News Bites: The State That Drinks the Most and The Tongue Loves Carbs

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Read on for the June 11, 2014 edition of News Bites.

Which State Drinks the Most?

American alcohol consumption has been increasing, which makes the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's annual report very significant. The report found that the average American 14 and older consumed about 2.33 gallons of alcohol in 2012. The west tends to drink the most in the U.S., drinking an average of 2.42 gallons of alcohol a year. However, New Hampshire drinks the most alcohol in the whole country, consuming 4.65 gallons of alcohol per capita. Utah drinks the least in the country.

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Sixth Sense of Taste

The human tongue recognizes sweet, sour, savory, salty and bitter tastes, but now researchers are saying that the tongue also picks up on carbohydrates. The carbs seem to activate brain regions instantly through taste, before even being swallowed, according to the study. The researchers believe this could have big implications for athletes, who require lots of carbs for energy.

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More Fish for Pregnant Women

According to a new FDA analysis, many women seem to avoid eating fish during pregnancy. The report explains that fish contains nutrients that seem to have a positive impact on fetal development and growth and recommends that pregnant women eat two to three servings of fish a week. They recommend salmon, canned light tuna, cod and tilapia, which don't have high levels of mercury.

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Salad in Space

Spending months in outer space means eating a lot of frozen and canned foods, which is why NASA is implementing a program to help astronauts grow their own food. A vegetable production system called Veg-01 or "Veggie" looks like a jellyfish, but contains several types of romaine lettuce grown with LED lights.

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Taco Bell

Taco Bell is launching a new beverage. The Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float Freeze is the chain's version of a root beer float, but with Dr. Pepper instead of root beer. Perhaps, this drink will go great with the new Quesarito that Taco Bell has just launched.

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Which states drink the most? The annual report from The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recently found which states consumed the most alcohol. The answer may surprise you. Turns out, they found that the average American 14 and older consumed about 2.33 gallons of alcohol in 2012.

In other News:

  • Does the tongue have a sixth sense?
  • Pregnant women should eat more fish, according to the FDA.
  • Astronauts are trying to grow lettuce in space.
  • Taco Bell tries out a new kind of drink.

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