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Ireland Supreme Court Says Subway Bread Isn’t Bread

There’s something about Subway bread that’s always so addicting. I always chalked it up to extreme hunger every time I order from the fast-food sandwich chain. Turns out that there’s something in the bread. 

CBS News reports that a recent ruling by the Ireland Supreme Court deemed that Subway bread isn’t technically bread at all. 

A tax dispute from an Irish Subway franchisee, Bookfinders Ltd., brought forth this decision after they argued that items such as teas, coffees, and heated sandwiches should not be subjected to value-added tax. 

The appeal was rejected earlier this week by a panel of judges and ruled that the bread at Subway had way too much sugar to be considered a “staple food.” Staple foods are typically not taxed. 

To be considered “bread,” the sugar content in the flour cannot exceed 2%. Subway’s contained 10%.

Maybe that’s why I find their bread so delicious. 

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Health

How Much Soda You’d Have To Drink For It To Literally Kill You

Leave it to ASAP Science to find out how much of our favorite foods can actually kill us, and why. Sure, a lot of times it’s a ridiculous amount, like when we learned that we’d have to chug 70 cups of coffee at once before you actually croak, but it at least eases our minds when we overindulge in such foods.

The science-based YouTube series is back with another “This Much Will Kill You” video, and they cover a few different foods.

While you’ll be happy to know that it takes a whole lot of effort to die while eating sugar and bananas, it’s a whole lot easier to eat a lethal dose of nutmeg.

Here’s the rundown:

The video points out that a 150-pound human being would have to consume 10.5 cups of sugar for it to be deadly. Sounds unreasonable, but let’s do a little math to see how much that equates in terms of soda, just because it’s easy to drink your sugar in soda form.

There are 200 grams of sugar in a whole cup, so that means the deadly amount of sugar would equal 2,100 grams of sugar. A 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola contains about 234 grams of sugar, that means you’d have to drink a about nine 2-liter bottles of Coke in one sitting to equal the death-inducing 10.5 cups of sugar.

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As far as bananas go, you’d have to eat 480 before you reached the same dangerous dose of potassium found in lethal injections.

What Asap Science fails to mention, is that it only takes one bite of banana to go down the wrong pipe and choke you to death. Unlikely? Probably, but so are the chances of anyone eating 480 bananas.

The video also highlights that you’d have to eat 129 teaspoons of pepper at a time before passing out and dying, and while it sounds ridiculous, I’ve seen numerous people try to swallow cinnamon, so I wouldn’t put it past someone like Steve-O to try and test this pepper theory, but please don’t. Just trust the science, Steve.

The scariest part of this video, though, is how little nutmeg you need to eat before it’s a killer dose. While the pepper and bananas might seem a little unlikely, just 2 teaspoons of nutmeg can cause you to convulse, and even die.

So it is possible to overdose on foods, but scientifically, it’s fairly hard to do, and hopefully needless to say, do not try any of this at home, just appreciate the science behind it.

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Celebrity Grub

Kim Kardashian Swears The Powdered White Lines In Her Snaps Are ‘Candy’

UPDATE: Kim jumped back on snapchat to address the fan allegations, and as she streamed the table in question, it appeared that she was wrong, and it was not candy lines. Unless she’s pulling some witchcraft, the white lines were actually part of the pattern on the marble table. She calmly reiterated that she is a mother, does not adhere to a crazy party lifestyle, and that drug use is not her thing.

Original: Kim Kardashian took to Snapchat to announce some new products in her children’s clothing line, but all anyone can talk about were the highly sus powdery lines in the background.

As Kim talked up the new customized kids Yeezy shoes, there seemed to be powdery white lines on a table behind her, leading people to believe she was involved in some drug activity.

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Kim immediately addressed the issue, saying the white lines were sugar, after having a candy-filled day with her daughter North at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York, yesterday.

Her story checks out, as she really was at Dylan’s with her daughter, but people don’t seem to be buying it, as the “sugar” seems to be suspiciously lined up and spaced out the way a cut up drug would be, ready to become nose candy.


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Also, we’ve seen snortable chocolate in the market now, so maybe she was just trying to get a similar sugar high.

Kim didn’t remove the snap, so for the next couple of hours, the world can watch the vid themselves and form their own opinion, but in the end, it is her business what she does with her “sugar.”

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Woman Suing Jelly Belly For ‘Deceptively Adding Sugar’ Could Actually Win, Here’s Why

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Some formerly used language on one of Jelly Belly’s products may have them in some trouble.

