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July 20, 2018

Weekend reads: How much sugar do kids eat? Parents often underestimate, German study finds

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    After 60+ years, the man with the world's longest fingernails finally cuts them off. Shridgar Chillal from Pune, India, this month trimmed his Guinness World Record-winning fingernails in a ceremony in New York. The nails—which won Chillal the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails on a single hand—are currently on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Texas. Chillal said he had been growing his nails since he was 14, with Guinness clocking the combined length of all five nails at 29 feet and 10.1 inches—roughly "the same length as a London bus."

    Parents have no idea how much sugar their children eat. Parents underestimate how much sugar their children eat, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Obesity. For the study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin visited 305 German families with at least one child between the ages of six and 12. The researchers calculated the body mass index (BMI) of each child, and then they quizzed the parent who planned and provided the majority of the family meals about the sugar content of several foods and beverages, including orange juice, pizza, and yogurt. The researchers found roughly 75% of parents underestimated the total amount of sugar in the foods. What's more, the misjudgments appeared to correlate with the children's BMIs: Children with the highest BMIs tended to have parents who underestimated sugar content the most.

    Rachel Schulze's reads

    5 food safety mistakes you're probably making. Nutritionist Ellie Krieger has rounded up five common food safety mistakes and how to avoid them at your summer cookouts. One: basting germ-ridden marinade from raw meat onto cooked foods. To avoid this, Krieger advises saving some marinade that doesn't go on the raw meat for later. Two: Guessing when food is done. Instead, buy a food thermometer, Krieger says. Three: Touching cooked food with tools used on raw meat. To avoid this issue, use two sets of tools. Four: Touching foods with unwashed hands. When you're away from the sink, keep sanitizer or wipes nearby. Five: Leaving food out too long. Bacteria grow between 40 and 140 degrees Farenheit. Don't let food stay in that temperature zone for more than two hours—or more than one if it's over 90 degrees out, Krieger says.

    Got almonds? During a summit with Politico Pro this week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the Trump administration intends to regulate the term "milk" more tightly. However, perhaps more memorable than the content of news of FDA's plans to crack down on non-dairy beverages was Gottlieb's assessment of almond milk: "An almond doesn't lactate, I will confess," Gottlieb said.

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