Remember your grocery shopping list from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? It was likely filled with affordable shelf-stable items like canned goods and paper towels. But the items Americans are buying up as cases rise across the U.S. represent a marked departure from the survival-mode hoarding that took place this spring, and shoppers appear to be shifting from quantity to quality.In recent weeks, consumers have been gravitating toward premium labels over value brands, according to new data from the market research firm IRI. Items such as higher–price point cheeses, high-end coffee, and frozen entrees have replaced bulk purchases of in-store brands. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)Sales of premium and superpremium packaged goods grew by 1.7% at retailers year over year for the 26 weeks ending on Oct. 4, and the trend wasn't restricted to households of a certain income level. Interestingly, the data shows a break from normal spending patterns during a recession, in which only small luxuries are afforded.Decreased spending in other areas due to pandemic-related restrictions may account for the difference. Americans are eating out and traveling less as they minimize time spent outside of the home. Instead, they're creating new experiences by turning mundane weeknight dinners into elevated affairs, where a high-end pasta sauce could make all the fancy difference."People don't have that many more avenues to spend, so they do have some money and they are feeding themselves well," Krishnakumar Davey, president of strategic analytics at IRI, told CNBC.Similar trends toward higher-end products are apparent in alcohol purchases, too. Leading wine retailer Albertsons reported an increase in spending on premium wines this year, which the chain characterized as "shocking.""There's been a trade up even further," Curtis Mann, Albertsons' group vice president of Wine, Beer and Spirits, told Wine Enthusiast. "I think it's because people are dining at home more, and they want to have a really nice experience. They are looking to us to provide that nice experience and those nice bottles of wine."One thing, however, remains true: Everyone wants toilet paper, and any kind of toilet paper will do.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.
If three people from three different parts of the U.S. were pressed to quickly name three grocery store chains, their answers would probably be wildly different. A Californian might shout out "Ralph's, Vons, and Food 4 Less," a New Yorker might say "Stop&Shop, King Kullen, and Wegmans," while a Virginian might go with "Safeway, Giant, and Food Lion."In the years to come, however, it's likely that there will be one supermarket that all three people have in common: Aldi. It's the fastest-growing grocery chain in the U.S. right now, according to Progressive Grocer, and it will be pressing into new locations throughout the country in the coming months.Founded in Germany nearly 75 years ago, Aldi opened its first store in America in 1976, reports the Des Moines Register. Though the company seemed to remain a minor player in the American market, behind the scenes, it was already expanding in America through its 1979 acquisition of Trader Joe's. (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.)Anyone familiar with the Trader Joe's business model of primarily selling store-branded merchandise will quickly understand the Aldi store's model as well. It sells everything from Aldi-branded cheeses to Aldi-exclusive wines and beyond, with Progressive Grocer's Mike Troy reporting that roughly 90% of each store's approximately 1,400 different products are store-brand items.At present, there are more than 2,050 Aldi locations in America—a goal the company had initially hoped to meet back in 2018, according to the grocery store's website. Looking ahead, Aldi plans to open hundreds of new store locations soon, with a stated goal of having 2,500 locations in the U.S. by the end of 2022.There are currently about 11,230 Aldi stores worldwide, and in terms of sales, Aldi is the 6th largest grocery chain globally, reports Business Insider. Want to guess which chain is number one on that list? Well, it's Walmart, of course, followed by Costco.To plan for your first or next visit to Aldi, here are 10 Secrets for Shopping at Aldi, Straight From Employees. And for more grocery store news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.
