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10 celebrities who went off their vegan diets and why

Veganism is when someone seeks to exclude all animal products from their diet, clothing, cosmetics, etc. Vegetarians are people who do not eat meat or fish. Recently a lot of celebrities have been quite vocal about embracing the vegan lifestyle and enjoying immensely. But a lot of the stars tried out that lifestyle and realized it wasn’t for them.

1) Liam Hemsworth

Unsurprisingly Liam Hemsworth had tried his hand at being a vegan. However, the actor stopped being a vegan after he was diagnosed with a kidney stone in 2019.

2) Chris Hemsworth

Following his brother’s footsteps, Chris Hemsworth was also vegan for a while. But in 2019, he revealed that he isn’t vegan anymore. Initially, he went on a vegan diet due to his rigorous training regime for various movies. 

3) Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres was a vegan for eight long years before giving up on the lifestyle. When asked about the reasoning behind her decision, she said she started craving eggs and fish and therefore decided it was just the right time for her to let go of veganism.

4) Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell shared that she stopped being vegan when she became pregnant with her first child. Instead, she opted to change into a vegetarian and since then has remained one.

The actress said that she felt like she needed more calories and hence the change in her diet. However, she doesn’t consume meat and only eats responsibly sourced eggs and dairy.

5) Zooey Deschanel

The actress simply had to let go of the vegan lifestyle. She is, unfortunately, allergic to wheat.

6) Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame had gone vegan in 2014 in an attempt to get healthier. However, he wasn’t okay with the labels “vegan” and “plant-based” and, as a result, let go of that lifestyle. According to him, people fear vegans. Now he’s a pescatarian. Pescatarians are those who include fish in their diets but forgo eating any meat. 

7) Derek Hough

According to sources, Derek Hough’s vegan lifestyle lasted for a few mere weeks. He said that while initially, it was a positive experience, he soon began to crave meat.

8) Jonathan Van Ness

A chat with Jonathan Van Ness revealed that he had an intense craving for garlic-butter clams after almost four years of being a vegan. This craving made him give up on being a vegan.

9) Laverne Cox

After four months of trying out veganism, Cox discovered that she was allergic to soy, which made the prospect of finding suitable food difficult. So she converted into a pescatarian like Waka Flocka Flame.

10) Anne Hathaway

The actress was content being a vegan till she tried some fish, and it completely changed her perspective. She felt like her brain had rebooted, and she felt much better. Now, she includes dairy, meat, eggs, and fish in her diet.

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Food

15 failed, discontinued fast foods that you will never encounter, ever again.

Fast food restaurants, especially chain ones, all specialize in specific niches of food items and are known for particular things on their menu. For example, KFC is known for its crispy fried chicken. But every once in awhile these fast-food restaurants try to innovate and add to their menus. Sometimes these attempts fall short of their expectations. Here are 15 discontinued fast food that you will never encounter, ever again.

1. McSpaghetti

At some point in time, McDonald’s came up with the brilliant idea to add spaghetti, lasagna, and fettuccine alfredo to their menu. The spaghetti was aptly named McSpaghetti. Safe to say, the whole thing flopped. Amazingly so.

2. Taco Bell’s Seafood Salad

The fact that at some point, Taco Bell thought this would be a good idea, is kind of baffling. In the 1980s, Taco Bell decided to launch a seafood salad. The salad was made up of whitefish, shrimp, and crab on a bed of veggies and served in taco shells. Sources say it had tasted as revolting as it sounds and was soon discontinued never to be seen again.

3. Breakfast at Wendy’s

Wendy’s is known for its iconic greasy fries and its witty Twitter account, but did you know that Wendy’s had once attempted to introduce a breakfast menu? That’s right. In 2012, Wendy’s introduced a series of new sandwiches in an effort to penetrate to breakfast market. However, the attempt was a poor one, and the line was discontinued in 2013.  

4. Burger King’s Omelet Sandwich

Now, just because breakfast on the go is a popular thing and fits nicely within the niche of quick and easy to eat fast food, doesn’t mean that all fast-food chains should include breakfast items on their menus. They certainly shouldn’t introduce giant hard to eat sandwiches full of an enormous omelette, sausage, and cheese.

5. Burger King’s Shake ‘Em Up Fries

Now the idea behind this item was honestly an amazing one. The basic idea was that you would pour fries into a bag and add some suspicious-looking cheese powder and you get delicious cheesy fries. The dish is a combination of everyone’s two favourite things- potatoes and cheese. So, its failure and subsequent discontinuation are slightly confusing. 

6. Pizza Hut’s Priazzo

It seems like a lot of questionable fast food decisions was made in the 80s. Which makes sense, considering fast food restaurants were a big thing back in that time. Around the same time, Pizza Hut had also decided to give a go at something new- namely Chicago style deep dish pizza. What they ended up with was a poor, far-fetched rendition of the deep dish pizza. It was full of sausages, mushrooms, pepperoni and cheese. Moreover, its massive size made it all the more unpalatable. Safe to say the Priazzo flopped and was soon permanently taken off the Pizza Hut menu.

7. Sonic’s Pickle-O’s

Sonic is mostly famous for its massive menu filled with various milkshakes and burgers. However, in 2004 they launched something ingenious- in theory at least. Now everyone loves a good fried pickle, but only if it is done right. Sonic’s version of a fried pickle nugget or aptly named Pickle-O’s didn’t quite work out as they’d hoped it would and was later discontinued.

8. KFC Cheese Top Burger

KFC is known for its fried chicken, and sometimes other items related to fried chicken such as the zinger burger or even its biscuits and gravy combo. KFC, at some point in time, decided that they wanted to expand further into the niche of chicken sandwiches and try something new. The result of this attempt was the KFC Cheese Top Burger. Now, the name gives you the idea of a cheese infused bun or maybe a cheesy, crispy patty. However, neither of these guesses or expectations were even close to reality. The reality gave us a simple slice of cheese on a plain, average chicken sandwich. However, surprisingly the item had quickly gained popularity in the USA though was later taken off the menu.

9. McDonald’s Onion Nuggets

The tagline for this item was “Chunks of real onions deep fried to a golden crunch.” Sounds very delicious. They were as delicious as the tagline had sounded. Plus, they were on the dollar menu, meaning your broke self could afford them. Yet, for some reason, they were taken off the menu never to be seen again.

10. The McPizza

As I mentioned before, a lot of questionable fast food was created in the 80s. The McPizaa is another prime example of questionable fast food. However, people don’t go to McDonald’s for Italian pizza, and unsurprisingly the McPizza flopped and was soon taken off the menu.

11. Taco Bell’s Bell Beefer

Bell’s Bell Beefer- try saying that ten times faster. The Bell beefer is essentially a Taco Bell taco minus the taco shell. So yes, it’s basically a sandwich with taco filling. I wonder why it didn’t last? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that people go to Taco Bell for tacos and not a poor rendition of a Sloppy Joe?

12. Burger King’s Cupcake Milkshake

Cupcake milkshakes are a big thing now with many stores specializing in them. Back in 2009, Burger had decided to combine the deliciousness of a cupcake with the decadence of a milkshake in hopes of getting something unique. While the chain had high hopes for this product and the milkshake was pretty cute, it probably didn’t create the kind of reach Burger King had hoped for. The cupcake milkshake was soon taken off the menu.

13. Taco Bell’s Mountain Dew A.M

In 2012 Taco came up with the ingenious idea to make a PG version of Screwdrivers. Screwdrivers are a drink that is made up of orange juice and vodka. Now, of course, a PG version of the drink cannot contain alcohol, right? So, they decided to change the vodka out for mountain dew. Safe to say, people don’t want a sugar rush from mountain dew first thing in the morning, and Taco Bell kicked the whole idea to the curb.

14. McDonald’s Hula Burger

Kudos to McDonald’s for trying to come up with something that caters to their vegan and vegetarian customers. Granted, the idea they came up was questionable, but it was a good attempt. Oh, what was their idea? Their idea was the Hula Burger. It’s a burger, but instead of a meat patty, you get grilled pineapple. With cheese. Yes, pineapples and cheese with bread. Unsurprisingly the whole thing tanked, and the Hula Burger was taken off the menu.

15. KFC’s Double Down Sandwich

I saved the best for the last. Well, the best or the worst depending on how you see it. The idea for this seems like a solid one. However, I don’t know where KFC went wrong or why it was discontinued just that it looks like a great idea that doesn’t exist anymore.

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Best Diet for LAZY People! Lose up to 17kgs in 30 days!

With this revolutionary, but simple diet, you can lose up to half a kg a week, sometimes more. Thirty days or easy to prepare meals that you can prep from beforehand. To help you along, we have put together meal routines for 14 days along with some before and after showcasing just how effective this diet truly is!

DAY 1

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TimeFood
BreakfastAvocado Egg Toast
Midmorning Snack1 medium sized Orange
LunchClear vegetable soup
Evening snack1 medium-sized Kiwi
Dinner1 piece poached salmon with ¾ cup cauliflower rice.

