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This Is How Much Sugar Is In Your Daily Starbucks

Starbucks Nutrition Facts Sugar

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We all know sugar is bad for us. Scientists have already determined that high amounts of sugar in your diet can literally slow down your thinking and damage your memory, yet Americans still consume 12.5 teaspoons more sugar each day than the American Heart Association recommends.

Over the course of a whole year, that comes out to an average of 130 pounds of sugar per person — that’s 130 pounds of a substance that studies have found to be just as addictive as heroin and cocaine. And according to a new report by the British campaign group Action on Sugar, when it comes to the dangerous white stuff, Starbucks is one of the worst offenders.

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Photo Of The Day: The Date Beer Changed Forever

First Canned Beer

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There’s a high chance that the last beer you drank came out of a can. Over 50% of non-draught beer in America is sold in cans (and that number has risen in recent years). But prior to January 24, 1935, a can wouldn’t have even been an option.

The American Can Company started toying with the idea of canned beer back in 1909. Their major problem was that the cans just couldn’t hold up to the 30-80 pounds-per-square inch of carbonated pressure found in bottled beer. And then Prohibition hit in 1919, eliminating any potential market even if the company could figure out their problem.

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23 Delicious Mad Men Era Dishes America Shouldn’t Have Given Up On

By the middle of the 20th century, a confluence of factors–a rise in supermarkets and pre-packaged food, an advertising boom, a renewed fascination with classical European cooking, extreme growth in the middle class, among others–led to a truly singular culinary milieu. Even today, and even if you didn’t live through it the first time, chances are you can recognize some 1950s and 1960s food that America has now forgotten.

While the likes of prune whip, salmon mousse, tuna noodle casserole, fish sticks, and yam ice cream deserve to be left on the culinary scrapheap of history, there are plenty of popular mid-century American dishes that merit a resurgence today. At first glance, beef Wellington, chicken Kiev, and chiffon pie may seem like dusty relics of the Mad Men era, the kind of food your parents–if not your grandparents–made with help from an actual paper-and-ink cookbook. But if you give these dishes a second thought, or simply look at the mouth-watering things today’s cooks are doing with these classics, you’ll realize that they’re fully in keeping with modern standards of deliciousness.

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Tunnel Of Fudge

Tunnel Of Fudge

Given its name, there's no confusion about what it is. The only confusion is as to why we stopped making this. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

A somewhat simple dish of beef tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry. Perhaps that simplicity and universality has something to do with the fact that no one can truly pinpoint its origins. Image Source: Alecia Bakery NYC (left), Flickr (right)

Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake Cookies

It's simple. Cheesecake is good. Cookies are good. Therefore, cheesecake cookies are good. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Pinterest (right)

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

Despite its name, this herbed, buttered, and breaded chicken is just one example of French haute cuisine that took hold near mid-century. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

This apple, celery, and walnut salad (with many other variations and additions) was invented at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Image Source: WordPress (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Fondue

Fondue

This Alpine classic of melted cheese (sometimes chocolate) accompanied by various dipping items took hold in America after its appearance at the 1964 World's Fair. Image Source: Flickr (left), Wikimedia Commons (top right), Flickr (bottom right)

Baked Alaska

Mad Men Food Baked Alaska

Supposedly invented at the venerated Delmonico's Restaurant in New York, this seemingly improbably dessert houses ice cream within a browned meringue shell. As hot as the meringue gets--and some set it directly on fire--the insulated ice cream will stay frozen. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken Croquettes

1960s Food Chicken Croquettes

These spiced, breaded, and fried rolls come in endless variations beyond chicken and have countless permutations across the globe. Image Source: Flickr (left), Pexels (right)

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Although America is culinarily synonymous with apple pie, the Betty Crocker classic, apple cake, has somehow been all but forgotten. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken Marengo

1960s Food Chicken Marengo

Chicken served with tomatoes and seafood, this is yet another mid-century classic brought over from France. And yet another French standby whose origins are--probably apocryphally--linked with Napoleon. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

The story goes that this beef, noodles, and cream sauce dish exploded in America after U.S. servicemen, stationed in the dish's homeland of Russia, brought it home after World War II. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken a la King

Chicken A La King

Consisting of diced chicken served in a mushroom cream sauce over pasta, rice, or bread, this classic may also have been invented at Delmonico's in New York (accounts vary). Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Modern IKEA-fueled mini-resurgence notwithstanding, this postwar party classic has largely been forgotten, even though it's basically just a standard meatball in a cream gravy. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Chiffon Pie

Chiffon Pie

The uniquely light and airy chiffon pie is any kind that folds together meringue and/or whipped cream with a flavor base ranging from fruit curd to peanut butter. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Due to its low cost relative to most any cut of meat, meatloaf exploded in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II, retaining popularity in the postwar years. Though it remains somewhat popular today, the increased availability and affordability of other meats have knocked meatloaf from its postwar perch. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Although this fried crab dumpling fits in among postwar tiki culture and is often purported to be of southeast Asian provenance, it was very likely invented in America. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Lobster Newberg

Lobster Newberg

This boiled, buttered, and creamed lobster dish is yet another that was supposedly invented at Delmonico's in New York. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Likely another cost-cutting holdover of the Great Depression and World War II, this savory chicken and vegetable pie is now mostly found only in the grocery store freezer aisle. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (top right), Flickr (bottom right)

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Yet another example of the postwar American fascination with French cuisine, this baked dish layers potatoes and cheese together in a shallow cooking vessel. Image Sources: Hey, my mom used to make that! (left), Flickr (right)

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

These sweetened balls of popcorn stuck together with molasses have dipped in popularity since the 1950s, now largely relegated to Christmas or Halloween. Image Sources: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Although pumpkin pie and cheesecake have obviously remained popular, this hybrid, a Kraft classic, has fallen out of favor. image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie

A staple among southern desserts in the 1950s and 1960s, this creamy mint pie sports an Oreo crust, all of which makes it strange that it hasn't remained as popular as it once was. Image Sources: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Burgundy

Beef Burgundy

One more entry in the postwar American love affair with classical French cooking, this braised beef and vegetable stew was largely popularized, like so many other French dishes in America, by Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

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Your World This Week, Jan. 10 – 16

This week in health and medicine: Why pizza boxes are bad for your health, New York says hello to medical marijuana, and bisexuality is on the rise while cancer death rates drop.

Why Pizza Boxes May Be Worse For Your Health Than Pizza

Pizza Boxes

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Last week, the FDA banned three chemicals often used as oil repellents in paper and cardboard food containers (not to mention products as varied as shoes and electronics). And one of the most common places you’ll find these chemicals, part of a group called PFASs, is in pizza boxes.

The FDA report was rather reserved, stating only that “there is no longer a reasonable certainty of no harm” (echoing what other researchers and manufacturers have been saying for years now). Similarly, the FDA was not specific about the health problems that PFASs can cause, although related chemicals have been known to cause thyroid disease and high blood pressure.

Objections to last week’s ban can still be submitted into early next month, and then there will of course be some lag time as manufacturers make the necessary adjustments. So, for now, if you plan on getting take-out pizza, just know the risks. Read more at Quartz.

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