Grocery shopping, while a necessity, has become one of the most anxiety-inducing activities in our daily pandemic-filled lives. From crowds that are sometimes impossible to avoid to concerns surrounding what we should and shouldn't be touching, the potential for contracting the coronavirus seems overwhelming. However, we can all breathe a collective (masked) sigh of relief, because the CDC is has provided clear, instructive safety guidelines that we can follow to ensure we're staying as safe as possible when we're out shopping.As the CDC is learning more about the nature of COVID-19 and the way it spreads amongst the population, their guidelines on potential ways you could contract the disease and how to protect yourself are constantly being updated. To consolidate all of this information, the government agency put together a handy guide of tips to follow when grocery shopping so you can be aware of the main source of transmission and how to protect yourself.(Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)CDC's most recent guidelines warn of one main way of contracting coronavirusWhen grocery shopping, there are multiple potential sources of COVID-19 transmission you should be aware of. There's one, in particular, that many of us are worried about: touching food and food packaging.At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us were concerned about picking up coronavirus from food packaging. Staying away from others is one thing, but how are you supposed to protect yourself from the invisible virus that may virtually live on all kinds of objects you are coming into contact with?Fears grew when a study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that coronavirus could survive on certain surfaces for days. However, the study noted there is no conclusive evidence that people can get infected by the virus this way.However, now the CDC has stated that "the risk of [COVID-19] infection from food products, food packaging, or bags is thought to be low." (That being said, scientists will be looking further into how food and food packaging may contribute to the spread.)That goes for food and food products, but what about everything else you find at a grocery store? According to UC Davis food virology researcher Erin DiCaprio, PhD, it's more important to focus on avoiding high-touch surfaces like door handles and credit card machines as compared to a tomato in the produce section.Touching surfaces or objects isn't thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but the CDC clarified that "it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes."The CDC's guidelines for grocery or food retail workers still encourage employees to minimize handling cash, wipe down the counter between each customer at checkout, and to ask customers to use touchless payment options.This is the most likely way you'll contract the virusThe CDC and WHO are in agreement that the primary way you could contract coronavirus is via person-to-person contact. Here are ways in which you are currently most likely to contract or pass around the virus:Being in close contact with another person (closer than six feet).Via respiratory droplets which are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.If these droplets land in another person's mouth or nose, or if they're inhaled into the lungs.The CDC notes that it may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads. This conclusion comes primarily from epidemiological data—tracking ways in which the majority of the people that were infected became infected.What does this mean?It means you still need to practice safety measures and good hygiene as well as avoid high-touch surfaces—especially when you're out in highly crowded places like grocery stores. The most important precaution is wearing a face mask and keeping a safe social distance from others at all times. Keep washing your hands frequently and be mindful of touching your face. However, you can let go of some of the anxiety around wiping down your groceries—not only is it unnecessary, but it can also be dangerous.How to protect yourself while grocery shoppingThe FDA shared tips on what is important to keep in mind the next time you need to get groceries:Carry your own wipes, or use one provided by the store to wipe down and disinfect the handles of the shopping cart or basket.Prepare a shopping list in advance.Go during hours when fewer people will be there.Wear a face covering or mask while you are in the store.Practice social distancing while shopping.Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores.Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds when you return home and again after you put away your groceries.The CDC adds that you can further protect yourself from the coronavirus by "limiting visiting the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person. In general, the more closely you interact with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Order groceries and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible) or check with your local grocery store to see if pre-order or drive-up options are available." Check out these additional 6 New Grocery Shopping Tips You Need to Follow for more ways to protect yourself.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
