As lemon lovers, we know that it just isn’t really summer until the humidity is climbing, your shirt is sweat-painted to your back and you reach for that first lemonade. You touch the icy glass to your teeth, open wide, and in floods a cube-clinking cascade of lemony coldness, activating every taste bud sensor: sweet, sour and tart. Then you swallow, sending the whole gulp of cool, wet, sourness down, and your core temperature plummets along with it. Only then can you swipe your face with your arm, smile at the sun, and say “Ahhhh! Summer at last!”
Our love affair with lemonade may be as American as apple pie, but most of the world has loved the lemon beverage as much as we do. The earliest mention of lemonade seems to be from 10th century Egypt, when trade in lemon juice was quite terrific. Then, like now, locals liked bottles of lemon juice with lots of sugar. The rest is history.
We’re pretty conservative when it comes to food. We like what we eat to be natural. That’s why True Lemon is pure, crystallized lemon without anything artificial added.
So it was disturbing to us to hear about cows in Argentina and China being engineered to give more human-like milk.
Picnic time! It’s not usually hungry bears we have to worry about when we dine outside. It’s our food.
Yes, while True Lemon is fresh, clean and safe no matter how long you tote it around in your basket, cooked foods can be the route for illness. Common bugs norovirus, Salmonella and E. coli can get around during preparation, grilling or serving. These tips will help make sure your family and friends keep coming back for more when you take it outdoors:
Uh oh. We know what you’re thinking: “Hey, we’ve been waiting all YEAR for grilling! Don’t tell us it’s bad for us NOW!”
Well, bad news and good news. The truth is that grilling meat does create two kinds of damaging compounds, which we then ingest along with that crispy-crusted burger. The first kind, AGEs, accelerate aging (Yikes!) and contribute to inflammatory diseases like diabetes. The second compound, HCAs, can lead to cancer. Seems to take the fun out of BBQing, doesn’t it?
Think about it: we put a man on the moon four decades ago, ran solar-powered cars all over Mars for the last 10 years, and all the while we haven't come up with products that won't give us cancer?
It’s heating up out there! Even if we aren’t trying to lose weight for the beach or pool (and who isn’t?), we still need to drink plenty of water to keep all our systems go this summer. And if we do want to drop some pounds, then upping water intake is even more important.
But exactly how much of the wet stuff are we supposed to be downing every day to get its great benefits for health and weight loss?
Raise your hand if you want to lose weight without dieting! Yup, we do too!
So what’s the secret? Just add green tea to your daily drinks menu. People in one study drank three to five cups a day, and over three months they lost nearly five percent of their body weight. If our math is right, for someone who’s 150 pounds, that’s 6.9 pounds gone in 12 weeks --just by drinking more!
It’s true: each True Lemon, True Orange and True Lime packet bursts with big, bright flavor.
That tangy taste blast is all-natural. No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors are involved, just delicious, crystallized fruit. --But it turns out that not all fruit is as natural as we’d like to think.
What’s the first thing the Jersey Shore Guidettes noticed during their recent Italian trip? That the local guys “are all very lean, very Metro-looking”.
Statistics say 18 percent of Italian men are obese, as compared to 32 percent of American men. Maybe that’s because when it comes to food, many Italians go for quality, not quantity.
Mummies are gross. They look like human beef jerky really, so we try not to look at them. So why are we writing about them? Because mummy researchers have dug up an interesting finding: hardening of the arteries has been around a whole lot longer than hotdogs, squeeze-cheese and French fries.
Cardiologists scanned Egyptian mummies, some more than 3,000 years old. One of them was even Nefertiti’s nursemaid! Several showed atherosclerosis, a type of arteriosclerosis that is common today, which is when fat and cholesterol collect along the walls of arteries and can block them, possibly causing heart attack or stroke.