Your Stomach Growls All Day, It's Just Louder When You're Hungry
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We all know our stomach growls when it's empty. But did you know it also growls when it's full? The muscle contractions that cause that growling are happening all the time—the noise is just louder on an empty stomach.
Postprandial Somnolence Is The Scientific Term For Food Coma
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"I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" That's how it starts. How it ends: a nap on the couch, or at least a very unproductive afternoon. In everyday language, it's known as a food coma, carb coma, or the itis. In scientific terms, it's called postprandial somnolence ("postprandial" means after a meal, "somnolence" means drowsiness. Scientists are so fancy). But why does it happen?
Lack Of Sleep Really Does Make You Eat More
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Late nights and early mornings can make even those with the strongest willpower give in to temptation and head for the drive-thru. But being short on time might not be the only reason you eat badly during busy weeks. According to research, lack of sleep is actually telling your body to eat more.
The World's Hottest Pepper Is The Carolina Reaper
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Ever dipped a chip into salsa, felt your mouth catch on fire, and thought "this must be the spiciest thing in the world"? Well, it wasn't — unless that salsa was made with the Carolina Reaper pepper. The Carolina Reaper is not a subtle ingredient. Deemed the hottest chili on Earth by the Guinness World Records since 2013, the Carolina Reaper is more than 600 times hotter than a jalapeno. The Carolina Reaper is a crossbreed of a ghost pepper (a previous record holder for world's hottest pepper) and a red habanero, and was bred by Ed "Smokin'" Curry of The PuckerButt Pepper Company (USA). The vegetable measures at an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). By contrast, a jalapeño pepper measures 2,500–5,000 SHU. The Scoville scale is a way of measuring a substance's spiciness by examining the concentration of capsaicinoids, which are the chemical compounds responsible for the hotness. So next time you're sweating because of that salsa, just be glad it's not a Carolina Reaper. Watch people taste test the Carolina Reaper in the video below.
You've Probably Never Tasted A Kobe Beef Steak
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Would you order a $600 steak at a restaurant? People do it for Kobe beef, but it turns out they don't always get what they pay for. In fact, it's likely that U.S. diners are not getting Kobe beef when they order it, despite it being listed as such on the menu. According to the Kobe Beef Association, there are only eight restaurants in the U.S. that are certified to sell Kobe beef. Other places may just be calling it that on the menu for an excuse to jack up the price.Kobe beef can cost up to $600 per steak, or around $55 per ounce, and it's considered to be the tastiest beef money can buy. But be careful before ordering. These are the only restaurants in the U.S. certified to sell the stuff, as reported by Inside Edition in April 2016: 212 Steakhouse Restaurant, New York, NY; Alexander's Steakhouse-Cupertino, Cupertino, CA; Alexander's Steakhouse-San Francisco Restaurant, San Francisco, CA; SLS Las Vegas - Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Restaurant, Las Vegas, NV; Jean Georges Steakhouse, Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV; Nick & Sam's Restaurant, Dallas, TX; Wynn Las Vegas – SW Steakhouse Restaurant, Las Vegas, NV; and Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera, Honolulu, HI. Watch the video below for more details on this exquisite meat.