A woman by the name of Jessica Gomez is currently suing the candy-making giant for allegedly tricking her into buying a product she believed to be free of sugar, according to FOX News. The plaintiff purchased Jelly Belly’s Sports Beans that she thought to be free of sugar since that word did not show up in the ingredients. However, she is now arguing that she was confused by “fancy phrasing” since the ingredients listing called the sugar added into the product “evaporated cane juice” instead of just sugar.

Gomez contends in her class-action lawsuit that by using this descriptive word choice for what is essentially sugar, Jelly Belly’s Sports Beans become more appealing to the athletes that consume them for their energy, electrolytes, and vitamins.

Gomez is seeking a trial by jury against Jelly Belly for false advertising, along with reparations for legal fees, damages, and restitution for the “extra amount of money” she and others spent on the jelly beans because of their perceived healthiness, according to Forbes. Jelly Belly, of course, has called the entire lawsuit “ridiculous” since they label added sugars on the nutrition label.

While the whole lawsuit does sound a little absurd, Jelly Belly could find itself in hot water due to the wording of “evaporated cane juice.” Legally, the FDA has recommended companies to avoid using that phrase in their label, and Jelly Belly in fact changed their label to say “cane sugar” on the Sports Beans recently, according to Grubstreet. Thus, the argument could be made that Jelly Belly knew their language was deceptive and changed it to prevent lawsuits like this one from happening. Gomez must have bought some of the beans that were in circulation without the new label change, which could have led to this lawsuit.

If that is the case, there is a chance that Gomez could actually win her lawsuit. For now, we’ll just have to see where it progresses.

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U.S.’s First Sugar Tax Is Making Communities Healthier Without Losing Money

In 2014, Berkeley, California voted in Measure D, a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the distribution of sugary beverages that was aimed at cutting soda and sweetened drinks’ sales down drastically. The aim was that it would improve health and nutrition in the area.

In a pleasant surprise, the sugar tax did way more than just that, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. Researchers analyzed over fifteen million checkout transactions across grocery stores in Berkeley and the surrounding areas to find that not only did sugary drink consumption fall by nearly 10%, but the sales of healthier beverages, like milk and tea, have increased in response. Bottled water sales shot up an impressive 15% in that time span.

The tax also raised over $1.4 million for local child nutrition and community health programs and decreased the demand for diet and energy drinks by 9%, meaning consumers in the city have become a lot more health conscious as a result of the sugar tax. Meanwhile, small business owners were not affected by the tax, as no measurable decrease in sales was detected.

The one downside to the tax is that sweetened soft drink sales in the surrounding sales did increase by seven percent, implying that some Berkeley residents who did want their Coke and Pepsi traveled outside of the city to avoid the tax.

Still, overall, the Berkeley tax has been extremely beneficial to the city. It’s made the city more health-conscious while keeping small businesses thriving and putting more money into city health and nutrition programs.

Sugar taxes have begun to pop up in several other cities too, and while not all of the effects in those areas have been measured, there’s clear evidence to show what works and what doesn’t. In Philadelphia, for example, sugar taxes of 1.5 cents per ounce have led to the loss of over 300 jobs after retailers reported a whopping 50 percent loss in soft beverage sales with nowhere near enough recovery in other areas to maintain jobs.

To detail, it could be that 1.5 cents per ounce is too high of a tax for a community to function. Many other Bay Area cities, including San Francisco and Albany, along with Cook County in Illinois have passed 1-cent-per-ounce taxes in recent months similar to those of Berkeley and haven’t reported any negative repercussions as of now.

Boulder, Colorado passed a much higher tax at 2 cents per ounce, but it’s still unclear as to whether that tax will be successful. Based on what happened in Philly and Berkeley, however, Boulder’s tax may be more harmful than helpful to the local community, while the other U.S. cities that followed Berkeley’s model are likely to have more success.

Based on the findings of the study, Berkeley’s sugar tax could be the blueprint model the rest of the nation follows when it comes to taxing sugar and cutting sweetened soft beverage sales since they’ve been able to do so without small businesses or the local community losing money. Considering sugar has been shown to be a leading cause factor of obesity (no matter what Coca-Cola says), that’s critical for a nation fighting a massive obesity crisis.

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Here Are Some Items That The Unicorn Frappuccino Has More Sugar Than

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Okay, so the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks has been going viral recently now. That’s no shocker.

Despite the fervor, what’s really appalling is how much sugar is laden into one of these drinks. A single Venti-sized version of this vibrant beverage contains a whopping 76 grams of sugar. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. To put into perspective, it’s around 20 grams of sugar more than an In-N-Out milkshake.

