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Eight Food Myths You Probably Believe

Let’s face it: you can’t believe everything you hear, even if everyone is saying it. It’s the same when it comes to food. These are some of the more common pieces of food wisdom that belong on the compost pile. 1. The food pyramid As it turns out, that classic “food pyramid” diagram, the one with bread and cereal on the big bottom layer and bacon and eggs sequestered to tiny pockets at the top, is mostly bogus. Although fat …

Debunking Detox: Why Cleanse Diets Don’t Hold Water

It’s easy to toss the word “detox” or “cleansing” into a health ad. Whether it’s Dr Oz describing the “cleansing” effects of his 10-day detox diets, health spas that claim their aromatherapies trigger the body’s “detox mode” or even dive shops espousing the “detoxifying” effects of salt water, it can be hard to avoid the terms. But what do those words mean, exactly? What toxins are cleanse diets supposedly detoxing? And are these approaches actually healthy? The short answers to …

A Bluffer’s Guide to Beer

Feel lost and awkward when you hear your beer-loving friends talking about their Belgian blondes and chocolate stouts? Don’t feel bad: In our book, it’s better to be an ordinary schlub who likes to drink a cold brew from the supermarket than an insufferable snob of the suds. Still, a little knowledge of beer terms and types can’t hurt, so here goes… What is beer? Beer has four basic ingredients: Water: makes up most of the beer’s volume Grain: the …

Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream… Cool Stuff!

Do you hate it when someone offers “gelato” but then hands you a bowl of sorbet? Or when you order frozen yoghurt, only to receive soft-serve ice cream? Or worse: Maybe you’re the one disappointing your dessert-savvy dinner guests. Well, this guide should help you keep your frozen treats cool. (As most of the desserts on this list come from dairy products, you might want to first skim our posts on milk and cream to brush up on the culinary science.) Ice …

The Keto Diet: High Fat, Low Carb. Really?

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to LeBron James are hailing keto – an extreme high fat, low carb diet plan – as the silver bullet for weight loss. But what is the keto diet, exactly? And does it really work? The science of keto The keto diet may be the latest dieting trends but it actually dates back to the 1920s, when it was introduced as a treatment for epilepsy in children. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and fats – …

Where’s the Beef? It’s Hamburger Day

It is May 28, also known as Hamburger Day – the day George Washington accidentally invented the classic American snack while stranded on the Delaware River with nothing but two steaks, a dinner roll and his musket. Just kidding. George Washington didn’t invent the hamburger. But he may as well have: The origin of the hamburger is shrouded in myth and meaty legend, with many people claiming to have been the first to put a slab of grilled ground beef …