Find out the truth behind these food myths.We've all done it before: midway through eating the best sandwich of your life, you happen to drop it on the floor. "Quick, pick it up! The five-second rule!!" Too slow? OK, let's call it the 10-second rule.
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Alas, while this sounds good in theory, and prevents many foods from being wasted, what we believed as kids (and probably what we believe as adults) isn't always true. Case in point, the five-second rule. Sadly, there's not a window that gives you that take-back chance - a crucial period of time offering you a blank slate after you've dropped your slice of pizza on the floor at 4 a.m, without it being contaminated with germs.
For better or worse, check out the truth behind these food myths, that tend to be more like old wives' tales than actual fact.
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The Five-Second Rule
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Find out the truth behind these food myths.We've all done it before: midway through eating the best sandwich of your life, you happen to drop it on the floor. "Quick, pick it up! The five-second rule!!" Too slow? OK, let's call it the 10-second rule.Read More »from Debunked: 4 Common Food Myths
Looking for a new way to use this healthy ingredient? Then try one of our delicious ways below.Creamy, slightly nutty, and a gorgeous green color, avocados are a very versatile food (not to mention delicious), even though they are most often associated with the party favorite guacamole. But avocados are so much more than just guacamole. They can be grilled, fried, puréed, or used as a garnish or meal of their own. Whether eaten alone with salt and lime juice as a snack, or with some mint and honey as a dessert, avocados are a good source of unsaturated fat (a healthy fat), Vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and other nutrients.Read More »from 6 New and Exciting Ways to Use Avocados
If you find yourself with a rock hard avocado, you can do one of two things: You can wait two to four days for it to ripen, or you can put it in a brown paper bag with a banana to speed up the ripening process. Once cut into, avocados oxidize quickly (turn brown), so it's best to use them immediately and cut them open right before eating. If you have leftover avocado, try wrapping them tightly in plastic or rubbing the cut sides with lemon or lime juice
Use food to your advantage when it comes to fighting bad breath.Whether you're concerned about waking up with morning breath, or are scared of bad breath that gets worse throughout the day, unpleasant odor can be an annoying side effect to a number of external and internal factors, especially food. While a stick of gum is always an immediate cure for bad breath, the results are only short-term and they don't work to solve the problem.Read More »from 5 Foods to Help Fight Bad Breath
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But there are choices that you can make about the kind of food you eat that can help fight bad breath. While it's obvious that eating onions and garlic will contribute to bad breath because of their sulfenic acid content, lesser-known culprits are things found in most diets such as starch, refined foods, and candies, because they increase plaque formation, says Dr. Julietta Jay Carlos, D.M.D., a dentist based out of San Francisco.
Thankfully, there are lots of options to fight the effects of bad breath besides limiting what you eat, helping those
Maryse ChevriereNothing beats a creamy bite of mac 'n' cheese, especially when you're in the mood for something warm and comforting. On the flip side, nothing is worse than a poorly made batch - especially when you're looking for utter perfection. (Think cold noodles, congealed cheese, or a stale crust - yuck.) If you've ever visited the Beecher's Handmade Cheese store, in either Seattle or New York, then you've probably tasted the "World's Best" Mac and Cheese and have not been disappointed.Read More »from Tips for Making the Perfect Mac 'n' Cheese
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It's so good that it made Oprah's list of favorite foods last year (and created a huge flux in sales because this tasty dish can be ordered nationwide). Though the fresh version is best, the frozen one they sell is surprisingly similar and makes a near-to-perfect substitute (plus, you can store it in your refrigerator and access it in case of emergencies).
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- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:47 PM EDT
How popular is alcohol in pop songs?It's pretty obvious that pop music has plenty to do with consumerism (Fergie), or anti-consumerism (Macklemore). And when it comes to alcohol, it's common to hear a rapper drop some brand names (think Nicki Minaj, with her line of moscato).Read More »from A Ringing Endorsement: Alcohol Common in Pop Music Lyrics
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A new study confirms just that; published in Informa Health Care, researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health crunched the numbers and found 720 of the most popular songs from Billboard Magazine's year end charts from 2009 to 2011. Of the 720 songs, 23 percent referenced alcohol, and 6.4 percent mentioned a specific alcohol brand, PS Mag reports.