DAY 2

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TimeFood
Breakfast1 whole wheat tortilla and 1 cup vegetables.
Midmorning Snack1 medium sized cucumber.
Lunch½ cup white rice with 2 pieces fish/ chicken.
Evening snack10-12 Almonds
Dinner2 whole wheat tortillas with 2 pieces of fish/ chicken

DAY 3

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TimeFood
BreakfastBlend 1 cup frozen berries, ½ banana plus 8 ounces of low/ fat free milk to make a smoothie. Plus 1 hard-boiled egg.
Midmorning Snack1 cup of grapes
Lunch1 cup vegetable soup with 1 thin slice of wholegrain bread.
Evening snack1 medium Kiwi
Dinner4 ounces of grilled chicken 2 cups of spinach ½ of a baked plain or sweet potato.

DAY 4

orange fruit on white surface
TimeFood
Breakfast1 ½ of overnight oats (flavor with any fruit or berries of your choice)
Midmorning Snack1 medium- sized orange
LunchVegetable soup and 1 thin slice of wholegrain bread
Evening snack2 medium kiwis
DinnerZucchini noodles and chicken

DAY 5

cooked shrimps on stainless steel tray
TimeFood
BreakfastPeanut butter spread thinly on a slice of wholegrain toast and 1 cup black coffee (no sugar).
Midmorning Snack1 medium kiwi
LunchChicken salad (contains shredded chicken, mayonnaise, grapes and Greek yoghurt).
Evening snack10-12 almonds
Dinner4 ounces of steamed shrimp 1 baked potato 3 tablespoons of salsa 1 tablespoon unsweetened Greek Yogurt 3 cups steamed spinach

DAY 6

TimeFood
Breakfast1 cup raspberries 1 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Midmorning Snack1 cup green tea
Lunch1 serving of vegetable sandwich
Evening snack½ cup of edamame with coarse sea salt
Dinner1 cup chicken (boiled/ grilled or baked) with 1 cup vegetables

DAY 7

red apple fruit
TimeFood
Breakfast½ toasted English Muffin ½ small apple 1 ounce of shredded low-fat cheese  
Midmorning Snack2/3 cup plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt
Lunch1 cup tomato soup 1small whole-wheat pita 3 ounces roast beef 1 teaspoon horseradish and mustard  
Evening snack1 medium-sized orange
Dinner4 ounces poached salmon 1 ¼ cup coleslaw ¾ of wholegrain rice/ quinoa

DAY 8

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TimeFood
Breakfast1 cup quiche made with 1 egg
Midmorning Snack1 cup blueberries
Lunch1 serving of chicken curry ½ cup rice
Evening snack1 medium-sized pear
Dinner1 cup Vegetable soup 1 slice of whole-grain toast 

DAY 9

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TimeFood
Breakfast1 cup cheerios ½ cup berries 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Midmorning Snack6 ounces of unsweetened Greek Yogurt.
LunchUse 1 corn tortilla to make quesadilla and combine with ¼ cup fat-free refried beans, 1 ounce shredded cheese and ½ cup Greek yoghurt.
Evening snack½ cup cucumber
Dinner3 ounces of beef/ chicken 1 cup baked squash 2 or 3 cups od salad greens

DAY 10

yellow banana fruit on white surface
TimeFood
Breakfast¾ cup bran flakes 1 banana 1 cup fat-free milk
Midmorning Snack1 medium-sized orange
LunchWhole wheat pita sandwich with 3 ounces or turkey, along with mustard and lettuce.
Evening snack1 medium-sized kiwi.
Dinner4 ounces of broiled fish 2 sliced plum tomatoes 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup couscous. Steamed broccoli.

DAY 11

green pear fruits
TimeFood
BreakfastWhole-grain frozen waffles 2 tablespoons nut butter 1 small sliced banana
Midmorning Snack8 ounces fat-free milk
Lunch1 mini whole-wheat pita 1 ounce of tuna 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 tablespoon mustard and cucumber and onion slice
Evening snackSmall pear with 2/3 cup unsweetened Greek yoghurt
Dinner¾ cooked brown rice ½ cup corn 2 ounces of turkey sausage 1/3 cup salsa ¼ cup navy beans

DAY 12

brown rice on white textile
TimeFood
Breakfast½ cup overnight oats with 1 banana
Midmorning Snack1 cup green tea
Lunch1 cup homemade coleslaw with shrimp
Evening snack½ cup diced cucumber ¼ cup shelled edamame
Dinner1 cup chicken curry ½ cup of brown rice

DAY 13

shallow focus photo of sliced fruits on white ceramic tray
TimeFood
Breakfast½ toasted English muffin 1 ounce of reduced-fat cheese 1 tomato slice 1 cup steamed spinach 1 egg
Midmorning Snack1 grapefruit
Lunch½ cup black beans ½ medium-sized orange ½ cup mixed vegetables (red bell peppers, red onions, scallions)
Evening snack10-12 almonds
Dinner3 ounces broiled/ grilled flank steak 1 baked sweet potato 1 cup steamed zucchini

DAY 14

strawberry and blackberries on top of brown table
TimeFood
Breakfast1 cup Cheerios ½ cup berries 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Midmorning Snack6 ounces unsweetened Greek yoghurt
Lunch1 veggie wrap (stuff 1 wholewheat tortilla with vegetables and top with mustard and mayonnaise)
Evening snack1 medium apple
DinnerClear vegetable soup

There are hundreds of other recipes for 1200 calorie meals that can help you continue the diet for 30 days. If you like the meal prep given above, switch around the days and continue it for another two weeks for optimum results.

One point to note, you will not lose any weight with just this diet. You will have to maintain a workout routine of at least 30 minutes every day, 5 days a week.

Below are a few before and after transformations of women who have tried the diet and have experienced the real progress time.

So, what are you waiting for? Start the lazy people’s 1200 calorie diet from tomorrow itself and observe outstanding results in no time!

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30 Halloween Themed Party Food

The spooky season is upon us. This means Halloween parties and get-togethers. Step up your party food game with these thirty Halloween themed party foods. 

1. Spooky Candy Apples

Skull Caramel Apples Recipe

Candy apples are a staple fall food. Step up your candy apple game by giving them a Halloween makeover.

Learn here how to make Candy Apples with Gummy Worms

Learn how to make Jack Skellington Candy Apples

Get the recipe for Poison Candy Apples

2. Mummy cupcakes

Mummy cupcakes are quick and easy to make and decorate. Get the recipe here and whip up these and add a little oomph to your Halloween party.

3. Halloween themed sugar cookies.

Lighter Halloween Sugar Cookies

Buy a set of spooky cookie cutters from Amazon and use this fantastic sugar cookie recipe from Preppy Kitchen to serve up some spooky Halloween themed sugar cookies.

4. White chocolate ghosts

White Chocolate Ghosts

This is one of the easiest dishes you can make. They taste as good as they look!

Get the recipe from here.

5. Halloween Veggie tray

Halloween Skeleton Veggie Tray & Frankenstein Guacamole Recipe

All parents worry about the sugar overload their kids suffer from on Halloween. This tray is a great way to inspire your kids into eating their vegetables.

Get the recipe from Cooking with Jamaica!

6. Monster-themed Halloween cake

There’s a surprise inside each of these cakes, and they taste even better than they look!

Get the recipe From How to Cake It

7. Bloody Mary syringes

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While this boozy treat isn’t meant for children, they are sure to entertain the adults!

Learn how to make your own from Delish

8. Halloween snack tray

Halloween Snacks: An Easy Halloween Party Food Idea! | Delicious Table

There is no rhyme or set recipe for making a Halloween snack tray. Just grab a big tray and pile it up with your favorite Halloween candy and arrange them artfully to make the most creative and colorful Halloween snack trays.

9. Monster Pizza bites

edible monster pizza bites

Use this easy recipe to make some delicious pizza bites, then add some black olive eyes to turn them into monster pizza bites.

Get the recipe here.

10. Black cat, spider donuts and mice donut holes

black cat bat spider and mic doughnuts

Add a funky twist to your ordinary donuts and turn them into cute cats, bats, and spiders. Don’t waste the donut holes and turn them into cute edible mice.

Get the recipe from here.

11. Mummy garlic bread

Mummified Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t love cheesy garlic bread? Give your garlic bread a Halloween twist by turning them into mummies!

Get the recipe here

12. Glow-in-the-dark cupcakes

Satiate your sweet tooth and light up your Halloween party with these glows in the dark cupcakes. They look simply magical in the dark!

Get the recipe from the Scran Line!

13. Graveyard Taco-dip

halloween appetizers taco

Make your ordinary taco dip spooky by using a food marker to write on tortilla chips and turn them into headstones.

Recipe for graveyard taco-dip- here.

14. Cauldron cake

Cauldron Cake from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wow your guests with this witches’ cauldron cake. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. Also, it’s enough to feed a lot of people at once!