If you regularly stock up on coconut milk during your shopping trips to Costco, we have some bad news. The bulk retailer has committed to stop carrying products from overseas suppliers accused of using forced animal labor.An investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) revealed that chained monkeys had been used to pick coconuts for major suppliers in Thailand. The maker of Chaokoh coconut milk, which was named in PETA's probe, is Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd. Predating Costco's announcement, several other large retailers had already pledged to stop carrying the brand's products, including Walgreens, Stop&Shop, Giant Food, and Food Lion. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)Costco—which operates 795 warehouses and boasted worldwide retail sales of more than $150 billion in 2019—previously sold Chaokoh coconut milk in bulk. Ken Kimble, Costco's vice president and general merchandise manager, confirmed in a letter to PETA that the brand shared its concerns about the abuse of monkeys in Thailand's coconut industry and had ceased purchasing from Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd. Earlier this year, the company also removed Palmetto Cheese from its stores following racist comments by the company's founder."No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. "Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation, and PETA is calling on holdouts like Kroger to follow suit."Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd issued a statement to the outlet denying the allegations."Following the recent news about the use of 'monkey labour' in Thailand's coconut industry, Chaokoh, one of the world's leaders in coconut milk production, reassures that we do not engage the use of monkey labour in our coconut plantations," the statement read.The company also told USA Today that it had its suppliers sign memorandums guaranteeing that no monkey labor would be used on farms.Chaokoh-branded products are currently still carried by Target, Walmart, and Kroeger."Kroger has a longstanding commitment to responsible business practices, including the humane treatment of animals," the grocery store chain said in a statement to Eat This, Not That!. "We have re-engaged our suppliers, as well as other stakeholders, on this issue to re-confirm they are also protecting animal welfare."Costco, Target, and Walmart have not responded to requests for comment from Eat This, Not That!.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
As COVID-19 cases rise and temperatures fall, stockpiling season is officially in full swing. A new customer survey released by Deloitte this month found that tons of grocery shoppers are buying up far more food items than they actually need. According to store owners, there's been a sharp uptick in sales for meats, frozen pizzas, baking foods, and all sorts of dry goods. Canned foods, meanwhile, remain in high demand. A poll conducted by LendingTree found that canned goods rank high among the items consumers are snatching up at the grocery store right now.But there's at least one particular canned good that's even harder to find than others: Canned corn. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, there are several reasons that this pantry staple is suddenly in short supply. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)For starters, the corn that's grown specifically for the purposes of being canned is a very "small portion of the U.S. crop." It's only harvested once a year, and it's usually canned "right after the harvest in late summer, and that yield is the entire supply for the year." The number of farmers who specialize in canned corn for canned-good giants such as Del Monte and Green Giant is also quite small. According to the Journal, the previous surge in demand for canned goods after the coronavirus led "retailers [to] quickly [blow] through inventories."That's not all. The report cites supply chain issues as another driving force in the current scarcity of canned corn, noting that the trucking companies who distribute such goods downsized their fleets last year in an effort to boost their profits, which left the haulers in a bad position to meet the new surge in demand earlier this year.In other words: For canned corn, the coronavirus was something of a perfect storm, as suppliers didn't have enough supply, distributors didn't have a full force, and canning season—when stocks could be replenished—fell at the end of summer. Though canned-corn brands say they're going to boost production by 25 percent this year, it doesn't change the fact that you're unlikely to find it in abundance on stores shelves right now. And for more amazing shopping advice, make sure you read up on The Dirtiest Thing in the Grocery Store You Should Definitely Avoid!
Earlier this summer Coca-Cola announced one of its biggest restructuring moves in two decades. The company said it will reduce the number of business units in order to narrow down its portfolio of products. The new structure has prompted thousands of layoffs in several countries and put more than half of the brand's less popular lines on the chopping block.Taking first steps toward paring down their 500 fully or partially owned product lines, the soda giant just announced they will be discontinuing their coconut water line Zico. The popular product will be leaving store shelves by the end of the year. (To find out what other shortages you may encounter at the grocery store this year, check out 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)Coca-Cola acquired the Zico brand in 2013, when the bottled drink proved to be a highly sought-after alternative to vitamin water and other hydration benefit–touting beverages. However, as the popularity of coconut water slowly waned over the past decade, Zico never caught up to the more popular competitor Vita Coco. This year, when the company decided to bench the production of some items to relieve the strains on their supply chain during the pandemic, the coconut water brand was among them, according to The Wall Street Journal. (Check out We Tried 7 Coconut Waters And Named This One The Best.)And the cuts don't end there. Another Coke brand you soon won't be able to find on grocery shelves is Hubert's Lemonade. The company has announced plans to halt retail-store sales of the beverage, but you'll still find it being served out of fountain machines.According to insider knowledge reported by The Wall Street Journal, some of Coca-Cola's products that have been hard to find on grocery shelves for the past several months could be the next ones on the chopping block. The company is currently deciding on the fate of Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Coke Life, and regional brands Northern Neck Ginger Ale and Delaware Punch.In July, Coca-Cola discontinued their beloved line of Odwalla smoothies, due to declining sales and increasing competition in the bottled smoothie category.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.
