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Why Does Morton Salt Use the Slogan When It Rains it Pours?

Morton Salt Company has been using the slogan when it rains it pours, together with the familiar Morton Salt Girl carrying her umbrella, since 1911. I've always found this a curious choice since the idiom alludes to trouble which comes in multiples.

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All Popcorn Is Whole Grain!

Today, many new food companies attempt to compete in the very competitive world of snack foods not by coming up with a unique product, but by attempting to create a unique and inspiring story behind their company. Visit a website for one of these young and hip companies, and you'll have to read pages of positive feel-good energy-laden inspiration. If you still have any energy left, you'll probably find their list of charities. Somewhere buried in all this will be a description of the company's products and ingredients.

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Skin Turns Orange or Yellow From Too Many Carrots?

It is true that eating too many carrots, drinking a lot of carrot juice, or taking excessive amounts of beta-carotene supplements can actually turn your skin a yellow to orange color. This condition is known as carotenemia. It occurs because the carotene is fat-soluble and when you consume large amounts of it, it builds up in the blood and then becomes deposited in the skin, mainly in the stratum corneum and subcutaneous fat layer. The discoloration can occur on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The oral mucosa can also be affected. The condition can appear similar to jaundice. However, unlike jaundice, the whites of the eyes, or sclera, are not affected. Bibliography item pass not found.

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What Is Freezer Burn?

Before I begin to explain about freezer burn, I want to give you a tip that has to do with freezer burn. If you buy frozen berries at the grocery store, feel the bag to see if the berries seem to be frozen separately. If they are one solid block, they may already be freezer-burned! Berries packed in bags are normally quick-frozen separately. Frozen berries in boxes, however, are frozen in water so expect them to be a solid block. Obviously, discreetly frozen berries in bags are a more convenient choice.

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Why Does Boiling Temperature Decrease at Higher Altitudes?

As I pointed out in my article about adding salt to water to make pasta cook faster, the boiling temperature of water increases 1° F for every 500 feet climb in altitude. This means, incredibly, that if you boil water on top of Mt. Everest, which is around 29,000 feet, water would boil at around 154° F.

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How Do They Decide Whether an Egg is Grade AA, A, or B?

Eggs are categorized into three grades, AA, A, and B based on quality considerations. To determine these grade ratings, eggs are sorted into categories by size, weight and "quality" factors concerning the shell, white, egg yolk, and the internal air cell. Also, abnormalities are looked for, such as the presence of spots of blood, which indicates a fertilized egg, unfit for consumption. Historically, a candling device was used and a similar method is used even today, except with a flashlight and a dark sleeve rather than a specific device. I certainly will not attempt to explain the whole procedure for egg grading, but the inspection consists of using a device, any device, that can "candle" or shine a light on the egg in darkness so that the internal characteristics of the egg can be determined. A few eggs, now and again, are 'broken out' to compare the results with the candling results and determine the "Haugh Unit value."

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Why Are Some Dishes Not Microwave Safe?

I mentioned in a previous article that microwaves pass through many of materials we use in them. Yet, if you are an experienced microwave user, you know that not all containers or dishes are microwave safe.

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The Invention Of The Microwave Oven

A longstanding and peculiar myth about microwave ovens, that microwaves cook food from the inside out, got started at the very beginning of the microwave oven industry. It was based on the observations of Dr. Percy L. Spencer of the Raytheon Corporation.

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What's the Difference Between White, Baby Bella, and Portabella Mushrooms?

The difference between white mushrooms, baby Bella or cremini mushrooms, and portabellas may surprise you. In fact, these familiar varieties are actually are not different mushrooms, but different cultivars of the same mushroom. A cultivar is a plant, or in this case, mushroom, of a particular species that is selected and/or bred for certain desired characteristics.

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Should You Rinse Chicken Before Cooking It?

I was watching the latest episode of The Profit with Marcus Leomonis last night and one of the segments spurred me to write about something I was not going to bother writing about because I thought it was thoroughly covered: Should you rinse raw chicken in the sink before preparing and cooking it?

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The Famous Aspartame Email by Nancy Markle: Source of Myths

This article is the fourth and final article in the series about the artificial sweetener, aspartame. For the previous articles, see:

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Exaggerated Claims About the Harmful Effects of Aspartame

This is the third article in a series of articles about the artificial sweetener aspartame. You may want to first read about how aspartame was invented and how it's made, as well as the warning on phenylketonurics regarding aspartame.

As stated previously, aspartame is the subject of a protracted mythinformation campaign, causing many to unreasonably fear and malign this very common artificial sweetener. This article covers some of the specific health claims about aspartame.

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Why is There a Warning About Phenylketonurics on Diet Soda Labels?

Diet drinks and any other products which contain aspartame must bear the following health warning: "Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine."

This has led many to jump to the conclusion that phenylalanine is poisonous. Why else would they put a warning about it on a label? Well, because it is dangerous to some people who have a very rare disease known as phenylketonuria.

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What Is Aspartame and How Was It Invented?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in many sugar-free or diet food and beverage products, most famously in Diet Coke, which is also available with Splenda. This non-nutritive sugar substitute gets such a great deal of bad press and is the subject of a very intensive misinformation campaign. The myths about this non-nutritive sweetener are so ingrained that I doubt any amount of effort on my part would change many minds. Well, that's okay. Why should I care whether you avoid aspartame? There is certainly nothing wrong with that. But wallowing in ignorance is an invitation to being easily victimized by crusaders or health-activists who are actually money-grabbers.

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Azodicarbonamide: A Yoga Mat Toxin In Bread?

There are thousands upon thousands of chemicals in the foods we eat. This sounds alarming until you realize that everything is made of chemicals, including yourself. Some chemicals are, however, added to foods for various effects. These are called food additives.

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