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  • The #1 Worst Burger to Order at McDonald's

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  • The #1 Drink to Avoid to Lose Weight, According to Science

    Oftentimes, the easier way to approach weight loss is to add—not take away. Start exercising (even a walk a day will do it); add healthy fruit, vegetables, and whole grains; drink more water… Eventually, by starting these healthy habits, you'll start to displace the less-than-good-for-you things you've been doing and eating. However, there is one drink to consider cutting out of your diet immediately when you commit to losing weight, as it's the beverage most closely linked to weight gain in America: soda.According to a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, 20% of the total calories you consume in a day come entirely from beverages. For the average person consuming 2,000 calories a day, that's about 400 calories added to your diet from beverages alone. So what exactly makes up those 400 calories? The BMC study found that it was a combination of coffee and tea (with the add-ins), energy drinks, fruit juice and drinks, milk, and alcohol. But these energy-dense beverages pale in comparison to the drink that ties for contributing the most calories to your diet: soda.The study found that soda contributed anywhere between 35 to 141 calories to your diet per day, depending on your age.It should come as no surprise that soda is linked to weight gain, as it contains roughly 150 calories per can.Speaking of which, those calories are completely empty, coming entirely from sugar. In fact, a can of soda contains anywhere between 35 to 61 grams of sugar per can! (Related: 30 Worst Sodas That Are Never Worth Drinking.)The average American adult consumes 13 pounds of sugar exclusively from soda every year. And studies show that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda contributes to weight gain in both adults and children. That's especially the case as many sodas contain high-fructose corn syrup. Your body is only able to process the fructose from this sweetener through the liver, and it cannot use fructose for energy like it can with glucose. This contributes to even more weight gain along with metabolic disregulation and impaired glucose tolerance.Through the years, dozens of studies have linked soda consumption to weight gain. And it gets worse: an International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity study found that despite participants exercising if they consumed soda, they still gained weight. In other words, exercising won't help you fend off the weight gain associated with drinking soda.Soda isn't just linked to weight gain, it also has a terrible effect on your overall health, as the beverage has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart complications, depression, liver diseases, and risk of early death.Because cutting back on calories—any calories from any food or beverage—will help you with weight loss, you don't need to rely on removing soda alone from your diet to lose weight. That's especially the case as fewer and fewer Americans drink soda on a regular basis (45.8% of U.S. residents surveyed in a recent study reported consuming no soda at all.) But if you are a soda drinker, you should seriously consider cutting back on your habit. Replace your bubbly drink with water, or try any of these 25 Healthy, Low-Sugar Soda Alternatives.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

  • One Major Side Effect of Drinking Coconut Water, According To Experts

    For years now, coconut water brands have been thought to deliver the ultimate hydration benefits (yes, including for a hangover). That's not entirely so, a registered dietitian has just warned. If you're not sure of exactly what you're buying, coconut water can lead to one rather undesirable effect.Registered dietitian Lizzie Streit, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., has explained to Healthline that while coconut water is a natural source of minerals that provide hydration, it can have one uncomfortable effect.RELATED: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone To Take Right NowCoconut water contains sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which all "act as electrolytes to help maintain proper fluid balance in your body," Streit says. She also points to a 2018 study that suggested mature coconuts, compared to younger ones, provide the most beneficial amount of those hydrating minerals.However, in some cases, drinking coconut water and other electrolyte products, like sports drinks, can lead to diarrhea. Huh? It's true: The very drink that you pick up to quench your dehydration can actually lead to a symptom that provides the opposite effect.Streit explains that it all has to do with how natural your coconut water or hydrating beverage really is: "Sports drinks and similar beverages aimed at rehydration also contain electrolytes but are typically made with added sugars and food dyes." She adds: "Some commercial varieties of coconut water may also contain sweeteners and flavorings."To examine a few commercial coconut water brands: Zico, which in recent years has been dropped by Coke, actually lists pure coconut water on its ingredient label, while some varieties of Vita Coco list added sugar and Vitamin C. That all sounds fine.Meanwhile, Bai's coconut water contains a whole list of ingredients, including erythritol. As Talia Hauser, R.D., L.D.N. recently told Eat This, Not That!: "Erythritol is … used in many sugar-free products. It is considered a sugar alcohol, which also means it's not digested, but at high intakes can cause [gastrointestinal] upset and diarrhea because of the way it travels through the colon."So if you're drinking coconut water to hydrate your body, it's important (as it is with most foods!) to look at the ingredients—because if it's not coming straight from the coconut, it's got to be close. (It also might not hurt to be mindful of what some researchers believe is a result of drinking from a can). For more information, check out We Tried 7 Coconut Waters and This Is the Best One.Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the nutrition news you can use, and keep reading:This Fast-Food Chain Is the Likely Source of a New Norovirus OutbreakThis Organic Yogurt Caused a 2-Year-Old's Kidney Failure, Investigators SayThe One Trick To Lose Weight Like Crazy, Says Celebrity Trainer

  • McDonald's Maintenance Workers Expose an Equipment Hazard That Could Make You Sick

