Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich is the New Flavour of Pringles

The New Limited-edition Pringles

Each can comes with a code on the seal that unlocks a free spicy chicken sandwich, available with purchase via mobile order.

Source: PR Newswire

Chuckles of the Day





Psychology Experiment

It was a practical session in the psychology class.

The professor showed a large cage with a male rat in it.

The rat was in the middle of the cage.

Then, the professor kept a piece of cake on one side and kept a female rat on the other side.

The male rat ran towards the cake and ate it.

Then, the professor changed the cake and replaced it with some bread.

The male rat ran towards the bread.

This experiment went on with the professor changing the food every time.

And, every time, the male rat ran towards the food item and never towards the female rat.

Professor said: This experiment shows that food has the greatest strength of attraction.

Then, one of the students from the back rows said:

“Sir, why don’t you change the female rat? This one may be his wife!”

The professor stood straight up his finger pointing towards the student and said:

“You are a Damn Genius”

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Old Couple

An elderly couple were on a cruise and it was really stormy. They were standing on the back of the boat watching the moon, when a wave came up and washed the old woman overboard.

They searched for days and couldn’t find her, so the captain sent the old man back to shore with the promise that he would notify him as soon as they found something.

Three weeks went by and finally the old man got a fax from the boat.

It read: “Sir, sorry to inform you, we found your wife dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled her up to the deck and attached to her bottom was an oyster and in it was a pearl worth $50,000 . . . please advise.”

The old man faxed back: “Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap.”




Study: Eating More Fruit and Vegetables Linked to Less Stress

Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is associated with less stress, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU).

The study examined the link between fruit and vegetable intake and stress levels of more than 8,600 Australians aged between 25 and 91 participating in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) Study from Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

The findings revealed people who ate at least 470 grams of fruit and vegetables daily had 10 per cent lower stress levels than those who consumed less than 230 grams. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day.

Lead researcher, PhD candidate Simone Radavelli-Bagatini from ECU’s Institute for Nutrition Research, said the study strengthens the link between diets rich in fruit and vegetables and mental wellbeing.

“We found that people who have higher fruit and veggie intakes are less stressed than those with lower intakes, which suggests diet plays a key role in mental wellbeing,” said Ms Radavelli-Bagatini.

A growing issue

Mental health conditions are an increasing problem in Australia and around the world. Around one in two Australians will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Globally, approximately 1 in 10 people live with a mental health disorder.

According to Ms Radavelli-Bagatini, some stress is considered normal, but long-term exposure can significantly impact mental health.

“Long-term and unmanaged stress can lead to a range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety so we need to find ways to prevent and possibly alleviate mental health problems in the future,” said Ms Radavelli-Bagatini.

The benefits of a healthy diet are well known, but only 1 in 2 Australians eat the recommended two serves of fruit per day and fewer than 1 in 10 eat the recommended five serves of vegetables each day.

“Previous studies have shown the link between fruit and vegetable consumption and stress in younger adults, but this is the first time we’re seeing similar results across adults of all ages,” said Ms Radavelli-Bagatini.

“The study’s findings emphasise that it’s important for people to have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables to potentially minimise stress.”

Food and mood

While the mechanisms behind how fruit and vegetable consumption influences stress are still unclear, Ms Radavelli-Bagatini said key nutrients could be a factor.

“Vegetables and fruits contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and therefore improve mental wellbeing,” she said.

“Inflammation and oxidative stress in the body are recognised factors that can lead to increased stress, anxiety and lower mood.”

“These findings encourage more research into diet and specifically what fruits and vegetables provide the most benefits for mental health.”

The research is part of ECU’s recently launched Institute for Nutrition Research, which aims to investigate how nutrition can help prevent and treat chronic health conditions.

‘Fruit and vegetable intake is inversely associated with perceived stress across the adult lifespan’ was published in Clinical Nutrition.

Source: Australia Edith Cowan University

Study: Mixing COVID Vaccines Might Raise Odds for Minor Reactions

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Mixing the various COVID-19 vaccines — for example, getting a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine but having your second dose be the AstraZeneca shot — seems to increase the risk of side effects, a new study from Britain suggests.

Preliminary data from a study of 850 U.K. patients aged 50 and older that compared mixed dosing schedules of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines found an increase in the frequency of mild to moderate symptoms in people receiving mixed doses. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not available in the United States.

The adverse reactions didn’t last long and there were no other safety concerns, the researchers stressed. In areas where the supply of one vaccine is limited, experts have wondered if the “mix-n-match” approach might work.

“Whilst this is a secondary part of what we are trying to explore through these studies, it is important that we inform people about these data, especially as these mixed-doses schedules are being considered in several countries,” said researcher Matthew Snape, an associate professor in pediatrics and vaccinology at the University of Oxford.

“The results from this study suggest that mixed dose schedules could result in an increase in work absences the day after immunization, and this is important to consider when planning immunization of health care workers,” he said in a university news release.

“Importantly, there are no safety concerns or signals, and this does not tell us if the immune response will be affected. We hope to report these data in the coming months. In the meantime, we have adapted the ongoing study to assess whether early and regular use of paracetamol [acetaminophen] reduces the frequency of these reactions,” Snape said.

The researchers also said these data were from patients 50 and older, and it’s possible these reactions may be more common in younger patients.

The trial is being done to see if mixing these vaccines might be an effective way of protecting people from COVID-19, especially if booster doses are needed.

In the study, four different combinations of prime and booster vaccination were given: a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by boosting with either the Pfizer vaccine or a further dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine followed by boosting with either the AstraZeneca vaccine or a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

In April, the researchers started to evaluate the Moderna and Novavax vaccines in a new U.K. study. (The Novavax vaccine is going through the approval process in the United States and Britain.) Volunteers received either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, and were then randomly allocated to receive either the same vaccine for their second dose or a dose of the vaccines produced by Moderna or Novavax.

The report was published in the journal The Lancet.

Source: HealthDay

Pork with Sauerkraut

Ingredients

3 green (uncooked) pork knuckles, salted, or 2 lb green gammon (uncooked country ham)
2 lb pork belly in 1 piece
2 onions, peeled and halved
10 juniper berries
12 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
2 Morteau, American andouille, or similar sausages
16 medium potatoes, peeled
2 lb choucroute (pickled cabbage), precooked
1-1/4 cups Riesling wine
8 frankfurters

Method

  1. Rinse the knuckles or gammon in cold water and place them in a deep pan with the belly. Cover with cold water and bring to a gentle simmer, then skim well and add the onions, spices, and bay leaves. Cook for 75 minutes, then add the Morteau sausages and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan with a cloth or parchment paper.
  2. Ladle out enough of the liquid to cook the potatoes in a separate pan until tender.
  3. Reheat the cabbage in a saucepan by gently simmering it with the Riesling wine and a little of the pork-cooking liquid.
  4. Five minutes before serving, reheat the frankfurters in the pan with all the other pork and serve piping hot.
  5. Serve the meat and potatoes in big bowls on top of the hot cabbage.

Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Source: The French Kitchen


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