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A study conducted by the U.S. Air Force found that a Mediterranean diet may improve cognitive abilities, at least when paired with plenty of exercise. The Air Force study used a double-blind test and control group, both of which followed an identical, strict exercise regimen for 12 weeks. During that period, one group was given daily supplements that mimicked the nutritional properties of Mediterranean diet foods while the others got a placebo. (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.
Baby food products from seven different companies were found to contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, according to a report from the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy within the U.S. House of Representatives. (Related: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.) © Provided by Eat This, Not That! walmart baby food aisle
The report, released on Feb. 4, names the baby food brands HappyBABY, Beech-Nut, Earth's Best Organic, Gerber, Campbell's Plum Organics, Walmart's Parent's Choice, and Sprout Organic Foods, and presents results showing that their products have significantly higher levels of toxins than is permitted by regulation. Specifically, the analyzed baby food contained 91 times the arsenic level, 177 times the lead level, 69 times the cadmium level, and 5 times the mercury level.
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"Exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children," the report stated. "Toxic heavy metals endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function."
Four of the companies responded to the requests for documentation about ingredients and testing policies. But three, Walmart, Campbell, and Sprout Organic Foods, did not. The report says this could mean their levels of toxins may be even higher than expected.
In the past, Hain, which sells Earth's Best Organic, has said its products contain ingredients based on 'theoretical calculations" and underestimating. To prevent this from happening again, the Subcommittee is requesting mandatory testing, labeling changes to report levels of toxins, and for the companies to voluntarily phase out the toxins in their products.
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It also calls on the FDA to set maximum levels of heavy metal toxins permitted in baby food. And finally, it warns that parents should be vigilant and pay attention to the brands they are buying.
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The Unhealthiest Burgers in America—Ranked!
It's no secret most people love burgers—so much so that it's considered a staple in American cuisine, with a burger and fries being one of the most commonly ordered meals in restaurants across the nation. However, at what point is a burger too much? In other words, how far will restaurants go to maximize the toppings on an already calorie-packed meal? We set out to discover which popular restaurant chains are whipping up some of the most caloric, unhealthiest burgers in the country. We can guarantee you'll be shocked to see just how many calories, and how much fat and sodium lie in some of your favorite restaurant burgers.Methodology: In order to identify the unhealthiest burgers in America, we compiled a list of the most caloric burgers from some of the most popular sit-down restaurants nationwide. The burgers with the most calories, in most cases, also have the highest total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium contents as well. To break ties, we chose the burger with a greater amount of saturated fat and deemed that one less healthy. We also only considered the top three most unhealthy burgers at each restaurant to ensure we represented a diverse range of restaurants on this list. No sides were considered in this ranking either.Now, here are the unhealthiest burgers in the country, ranked from bad to the absolute worst of the worst. And after, be sure you're staying away from any of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!
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20. Red Robin's MadLove Burger
Nutrition: 1,050 calories, 58 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,800 mg sodium, 71 g carbs (5 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 63 g protein
Sure, you may have some mad love
for this burger—we know, it looks pretty delicious—but your waistline and heart will not feel the same love your tastebuds get to experience. At 1,050 calories, Red Robin's MadLove Burger is one of the worst burgers you could order for your health. If you still need your fix of red meat
, order the Keep It Simple
beef burger for 530 calories and a fraction of the fat and sodium.If you love Red Robin, be sure to check out 7 Beloved Burger Chains That May Close For Good
19. IHOP's Mega Monster Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,060 calories, 72 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,030 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (3 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 61 g protein IHOP
may be known primarily for its breakfast food items, but have you ever stopped in for lunch or dinner? Their Mega Monster Cheeseburger is chock-full of calories and artery-clogging saturated fat. Can you believe that an over 1,000-calorie burger is the least bad of all? Wait until you see what's to come. If you do decide to pop into IHOP and are craving a cheeseburger, opt for The Classic Steakburger
for anywhere between 520 and 670 calories and nearly half of the saturated fat.
18. Friendly's Honey BBQ Burger
Nutrition: 1,067 calories, 60 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,084 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (3 g fiber, 30 g sugar), 54 g protein
Friendly's Honey BBQ Burger is packed to the brim with calories. It also costs you an entire day's worth of saturated fat. Instead, order Friendly's All-American Burger
for about half of the calories and saturated fat.Related: 13+ Best Healthy Hamburger Recipes for Weight Loss
16. Red Robin's The Southern Charm Burger
Nutrition: 1,130 calories, 67 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,670 mg sodium, 82 g carbs (2 g fiber, 43 g sugar), 50 g protein
Red Robin's Southern Charm Burger may be extremely delicious, but beware, because it comes with a price tag—nutritionally-speaking anyways. Aside from being high in calories, fat, and sodium—which are all things you expect from a burger on this list—it also packs a whopping 40 grams of sugar, which contains 6 grams more sugar than a 2/3 cup serving of Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra Core
ice cream.Related: The Unhealthiest Ice Cream Pints in America—Ranked!
15. Perkins BBQ Tangler Burger
Nutrition: 1,140 calories, 70 g fat (27 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,690 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (2 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 51 g protein
This burger may be best described as a beast with onion tanglers and bacon sandwiched in between a generous 6-ounce Angus beef patty and buttery brioche bun. It packs a lot of fat too, thanks to the bacon, beef, and sharp cheddar cheese between its buttery buns.