If you're incorporating more salads into your diet, you're obviously focusing on trying to make healthier choices. And we commend you for taking that step toward an overall better diet! While you're loading up on fresh veggies to mix in with those leafy greens, there is one way you might just be unknowingly turning your healthy salad, well, toxic. And that comes down to the salad dressing.Yes, what you put on top of your salad matters! Unless you're making that dressing yourself, you might not really know exactly what is in those bottles of salad dressing that line grocery store shelves. There are actually tons of options out there that are just adding on tons of calories, sugar, and inflammatory vegetable oils.So which seemingly harmless dressing is the one to avoid at all costs? (Instead, be sure you're trying out these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time!)Wish-Bone Creamy Caesar Dressing Per serving (2 Tbsp): 190 calories, 20 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, <1 g sugar), <1 g protein It's no secret that the main component of the beloved Caesar salad is the Caesar dressing. And here, you're going to be spreading a dressing that is made with Parmesan cheese and a blend of black pepper, parsley, and other seasonings. While it might taste great and Wish-Bone is a classic brand, that doesn't mean you should anywhere near this salad dressing.See, in just one serving—a mere 2 tablespoons, keep in mind—you're getting nearly 200 calories and 20 grams of fat. And 370 milligrams of sodium, too? That's more sodium than you would get if you ate two bags of Lay's Classic Potato Chips. Yikes!The bad news doesn't stop there, either. Take a look at the ingredients list and you'll see that the main ingredient is inflammatory soybean oil. Sugar and corn syrup are also listed. Plus, it's important to remember that with Caesar salad, it's often drenched in dressing. If you try to replicate the flavors you get from a restaurant salad, you'll most likely have to double up on the amount fo dressing that's suggested. So you would be adding upwards of 400 calories to your salad. Big yikes.Now, you don't want to add unnecessary calories, fat, sodium, and sugar to your salad, do you? Skip the Caesar dressing, especially this one from Wish-Bone.
After a controversial social media statement made by the owner of a fan-favorite cheese brand, Costco has abruptly removed the company's cheese from their stores. (To find out which items may soon be gone from grocery stores, check out 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)In August, Brian Henry, mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and the owner of Palmetto Cheese, caused widespread disapproval and calls for a boycott when he published a statement on his Facebook page calling the Black Lives Matter movement a "terror organization." And it looks like Costco has paid close attention to the public outcry, because the chain has reportedly removed Palmetto's popular pimento cheese from all 120 of its locations that carried it.The "pimento cheese with soul", as the packaging calls it, has been pulled from Costco's shelves and website overnight, but the company still hasn't clarified whether the removal is temporary or permanent.But it does seem like the retailer wanted to make it clear to their customers that the shortage of said cheese they are about to encounter wasn't an accident. In a statement posted on the shelf next to the remaining Palmetto products spotted at one location, the retailer said: "The * (asterisk) on this sign means that these 2 items are discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco. Over 120 Costco's throughout the US are no longer carrying this item."While Henry confirmed the chain cut his products from their lineup, he had a much more optimistic view. "Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business. We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future," he told media outlets.The focus on the pimento cheese product has also brought into question its origin. After allegations that the original recipe for it was "stolen" from Vertrella Brown, a Black employee of the brand whose likeness is used on the product's packaging, Henry denied the accusations in a press conference. "Unfortunately, there have been comments on social media and news outlets falsely suggesting that Vertrella Brown created the recipe for Palmetto Cheese. However, that is simply not true. The recipe for Palmetto Cheese is, and always has been, Sassy Henry's recipe," he stated, crediting his wife with inventing the winning cheese formula.He also announced that a rebranding effort aiming "to be more sensitive to cultural diversity" is underway for Palmetto Cheese. To learn what other food brands have changed the names and packaging of their products this year due to racial insensitivity, check out 10 Groceries You'll Never Find Under the Same Name Again.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!
