A great way to teach kids about nutrition is through gardening. An excellent way to do this is through square foot gardening. See the video above. Kids can learn about growing things while also learning about nutrition and what makes the crops health.
We have all heard the horror stories about Mcdonald's food not rotting. Is there really something diabolical about McDonald's that makes it not rot?
The most recent trend seems to be people displaying never rotting McDonald's hamburgers and fries. In the video below, a four year old Happy Meal is revealed, in which you would expect mold on the bun and on the hamburger patty. Surprisingly, the hamburger shows no signs of mold and looks very similar to a fresh hamburger. The french fries also do not show mold or decay, which does not seem possible when compared to moldy three month old potatoes.
Mcdonald's actually commented on claims that their food does not rot. On the company website, they state that experiments showing no signs of decomposition are likely from the food being dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur. They explain that moisture is needed in the air to form mold on food.
Mediicaldaily.com interviewed food scientist, Dr. Keith Warriner who explained: "The patty loses water in the form of steam during the cooking process. The bun, of course, is made out of bread. Toasting it reduces the amount of moisture. This means that after preparation, the hamburger is fairly dry. When left out open in the room, there is further water loss as the humidity within most buildings is around 40%. So in the absence of moisture or high humidity, the hamburger simply dries out, rather than rot.”
It is probably best to worry about the nutritional content of McDonal'd rather than reasons for the food not decomposing. How many calories are in a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? 530 and 520, respectively. Add a medium Coca-Cola for 200 additional calories and medium french fries for 340 more calories. A 6 foot male who is 185 pounds at age 35 (doing light daily activity), should only eat about 2,300 to maintain his weight. You can see how quickly the calories can add up when eating fast food. View more fast food nutrition facts to find out what you're actually eating,
We often hear about the downsides of caffeine consumption, with many of the above side effects noted. These side effects are real and too much caffeine can result in an overdose. With all these side effects, there are benefits to consuming caffeine in moderation.
Benefits of Caffeine
The three major and most common carbohydrates (carbs) are starches, dietary fibers, and sugars. Carbs can be found in many foods including breads, fruits, grains, vegetables, sugary foods (candy, ice cream, etc.), cereals, and milk products, Carbs are essential to keeping the body moving because they create the body's energy. The body transforms carbs into glucose or blood sugar, which creates fuel for the cells.
Not all carbs are created equal. The best carbohydrates are consumed directly from fruits, vegetables, grains, and other natural sources. These are known as complex carbs and take longer to break down or digest. The bad or unhealthier carbs come from processed sources like candy, donuts, cakes, and ice cream. These are typically called simple carbs and are quickly digested. For many people, it is best not to worry so much about the amount of carb intake per day, but rather on consuming healthy carbs (complex carbs) that take time to break down. It is ideal to look for foods with no added sugars. For example, plain yogurt will naturally contain sugar known as lactose. However, sugar is routinely added to yogurt outside of the naturally occurring lactose, especially when flavoring is added to plain yogurt. Steer clear of the added sugar, to eat healthier.
Examples of starches: breads, rice, grains, legumes, cereal, and potatoes.
Examples of soluble fiber: apples, nuts, oatmeal, celery.
Examples of insoluble fiber: whole wheat, wheat bran, broccoli, raisins, green beans, cabbage,
Example of sugars: doughnuts, cookies, regular soda, fruit juice.