    In 2021, the phrase "McDonald's hack" usually refers to a genre of content on TikTok—instructional videos on how to place Mickey D's orders to get special off-menu items. But as it turns out, there's some hacking taking place on the other side of the cash register, too. And it could make customers sick.A recent investigation by Motherboard revealed that some McDonald's store owners regularly "hack" into their own soft serve machines, using a device that allows them to bypass the equipment's cleaning cycles. According to an internal memo from Taylor, the manufacturer of McDonald's soft serve machines, "hacking" has been in practice since at least 2013. However, it's unknown how many locations currently do this.RELATED: Subway's Newest Sandwiches Are a Safety Hazard, Operators SayAccording to the report, soft serve machines at McDonald's locations were being modified with "jumpers"—plastic or metal brackets attached to the back of the machine that can override a crucial part of its software. The Taylor machines are equipped to self-clean on a daily basis, and become inoperable or "locked" during cleaning cycles. "Jumpers" allow employees to unlock soft serve machines and skip the cleaning steps.But why would McDonald's operators want to do this? As revealed in a recent Wired article, the daily pasteurization process takes four hours to complete, and if interrupted, will automatically abort and restart. Taylor started outfitting its machines with pasteurization capabilities around 2005, after NBC ran an exposé on McDonald's soft serve operation, the thrust of which was that MickeyD's ice cream machines were dirty and likely to make customers sick. Pasteurization was an effective response to that complaint, but ended up creating other problems: Taylor machines regularly being offline or malfunctioning and getting stuck in cleaning-cycle loops.The pressure to keep these machines running smoothly can be immense, a McDonald's maintenance professional told Vice. Considering the popularity of certain McDonald's soft serve items (for example, the seasonal Shamrock Shake), it's easy to imagine how the benefits of a "hack" that could prevent machines from being out of service for long periods of time might outweigh the cons. The technician admitted that they were, in one instance, pressured to install the "jumper" by a McDonald's operator. They refused.This isn't the only way operators have attempted to take matters into their own hands and crack the maintenance cycle of these machines. Kytch, a third-party electronic device developed by a pair of engineers, was also used by franchisees to "hack" into the software of Taylor's soft serve machines in order to make them run more efficiently. However, McDonald's went after Kytch, allegedly hiring private investigators to obtain the device. Kytch's creators claim that soon after they did, the chain announced their own, very similar piece of technology.For the record, both Taylor and McDonald's are well aware of the "jumper hack" and have issued statements prohibiting its use. In 2013, Taylor issued a service bulletin naming jumpers "a violation of FDA Food Code [that] can greatly increase the risk of serving unsafe product to the public." McDonald's confirmed in a statement to Eat This that it does not authorize or condone "any systems that bypass the regular cleaning cycle." However, they believe the problem of "hacking" is a small one."We believe this issue has impacted a very limited number of restaurants, and no recent instances of the bypass being used have been brought to our attention," the statement reads.The companies have disavowed the hack with good reason. Bypassing the sanitation cycle, which is the only guarantee of food safety, is a high-risk solution to a long-term problem. As Business Insider revealed in a 2018 interview with food-poisoning expert Bill Marler, soft-serve machines, if improperly maintained, can become sources of listeria, a potentially lethal bacterial infection. So the potential for unsafe soft serve at McDonald's could be greater than you might have thought.For more, check out McDonald's Could Get Sued By Three Quarters of Its Franchisees For This, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

  • Cooking With This Oil Lowers Heart Disease Risk and Cholesterol, New Study Says

    You know some cooking oils—like olive oil and avocado oil, which a dietitian recently told us she loves—are healthier to cook with than others, especially given the impact some have been shown to have on heart health. A new study just delivered a conclusion about one common but oft-misunderstood cooking oil. They say that while this one oil has confused scientists and consumers for ages, it actually promotes cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol.A group of nutritional science researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Texas Tech University led a study that's just been published in the journal Nutrition. The research team noted that while soybean oil is the most widely consumed oil in the U.S. as well as the world, its dangers versus its benefits is a debate that's confused consumers and medical professionals for years. They stated: "Despite the ubiquity of soybean oil in the U.S. food supply and its established cardioprotective effect, U.S. consumers are much less likely to rate soybean oil as healthful in comparison to many other oils such as olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil and avocado oil."RELATED: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone To TakeThis is problematic, they say. That's because while saturated fat is commonly thought of as a major culprit for heart disease and death, a 2010 study revealed that in 80% of countries, twice the number of coronary heart disease cases were caused by inadequate omega-6 polyunsaturated fat levels (such as those from soybean oil) compared to coronary heart disease rates caused by high levels of saturated fat.To shed light on what they regard as these prevalent misperceptions, the researchers conducted an analysis of past studies which all examined the effects of soybean oil on health, including aspects related to cardiovascular disease prevention, blood lipid (cholesterol) levels, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Their findings indicate that as a polyunsaturated fat, not only does soybean oil "not affect inflammatory biomarkers, nor does it increase oxidative stress," but when soybean oil replaced saturated fat, blood cholesterol levels lowered.The researchers conclude:[…C]ollectively, evidence suggests soybean oil has favorable effects on [cardiovascular disease] risk. In addition, dietary recommendations support soybean oil consumption as part of a healthy diet for general health and [cardiovascular disease] prevention and management.It's pretty science-y, but it seems soybean oil definitely delivers some benefit. Information like this could help you make a good choice next time you're in the oil aisle. Check out One Major Effect Drinking Coffee Has on Your Liver, and keep reading:Eating Habits To Avoid If You Don't Want High CholesterolThese Are the Worst Types of Coffee for Your Heart Health, Science SaysThis Toxic Fat Is More Harmful To Your Body Than Cholesterol, According To Experts

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