One of this year's most debated food safety issues brings into question whether coronavirus can be transmitted by food or its packaging.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO) have both been firm in their stance that the chances of this type of contamination are virtually nonexistent. However, cases of mysterious contaminations at food plants and food importing facilities in countries like New Zealand, Vietnam, and China prompted some governments and the scientific community to investigate the issue further. (To learn about this year's greatest food recalls, check out 8 Major Food Recalls You Need to Know About Right Now.)China, for example, has claimed that traces of the living virus have been found on several samples of imported meat and seafood from Latin America and Europe. Their government has resorted to vigorous testing of all imported foods, which has led to reports that the virus can, in fact, survive on raw food and its packaging for several days and even weeks.What all known food contamination cases have in common is that the food was either chilled or frozen, so the common denominator seems to be the low temperature which could help the virus survive and remain viable during food imports.Read on to find out more about the cases of coronavirus food contamination, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food safety news delivered straight to your inbox.1 SalmonIn June, Chinese authorities traced a cluster of coronavirus cases to a restaurant in Beijing. First reports stated the virus had allegedly spread from a cutting board used for preparing raw salmon. Panic ensued and salmon imported from Norway was initially blamed as the culprit. Although the local authorities later absolved these particular fish imports, China announced it would be testing all imported food for the virus.Just last month, a new study out of South China Agricultural University and Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Guangzhou announced that viable traces of the virus had been discovered on frozen salmon samples. Researchers claim that the virus had survived up to eight days at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. For more on this story, check out why This Popular Food Can Carry Coronavirus for Up to a Week.2 Chicken wingsIn August, Chinese authorities reported finding traces of the virus on frozen chicken wings from Brazil. The meat was tested during a border screening in the city of Shenzhen. Luckily, no cases of human infection were linked to the product, and a medical expert from the Chinese University of Hong Kong speculates the virus particles likely came from the meat's packaging.3 ShrimpAnother Latin American country linked to contaminated food was Ecuador. Frozen shrimp imported from the country was found to have traces of the virus on its outer packaging in China's Anhui province. This and several other cases in port cities of Xiamen and Dalian prompted the Chinese government to stop all shrimp imports from Ecuador. After agreeing to stricter safety protocols, Ecuador resumed their shrimp trade with China.4 PorkA study from Ireland and Singapore testing the survival rate of coronavirus on several types of meat, including pork, found that the virus had survived for up to three weeks after contamination on both refrigerated (4°C) and frozen (–20°C and –80°C) samples. The researchers stated that while the risk of transmission to humans in such cases is minimal, the potential for an outbreak still exists.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!
Months after announcing the closure of food courts in stores because of the coronavirus pandemic, Costco switched to takeout only. But now they have started reintroducing things onto the menu again, too. So say hello again to the Costco chicken bake!Yep, the chicken breast, cheese, bacon, and caesar dressing combo is back, according to an Instagram account called @costcoguy4u, but it might not be exactly like you remember. "They were different than the older version but good," he says. "I found them a bit saltier with a different crust."He also notes that the cashier said the snack is pre-made now — but that may not be the case for each food court. One person's comment on the post says that in Portland, Oregon, the item never left and tastes the same as it always has.> > > View this post on Instagram> > > > 1st to Post on Instagram They are Back!!! Kirkland Signature Chicken Bake $2.99 With Chicken Breast, cheese Bacon , and Caesar Dressing Only 840 Calories 😉 They were different than the older version but good… I found them a bit saltier with a different crust. When we asked the cashier they said they are Pre made now. Worth a try… Let us know how you like them… Enjoyed this one @costco Glenview, IL.> > A post shared by CostcoGuy4u | Costco (@costcoguy4u) on Sep 3, 2020 at 11:15am PDTRELATED: The One Thing You Should Never Order at Costco's Food CourtAlthough the Costco chicken bake is high in calories and sodium, it is actually a better option than others. It's the option with the lowest amount of saturated fat but has the most protein with a whopping 46 grams. Steer clear of the turkey wrap and the cheese pizza, if they're available. For more information, here are The Best&Worst Menu Items at Costco's Food Court.The price of the Costco chicken bake is still consistent with other menu items — except for the churros. The fried treats are now $1.49 instead of only $1. However, only one Costco location is getting the new version of this old staple, so the rest of the country will have to wait to try it out.If your location's food court menu is still lacking chicken bakes, the frozen section might have a box you can take home and bake yourself, according to Fox Business. The box of six individually wrapped and microwavable pockets follow the food court recipe.STAY INFORMED: Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest coronavirus foods news delivered straight to your inbox.