Learn the recipe from The Starving Chef.

15. Skull cookies

cookie skulls and pumpkin sugar cookie cutouts

Also known as “The Day of the Dead” cookies. Buy yourself a set of skeleton cookie cutters and decorate the sugar cookies to look like colorful skulls. Use colorful icing to draw intricate-looking designs on your cookies.

Get the recipe here.

16. Edible brooms

Edible witches’ broomsticks are a great way to convince your kids to have some vegetables among the overload of sugar from Halloween candy. Cut some string cheese or carrots into lengthwise pieces and attach them to a pretzel stick with a chive.

For more details, visit the Mom Foodie Blog

17. Monster Eyeball donut holes

Did you make some donuts for your Halloween party, and now you don’t know what to do with the leftover donut holes? Turn them into eyeballs by sticking gummies and chocolate candies on top of them.

Get the recipe at Sugar and Cloth.

18. Mini Cauldrons

This dessert will appeal to all chocolate lovers. The lava cake is rich and decadent with just enough flair to be the perfect party food on Halloween.

Learn how to make them from here.

19. Poison Apple cocktail

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This glittery, shimmery drink tastes as impressive as it looks!

Get the recipe from Delish.

20. Black Magic Margaritas

Black Magic Margaritas - Delish.com

These are some terrifyingly good margaritas for the adults attending your Halloween party.  

Get the recipe from Delish.

21. Halloween themed chocolate bark.

Fun Ideas for Halloween Candy Leftovers – Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe

Just melt some chocolate (could white, milk, or dark), then pour onto a baking sheet and spread out with a spatula. Add Halloween themed candies of your choice as toppings before the chocolate sets. Set in the refrigerator and voila, you have some Halloween themed chocolate bark!

22. Intestine bread

Icky Intestines Bread Recipe

Artfully arrange some puff pastry to resemble icky intestines.

Get the recipe from Sugar Dish Me.

23. Meringue bones

scary simple meringue bones

These meringue bones are simple to make. Additionally, they look spooky and taste amazing- i.e., the perfect Halloween party snack!

Learn more from the Good Housekeeping.

24. Monster Marshmallow heads

Coat your marshmallow pieces into colorful candy melts, then add candy decorations to make them look like gruesome monsters that will entertain the kids to no end!

Get the recipe here.

25. Graveyard Mousse Cups

Nakd Graveyard Chocolate Mousse Pots! (Raw + Vegan)

Top off a cup full of decadent creamy chocolate mousse with crumbled Oreos to represent dirt. Then add a cookie to resemble a headstone, and there you go- a graveyard mousse cup!

The recipe is given below-

26. Mini mummy meatloaves

Sick of all the sugar? Serve these mini meatloaves that look like mummies and are stuffed with tomatoes.

Get the Mini Mummy Meat Loaves recipe from here.

27. Harvest Hash Trail mix

Make yourself a DIY trail mix and combine all your favorite sweets and salty Halloween snacks in a bowl.

Learn more from The House of Hendrix.

28. Chocolate-filled Pumpkins

These mini pumpkin cakes are the perfect festive dessert!

Get the recipe from Delish.

29. Pretty mirror glazed candy apple

Candied Apples

Use pretzel sticks to mimic a tree branch or sharpen and clean twigs for the same look before skewering your apples. Cover your apples with the perfect glossy mirror coating and serve up some delicious, pretty mirror glazed candy apples.

The recipe can be found at Delish.

30. Strawberry Ghosts

Strawberry Ghosts Vertical

Dip strawberries in with candy melts and pipe on some spooky features!

You can get the recipe from Delish.

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Top 35 Tastiest Foods From All Over The World

There are 135 countries around the world. Food is closely related to the cultural identities of all nations. Safe to say, food brings us closer together. And if you ever find yourself on a journey around the globe, here are the top 35 tastiest foods from all over the world.

1) Kacchi Biriyani, Bangladesh

white ceramic plate with rice and green leaves

Kacchi Biriyani is considered to be one of the finest delicacies in the country. With time, the dish has created an enormous fanbase in the country.

Biriyani came to Bangladesh in 1610 when Mughals declared Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) as the provincial capital. When the Mughals came, they also brought their cooks who started cooking Biriyani. Through them, the culture spread throughout the capital and fused with the local cuisine, and the current flavor of Biriyani was created. Kacchi Biriyani is the most famous one among various types of Biriyanis. It is a dish mostly cooked with rice and mutton in a wholly covered pot. The covering stops the steam from going outside, and it helps make the dish tastier and more flavorful. It is now a staple for any occasion or celebration. 

2) Dosa, India

Indian Dosa Recipe - RecipeSelected

Dosa is a thin and crispy roll made by frying a batter composed of fermented rice and lentil flour. Dosa’s are usually very long and extend out of the plates they are served in. This is one of its distinguishable features. Dosa originates from South India, and the typical side dish to accompany it is sambar and coconut chutney. However, there are many different versions of the classic dosa made to suit whoever is consuming it. For example, there is the Masal Dosa, which is a spicier version of the classical one. The side dishes offered with a Dosa also rang from plain potato curry to more sophisticated chicken curry. It is a dish that lights up your tastebuds and leaves you craving for more!

3) Poutine, Canada

person holding burger with fries

Poutine may have originated in Quebec, but now it is widely known and enjoyed across all of Canada. The dish is made up of fries covered in a thick meaty gravy, and it’s delicious. Curdled cheese chunks are incorporated to make the dish cheesy and tangy.

4) Sushi, Japan

food photography of varieties of sushies

In its essence, sushi is just a roll made with rice soaked in sushi vinegar. In reality, it is so much more than that. Sushi-making is an art that takes years to master. There are many many different versions of sushi available. Each type of sushi contains a different kind of filling, such as salmon, tuna, avocado, mushrooms, or even tofu. Most sushi’s are rolled in seaweed while some are fried, others are served raw. The fish used as the filling is usually raw. However, don’t worry because they are typically cured in acidic solutions and are, therefore, edible.  

5) Tacos, Mexico

cooked food close-up photography

The origin of tacos can be traced back to the 18th-century silver mines in Mexico. It’s delicious and spicy beef, pork, chicken, and sometimes fish wrapped in soft flour tortillas. The protein filling is usually accompanied by guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Tacos may originate from Mexico, different fusion versions of it are enjoyed worldwide.

6)Pho, Vietnam

brown chopsticks on white bowl

People often mispronounce this world-famous dish. Pho consists of a combination of flavorful, rich broth, freshly cooked rice noodles, and some protein (such as chicken or beef). The dish is lush, fragrant, and delicious.

7) Turkish Delight, Turkey

Assorted Candies

If you are a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and have watched the movie titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you know what I am talking about. The soft, chewy dessert is usually a pale pink color and flavored using rosewater. The delight cubes are dusted in cornstarch because they tend to be very sticky.

8) Croissant, France

two cups of coffee, two cinnamon rolls and croissant on serving tray

A croissant is a classic French dish. It is a laminated baked good with butter rolled through its layers resulting in crispy, flaky pastry that is to die for. Various fillings are used to fill a croissant such as chocolate, pastry cream, jam, etc. You can even make yourself a savory breakfast croissant by filling it with crispy bacon and soft poached eggs. If you still haven’t tried out this French dish, then you are seriously missing out!

9) Lamington, Australia

Lamington cake

Lamingtons are an important part of the Australian food cuisine. Lamingtons are just soft, spongy vanilla cake dipped in melted chocolate and coated in shredded coconut. Simple and delicious.

10) Hamburger, USA

double patty cheeseburger

Hamburgers may have originated in Germany, but it’s the USA that’s famous for them. There are multiple fast-food chains based in America that make some of the world’s tastiest hamburgers. When a patty and other fillings such as mayo, mustard, and tomatoes are squished together between two buns, you get a hamburger. The patty and accompanying fillings can be customized to suit your tastebuds. Burgers are incredibly satiating.

11) Paella, Spain

person in red long sleeve shirt holding red ceramic bowl with food

Paella is a seafood and rice dish famous in the Spanish locality. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times. The modern rendition of Paella includes both seafood and chicken cooked with rice over an open flame. However, the contents and cooking process of Paella varies depending on the cook.

12) Fish n’ Chips, United Kingdom

Fried Meat Beside Sliced Lemon and White Mustard

Fish n’ Chips is the ultimate pub food. The origins of this famously delicious dish may be slightly murky, but can mostly be traced back to 19th-century London. Soft fish coated in frothy beer batter and fried, accompanied by greasy, thick potato fries- sounds heavenly.

13) Pad Thai, Thailand

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Pad Thai is Thailand’s national dish. The best pad Thai is cooked in a giant wok over an open fire. The dish is an integral part of Thai street food. Pad Thai has many variations, but it is rice noodles cooked with a fried egg, fish sauce, dried shrimps, tamarind paste, and red chili pepper in its core. The combination of spice, salt, sour and sweet results in a dish that lights up your tastebuds like nothing else.

14) Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, Korea

Best Korean Fried Chicken Recipe - How To Make Korean Fried Chicken

Chicken is coated in potato starch, double-fried, and covered in a spicy umami-rich sauce. You’d expect the sauce to penetrate the chicken and make it all soggy. Not! The crispiness of the chicken remains intact, and the whole dish is spicy and delicious.

15) Dim Sum, China

brown wooden round container with white cream

Dim sum’s history can be traced back to ancient Chinese teahouses. Dim sum is dumplings with different fillings (such as chicken, pork, beef, and even vegetables), steamed in bamboo containers. They are served in the bamboo steamers. The literal translation of dim sum is “touch the heart,” and this dish indeed does that. 

16) Tagine, Morocco

plate of fried chicken topped with green vegetable

Moroccan cuisine is colorful and diverse. Tagine is a sweet and spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot. The terracotta pot is known as a tagine, and that is where the dish derives its name from. Tagine is a staple food in Morocco and usually eaten with bread or rice. It is a mouthwatering combination of spices, herbs, vegetables, and protein.

17) Pizza, Italy

pizza with cheese and green leaves on brown wooden table

The Italians are known for their pizza and pasta. Pizza is just baked dough with various toppings ranging from chicken, beef, mushrooms, and even pineapple (slightly controversial, no?). However, no pizza is complete without the addition of cheese. Pizzas are the perfect party food, great for sharing with friends and family. It is filling, homey, and delicious.

18) Sauerbraten, Germany

Venison Sauerbraten Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

The national dish of Germany is Sauerbraten. It is a pot roast made of beef. The origins of Sauerbraten can be traced back to the 9th century. Some scholars say that a gift of aromatic marinated beef sent by Julius Caesar is the inspiration for this dish.  The meat is usually marinated for days in a mixture of vinegar, red wine, and water along with some aromatic herbs and spices. Sauerbraten is usually served with a side of vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.

19) Jerk Chicken, Jamaica

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Jerk chicken is made by grilling of barbequing chicken marinated in allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. This results in a chicken that is tender with smoky, fiery flavors running through it. 

20) Moussaka, Greece

Moussaka is layers upon layers of decadence and flavor. Smoky eggplant, tender ground meat, and potatoes all incorporated with a thick sauce- moussaka is an explosion of taste. It truly is one of the tastiest dishes around the world.

21) Jollof Rice, West Africa

Classic Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe on Food52

Jollof rice is a one-pot dish that originates from multiple West African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana. Each country has its method of preparing this spicy, smoky concoction. While Ghanaians prefer basmati rice over long-grain, Nigerians like to incorporate tomato sauce into their version. There is honestly no comparison between any of the variations. They all taste amazing in their own way.

22) Pierogi, Poland

Brown Wooden Rolling Pin on White Surface

Versions of pierogi can be found across the likes of Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. However, pierogi is an integral part of Polish cuisine. Pierogi can be both sweet and savory. The filling is wrapped in soft, thin dough, then fried or steamed. Popular fillings include a mixture of meat and onions, sweet curd cheese, or various berries.

23) Piri-Piri Chicken, Mozambique

fried chickens on plate

That’s right, the famous Piri-Piri chicken from Nando’s. The tender chicken is cooked in garlic, lime, pepper, and special Piri-Piri sauce. The dish made famous by Nando’s originates from Mozambique. It is sweet, tangy, spicy, and super delightful.

24) Beef Rendang, Indonesia

Beef Rendang - Ang Sarap

Beef Rendang is famous in Indonesia. The curry is made by slow-cooking beef in garlic, onion paste, spicy red chilies, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and many other aromatics. The beef is combined with coconut milk, and the curry is cooked till the meat is tender and delicious.

25) Beef Stroganoff, Russia

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The origins of Beef Stroganoff can be traced back to 19th century Russia. It consists of beef sautéed in mushrooms and sour cream sauce. While this is the traditional form of the dish, many variations exist, each more delicious than the other. 

26) Ice- Cream, Global

variety of ice creams

Are you going through a breakup? Have some ice-cream. Just got a raise? Celebrate with some ice-cream. Ice-cream is always a go-to, regardless of the situation. Made from a base of creamy anglaise and hundreds of flavors available, ice-cream truly is one of the tastiest foods worldwide.   

27) Raclette, Switzerland

What is raclette? An expert guide to the cheese and the meal

Raclette is a cheesy potato dish made of, well, potatoes with a decadent cheese sauce made from Raclette cheese poured over it. The dish is usually served with pickled onions or ham and charcuterie.

28) Ceviche, Peru

white ceramic bowl with onion dish

Ceviche is so loved in Peru that the people have a day dedicated to celebrate it (28 June). Ceviche is just raw fish that has been marinated in lime juice with chili peppers, lime juice, oil, and salt. Side such as sweet corn, potatoes, and a cold beer usually accompanies it.  

29) Plov, Uzbekistan

Plov (Pilaf) | My Jewish Learning

Plov has many different variations, but in its essence, it is long grain rice steamed with saffron with onions, carrots, and mutton or lamb. Richer versions have layers of meat, vegetables, dried fruits, herbs, and even fish incorporated through it. 

30) Penang Assam Laksa, Malaysia

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This Malaysian dish has poached mackerel combined with fresh noodles drenched in a bath of tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, and pineapple broth. Be careful when you try this dish, for it is known for being quite spicy.

31) Feijoada, Brazil

How to Make Feijoada, Brazil's National Dish, Including a Recipe From  Emeril Lagasse | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

Feijoada may be popular across the world, but it is the national dish of Brazil. The traditional Brazilian version consists of pig trimmings (including the tail, tongue, ears, and snout) along with various aromatics that turn the pork into a steamy, spicy wonderful- smelling stew.

32) Moules frites, Belgium

shallow focus photography of seafoods

Moules Frites are steamed mussels boiled in a broth that includes white wine, parsley, onions, cream, and butter. It is fresh, tangy, and utterly delicious.

33) Pastel de nata, Portugal

Pastel de Nata, the Must-Try Portuguese Pastry | Taste of Home

Most by-products are either unpleasant or unwanted. Pastel de nata is an example of a very wanted by-product. Legend has it ancient Portuguese monks and nuns would use egg whites to starch their clothes, and the leftover yolk went into making this decadent dessert.

34) Arepas, Venezuela

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This Venezuelan classic is a combination of soft corn dough patty topped with different toppings- including cheese, chicken, pork, beef, tomato, or avocado. They say no one can make Arepas as delicious as a Venezuelan Abuelita.

35) Poke, Hawaii

White Ceramic Bowl With Brown Chopsticks

Poke means “to slice” in Hawaiian. The delicious dish is made from diced raw fish and various other aromatics and fruits and vegetables.

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35 foods that help burn belly fat.

35 foods that help burn belly fat.

The primary step to losing weight is figuring out your diet. Your diet needs to have a low-calorie count, but full of nutrients and fulfilling in nature. You won’t be helping yourself by starving or suffering from malnutrition. The simplest and best way to go about this is to include and swap out regular fat inducing and unhealthy foods with healthier ones. To help you along, we have curated a list of 35 foods that help burn belly fat.

1)Avocados

sliced avocado

Avocados are considered one of the best “diet” foods. One avocado usually contains about 20 grams of healthy mono-saturated fats. These fats help prevent your blood sugar from spiking, which leads to fat storage in your gut.

Avocados are multifunctional. They not only help burn belly fat but also help your body absorb various carotenoids. Carotenoids are compounds that help fight cancer and can be found in many fruits and vegetables.

2)Eggs

shallow focus photography of brown eggs

Replace your carbs with protein to help speed up your weight loss process. One large egg usually contains 78 calories and 6 grams of protein.

Having a whole egg for breakfast can be fulfilling and charge you for the day. This helps in long term weight loss because you find yourself eating less and less between meals.

3)Oatmeal

assorted fruits in bowls

Oatmeal is a healthy, fibrous meal that contains a unique soluble fiber called beta-glucans. Beta-glucans can form a type of gel in your small intestine that lowers blood cholesterol and boosts the immune system. Oats are also very satiating, so you will be less inclined to snack between meals.

4) Greek Yogurt

strawberries and cookies with cream filled dessert in glass cup

Greek Yogurt is an excellent belly fat burner. A cup of good quality Greek yogurt can encourage the growth of good bacteria that prevents bloating. Yogurt can further help stabilize insulin, which can also help you lose belly fat.

5) Green tea

teapot filled with yellow liquid on table

According to a study of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise shows that three cups of green tea a day helps improve your metabolism and burn up to 30 calories. The ECGC compound found in green tea helps burn tea quickly.

6) Salmon

raw fish meat on brown chopping board

Salmon is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega acids are known for their fat-burning and anti-inflammatory abilities. Omega-3 fatty acids also increase adiponectin levels, which helps boost metabolism.

7) Citrus fruits

bunch of orange fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits help your burn up to 30% more fat during each exercise session.

