Too Much Food On Instagram Hurts Your Taste Buds

Before you post another Instagram picture of your awesome entree, consider what you’re doing to your friends’ taste buds. You may be wearing them out, even if they never take a bite of the thing. That’s according to a study from Brigham Young University’s School of Management that’s been doing the rounds Monday. The study took 232 students and asked them to rate pictures of food by how tasty they looked. Half were given pictures of sweet treats, the others looked at salty snaps: a whopping 60 Instagrams’ worth of each. See also: 8 Signs You’ve Overfiltered Your Instagram Photos At the end of the experiment, the participants were given peanuts (the snack, not the metaphorical poor payment). The ones who had been looking at salty snacks, across the board, reported enjoying the peanuts less. This fits with established theories on satiation. “Youre becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food, said professor Ryan Elder, who co-authored the study. Its sensory boredom. Youve kind of moved on.

GMO protest

“I-522 is a complex, costly and misleading initiative that will raise grocery costs for Washington state consumers at a time when few can afford it,” he said. Genetically engineered crops have a gene from another plant inserted into them to give them some ability they didn’t have before. There are two common genetic modifications. One is for herbicide tolerance: Plants are given a gene that protects them from harm when a farmer sprays them with herbicides to kill weeds. The other is a gene from a soil bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis that allows plants to produce their own insecticide. In the United States a huge proportion of commodity crops are genetically engineered: 97% of the nation’s sugar beets, 93% of the soybeans, 90% of the cotton and 90% of the feed corn, according to the 2013 figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About 60% of the papaya grown in the United States, all in Hawaii, has been genetically engineered to allow it to withstand the ringspot virus, which virtually wiped out papaya production in the islands in the 1980s, according to International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. Very small amounts of genetically engineered zucchini, yellow squash and sweet corn are also sold in the United States. Connecticut passed GMO labeling legislation in June, but it doesn’t go into effect until four other New England states pass labeling laws. Maine has passed a bill that won’t go into effect “until five other states, or any amount of states with a total population of 20 million, enact” a similar one. Maine’s governor has said he will sign it in January. “Basically, they don’t want to go it alone,” says Rebecca Spector with the Center for Food Safety, which supports labeling. “They want other states in their region to pass it, so if there is a legal challenge, they can pool resources to support each other.” The Food and Drug Administration does not require foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled because it considers them “functionally equivalent” to conventionally grown crops.

How to Read Your Food Label

PHOTO: A shopper reads the label on a package of non-dairy creamer

Done. Read every nutrition facts panel and ingredient list? No problem! You see, once you become familiar with the food label, shopping for healthy fuel really isn’t as time-consuming as you might think. This article will help you decode the label in order to determine which foods should come home with you and which should stay on the grocer’s shelves. Here’s how to read the nutrition facts panel and the food label. How to Read a Food Label Start at the top The first place to start when you look at the nutrition facts panel is the serving size and the number of servings in the container. In general, serving sizes are standardized in order to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount, e.g., the number of grams. Be aware that the portion size suggested on the label may not coincide with the recommended serving size on health organization sites such as the USDA’s MyPyramid site. Overall, as you move down the nutrition facts panel, you’ll notice that the nutrients toward the top are ones to limit (such as total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, etc.), and the nutrients towards the bottom (fiber, various vitamins) are the nutrients to focus on for better health. How to Read a Food Label Calories The label will list the number of calories per serving (again, be sure to check out the serving size, and try measuring out the portion).

Ramen noodles again? For millions on U.S. food stamps, ‘This is not the way I envisioned my life’

An example of lunch items bought with Silva's food stamps.

Missourians want to help starving children but are tired of wasteful government spending. Missouri should support food aid reform on both counts. Currently, all food aid must be grown in this country and shipped on US-flagged vessels. In 2001, the shipping costs for this food was $390/metric ton. Today it is $1,180/metric ton. This is an inefficient use of our tax dollars. Buying locally sourced crops in Africa reduces shipping costs and could feed an additional 4 million malnourished children. Food aid reform is a more effective approach to achieving our ultimate goal of replacing aid with self-sufficiency. By buying food locally, we empower farmers in developing countries. Often, while one African country requires food assistance, other regions in Africa have farmers who have produced surplus crops. By buying these crops, local farmers can earn an income. This proposal is supported by CARE, Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services. It is supported by the American Enterprise Institute, a respected conservative group, as well as a number of politicians from both parties. Unfortunately, powerful shipping and agribusiness interests have kept this amendment from being passed, even though it would still allow 55 percent of food aid to be purchased in the United States, giving these industries time to develop new markets. I urge all Missourians who feel that this is not only a wise policy but a moral one as well, to contact Sens.

Food aid reform is both wise and moral

Some state-run sites still operate.) View gallery . Warrick’s 2-year-old daughter, Aleyah. SNAPs critics say that when families like the Warricks buy groceries, that assistance doesnt stimulate the economy because, as the conservative Heritage Foundation argues , $100 of tax-subsidized food stamps pulls money from a private sector that would have better spent those hundred bucks. Other concerns are myriad: Food stamps should be stop-gap assistance, not long-term entitlements. The country is already $17 trillion in debt, so why spend more ? And then theres fraud, notably millionaires on the dole . Supporters rebuttals include: Food purchases provide direct kicks to the economy because the poor spend and dont save. There are even more hungry Americans than the 1 in 7 on SNAP. And, last year, more than 18 percent in this country said there were days they couldnt afford the food they needed . Warrick, one of several food-stamp recipients who shared stories with Yahoo News this week, knows how pricey that food is. Her budget for her family of three is stretched.