Most people like to unwind with a refreshing margarita on a warm day at the beach or a tequila sunrise to wash down a plate of eggs Benedict for brunch, but the aftermath the following day? Not so much. Sure, tequila tastes great, but it can leave you pretty hungover—especially when you're downing shots or adding it to pre-made mixes that are packed with sugar and calories.Beyond feeling lethargic and bloated, there's a whole lot more you might not realize happens to your body when you drink tequila.If you like to indulge in your favorite tequila cocktails every once in a while, that's not all bad, as you don't want to make drinking tequila a regular, everyday habit. The consequences can add up and lead to health risks in the future, as with drinking any booze too often or in excess quantities.Read below to uncover exactly what happens to your body when you drink tequila. And in case you've ever wondered What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day, we've got you covered there, too. You can have a poor blood sugar response."As is the case with regular intake of most forms of alcohol, a study showed that when healthy men consumed 1 ounce of tequila for 30 days, their insulin sensitivity was decreased, leading to elevated blood glucose levels," says Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, LDN.Since insulin helps the body get energy into cells, poor sensitivity to tequila can lead to a build-up of glucose and fats that will stay in the bloodstream, rather than go into the cells in order to work efficiently in the body."Over time, this contributes to the risk of both diabetes and heart disease," Jones says, so you want to keep tequila drinking in moderation to protect your heart and keep blood sugar regulation in check. You can cause damage to your arteries."In the same study [mentioned above] on healthy men, 30 days of moderate tequila intake led to higher levels of homocysteine, a compound that indicates damage to artery walls," says Jones. When you experience arterial damage, the arteries become weak and it's easier for plaque to build up on them, which can further increase risk your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood sugar, and other heart complications.Of course, you can sip on that margarita or two when you go out to drink with friends, but just keep the number of drinks low and take a few days off in the week from the hard stuff. (Go with water or perhaps one glass of red wine—it has antioxidants!) You can end up with dry, aging skin.You know how you wake up after a night of drinking tequila with a puffy face, bags under the eyes, and dry skin? Well, that's because you're dehydrated—yes, that tequila can be a disaster for healthy, glowing skin."As with regular alcohol intake in any form, tequila acts as a diuretic both during intake and in the days following high intake. While this may lead to thirst, it is also dehydrating your cells, leading skin to become more dry," Jones says. This also accentuates wrinkles, which can make you look older and more tired, she adds.So, when drinking tequila, pair each glass with water to keep yourself and your skin hydrated. And consider hydrating face products as well—remember to speak to your dermatologist for some good recommendations.Looking for more helpful tips? Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! Your stomach gets irritated."Alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach, and it tends to have a more pronounced impact when taken in as hard liquor versus beer or wine," Jones explains. "When the lining is irritated, over time heartburn, ulcers, and poor digestion can result."This can be bad for your gut and lead to tummy troubles."Ultimately, this can negatively impact the lower digestive tract and those good bacteria that we want to protect," she says. And good gut health is important for keeping your immune system high (goodbye common cold!) and your bowels regular. Your sleep quality gets worse.Even though a few drinks can help you fall asleep hard (although it's not for the right reasons!), the quality of your sleep might not be great, and you could wake up often in the night, not really getting the REM cycle sleep you need to function well the next day."It really is more like 'passing out' than falling asleep to get rest. One night of disruption in circadian rhythm may not seem like a big deal, but over-indulging may impact sleep up to 48 hours and regular intake can wreak havoc on your rest processes long term," Jones explains. So, give yourself a cut-off to power down, and go some nights without drinking tequila to really catch those Zzz's.
