TIP OF THE WEEK

How to forage in the wilderness

You’re planning an outdoor adventure and want to try your luck foraging for food. How to avoid toxic choices?

When it comes to plants, avoid eating anything unless you can confidently identify what it is, says Popular Mechanics. To that end, carry a book of edible vegetation with you, or ask locals to direct you to safe sources of food.

Whether you’re thinking of trying out a plant, marine life or even resorting to bugs, stay away from bright colors; that’s a sign from nature signaling danger.

Lastly, cook any food before eating it, as this will kill off any parasites so you can continue your adventure without getting sick.

FUN FACTS

5 facts about iced tea

Now that the days are getting longer and the afternoons a little warmer, nothing sounds as refreshing as a glass of iced tea. Here are five facts about tea from the Tea Association of the U.S.A.:

— Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

— Approximately 80 percent of tea consumed in America is iced.

— The South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.

— Iced tea was first popularized in 1904 right here in the United States.

— In one study, participants who drank iced black tea and citrus peel saw a 42 percent reduced risk of skin cancer.

GLUTEN

Make your gluten-free lifestyle more appetizing

Here are a few simple tips to add a feeling of “gluten freedom” to your gluten-free lifestyle from Freschetta.

— Make simple ingredient swaps. Substitute flour tortillas for Boston bib lettuce leaves or swap in grated steamed cauliflower instead of couscous.

— Find gluten-free meals everyone will enjoy. You can still enjoy things like pizza. Yes, that’s right, pizza.

— Incorporate snack prep into your weekly routine. Store snacks in clear containers and keep them at the front of your fridge or cupboard. Easy access makes gluten-free snacking a breeze.

— Experiment with new flavors and dishes. Rather than search for new gluten-free recipes, seek out recipes with naturally gluten-free ingredients like fish, vegetables and rice.

— Add texture with tasty alternatives. Exchange breadcrumbs for ground rice cereal on fried chicken and lightly toasted almonds, pecans or walnuts for croutons.

— Brandpoint

FOOD MYTHS

High-fructose corn syrup is no worse, better than sugar

Although it is a popular notion, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest high-fructose corn syrup is no more harmful than sugar. According to researchers, since high-fructose corn syrup was created to mimic table sugar, its composition is nearly identical. In comparing the effects of high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, both have similar effects on blood levels of insulin, glucose, triglycerides and satiety hormones.

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