News Bites: Detoxing is a Myth and Lime Prices Drop

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Read on for the May 20, 2014 edition of News Bites.

Detoxing Is A Waste of Time and Money.

According to a new report, scientists say that detoxing is nothing more than a waste of money. The scientists claim that a glass of water and good night's rest is more likely to keep you healthy. The body is very good at getting rid of toxins thanks to the liver.

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Lime Prices Drop.

Finally, the prices of limes are beginning to return to normal. Thanks to more favorable weather, the lime crop is booming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week that customers were buying limes for 30 cents each, a far cry from the 90 cents a few months ago. The cost of limes was actually influenced by Mexican drug cartels, who dictated the prices to the farmers. There has been a big crackdown on the cartels recently, so they have left the farmers alone.

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Protein Powder Made of Bugs

Would you eat a protein powder made of insects? BugMuscle is the first of its kind, a protein powder consisting entirely of bugs. The bugs actually do contain a lot of protein and BugMuscle claims to be the ideal snack after a trip to the gym, but could you actually eat it?

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Olive Oil Increases Nutrients in Lettuce.

Adding olive oil to lettuce doesn't just amp up the flavor of a salad, but could also help to lower blood pressure, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discovered that the unsaturated fats in olive oil actually make the lettuce more beneficial to the body. The combination of the unsaturated fats in the olive oil and the nitrates found in lettuce and spinach help to combat high blood pressure.

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The Third Plate

In his new book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, chef and author, Dan Barber suggests that the farm-to-table craze isn't actually sustainable. Instead, he argues that farming needs to be incorporated into our eating patterns. His own restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns serves food that comes from their own farm outside.

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Yesterday, News Bites explored the new cake batter Krispy Kreme donuts and a huge beef recall.

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These days it seems like everyone is "cleansing" or "detoxing." Juice cleanses, touted for their detoxifying benefits, are pretty pricey for their limited quantities of actual food. Now scientists are saying detoxing is a myth and nothing but a waste of time and money.

In other news:

  • The lime shortage is finally coming to an end.
  • Olive oil enhances the nutrients in lettuce.
  • You'll never believe what this protein powder is made of!
  • Farm-to-table might not be a sustainable practice.

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