While the CDC and the FDA have been consistently firm in their stance that foodborne transmission of coronavirus is virtually nonexistent, there may be some new evidence to the contrary.After finding traces of the virus on several imported foods and their packaging, like salmon from Norway and chicken wings from Brazil, Chinese authorities have been investigating the viability of the virus on food items since June.Now, a new study out of South China Agricultural University and Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Guangzhou says that traces of the virus lingering on salmon could not only be detected, but also may remain infectious for more than a week.In an attempt to gauge how long the coronavirus could stay viable at low temperatures, similar to ones used in commercial food transportation, scientists found that the virus may be viable a lot longer than was previously believed. The study states that the virus samples collected from salmon survived up to eight days at 39 degrees Fahrenheit."SARS-CoV-2-contaminated fish from one country can be easily transported to another country within one week, thus serving as one of the sources for international transmission," the research paper noted.It's worth mentioning, however, that the study was just released last week, and is pending peer review and publication.These findings present a stark contrast to the most recent reports in American media, which note that there is no cause for concern around coronavirus transmission through food. In fact, a recently released study by the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods found "no documented evidence that food is a significant source or vehicle for transmission of COVID."For more information on the topic, check out 7 Coronavirus Food Myths You Shouldn't Believe.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
When Costco wants to add some festive seasonal magic to its bakery section, they often turn to famed cheesecake-maker Junior's for a sweet collaboration. And it looks like the onset of the Fall season is cause for celebration at the big box retailer, because Costco just teamed up with the NYC-based dessert brand to bring its customers a Fall-themed cake.You can now find Junior's apple crumb–flavored cheesecake at select Costco locations across the country. It's an 8-inch, 3-pound cake that features a layer of tart apples with cinnamon and a delicate streusel crumb topping mixed with the famous cheesecake. The delicious dessert sells for $15.99, which is an incredible steal considering the fact that the exact same cake costs $43.95 on Junior's own website.The cake is good for about ten servings, each of which will set you back about 400 calories. However, it's a vegetarian-friendly cheesecake which doesn't contain animal-derived gelatin (like many other cheesecakes do).This is the third time this year that Costco is carrying Junior's baked goods. In February, the grocer was selling adorable chocolate-covered cheesecake hearts, also at a major discount. And in April, Costco shoppers were treated to a delightful Easter-themed Junior's cake shaped like an egg. The Chocolate Dream Easter Egg Layer Cake, however, was quite an unexpected product from Junior's, because it wasn't a cheesecake but a regular chocolate cake with alternating layers of white and milk chocolate.Junior's launched its iconic cheesecakes in 1950s in Brooklyn, and they have since become synonymous with New York's favorite dessert. You can order them online and even on QVC, and they're shipped nationwide.While many retailers carry Junior's products, they rarely sell at such a low price, so the Costco collaboration is always a treat for fans.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
The FDA and CDC have warned of several product recalls this summer tied to outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The biggest nation-wide recall between June and August was due to a major Salmonella contamination in the produce aisle, but there have also been reports of illnesses caused by Listeria, as well as several cases of undeclared allergens on products put out by major food companies like Frito-Lay.Related: The 1 Food That Causes Foodborne Illness, According to ExpertsWhile most of these products were removed from grocery shelves quickly, some shelf-stable items and longer-lasting produce could still be lingering in your kitchen. Read on to find out what items have been affected.And make sure you don't miss What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.1 Onions and Onion-Containing ProductsWhat started as an unknown Salmonella outbreak, spanning 15 states and making hundreds of people ill in late July and early August, eventually ended up being tied to onions. The CDC warned the public about recalls of red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions produced by food company Thomson International, and sold in all 50 states by retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B. Because it's nearly impossible to trace the origins of loose onions and onions sold under a variety of brand names, the CDC advises to discard any onions you still may have in your pantry, that were purchased between May and July. Related products potentially containing said onions were recalled as well—from cheese dips and salsas, to a variety of pre-packaged foods at Walmart, Kroger, etc.2 Frozen ShrimpSalmonella was also found on frozen shrimp. Various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp distributed by Kader Exports and sold under several brand names—Aqua Star Reserve, Censea, Fresh Market, Kirkland, Tops, Unistar, Wellsley Farms—between February and mid-May were pulled off the grocery shelves. While no cases of illness have been reported due to these products, it's advisable you double check