10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

Article by Jennifer Maldonado  for EatThis,NotThat.com

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10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

Sometimes, all you really need is a frozen pizza to hit the spot. It’s ready in minutes and you don’t have to worry about going out to pick it up or wait for the delivery person to arrive. Plus, you don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen like you would if you made it from scratch. But not every frozen pizza is the same. And some are worse for you than others.

So which is the worst frozen pizza out there? Well, we rounded up the 10 unhealthiest frozen pizzas you’ll find in the freezer aisle. That way, you know which pie to just skip when you’re looking for the perfect addition to your Friday night hangout in your living room.

1. Stouffer’s Three Meat French Bread Pizza

Per pizza: 460 calories, 25 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,070 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 18 g protein

These French-bread based mini pies are topped with sausage, pepperoni, and bacon, creating a small pizza that has more sodium than 12 McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Yikes.

2. DiGiorno Croissant Crust Three Meat

Per pizza: 2,050 calories, 110 g fat (50 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 4,200 mg sodium, 180 g carbs (10 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 85 g protein

DiGiorno took things up a notch with the introduction of its croissant crust. While it might make for a lighter, flakier pie, it’s still high in calories and sodium.

3. Red Baron Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza

Per pizza: 1,170 calories, 60 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,030 mg sodium, 114 g carbs (6 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 45 g protein

Red Baron’s thin crust pies aren’t actually worse than the classic crust options. Just one slice of the Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza will set you back 1,010 milligrams of sodium. The classic version? It’s still pretty scary, coming in at 810 milligrams of sodium.

4. Tombstone Original Supreme Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 1,360 calories, (28 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,200 mg sodium, 140 g carbs (8 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 60 g protein

The presence of peppers, olives, and onions don’t really help make things better here. This pie, which is also topped with the classic processed meats combo of sausage and pepperoni, is scary high in sodium.

5. Celeste Pizza for One, Sausage and Pepperoni

Per pizza: 400 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 10 g protein

If you thought going for the “personal pan” option would be a safer bet, this sausage and pepperoni pizza from Celeste proves otherwise. Coming in with 900 milligrams of sodium and a very long list of ingredients that includes fattening palm oil, this one gets a skip.

6. DiGiorno Bacon Me Crazy Pizza

Per pizza: 1,640 calories, 84 g fat (40 g saturated fat), 3,680 mg sodium, 136 g carbs (8 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 80 g protein

The fat and sodium in this pie are way too high! Even if you are splitting this pie, one serving alone is packing 920 milligrams of the salty stuff.

7. Red Baron Classic Crust Four Cheese Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 1,520 calories, 68 g fat (36 g saturated fat), 2,880 mg sodium, 160 g carbs (8 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 64 g protein

You might think that since this pizza is thin crust and just topped with cheese and no meats, you would in the clear. But don’t be fooled! It’s still high in calories, fat, and sodium.

8. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 880 calories, 32 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,940 mg sodium, 101 g carbs (4 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 47 g protein

While this pizza gets some points because the chicken it’s topped with is grilled, there are still plenty of red flags. The fact that there are a few different sugars listed on the ingredients is not the best when it comes to finding a healthier pizza option.

9. Screamin’ Sicilian Brazen Buffalo

Per pizza: 1,320 calories, 60 g fat (28 g saturated fat), 5,200 mg sodium, 124 g carbs (8 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 72 g protein

This spicy Buffalo chicken pizza is simply drowning in salt. One slice sets you back 1,300 milligrams, making the whole pie clock in at more than 5,000 milligrams. Keep in mind that The American Heart Association recommends the average person have no more than 2,300 milligrams a day of sodium, moving toward an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 milligrams. 

10. Tombstone Original 4 Meat

Per pizza: 1,480 calories, 72 g fat (32 g saturated fat), 3,640 mg sodium, 140 g carbs (8 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 68 g protein

By now, it should be clear that any pizza that is topped with multiple processed meats is going to be bad news for your waistline. And that’s all this 4 Meat pie from Tombstone is—trouble!