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This is hardly surprising; earlier this year CDZA compiled every brand name mention in a pop song, from tech gadgets to cars. One specific section, however, focused on alcohol: Chandon, Red Bull and vodkas, Bacardi, Courvoisier, Seagram's Gin, and Jack Daniel's, all of which would cost the pop industry some $9,000 to actually
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
The Daily Meal is always ready, thinking about, preparing for, and planning how to best prepare for Thanksgiving dinner — the best meal of the year.Across much of the country, the year's greatest meal, November's grand, time-honored tradition, is likely the farthest meal from most Americans' minds. That makes sense… on the surface. After all, it's months away, and unless you're OCD, calling dibs on who's hosting, or making sure you're getting a great travel deal months in advance, it might seem crazy to be thinking about Thanksgiving. Think again. Thanksgiving Day is the most talked about, fretted over, obsessed-upon, discussed, and celebrated meal in America.Read More »from 6 Reasons Why You Should Already Be Thinking About Thanksgiving Dinner
According to Google Trends, that Thanksgiving turkey starts weighing on people's minds heavily enough starting mid-July, when it begins climbing up to mid-October's 10% of peak interest and the full-on panic search for Thanksgiving recipes that follows. Mid-July? That's right. Whether you're super serious about food in general, or just Thanksgiving dinner, apparently it's never too early to talk turkey.
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Why? As soon as Thanksgiving is
Heat things up with these spicy chicken recipesIf you're looking to heat things up in the kitchen, try adding some serious spice - and we're talking about chicken recipes here. Incorporating spicy, bold flavors into otherwise plain chicken recipes adds loads of flavor. Not to mention, it also mixes up the recipe routine and celebrates different cultural (and spicy) cuisines. So, next time you reach for a package of chicken, add some fiery heat by slapping on the spice.Read More »from 5 Quick and Spicy Chicken Recipes
Chicken is one of the most popular ingredients for dinner - and that means, after a while, you can run out of ways to prepare it. We've added salt and pepper, poultry seasoning, and maybe even tried a sprinkling of cayenne. But to really make the most out of chicken, it's all about the spice - and lots of it.
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To get the spice just right, we've rounded up a few of our favorite spicy chicken recipes with international flare. Marinade chicken in a spicy ginger and red pepper-orange glaze, add warm curry flavors to yogurt-based
Shouldn't fast food be cheap? Fast food should be cheap, shouldn't it? The idea of swinging by or driving through a McDonald's or a Wendy's is all about convenience and cost effectiveness. Today, however, with the growing demands for fast food outlets to shape up and offer healthy options to their ever-expanding menus, prices have been rising. And from the Fiesta Taco Salad at Taco Bell to the Big Philly Cheesesteak at Subway, some fast-food menu items are a bit pricier than you might expect.Read More »from America’s Most Expensive Fast-Food Menu Items
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Dollar menus and value menus still exist throughout the U.S. for most large-scale fast-food brands. But if you're looking for a sizable salad or a hearty burger with all the fixings that might resemble something you'd get in a sit-down restaurant, you can expect to pay up.
Haris Bacic, founder of Fastfoodmenuprices.com, told The Daily Meal that the rise of health-conscious consumers has in turn made fast-food restaurants step up their game to add healthier
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
Are you team Starbucks or team Dunkin' Donuts?Are you on team Dunkin' or team Starbucks? Your answer could be a result of many factors, but a new observation says your preference has a lot to do with geographic location.Read More »from Starbucks Vs. Dunkin' Donuts: America’s Coffee Chain Battle
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The Boston Globe recently created a map of the U.S. locations of Starbucks (11,000 locations) and Dunkin Donuts (7,200 locations). The paper then asked several business analysts to figure out what these mappings say about the country's coffee consumption habits, and the companies themselves.
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David Tarantino, from Robert W. Baird & Co., Chris Christopher, from HIS Global Insights, and Darren Tritano, from Technomic Inc. all had different opinions about the expansion patterns of the companies, geographic locations of the stores, and demographics of the areas in which they exist.
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The companies prevail on their respective coasts where they were founded.
These delicious recipes are sure to be a hit.It's back-to-school time, and for many of us, that means back-to-baking time, as the new school year brings with it many after-school and weekend bake sales. This time of year is fun for kids, but can be a little stressful for parents who are deciding what to bake. To ease you back into the bake-sale season, we've rounded up a few quick and easy McCormick recipes that that will please both you and the kids.Read More »from 5 Incredibly Delicious Cookie and Brownie Recipes
The two most iconic bake-sale items and crowd favorites are fudgy brownies and chocolate chip cookies. To make your next bake sale a hit, we've taken these American classics and added a new twist. With a few "secret" ingredients like ground cinnamon and flavored extracts, these traditional desserts are given new flavors while still maintaining their traditional appeal.
To make your bake sale even more special, try displaying the cookies and brownies on brightly colored napkins and paper plates. Also, be sure to incorporate an ingredient list tag to avoid any allergies that patrons