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What is Brain Freeze?

By Ashley Beck | June 12, 2013

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Rooster Punch Popsicle

With the summer heat here to stay, brain freeze is something we will come into contact with more often. But what really happens? Surely your brain isn’t actually freezing… or is it? With an ice cream cone in hand (mint chocolate chip, of course), and these questions on the brain, I thought I’d do a bit of research to find out what really goes on when the freeze hits.

As most of you know, brain freeze or “ice-cream headache” occurs when a cold stimulus such as ice cream, popsicle or frozen beverage is consumed too quickly causing a painful headache lasting about 20-30 seconds. But why does this occur? Read More

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By The Numbers: Soft Beverages

By Mac Malikowski | May 31, 2013

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Egg cream, Arnold Palmer, Shirley Temple, hot chocolate, ginger tea, peanut milk, lemonade, switchel… The list goes on. While soft beverages, that is to say, non-alcoholic beverages, reign as indispensable staples of civilizations around the world, they do seem to lack the glamour and consideration bestowed on their boozy cousins. Read More

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By The Numbers: Mother’s Day

By Mac Malikowski | May 10, 2013

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This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th and like many people, this writer will be, at the very least, calling his mom to wish her a good one, especially if I can’t get one of America’s 16,000 florist or 103 greeting card establishments on the phone in time. My mother, like many, definitely deserves a day set aside; a small compensation for her tireless and impassioned dedication to my survival. Read More

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By The Numbers: The Foods We Eat the Most

By Mac Malikowski | May 1, 2013

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Livestrong, the digital intersection of food and fitness, has produced a great list of America’s most eaten foods. The survey used the website’s built-in “MyPlate” tool to gather eating data on the some 4.5 million members of the online community. This is about 1.5% of the United States’ population and while it could be argued that these specific users are slightly more food conscious and nutrition-oriented than the average American, I think it stands as an accurate representation of how many of us eat.

Here are the top 5: Read More

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Top Five Foods to Avoid

By Kendall Kish | April 30, 2013

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Everyday there are new reports on what you should and should-not eat, new diet trends, and new food buzz-words. Of course if you eat a balanced diet of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, and vegetables, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while in your favorite guilty-pleasure food of choice. But there are certain foods that should be avoided as much as possible, and luckily there are plenty of flavorful and healthy substitutions you can make so you don’t have to feel like you are making sacrifices. Read More

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By The Numbers: Food Waste

By Mac Malikowski | April 11, 2013

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Like many people who love food, I am guilty of trying to eat a new dish, with new ingredients with a new composition for every meal. I’m just too excited about food to appreciate leftovers. I want to experience it all, in it’s endless permutations. But really, if I live to be 75, I still have about 18,250 lunches left in my life (just lunches!) to try new things and revisit my favorites. Read More

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By The Numbers: America’s Least Favorite Veggies

By Mac Malikowski | March 19, 2013

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According to a survey produced by consumerreports.org, America is finding a common enemy in a few misunderstood vegetables. Swiss chard, for example, who’s single cup serving offers 51% of our daily dose of Vitamin C and a comical 715% for Vitamin K, which strengthens your bones and balances your blood, is used “almost never” in 86% of American kitchens. Additionally, the ever-friendly artichoke, clocking in at just 60 calories, promotes liver health and heart function is barely made at home (“rarely eaten” in 78% of U.S. households). Read More

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By The Numbers: Corn

By Mac Malikowski | March 12, 2013

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With corn season just around the CORN-er, it’s interesting to consider the United States’ role in this nearly perfect commodity.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, America is the largest producer of corn in the world and is grown on over 400,000 U.S. farms. Grown mostly in the Heartland, there is some 80 million acres of farm that is dedicated to corn in America. That’s about the size of Germany.  In 2000, the U.S. produced almost ten billion bushels of the world’s total 23 billion bushel crop. Read More

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Can Diet Alone Cut the Risk for Heart Disease?

By Kendall Kish | March 8, 2013

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An interesting study reported on by the New York Times reveals solid evidence that a Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease. People that are considered at “high risk” for heart disease can cut their chances by 30 percent if they follow a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruit, vegetables…and even a daily glass of wine. Read More

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