8) Spinach

green leaves on blue plastic bowl

Spinach is a good source of plant-based Omega-3, and as we have mentioned before, Omega-3 is very good at burning belly fat. Spinach also contains vital nutrients and minerals such as potassium that help prevent bloating.

9) Coconut Oil

white round ornament on brown wooden round container

If you are looking to shed a few pounds, then you should replace soybean oil with coconut oil as your primary cooking oil. Coconut oil is chock full of medium-chain triglycerides, which are burned instead of being stored as fat. Moreover, coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which tends to hone in on your belly fat and burns it.

10) Cottage Cheese

red ceramic bowl on gray spoon

Cottage cheese a great addition to your weight loss diet. It brings in a lot of protein with little calories. Cottage cheese not only promotes weight loss, but it also contains all nine essential amino acids you need for survival.  

11) Kimchi

man in black shirt sitting beside brown wooden table

Kimchi, in its simplest form, is fermented cabbage. A study conducted in Korea revealed that kimchi could greatly help prevent weight gain.

12) Black Beans

Black beans

Gut bacteria feed on black beans to form butyrate. According to some research, butyrate is a chemical that has been shown to increase calorie burning in mice. You get over eight grams of fiber in just half a cup, which can go a long way in satiating you.

13) Peanut Butter

heinz tomato ketchup bottle on brown wooden table

Unless you’re allergic to it, peanut butter should be a staple in your weight-loss regime. You get 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber with each serving of peanut butter. It helps you feel ‘full’ and improve blood flow throughout your body. As stated by the Journal of Food Science and Technology, peanut butter gives you the same feeling of fullness you’d feel after consuming equal amounts of rice cakes.

14) Peas

green round fruits in close up photography

Peas have a whole array of nutrients packed into tiny little green packages. You will find 8 grams of proteins combined with vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and potassium in a cup of peas. Vitamin C content in peas is enough to provide you with your daily intake, and all the minerals present help regulate your oxygen. Peas also prevent bloating.

15) Turmeric

Turmeric powder and fresh turmeric in wood bowls on wooden table. : Stock Photo

Turmeric contains an antioxidant called Curcumin. Research proves that Curcumin is one of the best anti-inflammatory compounds ever. Belly fat promotes inflammation, which makes it challenging to lose fat in that area. Therefore try incorporating turmeric into your meals to promote fat burning.

16) Bananas

closeup photo of bunch of bananas

Bananas are the perfect snack in a weight-loss diet. It is jam-packed with magnesium and potassium that helps remove bloating. The plant-based prebiotics act as food for the good bacteria in your gut.

17) Bell Peppers

flat lay photography of bunch of yellow and red bell peppers

Stress hormones are a significant cause of why people often find it challenging to shed weight. Stress hormones such as Cortisol promotes the storage of belly fat. Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps decrease Cortisol levels and promotes fat-burning during workouts.

18) Whole grain

When you’re trying to burn fat in your belly, the most important thing you can do is avoid carbs. More specifically, avoid refined carbs such as white bread, flour tortillas, and corn flakes. Instead, opt for wholegrain bread and cereal. Whole grains are a good source of fiber and Vitamin B, both of which encourage the loss of belly fat.

19) Apples

red apple fruit

There are many different species of apples available on the market. Despite the difference in species, all apples help burn excess fat. Well, to be more precise, all apple skin helps burn excess belly fat. Apple peel contains Ursolic acid, which helps increase brown fat (the good kind of fat) and muscle mass, which promotes fat loss from your midsection. 

20) Cayenne Pepper

selective focus photography of chili

Cayenne pepper contains Capsaicin. Capsaicin is the chemical responsible for its fiery taste. Capsaicin also promotes fat burning by boosting your metabolism.

21) Pumpkin Seeds

brown and white nuts on brown ceramic bowl

Pumpkin seeds are packed full of zinc and fiber. The zinc helps boost your immune system while the fiber promotes fat loss. Pumpkin seeds act as a good source of protein too. A serving of pumpkin seeds usually contains up to 7 grams of protein.

22) Nuts- Almonds, walnuts, pistachios

cooked beans

Almonds contain a lot of protein, and research shows that almonds can reduce LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is considered as ‘bad’ cholesterol. Moreover, almonds promote weight loss by boosting your immune system.

Walnuts also come packed in mono-saturated fats that help regulate your blood sugar. Moreover, walnuts can help curb snack cravings between meals.

Pistachios don’t promote weight loss with its nutrients. Instead, research shows that while shelling pistachios, people realized how much they had already eaten and slowed down and ate less as a result.

23) Blueberries

blueberries on white ceramic container

Blueberries contain a substantial amount of fiber per serving (4 grams to be precise) and many important antioxidants. Most importantly, they have significantly fewer sugar amounts than other fruits and berries, making them the perfect weight-loss snack.

24) Brown rice

shallow focus photography of green leafed plant

Brown rice is considered one of the best superfoods for weight loss. It is a superior, healthier, and more fibrous alternative for fat-inducing white rice. Half a cup of brown rice contains about 1.7 grams of nutritional fibers. Moreover, brown rice is a low-energy-density food, meaning that its satiating but low in calories.

25) Flaxseeds

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Just one tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder contains up to 2.3 grams of ALA. ALA is a known fat burner. Flaxseeds are also rich in fiber. All this makes it the perfect thing to top off your oatmeal.

26) Dark Chocolate  

chopped chocolate

Research done at Louisiana State University revealed that eating small amounts of dark chocolate can help you lose weight. Dark chocolate contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids that keep your heart healthy and help promote belly fat loss. Just remember to buy at least 70% dark cacao.

27) Olive Oil

gold and white box on brown wooden table

If you are about to embark on a weight loss journey, then the first thing you should do is swap out your soybean or sunflower cooking oil for olive oil. Olive oil contains several antioxidants such as oleocanthal that help reduce inflammation. On this note, you should also avoid deep-fried foods as they are a primary cause of weight gain.

28) Beets

red chili and green vegetable

Beets are a rich source of betaine. Betaine is a multifunctional amino acid. As stated in a review in the journal Nutrients, beets boost metabolism, help reduce insulin resistance, improve your mood, turn off fat genes, and remove inflammatory markers discharged by belly fat.

29) Tuna

raw meat with spices on green ceramic plate

Tuna is a great weight loss promoter. It is a rich protein source and is packed full of fat-burning omega-3 (including DHA and EPA). DHA is a commonly known type of Omega-3 famous for suppressing fat producing genes and preventing fat cells from expanding. 

30) Cinnamon

black ceramic jar on black surface

Sprinkle some cinnamon into your breakfast oats or your coffee to burn some extra fat stored in your belly. As reported by the researchers at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, cinnamon can regulate blood sugar by reducing insulin secretion. Less insulin secreted means less fat stored in your belly.

31) Ginger

brown ginger lot

Ginger may be famous for its anti-inflammatory features, but it is less commonly known for its contribution to weight loss. Ginger reduces oxidative stress hormones, which are a leading cause of obesity. Ginger can also help reduce hunger and curb cravings so that you don’t find yourself snacking in between meals. Most importantly, ginger accelerates your digestion and helps regulate your blood sugar levels.

32) Kale

macro shot photography of lettuce

Kale contains filling fibers to help you feel satiated. It is also a good source of protein and other vital nutrients such as Vitamin B.

33) Coffee

espresso cups on espresso maker

Coffee has a significant effect on your metabolic rate. Faster, better metabolism means greater fat burning. However, drinking sugary, carb-loaded coffees have the opposite effect. Instead of helping you lose weight, they help you gain some more. Therefore, opt for black coffee of shots of espresso instead.

34) Sunflower seeds

brown and black coffee beans

Sunflowers are full of magnesium. Magnesium can release stored fat. Research shows that sunflowers can effectively burn belly fat.

35) Quinoa

vegetable salad

Like beets, quinoa is also a great source of betaine. Unlike beets, quinoa has a higher level of betaine, meaning it’s a highly effective fat burner. Just half a cup of quinoa contains 12 grams of protein and fiber. Both of which go a long way to satiate you and improve your digestive system.

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35 food that should never be placed in the refrigerator

The refrigerator is usually the go-to option for storing food. Just because it is the most apparent option doesn’t mean it is the right one. Here is a list of 35 food that should never be placed in the refrigerator.

1) Coffee

coffee beans on gray steel wok

Place your coffee beans in an airtight container in a clean, dry place at room temperature. Placing coffee in the refrigerator would cause moisture and smell from surrounding to leech in and ruin your beans.

2) Olive oil

Bowl Being Poured With Yellow Liquid

Exposing olive oil to cold air will damage it. The oil will solidify at lower temperatures and form a butter-like texture, effectively ruining your oil.

3) Avocado

sliced green fruit on black textile

Avocados remain fresh out of the fridge for about a week or so. Avocados will further ripen during this week. If you want to decelerate the ripening process, then you can place avocados in the fridge.

