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The New Cheeseburger

A twist on an old idea may have you saying “Mmmmm…” You may have heard of a veggie burger before: a mix of vegetables and grains ground up and made into a burger-like shape. Though they are called burgers, they don’t look anything like the beef patty that Americans feast on. Burgers are in high demand in America; in fact it’s estimated that over 50 million burgers are consumed in America each year. The meat industry has caused a lot of environmental issues, so this new burger could be a great solution for those who don’t like vegetarian replacements...

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How to make white rice healthier

White rice has a lot of calories. Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered a technique that reduces the calories by 60%. This could help people lose weight. The method is to boil the rice with one teaspoon of coconut oil. You then let it cool and put it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. After 12 hours, the calories will have reduced by 60%. Sarah Coe from the British Nutrition Foundation says that this method could also improve digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. However, more research needs to be done to confirm this. Story and Photo: BBC Vocabulary:...

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The best time to go to bed is 10pm

An expert in sleep says that the best time to go to bed is 10pm at night. We should then wake up at 6am. Shawn Stevenson is an expert in health and nutrition who has studied human sleeping patterns. He believes 10pm is the best bedtime because this is when the sun sets, and 6am is the ideal time to wake up because this is when the sun rises. The closer our sleeping pattern is to the sun, he says, the more energy we will have during the day. He also said that looking at electronics before going to bed (computers and phones etc,) makes sleeping more difficult. The blue light from these electronics is the worst. If you need to look at an electronic device before going to bed, he says you should change the setting so that there is no blue light. He also says you should avoid caffeine, sugar and dairy products such as milk or cheese in the evening. This will make it harder to sleep. Vocabulary: to confirm (v), pattern (n), bedtime (n), to set (sun) (v), to rise (sun) (v), electronic device (n), setting (n), caffeine (n), dairy (n). Discussion: 1) what time do you usually go to bed? 2) What time do you wake up? 3) Is your sleeping pattern different at weekends? 4) Do you think that 10pm is a good...

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Are British people so stupid they would eat flowers?

Supermarkets in the UK have been told to move daffodils, a popular yellow flower, away from fruit and vegetables. Public Health England, a part of the government, is worried that people might get confused and think that the flowers are onions or a type of Chinese vegetable. Daffodils are very poisonous and will make you vomit if you eat them. Therefore Public Health England has asked supermarkets to move the daffodil flowers and bulbs away from the fruit and vegetable section. Last year 27 people in the UK were poisoned by eating a daffodil.   Vocabulary: daffodil (n), poisonous (adj), vomit (v), bulb...

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5 year old McDonalds burger has not changed at all

Vocabulary: to make a profit (v+n), to import (v), whiskey (n), collapse (n+v), franchise (n). McDonalds closed all of its restaurants in Iceland in 2009 because the businesses were no longer making a profit. Iceland had three McDonalds franchises in Iceland. Although they were very popular, they were not making money. This is because they imported the ingredients from Germany and this was very expensive. Iceland had a lot of economic problems following the collapse of its banking industry in 2008. This made it very difficult and expensive to import goods. Importing a kilo of onions from Germany cost the same as buying a bottle of good whiskey. One man bought a hamburger and chips from McDonalds in 2009 beore the restaurant closed and decided to keep it. He says that it has not changed at all from the day that he bought it because the preservatives in the food are so powerful. You can see the burger...

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