Source: 10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves (msn.com)

Winter Solstice 2020: When Is It and Why Is It the Shortest Day of the Year?

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The December solstice this year will occur at 5:02 a.m. ET on Monday, December 21, marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

While we tend to think that the term “winter solstice” refers to an entire day, it technically only refers to a specific moment in time—when the Earth’s North Pole is pointing furthest away from the sun.

The day on which the December solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere has the fewest daylight hours and the longest night. From this date onwards, the days start to get longer again.

The reason the day of the winter solstice is so short in the Northern Hemisphere can be explained by the fact that Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees relative to the plane of the planet’s orbit around the sun.

Thanks to this phenomenon, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere is pointed as far away from the sun as possible at the December solstice. At the same time, the Southern Hemisphere is pointed furthest towards our star.

On December 21, the sun will take its lowest possible path across the sky after rising in the east and setting in the west, providing the Northern Hemisphere with fewer hours of light than any other day this year.

The December solstice marks the start of “astronomical winter.” This astronomical definition of winter is based on the movement of our planet around the sun.

“Meteorological winter,” on the other hand, begins three weeks earlier on December 1. This meteorological definition of winter is based on annual temperature cycles, with the mercury in the Northern Hemisphere typically falling to its lowest average levels in December, January and February.

Because of Earth’s tilt, different parts of our planet receive the sun’s most direct rays over the course of the year, giving rise to the seasons. When Earth’s North Pole is tilted away from the sun, the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter because it is receiving less direct radiation.

The opposite scenario is true when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun. During this period the hemisphere experiences summer.

As you move further away from the equator either north or south, the effect of Earth’s tilt on the seasons becomes more pronounced. While Earth’s equatorial regions do experience different seasons—wet and dry—there is little variation in temperature throughout the year, unlike at higher latitudes.

The December solstice usually occurs on the 21st or 22nd day of the month but on rare occasions it falls on the 20th or 23rd.

Source: Winter Solstice 2020: When Is It and Why Is It the Shortest Day of the Year? (msn.com)

Dangerous Side Effects of Drinking Soda Every Day

Faye Brennan Article Photo credit EatThis,NotThat.com

If you drink soda every day, chances are, you’ve been doing so for years—and you’ve probably heard countless times that it’s not good for your health. Still, that’s not stopping you from getting your daily fix.

But, consider this: That glass of refreshing, bubbly, fizz that you’re so loyal to day-in-and-day-out is likely damaging your body in ways you wouldn’t even begin to imagine. To say that it’s preventing you from living your best life is not an understatement.

In fact, here are all the unfortunate side effects of drinking soda—yes, even diet soda—every day, backed by science—listed out in full detail to convince you that it’s time to (finally!) quit this unhealthy habit for good. 

1. Your risk of death may go up.

Yes, you read that right. A 2019 study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found that men and women who drink more than two sugary beverages (ahem, sodas) a day experienced a 21% increased risk of mortality than those who drank less than one a month.

2. You’ll have an increased risk of heart disease complications.

The same study also found that drinking two or more sugary drinks a day can heighten your risk of death from cardiovascular disease or stroke by 31%. It’s not a stretch of facts to say that your daily soda habit could be drastically shortening your life

3. You’ll feel sluggish and irritable—every day.

Every time you suck down a can of soda, you’re ingesting your entire day’s worth of sugar. This causes your blood sugar to soar about 20 minutes later, according to research, and then totally crash after an hour or so—leaving you feeling tired and moody. So, just picture what every day would look like if you weren’t riding such an emotional roller coaster…

4. You’ll likely eat more.

Research published in the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking soda triggers your appetite or subdues feelings of fullness, which leads you to eat more. Specifically, 17 percent more calories than you would’ve normally—and when that’s happening every day, it can add up quick.