4) Bananas

three banana fruits on white background

Bananas aren’t adapted to handle cold air. They are the fastest to ripen and spoil in the refrigerator. Moreover, refrigerating bananas causes it to lose many essential nutrients.

5) Potatoes

brown bread in plastic bag

You shouldn’t place potatoes in the refrigerator. Potatoes don’t need it. Just store them in a cool, dry environment. Potatoes also need to be kept in the dark, or they’ll start germinating. So a relatively cool, dry cabinet is perfect.

6) Honey

honey jar with honey comb

Cold temperatures cause honey to crystalize and form solid chunks. Therefore, there is no point in storing honey in the refrigerator. 

6) Eggplant

purple and green vegetable on blue plastic container

Temperature affects the composition and nutrients present in most vegetables. Eggplants are no different. The ideal temperature for storing eggplant is above 10 °C.

7) Chocolate

M and M on Clear Cut Glass Bowl

That’s right! As controversial as it sounds, chocolates shouldn’t be refrigerated. The cold environment and moisture in the refrigerator can alter the taste, texture, and chocolates’ color. Moreover, chocolates contain cocoa butter, which absorbs smells from its surroundings. Therefore the best way to store chocolate is inside an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

8) Ketchup

1869 Heinz tomato ketchup bottle close-up photography

Tomatoes shouldn’t be refrigerated. Ketchup’s main ingredient is tomato, along with flavoring and a lot of preservatives. These preservatives are enough to keep ketchup good outside of the fridge for long periods. 

9) Peanut Butter

peanut butter jar on cutting board

Colder temperatures will cause peanut butter to become chunky, which means you won’t be able to smoothly spread it on your bread. 

10) Melons

watermelon photograph

Clinical research has shown that room temperature is better for storing melons, as opposed to refrigerating them. The cold temperatures may also cause melons to lose some of its vital antioxidants.

11) Soy Sauce

Do You Know Your Soy Sauces? | Serious Eats

Soy sauce is very salty, and the high salt content makes it possible for it to be edible for up to six months without being refrigerated.

12) Dried Fruit

brown almond nuts on brown wooden surface

The ideal method of storing dry fruit is inside an airtight container in a cold, dry, and dark place (like a cabinet). Moisture in the refrigerator will ruin dried fruits.

13) Nuts

brown nuts

Nuts contain essential oils and fats. Refrigerating them will cause nuts to lose these oils, and they will smell like other foods.

14) Pickles

olive pickle jar

Pickles contain a lot of preservatives. These preservatives are enough to keep your Pickles from spoiling out of the fridge. Screw the lid on tightly, don’t use a dirty spoon to scoop out any Pickles, and check the use-by-date on the label, and you will be just fine!

15) Dried Spices

brown powder in clear glass cup

Dried spices are, well, dried. They don’t do too well with the moisture inside the refrigerator. Store your spices in a cupboard, and regularly check the use-by-date to make sure you don’t use old or expired spices.

16) Fresh Herbs

closeup photo of green leafed plant

Certain herbs need to be stored in the refrigerator. However, this is not the case for basil, mint, coriander, dill, and parsley. If refrigerated, these herbs will become soggy and undesirable.  

17) Peppers

green, yellow, and orange bell peppers

Peppers will lose their flavor and freshness if stored in a fridge. Just keep them in a dry area with plenty of fresh air and use them as quickly as possible after purchase.

18) Champagne

four martini glasses on table

The best way to store champagne is on its side, away from light and under consistent temperature. Keeping champagne in the fridge is a terrible idea because the constant temperature change when you open and close the fridge door will cause it to spoil. 

19) Orange

three round orange fruits on gray table

Most citrus fruits, including oranges, should be kept out of the refrigerator. Their highly acidic nature and thick skin will cause the skin to become dull and lead to spot formation.

20) Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a concentrated sugar solution. Which means it will be perfectly fine on your cupboard. Storing maple syrup in the fridge will cause the syrup to become stiff making the process of pouring it over your pancakes very difficult.

21) Hot Sauce

half-filled bottle beside cup rack

Hot sauces are usually packed full of vinegar, which prevents bacterial growth. Therefore, hot sauce will remain in perfect condition even out of the fridge.

22) Salad Dressing

bowl of vegetable salads

Creamier, milk-based salad dressings should be refrigerated, but you can store vinegar-based or oil-based dressings in the cupboard for a couple of days.

23) Tomato

top view of tomatoes

The refrigerator’s cold air will cause tomatoes to lose its tangy flavor and form wrinkles on its skin. Moreover, the lower temperature will destroy the tomatoes’ internal membranes, causing a decline in its quality.

24) Garlic

white and pink garlic on white surface

Fresh garlic (with its skin on) spoils quicker in the fridge due to added moisture. The ideal way to store garlic is in a dry place, away from light with good air circulation.

25) Onions

brown onion lot

Exposure to cold air and excessive moisture makes onions soft and moldy. Just store unused onions in at room temperature. You can store onions in the fridge after being peeled and processed (sliced or pureed).

26) Evaporated Milk Cans

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Evaporated milk is usually used for cooking purposes and doesn’t need to be kept cold like regular milk.

27) Freshly baked bread

selective focus photography of sliced bread

Exposure to lower temperatures alters the structure of bread, making it taste stale and dated. Don’t bother refrigerating bread if you plan on eating it soon after purchase. However, you can freeze bread for long periods and pop it into the toaster to freshen it up when you eat. 

28) Mangoes

tray of mango

Lower temperatures of the fridge slow down ripening. Therefore, like avocados, you should store unripe mangoes at room temperature.

29) Pastries

close up photography of baked treats on tray

An excellent way to store pastries is to wrap them in a paper bag and store at room temperature in a dry place. The best way to store pastries, is not to store them at all. Eat them freshly baked. The taste is incomparable.

30) Jam

photo of bread with strawberry jam

Jam can be stored out of the fridge in a sterilized jar for up to 2 years. However, you should keep open jams in the refrigerator. 

31) Old white wines

three Carmenet California bottles

Chilled wine is the best kind of wine. However, refrigerating old and complex white wines such as Chardonnay isn’t an ideal option.

32) Pumpkins

orange pumpkins under white sky at daytime

Pumpkins need to be exposed to sunlight so that they can be “cured.” This will keep them fresh and toughen their skin. After they have been cured, store pumpkins in a dark, dry place with good air circulation.

33) Butternut Squash

stainless steel knife on brown wooden chopping board

Uncut butternut squash shouldn’t be refrigerated. Instead, store it on a shelf or table at room temperature.

34) Chocolate spreads

brown and white chocolate on white ceramic bowl

Chocolate spreads, such as Nutella have one function- you spread them on bread. Storing chocolate spreads in the fridge causes them to solidify, and the process of spreading the chocolate becomes challenging.

35) Peaches

unharvested ripe peach fruits at daytime

Cold temperatures not only slow down the ripening process for peaches but also accelerated the spoiling process. Only refrigerate peaches when they are ripe enough to be eaten.

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15 foods you can eat without gaining any weight

People sometimes think “dieting” is synonymous with starving. They assume that to reach that coveted weight goal, you need to starve your body and deprive it of nutrients.

1) Melon and watermelon
watermelon close-up photography

Both melons and watermelons are incredibly tasty, contain a lot of water, and is very fulfilling. Each slice of both fruits only has about 60-70 kcal. This means you can eat them all day long without worrying about it interfering with your weight loss.

2) Cucumber
sliced cucumber on black textile

Cucumber is one of the ultimate weight loss vegetables. 96% of it is water, and it contains potent antioxidants that help your body detox and naturally slims you down.

Cucumbers are also very fulfilling, so change out weight gaining, fatty foods for cucumbers.

3) Apple
red and yellow apples on yellow plate

Apples are the perfect “weight-loss” snack. An average-sized apple contains about 50 kcal. Besides this, they have a sweet fruity taste that makes you feel full, and they also improve digestion.

4) Healthy broth-based soups
white ceramic bowl

Contrary to popular belief, soups can be very satiating despite its liquid nature. Start your day with a bowl of soup. This way, you will be consuming 20% fewer calories than your average breakfast while getting essential nutrients from the broth used to make the soup.

5) Oatmeal
assorted fruits in bowls

Oatmeal is a fibrous, nutrient-rich porridge-like meal that is usually eaten for breakfast. Its fibrous nature helps improve bowel movement and digestion. Oatmeal contains lesser calories per serving when compared to your average brand cereal. Moreover, oatmeal can be highly customized to your taste, and it is incredibly satiating.

6) Fish
sushis and vegetables

Most fishes are full of Omega 3. Omega-3 helps us feel ‘full.’ Including fish in your diet, especially if you are trying to lose weight, is a good idea. Fishes are also a rich source of protein with little calorie content, which means you can eat ample amounts without worrying about your weight.

7) Citrus fruits
sliced orange fruits on black surface

Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit are enriched with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is very good for preventing colds, improving digestion, and promoting weight loss. 