frozen shrimp that you purchased earlier this year, to make sure you don't still have one of the recalled bags in your freezer.3 Citruses and Other Wegmans ItemsSupermarket chain Wegmans has recalled various products this August due to contamination with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause a serious infection. The items on the recall list were a 4-lb. bag of Valencia oranges, 2-lb. bag of lemons, bulk lemons, a variety of in-store produced seafood, and any restaurant food items that contain fresh lemon. If you've purchased any of these products at Wegmans locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Brooklyn and Harrison, NY between July 31 and Aug. 7, you should discard them.4 PeachesPeaches were another source of Salmonella infections this summer. In August, the FDA warned of a recall of peaches packed or supplied by Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company from June 1 through Aug. 3, as well as bagged Wawona and Wawona Organic peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through Aug. 19. The fruits were sold by retailers like Walmart, Target, and Aldi, and have caused at least 68 cases of illness. Furthermore, products containing these peaches were part of the recall, too.5 Progresso Chicken SoupThe soup giant recalled thousands of pounds of its chicken soup product when it was brought to their attention that a batch of 14-oz. cans doesn't actually contain chicken soup, but instead carries an unidentified pork and beef product. Due to the accidental switcheroo at one of the brand's packaging plants, the product also contains undeclared allergens like soy and dairy. Here's how to identify the affected cans.6 Lay's Potato ChipsA mixup at a Frito-Lay facility could expose customers to undeclared dairy. The brand recently had to pull 1-oz., 1 1/2-oz., 2 5/8-oz., 7 3/4-oz., 12 1/2-oz. and 15 1/2-oz. bags of Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips from circulation, after customers noticed they were filled with the wrong chips. The affected bags were sold in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.7 Chicken SaladVirginia-based company Ukrop's Homestyle Foods is recalling its chicken salad, found in the refrigerated section of grocery stores across North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. The product, packaged in 15-oz. containers, contains undeclared almonds, which could affect those with nut allergies. Read more about this recall here.8 Squash NoodlesThe latest case of produce recall due to Listeria comes from Giant Food Stores, a grocery chain operating more than 160 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The grocer is recalling a house-brand squash noodle medley, a combo of noodle-fied zucchini, yellow squash, and butternut squash, due to a contamination with the bacteria. If you've purchased this product at one of their locations between Aug. 8 and Aug. 19, you're advised to discard it.
Grocery shopping at the beginning of 2020 in comparison to the end of 2020 is very different. Many things customers used to be able to do with no problem are now considered unsafe. Some of those might have been what many consider to be their favorite parts of shopping at the supermarket.Mask requirements, contactless payments, and even empty shelves aren't normal or necessarily enjoyable. However, the one thing people dislike the most while shopping now is actually pretty surprising!Although the average time people spend in the grocery store had been going up in the past 20 years, now people want to spend less time inside and want to take fewer trips, according to The Hill.STAY INFORMED: Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery and food news delivered straight to your inbox."One thing we're seeing across all retailers is less trips," says the former co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets Walter Robb. "There's much less of a value in merchandising, etcetera, because folks want to get in and get out."Although people used to spend around 40 minutes inside the store per trip, many are now using time at home and away from others to shop online. While there is no evidence the virus spreads through food or surfaces, it does travel through the air. So being in an enclosed space for an extended amount of time is still risky.With no carts to disinfect, arrows to follow, or social distancing to keep in mind, going through virtual aisles to shop online is gaining more popularity in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.Walmart now accepts grocery orders via email. Target is offering curbside pickup for online grocery orders. Whole Foods recently announced a fully permanent online grocery store will open in Brooklyn, New York. The sole purpose of the location is to fulfill virtual orders, so no one will be able to come in and browse.RELATED: Your ultimate supermarket survival guide is here!
PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANN BURRELL Learning about drug store products that make up artists swear by got us wondering about our favorite chefs — what are their grocery store hacks? Specifically, what pre-made items do they buy at the store, and how do they elevate them to taste like they came out of a Michelin-starred restaurant? In search of answers, we decided to ask a few big-time chefs, from Marc Murphy to Anne Burrell, for some tips. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MICHAEL SYMON Michael Symon Symon is co-host of ABC’s The Chew and the chef-owner of Lola Bistro, Lolita, and The B Spot. Favorite Store-Bought Items: “I have towers of canned San Marzano tomatoes at home — whole, diced, and crushed — because they are always 'in season.’ Open up a can in January and they will taste exactly like the ones you opened in August: Sweet, juicy, and delicious.