elissa, Author at The UltimateFatBurner Blog

Cyclospora Outbreak Caused by Fecal Contamination

I’ve been idly following the news of the Cyclospora outbreak for the last few days… according to the latest report, there are 425 reported cases across 16 states (I don’t live in any of them, knock on wood!). It appears that salad mix produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico and served in Darden-owned chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster) was ID’d as the primary source in Iowa and Nebraska, two of the states...

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“The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup”

Speaking of the science of coffee… this NASA video on solving the problem of drinking coffee in space is pretty cool. (via All Things D)

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WIRED: “What’s Actually Inside an Average Cup of Coffee”

LOL – I love coffee AND chemistry, so this little vid from the folks at WIRED magazine is a two-fer for me. Ok, I also (sort of) enjoy stuff that (gently) twists the tails of the “chemophobes” in our midst. You know, the ones that make a distinction between “natural” foods and the stuff with all the “chemicals.” It’s a chemical world – the WIRED account just scratches the surface...

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“The Worst Restaurant Meal in America”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says it’s Long John Silver’s “Big Catch.” “Laboratory tests released today by the Center for Science in the Public Interest show that Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal, when comprised of fried fish, Hushpuppies, and Onion Rings, has an astonishing 33 grams of trans fat—the most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply. On top of that,...

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An Addendum to Paul’s Metabosyn Review…

I’ve been pretty busy lately, so I haven’t kept up with the newest material on the main domain. But I had some extra time today, so I thought I’d take a look. There’s some good stuff there (kudos to Paul and Sumi!). I was especially amused by Paul’s Metabosyn review. The review itself wasn’t funny, but whenever I see the address, 3165 Millrock Dr. Ste 500, SLC Utah, my eyes start to spontaneously...

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More Tainted Supps…

Here we go again – the FDA has identified another round of weight loss products adulterated/contaminated with sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that elevates the risk for adverse cardiovascular events. It was banned in 2010. Phenolphthalein is a chemical with laxative effects. It’s also a potential carcinogen. It was removed from OTC laxative products in 1999. The most recent...

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