8) Legumes
assorted-colored bean lot

Legumes are an excellent protein source for vegans and vegetarians. Peas, chickpeas, beans, and lentils are rich in fiber, proteins, and have low-calorie content.

9) Pineapples
sliced pineapple

Pineapples can divide fat and promote protein metabolism. They are also incredibly tasty and can be cooked, grilled, and even eaten raw.

10) Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
green and red vegetable on brown wooden table

Boiled broccoli is the perfect side dish to a nice juicy steak or a piece of chicken.

Cauliflower is a multipurpose vegetable that can be cooked and enjoyed in many ways. It is a great vegan and vegetarian alternative to meat.

One serving of cabbage contains just 7 kcal.

Both cabbage and cauliflower have high iodine content, but both vegetables will be incapable of providing you with all the necessary nutrients.

Therefore, only incorporate cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli into your weight-loss regime as a side dish or something to make you feel full.

11) Berries
strawberries and blue berries on palte

Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries are also rich in Vitamin C and help remove accumulated body toxins and promote better digestion.

12) Egg whites
six brown and white egg on brown wooden surface

You can eat boiled or fried egg whites all you want and not gain any weight. Egg whites are very satiating and have low-calorie content.

13) Lettuce
green vegetable in white plastic bowl

Almost all types of lettuces- including iceberg and romaine- only contain about 10-20 calories a serving. Lettuce is rich in nutrients. It contains vitamins A and C along with iron and folate.

14) Celery
green plant on white textile

Celery is comprised of 95% water. Celery also contains potassium, fiber folate and can provide you with 30% of your daily Vitamin K requirement.

All these health benefits are packed into just six calories a serving. So, you can enjoy a fair amount without worrying about weight gain! The only thing to note is to try eating fresh celeries. They tend to lose essential antioxidants within a week of purchase.

15) Kale
green vegetable

Kale is the best of both worlds. One bowl of Kale only contains 33 calories, whereas each serving contains about 2.5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of proteins. It also contains Omega 3 and different minerals. It is an all-round good food for losing weight.

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15 Cancer Causing Foods You Are Probably Eating Every Day

Cancer is the abnormal growth and rapid replication of cells in your body. The causes and effective treatment of cancer have yet to be discovered. However, certain everyday foods that you probably consume daily have been linked to causing cancer. Here are 15 cancer-causing food that you are probably eating every day.

Before we get on to the article, there is a word that is repeated frequently throughout the writing- carcinogenic. Carcinogenic items or carcinogens can cause cancer

1) Ultra-processed foods
assorted-brand cup noodles

Ultra-processed foods” is a broad category of food and includes various items such as microwaveable meals, boxed mac n cheese, instant noodles, instant mashed potatoes (basically anything instant). They contain a plethora of different chemicals that help extend their shelf lives and give them that ‘instant’ effect. A lot of these chemicals are considered carcinogenic. If you have a craving for something, try making them home yourself.

2) Artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners: sugar-free, but at what cost? - Harvard Health Blog  - Harvard Health Publishing

Artificial sweeteners are a working alternative for people who love sweets but don’t want to account for the calories that come with eating sugar. However, artificial sweeteners are massively carcinogenic. Some brands and formulas (such as Saccharin and Cyclamate) have been so closely tied to cancer that the FDA has banned them. 

3) Carbonated drinks
seven assorted-brand soda cans

Carbonated drinks are comprised of high levels of white sugar and other chemicals such as phosphates. They have no significant nutritional value and are a significant promoter of obesity.

Sodas also contain artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, and flavorings. All of these contain carcinogenic chemical compounds. Moreover, consuming sugary drinks increases your glucose and insulin levels, promoting tumor growth, and cell multiplication.

3) ‘Diet’ anything
Diet Coke can

While conventional sodas and carbonated drinks and soda pops are bad for your health and can cause cancer (as we discussed above), diet versions of these drinks are decidedly worse. Avoid eating ‘diet’ anything. Be it beverages or food.

A recent study review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) revealed that twenty different research studies show links between aspartame (one of the most common artificial sweeteners) cause a range of diseases, including congenital disabilities and cancer. 

As discussed above, Splenda or sucralose, saccharin, and other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to cancer.

4) Canned food
pile up of Campbell's tomato soup cans

Most food cans have a lining of bisphenol-a, or more commonly known as BPA. According to some research, BPA is capable of altering brain chemistry in rats. This has both the FDA and Health Canada extremely concerned.

Canned tomatoes or any type of canned food that is acidic is incredibly dangerous and can eventually lead to cancer. This is also why experts advise against cooking or baking tomatoes in aluminum foil. The combination of the acidic tomatoes, the heat, and the aluminum gives the tomatoes a weird taste and results in the formation of carcinogenic compounds. 

5) Water or food stored in plastic containers for extended periods
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Plastic is long polymers of different organic compounds. Some of these compounds can be carcinogenic. Storing food and water in plastic containers and bottles for long periods causes these chemicals to leech into your food. 

Do not, under any circumstances, microwave your food in a plastic container. There is no such thing as “microwave-safe,” and just a little heat is needed to start the leaching process of harmful, toxic, carcinogenic chemicals into your food.

6) Processed meat
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Processed meat includes many things starting from sausages to deli meat, frozen chicken nuggets, and beef jerky. All these meats have been processed to alter their taste, texture, and increase their shelf lives. The alteration processes include curing, smoking, dehydrating, and adding various salts and preservatives. These preservatives contain sodium nitrates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other chemicals that are commonly known carcinogens.

A study conducted across ten countries, where experts reviewed over 800 case studies, showed that consuming 50 grams of processed meat daily increases colon cancer risk by 18%.

7) Alcohol
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Alcohol is generally bad for your health- this is common knowledge. While alcohol is significantly damaging for your liver, long-term alcohol abuse can also cause breast, rectum, colon, larynx, mouth, and pharynx cancer.

Our body converts the alcohol we consume into a toxic compound called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehydes are known for being carcinogenic- they can damage our DNA and stop cell repair. Studies and research suggest that lesser the alcohol you consume, the lesser that chances of cancer. 

8) Refined Sugars
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Refined sugars are generally bad for your health. They may provide you with a sudden kick of energy when you need it, but it does a lot of damage to your body. Refined sugars are the leading cause of diabetes too. So if you have a family history of diabetes, cutting down sugar from an early age is a good idea. And if you already have diabetes, then sugars are just a big NO. 

Besides this, refined sugar is known to spike insulin levels, which helps cancer cells multiply. ‘Refined sugar’ includes any Fructose-rich sugars such as corn syrup. Corn syrup is especially problematic and has been closely tied to cancer.

9) Farmed meat

Farmed animals- this includes cows, chickens, pigs, etc.- are usually fed antibiotics and various other medications, such as hormones to prevent diseases and maintain or increase weight.

These hormones and medications are not suitable for human consumption. Some research also suggests that long-term consumption of such meat can result in tumors. This is because most estrogen-based hormones are carcinogenic for humans.

Instead, try buying grass-fed or pasture-raised meat. Doing so will not only reduce your consumption of potentially cancer-causing hormones but reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides and toxins that build up in animal fat.

10) Microwaved popcorn
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Popcorn is a quick and healthy snack. The store-bought aspect and the process of popping it in the microwave are what makes it unhealthy. The bags that microwavable popcorn comes in have a lining of PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid. Several studies have closed linked PFOA with kidney, bladder, testicular and pancreatic cancer.

11) Hydrogenated oils
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What exactly are hydrogenated oils? A container of hydrogen gas is placed under a vat of oil, and under highly controlled conditions, hydrogen gas is slowly bubbled into the oil, thus, producing hydrogenated oil. Oils are made up of fats. There are two types of fats- saturated and unsaturated. The addition of the hydrogen oil converts the unsaturated fats into saturated ones. This conversion lengthens the shelf-life of the oils.

However, the side effects of this transformation on your body aren’t positive. Some of the unsaturated fats are also converted into trans-fats. Trans-fats, according to the FDA, are not suitable for consumption. Trans-fats increase cholesterol levels, result in the formation of atherosclerosis, other cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

12) Potato chips
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Potato chips are a go-to snack that is delicious, easily accessible, and cheap. Safe to say, almost everyone eats and loves potato chips. However, most potato chips in packets are produced in industries and contain artificial colors and flavors and several preservatives. 

Potato chips are made at high temperatures, which results in Acrylamide forming. Acrylamide is a well-known carcinogen. Acrylamide can damage your DNA and result in numerous types of cancer.

If you crave potato chips, buy yourself some organic potatoes from your local grocery store and fry yourself some chips. This way, you can also avoid the harmful salts that are used in pre-packaged potato chips.

13) GMO fruits and vegetables
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GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs were first introduced in 1996. Tests and research have shown that GM vegetables fed to rats have resulted in shocking tumors and abnormal cell growth. When grocery shopping, ensure you are buying non-GMO, locally farmed produce.

