Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fast-food wars: McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's Value Meals

Fast-food wars, food, fast food, hamburger

There's a war simmering in the fast-food world and McDonald's is getting the upper-hand against Wendy's and Burger King. McDonald's is gearing up to transform their "value platform", meaning they will offer new promotions.

They have already introduce "McPick 2" to replace Dollar Menu, this is a limited-time offer that will let customers choose two of the following items for $2: a McDouble, a McChicken, small fries, and mozzarella sticks.

The offering has gained the necessary votes from franchisees to make it onto the national menu, and will be available in U.S. restaurants for a 5-week run starting January 4, 2016. After that, McDonald's said it may change the details of the offering, but that it plans to stick with the "McPick" concept and name.

They have also made breakfast items like Egg McMuffins available throughout the day.

In response to McDonald's offer, Burger King and Wendy's unleash more promotions, and both chains saw increase in sales.

Burger King offers a 10-nugget deal for $1.49. It's also offering coupons for other food items on its mobile app. While, Wendy's promo is "4 for $4" meal that includes a junior bacon cheeseburger, 4 chicken nuggets, small fries, and a drink for only $4.

McDonald's says that 25% of their customers are looking for value meals.

Burger King Gift Card $25
Wendy's $20 Gift Card

Monday, November 16, 2015

Burnt Toast and Crispy potatoes increase risk of cancer

Burnt Toast cancer, crispy potatoes cancer

Burnt Toast cancer, crispy potatoes cancer

A new study by the British government's Food Standards Agency (FSA) reported that burnt toast and other highly crispy food contains high amounts of cancer-causing toxin called acrylamide. Acrylamide are chemicals that are produced naturally as a result of cooking starch-rich food at high temperatures like frying or baking. It is also likely to be produced by grilling and roasting food.

"Some foods are rich in acrylamide due to the way they are produced. Further cooking of carbohydrate rich foods, for example the grilling of bread to make toast, causes more acrylamide to be produced. This browning process is indicative of acrylamide production, levels are higher in well cooked dark brown chips compared to lighter brown cooked chips," quoting the report.

The amount of acrylamide produced depends on how long and how high is the temperature in cooking the food. Long duration and high temperatures form more acrylamide than short duration and lower temperatures.

The study is performed using 50 households. They took food samples from each household and measured their acrylamide levels in a lab. They found that 9 micrograms per kilogram of acrylamide in the palest piece of toast, while the darkest piece had 167. Fries contained more than 1,000 micrograms per kilogram of acrylamide.

The study said that regular eating of food that contains the cancer-causing natural by-product of cooking process can increase the risk of cancer.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WHO: Cancer Causing Food Includes Bacon, hotdog, ham, red meat, sausage, cold cuts, and other processed meat

World Health Organization cancer, cancer causing food

World Health Organization warn the public about eating too much cancer causing food, included on their list are Bacon, hotdog, ham, sausage, cold cuts, and other processed meat (corned beef, luncheon meat, beef jerky, beefloaf). Also included on the list are read meat (beef, pork, veal, mutton, horse and goat), specially if they are cooked in high temperatures or pan-fried since it releases higher amounts of chemicals that can cause colon and stomach cancers.

WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, placed processed meat in the same category as smoking or asbestos that has a confirmed link in causing cancer.

When a meat are cooked in direct contact with a flame or at high temperatures the meat produces carcinogens. The study also suggest that daily consumption of 1.75 ounces (50 gram) of processed meat can increase the risk of developing a colorectal cancer by 18%

However, according to other food like fish and poultry that are cooked using high-temperature methods (pan-fried or grilling) especially above 300ºF can also form Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Through experiments it has been found that, HCAs and PAHs are mutagenic that is, they cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer.

WHO statement about the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Halloween is my favorite time of year because it’s the only time that I don’t mind hearing you say  “boo” all the time…even when your boyfriend is around…Happy Halloween friends!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sleep Deprivation Linked to Risk Factors for Stroke, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Sleep Deprivation, no sleep, can't sleep, health

According to a recent study, those who are getting less than 6 hours of sleep are more likely to increase their chances to develop diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

The clustering of risk factors that includes high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high serum triglycerides, abdominal (central) obesity, and high blood pressure is known as metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Jang Young Kim of Yonsei University in South Korea  said that the people who lacks sleep should be aware of the risks of developing metabolic syndrome, which could lead them to suffer from life threatening and chronic diseases."

Their research is composed of 2,600 adults they were studied for more than 2 years and found that participants who didn’t get at least 6 hours of sleep a night were 41% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than individuals who got 6 to 8 hours of sleep. The subjects underwent medical exams and shared their medical history.

The team followed up on the subjects after 2 and half years and 560 (22%) of them developed metabolic syndrome. Sleep deprivation was linked to about 30% increased risk of high blood sugar and excess belly fat, as well as 56% higher odds of hypertension, compared to those who have ample sleep.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fruits That Helps you Lose Weight Fast

Fruits, weight loss, fat loss, burn calories, diet

Losing weight is a lifestyle change and there are no magic pill it's hard work and sacrifice. Eating fruits instead of junk foods is a great way to lose weight. Fruits have low calories and are full of vitamins and nutrients. Fruit also keep you full longer. Fruits can be taken for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or snacks in between meals.

A new research shows that eating certain fruits can help you burn fat and speed up weight-loss. If you want to know which fruits then keep on reading.

Avocado - it may contain high amount of fat but those fats are good for you. It has high amounts of omega 9 fatty acids, they are monosaturated fats that have high health benefits for your body. It also elevate the rate of fat conversion to energy that improves your metabolism. Avocados are also appetite suppressant it can help you stop craving for more food.

Apple - this fruit contains high amount of fibre and low in calories. It also a delicious substitute for potato chips as snack in between meals. Apple contains vitamins B and C, antioxidants and minerals that are good for your body.

Blueberries - it has huge amounts of antioxidants and fat burning properties. Like avocados, it also helps you increase your metabolism that helps yous burn more calories. This fruit has also low glycaemic index that can lessen your sugar intake, really beneficial for diabetics.

Grapefruit - this fruit has high water content that helps you keep your stomach full. It also helps cleanse your body from toxins, and keeps you hydrated. The fruit also contain enzymes that burn calories.

Coconut - this helps you increase your metabolism by 30%. With less calories this fruit will keep you full, and less calories means more weight loss.

Pomegranates - this fruit contains polyphenols antioxidant that boost your body's metabolism. It also cleanse your body of toxins.

Lemons - this fruit is a very effective toxins cleanser it helps detoxify your liver. Your liver plays an important role in digesting food and burning fat. Lemons helps your body prevent fat accumulation.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

GMO’s in Meat

GMO, GMO food

Despite concerns and red flags about genetically modified foods and crops, the use of GMOs in farming has been on an upsurge yearly since the GMO was commercially introduction in 1996. According to the ISAAA, an international organization that supports crop biotechnology, biotech crops have increased 100-fold, from 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) in 1996, to 170 million hectares (420 million acres) in 2012. These 170 million hectares mean that GMO crops now occupy over 10% of the world’s arable land.

The United States is the world’s top GMO producer and consumer. Most of the GMO crop are fed to livestock. Top  6 GMO crops are soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa. They are heavily utilized by the US and global animal feed market.

Feeding cattle genetically modified (GMO) crops is unhealthy for the animals and results in unsafe beef.

GMOs are not yet proven safe for human consumption. Many studies claiming the safety of GE-foods are industry-funded and only last for 90 days.

There are also reports that scientists in China have created genetically modified cattle designed to produce tastier beef.