Eating for fame: How safe is competitive gluttony?

A West Delhi restaurant recently organised a burger eating contest and announced an irresistible prize for the winner — meals on the house for an entire month for the person who would eat maximum number of burgers. DU student Garv Gupta took up the challenge and won it, but with a scary consequence. Next morning, Gupta noticed blood in his vomit and rushed to the doctor, who found out that he had ruptured the inner lining of his stomach because of gulping down too many chilli burgers. While this seems…

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This startup is making dog food that’s so safe and nutritious, even humans can eat it

Soon after Gabby Slome brought her adoptive dog, Pancho, home from a vacation to Colombia, she noticed something unsettling: He was gaining way too much weight. “I was feeding him what I thought was really good food from a premium kibble brand, he gained weight really fast,” Slome told Business Insider. “I like to say he became Americanized rather quickly.” Slome was working out of Primary Ventures at the time, which is where she met Alex Douzet. He had also just adopted a dog, and the dog had gained 14…

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Researchers debunk ‘five-second rule’: Eating food off the floor isn’t safe

Turns out bacteria may transfer to candy that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it’s OK to scoop up food and eat it within a “safe” five-second window. Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science, found that moisture, type of surface and contact time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second. Their findings appear online in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal, Applied and…

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Proximity food challenge shows it’s usually safe to be near allergy triggers

Of the estimated 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, nearly 6 million are children. And those who are severely allergic to a particular food item, especially kids, can become very anxious when they run into the problem food in any form. For example, someone with a peanut allergy who gets close to anyone eating peanuts or peanut butter may become extremely nervous and might want to run away. This can result in cutting back on social activities and feeling different and isolated. However, according to a recent article…

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