14) Refined white flour
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The process of ‘refining’ white flour includes the flour being treated with various chemicals. These chemical treatments form alloxan in the flour. Alloxan is a toxic diabetes-causing compound. Cancer cells are known to feed off high glucose and insulin levels. So by avoiding refined white flours and other highly processed starchy products, you can starve cancerous cells and prevent the growth of any deadly tumors. Refining white flour also results in the loss of many essential nutrients, and ‘bleaching’ white flour causes digestive problems. 

15) “Unclean” Vegetables
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All vegetables are sprayed with various pesticides and certain preservatives to ensure freshness and prevent insects from eating them. These chemicals are not suitable for human consumption and are carcinogenic in nature. Therefore, after you have bought vegetables from the grocery store, make sure to wash them under normal tap water at least twice before eating. Especially if you plan on eating the vegetables raw.

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50 items that are extremely dangerous when expired.

Almost everyone reading this article has seen the symbol of a container with an open lid and numbers printer on it at some point or the other. But do you know what this symbol represents? We are here to answer this question. This symbol represents shelf life, and in this article, we talk about 50 items that are extremely dangerous when expired

1. Spices

Expired spices are extremely dangerous and can cause severe indigestion and acidity.

2. Mascara

You do not want to put expired products anywhere near your eye. Using expired mascara can result in a pink eye or other painful infections.

3. Toothbrush

Toothbrushes don’t have an expiration parse, but over time, your toothbrush’s bristles become brittle and rough. If you continue brushing your teeth with coarse bristles, then the enamel coating on your teeth’ surface will be damaged over time. This can lead to other complications coupled with higher sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

4. Toothpaste

Toothpaste doesn’t really go bad. It just stops working. If your toothpaste is more than two years old, throw it away.

5. Contacts

Contact lenses expire after three months. Once they’ve expired, they become extremely dangerous. Contact lenses, in general, require a lot of maintenance. After they expire, they become little magnets for bacteria that can be very, very dangerous for your eyes. Mild side effects of wearing expired contacts include a simple infection, and in more severe cases, people have reportedly gone blind.

6. Sunglasses

Constant exposure to sunlight wears your sunglasses and make them less effective at protecting you from dangerous UV rays. Replace your sunglasses every two years to keep your eyes safe. 

7. Eye drops

Eye drops expire 28 days after you break the seal. Expired eye drops can be hazardous and result in irritation or infection in your eye.

8. Contact lens solution
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The contact lens solution has a shelf life of 3 months after the seal has been broken. So make sure to mark your calendar to avoid using an expired bottle of solution. Using expired contact lens solution can result in irritation and infection in the eye.

9. Sheet Masks
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Different sheet masks last for different periods of time after the seal has been broken. If you haven’t broken the seal of your sheet masks but have owned them for two years already, it’s time to throw them out. Sheet masks that are older than two years are prone to irritating your skin.

10. Mouthwash

Mouthwash is rendered useless after two-to-three years. After this time, using mouthwash will do nothing for your dental and oral hygiene.

11.Wax Strips

Wax strips can generally be irritating for your skin. Expired wax strips can be incredibly irritating.  

12. Shampoo
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Shampoos should also be replaced every two years.

13. Boxed Wine

Boxed wine doesn’t last as long as bottled wine does. Fine wine gets better with age but nope, not boxed wine. Boxed wine is usually good for six to eight months after purchase. Some boxes contain BPA, which can lead to fertility issues and heart problems.

14. Slippers

Slippers are a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria. They become very gross after six months. But, you should replace your everyday slippers every month or so.

15. Tampons

Tampons are sensitive products. Using expired tampons can be very, very dangerous, and cause TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome. Please look at the expiry date before purchasing and make sure never to use expired tampons.

16. Conditioners

The FDA suggests replacing shampoos and conditioners 18 months after breaking the seal.

17. Pore Strips

Like any skincare products, expired pore strips can clog your skin instead of cleaning them. So, it’s best not to use old or expired pore strips.

18. Hand Sanitizers

The primary component in hand sanitizers is alcohol, which means they stop working after a certain period of time.  

19. Hydrogen Peroxide/ rubbing alcohol

Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are staples on a first aid kit and can be found in more households. Make sure not to keep them after their expiry dates because they become pretty much useless after they’ve expired.

20. Acne Medication

Skincare products generally become very sensitive after crossing their expiry dates, but you should be especially careful when it comes to your acne medication. Acne-prone skin is usually very sensitive; using expired medicines may make the situation worse.

21. Disposable Razors

Disposable razors have an expiry period of three shaves after they’ve been taken out of the packet. They can act as bacteria magnets that can lead to skin diseases and nasty rashes.

22. Flour

Flour can quickly become moldy if stored incorrectly. Expired flour can cause salmonella and other food-borne diseases.

23. Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil usually expired six months after the seal has been broken. Expired vegetable oil can produce toxic compounds that can lead to neurological disorders, heart diseases, or even cancer. Be sure to toss out expired vegetable oil immediately.

24. Foundation

A decent-sized foundation should last you a couple of years (depending on your usage). But because it lasts you that long doesn’t mean you should use it for more than a year. Using expired foundation may result in skin irritation or rashes.

25. Sunscreen

Most sunscreens last for three years, but this number may vary from brand to brand. After three years, the sunscreen stops working and becomes incapable of protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

26. Cleaning Sponge

Cleaning sponges are bacteria magnet and can be the home for several disease-causing bacteria, including E.coli. You should change out your cleaning sponges every two weeks of regular use.

27. Bleach

Bleach begins to lose its potency after six months. It’s a cleaning product and often used to eliminate disease-causing microorganisms from surfaces and objects. Less potent bleach will be less successful in removing the bacteria, causing great concern.

28. Loofahs

Experts suggest that you should throw you loofahs out after three to four weeks of usage. Loofahs are often left in wet places, which make them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So, you should refrain using the same loofah for long periods.

29. Moisturizer

Moisturizer or any skincare products become very dangerous after they have expired. The expiry period of all skincare products are usually printed on their label and indicated with this symbol.

Do not use skincare products after the recommended time is over. It may result in rashes and skin irritation.

30. Cleaning products/ Antibacterial disinfectants

Cleaning products such as dish detergent can go bad even if the packet expiry date shows otherwise.

31. Old Cords

Electrical cords that are old and cracked are a health hazard. Not only do broken cables stop working as well, they also pose a fire hazard. So, replace wires as soon as you become aware of any damage.

32. Pillows

Pillows can get real nasty and should be replaced every one-to-two years. Pillows absorb our dead skin cells, hair, and other body oils.

33. Baby car seat

If you have been using the same car seat for your baby for over six years or so, then the car seat has become pretty much useless. It cannot protect your baby the same way anymore, making it very dangerous. It’s time to change it out for a new one.

34. Water
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Don’t store water in plastic bottles for more than three days. Drinking such water can cause water-borne diseases.

35. Old Medicine

Expired medicine can be extremely or mildly dangerous, depending on what the medication is for. To be on the safe side, just toss out any expired medicines.

36. Towels

Towels are a breeding ground for various microorganisms. Wash them frequently and replace them every three years.

37. Jam

Bottles, jams, and jellies have a lot of preservatives to make sure they last a long time. Sometimes they stay well after the date mentioned on the label. But they can easily become moldy and dangerous for your health.

38. Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers expire over time as gas leaks out of the seal. However, this gas escaping process is very slow, and there is no way of accurately predicting how long it will take for your fire extinguisher to become useless. Fires can be extremely dangerous and not something you should take chances with. So remember to replace and recharge questionable extinguishers frequently.

39. Old bras

Old bras, especially ones with underwire, become incapable of providing adequate support after a certain period of time. Change out and replace your bras every year or so.

40. HVAC

HVACs need to be serviced twice a year to maintain high air quality indoors.

41. Batteries

Expired batteries simple won’t work, and long term storage can result in leakages, which can be very dangerous.

42. Petroleum Jelly

You have to dip your finger into the tub of petroleum jelly to get the jelly out. This promotes the spread of bacteria which causes the expiry process of petroleum jelly to speed up and makes them dangerous once expired.

43. Motor oil

Motor oil, once expired, becomes rubbery and thick, rendering it useless. So, check the consistency of your motor oil before purchase.

44. Pacifier

Don’t give your baby an old pacifier. They can become rubbery, and germ build-up can be harmful for your baby.

45. Deli Meat

Deli Meat can last up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Eating expired deli meat can result in food-borne diseases.

46. Bread

Bread becomes moldy and can cause severe indigestion and other food-borne diseases when expired.

47. Running Shoes

Running shoes should be replaced every 3000 kilometers for maximum running support.

48. Milk

Expired milk will give you severe indigestion.

49. Eggs

Consumption of expired eggs can result in several food-borne diseases such as salmonella and diarrhea. If you properly store eggs, I.e., in the fridge at under 7 degrees Celsius, then they remain fresh for up to five weeks.  

50. Mixed Greens

You should avoid the consumption of mixed greens after five more days from the printed date on the packaging.