5. You’ll gain weight.

Speaking of eating more, study after study has linked drinking soda to weight gain. At 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar, one soda can consumed every day equals an extra 51,000 calories—or 14 pounds—a year above your normal diet. The proof is in the research: An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that women gained an average of 17 pounds over 4 years when they drank sugary beverages. What’s worse, research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that consuming fructose-sweetened beverages can lead to an increase of visceral fat—aka fat that wraps around your vital organs and gives you a belly.

6. You’ll be more prone to develop type 2 diabetes.

A large study published in Diabetes Care determined that drinking 1-2 servings of soda every day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent

7. You may remember less.

Research featured in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia reveals that those who drink a ton of soda experience the greatest brain shrinkage. That’s an issue if you count on your brain to remember things.

8. You may develop depression.

Surprising, but true. Drinking four or more cans of soda every day can make you 30% more likely to develop depression, according to a 2017 study published in the journal PLoS One. This could potentially be avoided if you simply stopped drinking soda.

For drinks that you can sip on every single day that won’t have such negative side effects as soda, check out this list of the healthiest drinks to sip right now, according to dietitians.

Source: Dangerous Side Effects of Drinking Soda Every Day, According to Science (msn.com)

10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

By Kentin Waits for MoneyTalksNews©

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The coronavirus has many of us upping our disinfecting game. In the process, we’re rediscovering the germ-killing power of bleach.

But bleach isn’t an all-purpose cleaner. It needs to be used tactically and with safety considerations top of mind. Before you buy that next jug of Clorox, read on so that you know what not to do with it.

1. Never use bleach without wearing protective gear

Sodium hypochlorite (the active ingredient in bleach) is a powerful corrosive that can damage skin, eyes, and lungs.

When it’s time to use bleach, follow basic safety precautions and suit up. Protect your hands and arms with long rubber gloves. Wraparound safety goggles are ideal for shielding eyes from inadvertent splashes.

Finally, open windows and doors to promote cross-ventilation and avoid a build-up of fumes.

2. Never use bleach undiluted

When it comes to disinfecting power, more bleach isn’t better. In an interview with AARP, Robert Laumbach, an associate professor at Rutgers University’s Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, emphasizes that higher concentrations of bleach are ineffective and potentially harmful.

To stay safe and get the most bang out of your buck, dilute bleach properly: Add no more than a half-cup of bleach per gallon of water.

3. Never dilute bleach with hot water

The hotter the water, the deeper the clean — unless you’re using bleach. Verity Mann, Head of Testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute, says mixing bleach with hot water is the one mistake we’re all making with bleach.

The chemicals that make bleach so effective break down more quickly in hot water. For the most effective clean, use cold or tepid water as your base.

4. Never mix bleach with other cleaners

If one cleaner is good, two or three must be better, right? Nope.

Some household cleaners should never be mixed, because of the dangerous chemical reactions they create.

According to Good Housekeeping, avoid mixing bleach with:

  • Ammonia: Together, bleach and ammonia create a toxic gas called chloramine. Even brief exposure to chloramine causes eye, nose, throat and lung irritation.
  • Rubbing alcohol: When mixed, bleach and rubbing alcohol create chloroform, a colorless liquid that quickly evaporates into a toxic gas.
  • Vinegar: When combined, bleach and vinegar create chlorine gas. Chlorine gas can lead to breathing problems, coughing and eye irritation.

The simplest rule of thumb? Don’t mix bleach with anything other than plain water.

5. Never wash produce with bleach

Coronavirus has made everyone more aware of food safety and sanitation But washing fresh fruits and vegetables with diluted bleach sounds a little . . . well, bananas. In the spirit of healthy eating, lettuce embrace a saner and safer approach.

According to EatingWell magazine, it’s important to remember that bleach is a harsh, poisonous chemical that should never be used on food. Instead, follow EatingWell’s guide to washing produce for simple and effective food sanitation methods that can’t be beet (okay, I’m done).

