Burger King Halloween Black Burger To Blame For Green Poop


(PCM) When Burger King revealed their all new black Halloween Whopper just in time to celebrate the Halloween season, consumers flocked to the fast-food restaurant to give it a try, however they just as quickly flocked to social media to reveal that after consuming the burger their bowel movements were turning a lovely shade of green.

Talk about a little trick or treat in your stomach!  Apparently, the green poop is caused by the black food dye that is used to color the Halloween Whopper’s buns. The all-black Whopper has been available in Japan for quite sometime and there have been no reports of green poop, however they are using squid ink to color the buns rather than black food dye.

Needless to say the hashtag #GreenPoop is currently trending on both Twitter and Facebook and many people are now heading out to try the sandwich just to see if it actually makes them poop a different color. Many have reported that it is not even a sickly colored green, but more like a bright cartoon green which makes this all the more odd!

Have you tried the new Halloween Whopper? Did it make have #GreenPoop?

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What Does It Mean If You See A Teal Pumpkin This Halloween


(PCM) Each year thousands of children across the country will go out trick-or-treating picking up candy of all varieties to enjoy. However, there are some children that suffer from dietary restrictions, food allergies, diabetes and a host of other illnesses that do not allow them to enjoy most of the candy that is picked up door to door on Halloween.

This can prove to be quite an issue for mom and dad, as well as, incredibly frustrating for the child who can’t understand why he or she can not enjoy the same trick-or-treating experience as their peers. While it is completely impossible to be able to anticipate every child’s specific needs when giving out candy and treats this Halloween, there is one small thing you can do to be sure that all visiting children can be accommodated properly.

If you paint a pumpkin teal in color and leave it on your front steps or porch parents and children will know that it is safe for them to go trick-or-treating at your home, as you will offer alternatives other than candy such as toys or small games that will not make them sick.

Such a wonderful idea and we will certainly be on the lookout for teal pumpkins during the Halloween season. We urge everyone to take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project!

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Late Night Snacks? Eat Right!

By: Shannon Connor Winward

What You Eat is More Important Than When You Eat It

LateNightLifestyle(PCM) The stars are out, the hour is late, and most of the world, it seems, is tucked in for the night. Yet here you are, getting ready to chow down. Whether you’re crashing an all-night-diner with friends or cruising to fridge town as a party of one, there’s something about eating “after hours” that feels a little wicked, a little wild – but is late-night snacking really bad for you?

As it turns out, being “bad” may taste oh, so good, but there’s no real difference whether you eat at five o’clock or three AM – the calories in that slice of pizza are exactly the same. The only thing that really matters to your diet (and your health) are what foods you eat and how many total calories you consume.

Usually we talk about daily eating as a trinity – three square meals at, say, eight, noon, and five – but this doesn’t always reflect our modern reality. Some of us skip meals, others graze throughout the day or load up like a camel at one big sit-down. Many people live and work on unconventional schedules. Is moonlight dining your new normal? It may seem naughty (especially if you remember Gremlins), but if your midnight mauling of that chicken leg is making up for a meal you missed earlier, then it’s probably something your body needs.

On the other hand, if you’re throwing down with a bowl of ice cream or frozen burritos for reasons other than hunger, that can be a problem. Many people turn to food as stress-relief after a rough day, particularly with high-fat comfort foods. A single session of self-pity snacking can double your daily calorie intake – and eventually, your waistline. Late-night munchies can also be triggered by a bout of drinking (another popular form of stress-relief!); in addition to washing away inhibitions, alcohol increases our cravings, makes us feel less full, and hinders our self-control – a dangerous dietary combination if you’re already at or over your calorie quota.

What’s more, consuming heavy meals and certain foods before bed (spicy marina or clams casino anyone?) can lead to a night of digestive discomfort or otherwise mess with your sleep cycle, leading to a vicious cycle of fatigue, with you reaching for more food, over-the-counter energy-boosters and excess caffeine to get through the following day.

