the worst offenders.
  • Cockroaches. Cockroaches everywhere.
  • There is no such thing as an expiry date. Sauces mask everything.

There is a saying here though that many people are aware of: the nastier the place, the better the dumplings taste.

Soup of the day

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My Dad was a health inspector, and is now retired. Of everything I ever heard, two jump out:

He noted the trays at a Chinese restaurant weren’t clean or warm. When he asked the employees, they acknowledged the heating element had failed, but that there was still chemical backup. Somehow, though, it wasn’t hitting the dishes. Then he saw a cockroach crawl out of the washer. Attempting to understand how the dishes were not getting rinsed, he found that it was backed up with cockroaches. They were ‘cleaning’ the trays. They ‘closed for remodeling’ for three days, but it was really cleaning up in order to pass inspection before they were allowed to open again.

At a similar restaurant, he asked about a pail on the floor filled with a green substance. “Soup of the day”, they told him. Dad asked what it was, and was told it was scraps. The bucket was never emptied, it turned out. The scraps going in roughly equaled the soup going out, which meant that there was stuff in there that had been there for weeks at room temp, on the floor. Dad had them dump it as he looked on.

A bonus story was when he caught a guy smoking in a kitchen, and exposed the cigarette behind his back with a handshake.

Super special salad dressing

I’ve been waiting tables since I turned sixteen. Some of the things I’ve witnessed have really turned me off to going out to eat. The worst thing I can think of right now is when I saw a manager blow his nose into the salad dressing and mix it up.

I wish I was lying.

Floor roast

I used to work next to a Chinese place that tenderized 20 pound roasts by repeatedly slamming it on the floor.

The pizzeria I was working at the time was so dirty, the wife changed the baby inside your pizza box. At another pizzeria I worked at I was washing dishes and the manager came to me with a block of swiss cheese. It was covered in mold and he wanted me to scrub it out of the holes.

Deep fried, crispy, and hairy

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My uncle is a health inspector in rural Australia. He got several complaints about a fish n’ chips shop in a small town in Victoria, with reports of it being a bit grotty and people getting chunks of hair in their hot chips.

So he rocks up one day unannounced on a blazing hot day in the middle of summer, and the owner greats him and shows him around wearing a white singlet top with sweat patches under the arms, short shorts and no shoes. This guys body was covered in hair. Not just on his arms and chest, but his back and neck were like a werewolf. Clearly, this must be the source of the hair in the chips. My uncle decides to make a tactful comment about having wear appropriate clothes when working, so as to protect against hot oil burns.

After seeing the property and giving a few basic suggestions, the only other thing he notices that needs immediate attention is the deep fryer itself. The oil is old and filthy, and likely full of this guys hair, so he orders the bloke to drain it out right then and there. The owner does so, and at the bottom of the oil vat is a dead, deep fried and crispy….cat. Totally unphased, the owner simply said “Oh, that’s where my cat went!”

Turns out a few months previously the shop was having a rodent problem, so the owner bought in a cat to catch them. He thought the cat escaped overnight and ran away. Nope. Looks like little Fluffy drowned in the deep frying oil, and Mr Chippy has been frying him up over and over and over again ever since. The clumps of hair locals were complaining about weren’t from the half-man-half-wolf owner, but the fur and flesh of a dead cat.

Stories have been edited for spelling and flow.

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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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New Driving App Gives Users Free Coffee If Phones Go Untouched

More people glance at their cell phones while driving than they’d like to admit. As quick as a simple look would take, a split-second of losing focus could mean life or death on the road.

Toyota’s concern for this dilemma was clear when they recently collaborated with a mobile phone company to release a new app in Japan that gives drivers an incentive to keep from glancing at their phones, reports RocketNews 24.

Called the Driving Barista, the app tracks how long your phone remains facedown as you drive. If a consecutive 100 kilometers (62 miles) are reached, you earn yourself a free coffee from Japanese coffee chain Komeda Coffee. You get more coffee as more miles accumulate.

Using the phone’s GPS and internal gyroscope, drivers will find it difficult to cheat themselves to a free cup of joe. Just keep your eyes on the road and you’ll get your caffeine fix.

This isn’t the first time a brand has incorporated smart technology to keep consumers from looking at their phones when they’re not supposed to.

Hopefully, the Driving Barista sees some success in Japan. We sure could use something similar in the US. Though it’s alarming to think that we need an incentive to detach ourselves from our phones.

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Here’s Why You Should Never Cook With Aluminum Foil

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Wrapping your food in aluminum foil may be bad for your health, at least according to a new study.  The study suggests wrapping and placing food in aluminum foil and putting it in the oven could have negative effects because the aluminum can leach into the food as it cooks. This was found to be especially true in foods that are spicy or acidic and cooked at higher temperatures.

Aluminum could be linked to serious health risks. The researchers said they found the values to be unacceptable by World Health Organization (WHO) standards. A few of the health risks that aluminum might be linked to include Alzheimer’s, growth rate decrease, slowing of brain cell growth, and could cause even more harm to patients who already have bone disease or renal impairments.

The study noted that the “aluminum health effects are far too vast to even being summarized.”

Aluminum is found in more than just foil. Many pots, pans and cooking utensils contain the metal. These are typically okay to use because they are oxidized which gives them a coated layer and prevents aluminum from leaching out. That layer can be worn away when pots are scrubbed after use. This can be avoided by boiling water in them when they’re first purchased to give them a matt base which prevents the layer from being worn down.

Disposable aluminum isn’t oxidized so it lacks this layer, which is why researchers are advising against it.  They also found that increased temperature and pH level contribute to increased leaching.  

Storing foods at cold temperatures was found to be fine, but only for a limited time because the aluminum will eventually start to leach into the food.