6. Never buy bleach in bulk

When it comes to bleach, restrain your bargain-hunting instincts and don’t buy in bulk. The Scripps Research Institute reports that bleach has a shelf life of about six months. In fact, its disinfecting power lessens by 20% each year.

To get the most out of your bottle of bleach, store it properly. The American Cleaning Institute recommends storing bottles of household bleach away from direct sunlight in a dry area where the temperature range is 50°F to 70°F.

7. Never use bleach on stone countertops

We don’t think of stone as a porous material, but it is. According to Merry Maids, even when properly diluted, bleach can eat through the sealants that protect marble, granite and quartz countertops. Eventually, the chlorine will dull the surface and cause discoloration and pitting.

Instead of bleach, clean stone countertops using a cotton or microfiber cloth and a mixture of water and liquid dish soap.

8. Never use bleach on hardwood floors

Thinking of cleaning your gorgeous hardwood floors with bleach? Think again. More porous than stone, wood simply absorbs bleach. Since it can never be completely rinsed away, the bleach left behind will break down the natural fibers that give hardwood floors their flexibility and strength.

This Old House offers some excellent hardwood floor cleaning tips. Instead of bleach, use a damp microfiber mop and neutral cleaning solution like Bona free & simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

9. Never pour bleach down the drain

If your home has a septic tank, use bleach sparingly. Though septic systems can handle the moderate amount of diluted bleach used for household laundry, too much can lead to some extremely “messy” situations.

According to Septic Maxx, a nationwide commercial and residential septic service, chemicals in chlorine bleach kill the beneficial bacteria that septic systems rely on to break down solid waste. Over time, a backup of solids can lead to clogged drains and toilets, burst pipes, or a complete septic system failure.

10. Never wear your favorite jeans when using bleach

Unless you’re going for that tie-dye look, avoid using bleach while wearing your favorite jeans … or favorite anything.

Bleach has a way of showing even the most careful cleaner who’s boss. In a split second, a spill or splash can ruin clothes and turn a quick household chore into a moment of permanent regret. Take a little extra time and change into those old sweats you keep hidden in the back of the closet. No one’s watching.

Source: 10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach (msn.com)

Media shows its Melania Trump contempt

Melania Trump Is Facing Harsh Criticism After Breaking Hospital Rules To Remove Mask

First lady Melania Trump is getting a harsh critique today. She just attended a Christmas event where she read to kids at the Children’s National Hospital. However, the event didn’t go off without a bit of controversy.a woman wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: melania-trump-mask© Provided by littlethings.com melania-trump-mask By Sarah Bregel  

While Melania wore a mask upon entering the hospital, she removed it as soon as she sat down to read the story. The rules inside of the hospital are that everyone must wear a mask at all times. Even though the White House has often pushed back against the pandemic safety guidelines like social distancing and wearing of masks, given the environment, it would be even more important to try to reduce any possible spread of the virus.

Now compare this media coverage of President Obama:

Girl Cries in Obama’s Arms After He Wears Santa Hat to Surprise Kids in Hospital

Dude, Where’s your mask?

Dude, Where’s your mask?

Dude, Where’s your mask?

St. Nick always brings cheer this time of year. But when he’s portrayed by a former president, it’s even more special. Wearing a festive Santa hat, Barack Obama surprised kids at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He came bearing presents. Obama even took selfies with patients and gave out some hugs. InsideEdition.com’s Leigh Scheps (http://twitter.com/LeighTVReporter) has more.

(I guess if your Saint Obama, you don’t spread germs to sick kids. Your actions don’t have consequences. Except for the good press you get. (Just my .02)

Netflix is releasing 49 new original movies and shows in January – here’s the full list

© Provided by BGR Netflix New Releases January 2021

December 2020 has been a solid month for new Netflix releases, and it was much-needed. November was by far the weakest month of 2020 for Netflix originals, and it also happened to be the month when Netflix decided to jack up its prices. It wasn’t a huge increase, of course, but it was the latest in a long line of price hikes and it absolutely won’t be the last. Netflix is a must-have for millions upon millions of people though, so we need to make sure that we’re getting our money’s worth.