Coffee is our favorite crutch for good reason – it’s a powerful stimulant, it tastes great, and goes well with just about everything. A little bit of can be good for you (caffeine boosts brain function and physical performance, helps burn fat, and lowers your risk for certain diseases), but too much can cause nausea, nervousness, dehydration, increased heart rate, muscle tremors – not to mention insomnia when you’re finally ready to turn in.

For natural sources of energy, a balanced diet of whole foods is best – at midnight or any time of day. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna and other fish, flaxseed, walnuts), B vitamins (meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes) and folates (green leafy veggies, fruit and grains) are especially helpful for energy production and mental alertness.

Even if you’re not trying to fuel your way through an all-nighter, eating before bedtime may actually be good for you; a snack or small meal can help you relax, sleep better, and stabilize your metabolism.

Nutritionists say that foods containing the amino acid tryptophan, in particular, are ideal for winding down – while it won’t put you to sleep directly, tryptophan aides with digestion and increases serotonin, a happy-time chemical in your brain. We all know about the tryptophan in the Thanksgiving turkey, but nuts and seeds, soy, and dairy are also great sources (grandma’s glass of warm milk is cliché for a reason!). And good news for carb-lovers; carbohydrates help your body process tryptophan. For really great late eating, go for a combination of whole grains with tryptophan-foods, such as a light turkey sandwich, nut butter spread on whole grain toast, a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk (not the rainbow-colored sugar orgy, we’re talking the good stuff here), soy yogurt with granola or a bit of cheese on crackers.

The occasional late-night binge can be great fun – there’s nothing quite like a post-party platter of onion rings and mozzarella sticks at one in the morning, or raiding the cabinets for cookies and milk at the crack of dawn. It’s important to keep those moments special, though, rather than making them a habit. If you find yourself looking for nighttime nosh on a regular basis, train yourself to think in terms of late-night mini-meals, with reasonable portions of real food, rather than late-night snacking. Your body is an all-night temple. It deserves better than freezer foraging and vending machines desperation.

Give yourself good eats – no matter the hour.

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Burger Kings’ Black Burger Is Coming To The U.S!


(PCM) Many of us were incredibly jealous when it was revealed that only Burger King restaurants in Japan would enjoy the chance to sample Burger King’s black-colored Kuro burger when it was released last September. It now seems that we will finally get our chance as Burger King has announced that a new version of their black burger is being released here in The States.

Instead of being called the Kuro Burger, it will now be called the “Halloween Whopper”! The new version of the burger will still feature an all black colored bun, however instead of the bun being infused with squid ink, the new Halloween Whopper bun will be infused with A.1. steak sauce.  The A.1 sauce will also be used as a condiment on the burger itself, along with the usual lettuce, tomato and cheese.

While, the Kuro Burger also feature black colored cheese, the Halloween Burger will only feature the normal yellow American cheese. Burger King says that the new Halloween Whopper will cost approximately $4.00 and will only be available for a limited time during the Halloween holiday season.

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Tips For Making The Change To Gluten-Free

By: Shannon Connor Winward


GlutenLifestyle(PCM) Gluten is a lovely thing. In breads and products made from wheat, barley and rye, gluten is the protein combo that creates that wonderful, irreplaceably chewy texture. Unfortunately, for some people gluten can cause gastrointestinal distress and related health issues; this reaction can range from a mild discomfort that resolves within hours after eating to a chronic and severe – even life-threatening – disability. About 1% of Americans are thought to suffer from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s reaction to gluten causes damage to the small intestine and can lead to dangerous malnutrition.

Many more people are considered to be gluten intolerant – a condition that cannot be definitively diagnosed (you “have” it if not eating gluten makes you feel better) and thus has had variable support by medical science and is the subject for great sport on the internet (this article is gluten-free!). Despite the anti-anti-gluten snark and sentiment in the media, the number of people rethinking gluten is ever on the rise.

