By popular request, Nutripol is bringing you an alcohol-themed Think About It! We're kicking things off with tequila, which is perhaps one of the most polarising alcoholic beverages on the market (you either love it or you hate it, right?). Learn all about what tequila is actually made out of, what effects over-consumption can have on your health, and the dangers of consuming it on an empty stomach.
Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite foods — they're a great addition to almost any meal, and they work as a base for both sweet (dusted with cinnamon) and savoury (dusted with almost anything else) dishes. Luckily the rest of the world is just as keen on these starchy carbs as I am, because sweet potato fries have made their way onto menus in restaurants and fast food joints alike. They're often advertised as a "healthier" alternative to regular french fries — but is this true? Or is this just another marketing scheme?
Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until 2018 to experience the wealth of pumpkin-flavoured products in the United States – it's finally spring here in Melbourne, and warm weather is well on its way (finally). But there's no way that my semester abroad will stop me from writing about these fall-time treats, and what better kickoff to Nutripol's first seasonal series than Starbucks' annual launch of the Pumpkin Spice Latte?
The California roll is the universal introduction to sushi, the same way that a Frappucino is the first step to becoming a loyal Starbucks drinker. But if you've ever looked at the ingredient list of most California rolls, it contains a suspect ingredient — imitation crab. "Imitation" is never a good word when it comes to food products, and its very use begs the question: if it's not crab, then what is it?
These bowls are trendy, and rightfully so — they are beautifully colored and often arrive with vibrant and artistic arrangements of fruit, nuts, seeds, and other aesthetically pleasing toppings. Colorful foods are typically associated with health, corresponding with the USDA's recommendation to "eat the rainbow." But what does an açai bowl truly offer us in terms of nutrition? Furthermore, are there potential downsides?