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4 reasons why your vegan diet isn’t helping you lose weight

Vegan diets conjure up images of lean, healthy folks, happily chowing down on massive bowls of leafy green salad. And science backs this image. In a large study of 40,000 adults, conducted by Oxford University, vegans were found to have the lowest BMIs among any of their peers, while meat-eaters, not surprisingly, had the highest. But not every vegan sees the same results after cutting out animal products from their daily diets. Some don’t see changes at all, and some can actually gain weight. If you’ve made the switch to vegan in attempt to shed pounds, here’s what you might be doing that could be sabotaging your efforts. Reason 1: Your overestimating portion size Sure, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains are healthy food our bodies require to fuel new cell growth, and regenerate healthy hair, nails and muscles, but we don’t need an infinite amount of these nutrients. The amount…

Keep Coffee Beans Cool for maximum flavor

A new study claims that keeping coffee beans cold can cause a more enjoyable drinking experience. Scientific Reports published the study titled The Effect of Bean Origin and Temperature on Grinding Roasted Coffee. Scientists  from the University of Bath in the UK found that “cooling of coffee beans significantly decreases the rate of mass loss through volatile sublimation/evaporation. This, coffee that is ground up and brewed cold could potentially demonstrate increased aroma and or flavor in the eventual brewed cup.” Chilling pre-ground coffee beans would have the same effect. The study goes into great detail explaining the scientific processes that you can read here, but the true take-away for coffee fans is that you should be keeping your beans in the fridge for best flavor and more enjoyable mornings. Enjoy every morning with healthy breakfast options from everybodycravespantry.com. 

Artificial sweeteners won’t help you lose weight, study finds

Listen up Diet Coke drinkers. Artificial sweeteners have given artificial hope to those looking for weight loss. For years, brands like Sweet ‘N Low and Splenda have claimed to be better for consumers than their real sugar crystal counterpart. It was said, the synthetic substitutes would give you the sweet-tasting foods and beverages you crave, without the extra calories, weight gain, or other negative health issues. But over time, research has reveled that it’s not so simple. While we’ve been questioning the validity of sugar substitutes for some time now, a new scientific review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Monday, shows that not only is there no solid evidence supporting the weight-managing health claims of sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, but those who regularly consume these alternatives are more likely to develop health problems in the future. For the 25 percent of children and 41 percent of adults who consume these sweeteners at…

Germans ditching pork heavy diets

Germans have steadily been reducing their consumption of pork products in recent years. New research shows that the once sausage-loving country has been slowly switching to a more plant-based diet. Traditionally the largest pig-producing and pork-eating country in Europe, the Germans intake of pig products is down to just 79 pounds per personal annually — a drop from 86 pounds per person — a plunge of about 10 percent nationwide, according to the Agricultural Market Information Co. (AMIC). Pork still makes up more than half of the mean eaten in the country, but demand for products like ham and sausage has continued to drop for the past three straight years, reflecting a change in German attitudes about modern social and environmental concerns. The change is credited a growing awareness about healthier diets, as well as the environmental damages caused by large scale animal agriculture. Shop healthy pig-free grocery products at everybodycravespantry.com.

Where to score Free French Fries on National French Fry Day

Would you like fries with that? Today, the answer is YES! Today marks the celebration for one of America’s favorite comfort foods, National French Fry Day (July 13), so grab your favorite ketchup — Heinz, obviously — and head to one of these french fry hot spots and take advantage of the select starchy freebies. McDonald’s: Use the Golden Arch’s app to score free medium fries today and every day through Sept. 7. Arby’s: Curly fry lovers can get excited over this offer. Order a Brown Sugar Bacon Sandwich and get a free order of fries — free drink, too! Bob Evans: Free sweet potato fries appetizer if you click on the Free Fries tab on the company’s Facebook page and print the coupon. Dairy Queen: Get an order of fries for just $1 today. May I suggest ordering a chocolate milkshake while you’re there for dunking? Chickie’s & Pete’s: Crabfries at $1 at…