14. Perkins' Patty Melt Pile On Sandwich
Nutrition: 1,170 calories, 78 g fat (32 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,670 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 54 g protein
Perkins dishes up an old-fashioned patty melt, but not one you should eat often. Why? There are over 1,100 calories in this sandwich, and may we remind you that's without any sides. If you must satisfy your hankering for this classic burger, split with a loved one rather than eating the whole thing yourself.Speaking of burger cravings, be sure to read up on 17 Grilling Mistakes That Are Ruining Your BBQ
13. Red Robin's Monster Burger
Nutrition: 1,210 calories, 77 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,410 mg sodium, 59 g carbs (3 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 72 g protein
This burger isn't dubbed a monster for no reason. Without the fries, this burger costs you 1,210 calories on its own—that's more than half of your daily calories consumed in just one sitting. Toss in a side of steak fries, and you're looking at adding on an additional 360 calories to this already high-calorie meal.
12. Chili's Southern Smokehouse Beef Burger
Nutrition: 1,260 calories, 83 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2360 mg sodium, 68 g carbs (4 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 92 g protein
This burger is stacked in smokehouse meats—just look at the size of it! It towers so high from all of the bacon that it needs to be held together by a large steak knife. Just how much is 1,260 calories? For context, you would have to eat almost 120 Lay's Potato Chips
10. Johnny Rockets' Route 66 Double Turkey Burger w/ gluten-free bun
Nutrition: 1,380 calories, 100 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,560 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (10 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 70 g protein
The picture only shows one layer of meat, but imagine this burger with two ground turkey patties! This sandwich clocks in at a whopping 100 grams of total fat, nearly a third of which is devoted solely to saturated fat. The gluten-free
bun and the turkey patties actually hike up the calories by a considerable amount. For a healthier option, opt for the Rocket Single Burger
for just 470 calories and 30 grams of total fat.
9. The Cheesecake Factory's Americana Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,400 calories, 93 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 3,370 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (4 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 60 g protein
We all know The Cheesecake Factory
offers some of the most caloric pasta dishes and cheesecake slices on the planet, so is this really any surprise that their burgers are just as calorie-heavy? This burger alone comprises just over two-thirds of your daily calories.Want more Cheesecake Factory content? Check out Expect These 7 Major Changes at Cheesecake Factory As It Reopens
8. The Cheesecake Factory Mushroom Burger
Nutrition: 1,470 calories, 102 g fat (40 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 2,700 mg sodium, 72 g carbs (4 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 65 g protein
This burger from The Cheesecake Factory may not look like it's huge, but trust us when we say it's loaded in calories, fat, and sodium. Or, better yet, just refer to the numbers above. For an equivalent amount of total fat, you could eat nearly eight Dove Milk Chocolate Bars
7. Johnny Rockets' Smoke House Double Burger w/ turkey burger on gluten-free bun
Nutrition: 1,490 calories, 100 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,690 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (10 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 80 g protein
This burger houses a whopping 100 grams of fat. For perspective, one stick of butter
contains about 92 grams of fat—which means you'd save 8 grams of fat by eating that rather than this meal.
6. Friendly's Double Honey BBQ Burger
Nutrition: 1,513 calories, 94 g fat (40 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,233 mg sodium, 81 g carbs (3.2 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 86 g protein
Friendly's Double Honey BBQ Burger packs 40 grams of saturated fat, which is double the recommended daily allowance of about 20 grams. Ideally, you should limit your saturated fat intake to just 13 grams
a day to prevent heart disease and stroke
, according to the American Heart Association.
4. The Cheesecake Factory Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 1,590 calories, 108 g fat (45 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 3,450 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (3 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 78 g protein
The fourth unhealthiest burger you could order is none other than the Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger at The Cheesecake Factory. You could eat an equivalent amount of sodium that's in this burger by consuming about 1 1/2 tablespoons
of finely ground salt straight from the spoon.
3. Applebee's Brunch Burger
Nutrition: 1,610 calories, 100 g fat (33 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,060 mg sodium, 114 g carbs (8 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 66 g protein
OK, we all love a good brunch
, but isn't a burger for a meal enough food on its own? Evidently, that's not the case at Applebee's, because this burger
is topped with the breakfast essentials: two strips of bacon, crispy hash browns, and an egg over easy. It's no wonder this burger is over 1,600 calories! For context, this burger has as many calories as three Big Macs at McDonald's
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2. Applebee's Whisky Bacon Burger
Nutrition: 1,650 calories, 102 g fat (34 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,790 mg sodium, 122 g carbs (8 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 63 g protein
If you learn anything from this article it should be this: any burger that's topped with bacon is going to cost you—calories, fat, and sodium, that is. You could eat about two and a half plates of the Double Crunch Bone-In Wings
appetizer for an equivalent amount of calories.
1. Applebee's Quesadilla Burger
Nutrition: 1,670 calories, 110 g fat (42 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,580 mg sodium, 100 g carbs (8 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 71 g protein
Imagine if a cheesy quesadilla met a jumbo burger…this would be the result. Why have a standard bun when you could have soft flour tortillas enclosing gooey cheese and bits of red bell pepper and onion as the base? This burger packs 110 grams of fat primarily from the mass amount of animal product and animal bi-product that it contains. If you're wondering just how much grams of fat that is, imagine eating about 12 tablespoons
, or more than 2/3 of a cup, of peanut butter in one sitting. This burger from Applebee's just falls short of 1,700 calories, making it the unhealthiest burger you can purchase from any popular restaurant chain
. You'll want to avoid ordering it, along with any of the sodas on our list of the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are
Leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals, a congressional investigation found .
Internal documents from major baby food manufacturers show they tested and used ingredients with high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in the baby food they sold to parents, according to a congressional investigation. "Dangerous levels of toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury exist in baby foods at levels that exceed what experts and governing bodies say are permissible," said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation, signed by the Democratic members.