If you’re just getting started on a gluten-free diet, it can feel like your life is over, or that you’ll never enjoy food again (which for many of us amounts to the same thing). The good news is it really doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what you should know:

The first rule of a gluten-free diet is to talk about the gluten-free diet. Ask your doctor (of course); she will probably caution you to get plenty of fiber and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and/or take a multivitamin. Ask friends and family; Celiacs is a genetic disease, so if you’ve been diagnosed with it you may well be related to someone who has it, too. Social media can also be a great source of information: look for chat groups and websites dedicated to Celiacs, food allergies, and/or gluten-free lifestyles. Stalk the gluten-free aisle in your supermarket – or, better yet, check out your local health food grocer. While many modern stores are on the gluten-free band-wagon (sales in this market are expected to exceed $5 billion dollars this year), specialty stores usually offer a greater selection and can provide more specialized knowledge than your average stock boy.

Some stores and manufacturers make their products easy to spot with gluten-free icons on the packaging, which can be enormously helpful when you are first learning how to shop. However, figuring out labels for yourself is the ultimate key to surviving gluten-free. Products that were once gluten-free may change without warning. Also, not everything that is naturally gluten-free is labeled (meat, fish, eggs, dairy, vegetables, fruit, legumes, many (though not all) canned goods, nuts, rice, and other types of grain), whereas some foods that do contain gluten might surprise you (many salad dressings, malt vinegar, soy sauce, some sushi, soup, processed meat, candy, spice blends, beer and even certain wines). Wheat and gluten are can be listed by many names – learn what they are so you know what to avoid. Gluten is as sneaky as it is ubiquitous.

Fortunately, there are many safe alternatives in the marketplace today. If pizza, power bars, or cookies are your comfort foods, keep gluten-free versions stocked at home. Pasta and sandwich breads are particularly useful to have on hand for quick meals, and bringing your own hot dog roll or burger bun is an easy fix for enjoying the neighborhood cookout or office party.

As you become more comfortable with gluten-free eating, it could be a good idea to work more homemade, whole foods into your meal plan, as these are not only cheaper but also healthier. The better a specialty gluten-free product tastes, the more likely it’s harboring added fat, sugar, salt, and additives. Insidious, right?! But not to worry – the internet and cookbooks abound with gluten-free recipes. It just takes a little exploration to find some to suit your needs. While you’re at it, be sure to add a few salads, sweets, or covered-dish-crowd-pleasers to your repertoire so you’ll always have something safe to contribute at dinner parties or potlucks.

A little strategy and pre-planning are also helpful for dining out gluten-free. It can be overwhelming (not to mention depressing) to be handed a menu with nothing on it that you can order besides water and a baked potato. All things considered, though, there has never been a better time to go out gluten-free. Many restaurants have answered the trend with gluten-free/allergy-friendly menus – all you have to do is ask. Chain restaurants in particular often have nutritional information posted online, and thanks to reviews on food-allergy websites and smart phone apps, you can usually get the scoop on locally-owned places too. When in doubt (and to save time and sidelong glances) you can always call ahead, but, really, don’t be shy about asking questions of your server. Tell them what you need to know, and why. Once you learn which restaurants are most willing and able to accommodate you, reward them with your repeat business!

Eating gluten-free takes commitment, certainly, but unless you’re also allergic to pre-planning and a little education, it’s nothing you can’t handle.

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Oreo Introduces Yet Another New Fall Flavor


(PCM) While everyone else is on the pumpkin spice kick, Oreo has released a surprising new flavor for the fall season with the introduction of Toasted Coconut Oreos.  The new limited-edition Oreos feature a vanilla cookie filled with a toasted coconut cream, that also contains actual flakes of toasted coconut. The package features a picture of a  delicious looking slice of coconut layer cake!

Currently, the new Toasted Coconut Oreos have only been spotted in Meijer grocery stores in the Midwest, but we are certain there will be a national roll-out in the coming months. And for all you pumpkin spice enthusiasts out there, rest assured Oreo is still making their Pumpkin Spice flavored cookies as well for the fall season.


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