Smelling food can make you fat, new study shows

Your nose might be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. New research has revealed that simply smelling food can make you pack on the pounds. Yikes! The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers and published in Cell Metabolism, used three groups of mice — a set of “super-smellers,” a group whose smell was temporarily disabled, and a control group. The mice ate the same amount of a “Burger King diet.” When the mice weighed in at the end of the study, those with the impaired sense of smell gained the least weight — a mere 10 percent of their body weight, while the “super smellers” gained the most weight — nearly doubling in size. The findings show that your olfactory system affects your appetite as well as your metabolism. The normal mice, of course, ballooned in size too. “In the context of food and appetite, this is really novel,” lead study author Celine Riera told SF Gate. However,…

KFC knows you needed drumstick socks, launches online retail store

When you go to sleep at night, don’t you wish you could cuddle up with the Colonel? Now you can. KFC just launched a retail store of “finger lickin’ good” apparel and home décor. From  pillowcases printed with Sanders’ face to socks stamped with drumsticks, fast-food fans will find the items quite amusing. The fried-chicken swag starts at $8 for a pair of socks to $20 for an over-sized chicken sandwich lapel pin. A framed 11″x14″ print of KFC’s famous mashed potatoes is priced at $80. “Our fans were craving a way to embrace the fried chicken lifestyle, and KFC Ltd. gives them the opportunity to let their colonel flag fly,” said Steve Kelly, KFC U.S. director of media and digital, in a statement. Perhaps the most unusual item on the new site is a meteorite cut to look like the Zinger check sandwich. Retailing for $20,000, the item is said to be a…

The one ingredient Ina Garten won’t buy at the store

Followers of all things Ina Garten already envy her expensive collection of Le Creuset cookware, her fabulous roster of friends, and her wildly popular cooking show on the Food Network. Despite all of her success, Ina famously reminds us not to get in over our heads if we can’t prep a certain ingredient and that “Store bought is fine.” That is, except for one ingredient in particular. In a recent interview with Time, the Barefoot Contessa opened up about the one ingredient she could never give the grocery store green light for: pre-grated Parmesan cheese. Sure, some of her recommendations might garner an eye roll — do we really “good” vanilla from Madagascar? — but this is one recommendation we should all get behind. Tubs of the pre-grated stuff has been previously found to contain wood pulp or other fillers. Even if you can’t hop a flight directly to Parma to pick out your own wheel…

Game of Thrones Golden Ale Arrives in Time for Season 7

If you can count on anything in a Game of Throne episode, it’s backstabbing, dragons doing something cool, and a Lannister drinking way too much. So it only seems natural for the hit HBO series to branch out into the theme-drink business. We’ve already welcomed, and loved, the Westeros-inspired wines. Now, if you’re into fandom inspired booze, grab your stein and get ready for the ultimate ale. Ommegang’s Bend the Knee golden ale is a light ale brewed with honey. The results are a a bubbly, beautiful golden brew. The matte black bottles retail for about $11 each, and you can choose your house: The Lannister lion, Stark direwolf, or  Targaryen three-headed dragon. This isn’t Ommegang’s first GOT inspired drafts. They released several beers including Three Eyed Raven in 2015. Find out where you can purchase this tasty adult beverage by using this beer finder, and be sure to stock up! After all, winter is coming. And…

Claim your Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven

July 11 will mark 7-Eleven’s 90th birthday — and the convenience store chain is ready to celebrate. Participating 7-Eleven stores will give away free small Slurpees, fittingly from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. To further celebrate, as part of Slurpee Week, customers who purchase seven Slurpees between July 7 and July 18 and scan the 7-Eleven mobile app will receive 11 free Slurpees. Participants must join 7-Eleven’s customer loyalty program, 7Rewards to be eligible for the offer. The 7‑Eleven mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play. Free Slurpee Day has been offered annually on July 11 since 2002. The frozen, carbonated beverage that 7-Eleven dubbed the Slurpee was invented in 1959 by Omar Knedlik, a Kansas City Dairy Queen owner. When his soda fountain machine broke down, he improvised by putting his sodas in a cooler to stay chilled. These frozen, slushy drinks got the attention of customers…