Starbucks’s new Instagrammable beverage easily trounces a ton of other big-name sweets in terms of how much sugar is dumped into it. Here’s just a few examples of foods that have less sugar than a Starbucks Venti Unicorn Frappuccino.

7 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts

Each doughnut at Krispy Kreme may seem decadent, but at 190 calories and 10 grams of sugar, it’s a steal compared to the extra sweetness the Unicorn Frap unloads on you.

A 20 Fl Oz Bottle of Coke

Coke is notorious for cramming lots of sugar into their drinks. A single 16 oz bottle has a staggering 65 grams of sugar. That’s a lot, but it’s still not as many as Starbuck’s new drink.

A Box Of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream Pint Slices

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These newer Klondike bar-like products from Ben + Jerry’s dial in at 25 grams of sugar per Pint Slice. Eating three of these, which takes some effort, is still not enough to out-sugar the Unicorn Frappuccino. You can buy these pint slices in packs of three, so a single pack of these still doesn’t have enough sugar to top the Unicorn Frap here.

Three Packs Of Reese’s Pieces

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At 21 grams of sugar per box, these popular candies are loaded with sugar, but still not as much so as this unicorn beverage.

A Dozen Jolly Ranchers

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A single piece of Jolly Ranchers candy has 6 grams of sugar, so even a dozen of these don’t hold a candle to the Unicorn Frappuccino. That definitely does not make me jolly.

40 Pieces of Candy Corn

A serving of 19 pieces of this popular Halloween treat has 32 grams of sugar, meaning you would need at LEAST 40 to even get close to the amount of sugar in this new Starbucks sugar bomb.

Thank God that Starbucks will only have the Unicorn Frappuccino around until the 23rd, because the amount of sugar in this drink is too damn high.

And it doesn’t even taste good.

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Coca-Cola Allegedly Manipulated Study Aimed To Sabotage UK Sugar Tax

Coca-Cola is apparently up to some underhanded trickery once again.

In a special investigative documentary, Britain’s Channel 4 investigative series, “Dispatches,” uncovered a series of e-mails that suggest the soft drink giant influenced a study shifting the blame of obesity away from sugar. The e-mails reveal that Coca-Cola aimed to use this study as evidence to derail a planned tax on sugar in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.

The original study was published last year by Bath University, and it claimed that factors such as too much time in front of screens and a lack of exercise and sleep were key in developing obesity, and that “more work needed to be done” to confirm that diet had an impact on obesity. Coca-Cola was mentioned as a backer for the study, but the authors claimed that “The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.”

This isn’t the first time Coca-Cola has backed studies debunking sugar as a factor in obesity. Food Dive reports that the soda giant has been linked to research claiming that calls to decrease sugar intake are based on weak research and can’t be trusted, and has also been sued for deceiving customers about the safety of sugar-filled drinks.

What’s different this time is the e-mails that go along with the study. Dispatches revealed that Coca-Cola representatives were in contact with senior university members at Bath University plotting to use the study to help derail the sugar tax in the UK, and were also scheming to derail similar taxes in multiple other countries.

Scientists interviewed in the documentary were “deeply disturbed” at these findings. Cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra had this to say about Coke’s involvement:

“‘You can see Coca-Cola pulling the strings – the studies tend to be positive for them. When the studies are independent they are not. This is the tip of the iceberg. Commercial corruption of science and medicine is endemic. Science institutions collude with industry for financial gain at the expense of public health.”

Secret meetings conducted between Coca-Cola officials and British ministers also resulted in threats of legal action from the soda company if the tax were to pass.

All of this points to Coca-Cola utilizing sketchy methods, funding, and what can be classified as bribery to keep their soda flowing into millions of consumers’ hands as cheaply as possible.

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Sweets Video

Matt Stonie Devours An Absurd Amount of Donuts [WATCH]

On a day we oversleep, a nice donut will do just fine when we’re in a pinch for a quick breakfast fix. Typically, one donut is more than enough to get us to lunch.

Professional consumer of everything, Matt Stonie, decided to challenge himself with the deep-fried favorite in his latest video. In it, Stonie stacks a massive pyramid of 50 donuts before him — totaling about 12,000 calories — and proceeds to crush them in a record pace.

If you’re wondering, the donut flavors alternate between chocolate, powdered, and glazed. Needless to say, it’s pretty sweet.

Watch as he consumes a sickening amount of store-bought donuts in a little over ten minutes. If you weren’t disgusted of donuts before, you might as well be now.

Man, that’s a lot of sugar.