There are still a few big releases that have yet to come in December, including the exciting new George Clooney film The Midnight Sky. Netflix’s January 2021 release schedule has now been released though, so it’s time to see what’s in store for Netflix subscribers in the new year.

Want to see what else Netflix has planned in January 2021? Scroll down to see all 49 new original movies, series, and specials that are set to debut over the course of the month. Release Date TBD:

Streaming January 1st

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  • Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Streaming January 26th

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  • Penguin Bloom — NETFLIX FILM

Streaming January 29th

Source: Netflix is releasing 49 new original movies and shows in January – here’s the full list (msn.com)

The Wright Brothers Make the First Flight Dec. 17, 1903

It Lasted Just 12 Seconds at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

By Jennifer Rosenberg

At 10:35 a.m. on December 17, 1903, Orville Wright flew the Flyer for 12 seconds over 120 feet of the ground. This flight, conducted on Kill Devil Hill just outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was the very first flight by a manned, controlled, heavier-than-air aircraft that flew under its own power. In other words, it was the first flight of an airplane.

The First Flight at Kitty Hawk

On December 17, 1903, the Flyer was fixed and ready to go. The weather was cold and windy, with winds reported around 20 to 27 miles per hour.

The brothers tried to wait until the weather improved but by 10 a.m. it had not, so they decided to try a flight anyway.

The two brothers, plus several helpers, set up the 60-foot monorail track that helped keep the Flyer in line for lift-off. Since Wilbur had won the coin toss on December 14, it was Orville’s turn to pilot. Orville clambered onto the Flyer, laying flat on his tummy on the middle of the bottom wing.

The biplane, which had a 40-foot 4-inch wingspan, was ready to go. At 10:35 a.m. the Flyer started off with Orville as pilot and Wilbur running along the right side, holding onto the lower wing to help stabilize the plane. Around 40 feet along the track, the Flyer took flight, staying in the air for 12 seconds and traveling 120 feet from liftoff.

They had done it. They had made the very first flight with a manned, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air aircraft. Today commemorates that event.

Source: The Wright Brothers Make the First Flight (thoughtco.com)

12 Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Did you know the cinnamon in your cupboard is not real cinnamon at all? I sure didn’t. I learned that it’s actually another spice known as cassia and is sometimes referred to as “bastard cinnamon”, which in all honesty seems a bit harsh. But real cinnamon is called Ceylon (pronounced sell-own). I had heard about it before and assumed it would pretty much taste the same. Then I finally bought some. Oh… my…. gosh. It’s incredible! It’s sweet and flavorful. I knew it was going to be different just by smelling it. So while the regular cassia cinnamon is perfectly fine and healthful to use, Ceylon simply has a better flavor for foods.

So… What’s All That Great About Cinnamon?

Not only does it taste and smell good there are some serious health benefits of cinnamon.  As far as nutrients go it has manganese, fiber, iron and calcium. And as with many herbs it has a multitude of benefits.  One of it’s more popular uses is that cinnamon reduces blood sugar in people with type 2 Diabetes.  Cinnamon can naturally reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It’s anti-inflammatory properties allow it to act as a pain reliever for conditions such as arthritis. We’ve listed 12 health benefits of cinnamon below.

Did you know that good health can be as close as your spice rack? Learn the health benefits of cinnamon a spice that not only tastes good but can heal!

Coumarin: All cinnamon has this substance in it. If eating cinnamon in large amounts, in incredibly rare cases it can damage the liver in people who are very sensitive. If you want to eat a lot of cinnamon, which by the way is great for you, consider using Ceylon as it has only a minor amount of this substance in it.

Learn the differences between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon

Source: Benefits of Cinnamon (craftyourhappiness.com)