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The Irish Supreme Court has some beef with Subway's bread. In fact, in a recent ruling, the court said the company's sandwich bun shouldn't even be called bread.The U.S. sandwich chain's bread does not fit the bill as a staple food under Ireland's Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 standards, the Irish Independent reports. The reason? It's too high in sugar. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time)Under this act, staple foods served at restaurants such as coffee, tea, and sandwiches are not taxed if they are taken to go. However, after a Subway franchise owner in Ireland challenged the tax authorities for their decision to not issues a refund for VAT (value-added tax), the Supreme Court ruled that Subway's bread cannot even be constituted as bread, therefore it's not a staple good and is subject to tax.The issue is that 10% of the bread's weight of the flour in the dough is sugar and according to the VAT Act, sugar, fat, and "bread improver" cannot collectively make up more than 2% of the flour's weight. This act prevents pastries and other sweet baked goods from being exempt from tax). So you see, the argument isn't that Subway's bread is too sugary to actually be called bread, it's more so a discussion about whether or not the chain's sandwich deserves to be taxed."Subway's bread is, of course, bread," Subway said in a statement. "We have been baking fresh bread in our restaurants for more than three decades and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes."For context, a six-inch sub bun contains anywhere between 3-5 grams of sugar, that's about as much sugar that's in one Oreo cookie.To stay abreast the top news in the fast-food industry, sign up for our newsletter.
While the coronavirus pandemic is still raging on, restaurants across the country are allowing more and more customers to return to their dining rooms. Just yesterday, two major cities—New York City and San Francisco—reinstated indoor dining for the first time in six months (but with a 25% capacity limit).As customers start to trickle back to indoor seating, it's of paramount importance for restaurants to adhere to safety guidelines in order to minimize the risk of infection among patrons and staff. Following these coronavirus safety protocols is also a way for restaurants to assuage customers' concerns and provide a more pleasant dining experience all around. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)But even after months of being aware of best practices in preventing the spread of coronavirus, like social distancing and consistent mask-wearing, there's a big discrepancy in how well popular restaurant chains are actually implementing these measures at their locations. Consulting company Technomic conducted a consumer survey among 27,300 customers of popular dine-in, fast-casual, and fast-food chains to find out which chains were actually following mandated precautions.While some fared very well, the ones at the bottom received poor marks due to several violations, including employees not wearing personal protective equipment, lax or nonexistent social distancing measures, unsafe handling of food and beverages, and the overall impression that customer safety and sanitation was not taken seriously.Related: These Are the Safest Grocery Store Chains to Shop Right NowThe data was collected from July through September 2020, which means the results are pretty representative of the current situation at these restaurants.The casual dining chains which received the lowest marks were Red Lobster, O'Charley's, and Ruby Tuesday. For all three chains, fewer than 30% of customers agreed that these restaurants are following sufficient safety protocols. With similar results, family-friendly dining chains Friendly's, IHOP, and Denny's also landed at the bottom.Among the fast-casual restaurants, the lowest marks were given to Freddy's Frozen Custard, Panera Bread, and Zaxby's.Finally, the lowest ratings of the bunch went to quick-service chains Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Arby's, and Dairy Queen, where fewer than 25% of customers deemed COVID-19 safety precautions acceptable.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
Over the last several months, researchers have identified a bevy of long-term health complications that can arise as a result of COVID-19. While most of them involve individuals who have directly suffered from an infection, there are also people who are experiencing chronic health complications due to the impact of the pandemic itself. "Coronaphobia" is a new term researchers are using to define the long-term mental maladies — including fear and the emotional and social strain — associated with the pandemic. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.The Mental Manifestations Can Be HarmfulAccording to a new report courtesy of Medscape, "obsessive behaviors, distress, avoidance reaction, panic, anxiety, hoarding, paranoia, and depression" are just a few of the mental manifestations of the pandemic, which can be "distinctly maladaptive and harmful" to those suffering from the condition. "Simply put, I think what we are looking at is adjustment disorder," Gregory Scott Brown, MD, founder and director of the Center for Green Psychiatry in West Lake Hills, Texas, revealed to them. "That is probably how the DSM would define it."Per the NIH, an adjustment disorder is a group of symptoms — including stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms — that can occur after you go through a stressful life event, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, or other life changes. The symptoms arise due to a difficulty coping. "Your reaction is stronger than expected for the type of event that occurred," they explain. According to NIH published research, coronaphobia may be likely to occur in those who feel more vulnerable to the virus, suffer from general anxiety, or have preexisting mental health conditions.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You're Most Likely to Catch COVID HereThey Come Due to "Uncertainty"Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D., author of Fragile Power: Why Having It All Is Never Enough explains to Eat This, Not That! Health that he has treated an increasing number of patients who fit the bill. "While the bulk of the medical and media's attention has focused on the physical aspects of COVID-19, those of us in the mental and behavioral health field have been struggling to manage the raft of psychological issues the pandemic has brought into the lives of the patients and families we treat," Dr. Hokemeyer says. "These issues are for the most part manifest from the fear, uncertainty, and eternal nature of the virus." Dr. Hokemeyer reveals that one of his patients, a mother of three young children, describes the virus as "an invisible molester who lives in my attic. I know he's up there waiting to harm my family, but I can't take any action to have him arrested." Another, a professional man in New York City, described the pandemic as a "slow moving 9/11." He explains that at the core of both these patients' experience is, "a sense of impending doom over which they are powerless to escape." From his experience, the symptoms related to these feelings of "coronaphobia" are just as extreme as other severe phobias, including disrupted sleep patterns, a host of compulsive behaviors — such as spending money, eating, doomscrolling, sexual acting out and drug and alcohol abuse. "Many communities are experiencing an uptick in suicides and other self harming behaviors like cutting," he adds.He points out that relationally, the stress of COVID-19 is causing an uptick in physical and emotional abuse, infidelity and the magnification of personality disorders such as narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. According to recent reports, the divorce rate is significantly higher than years before. Dr. Hokemyer suggests that the most effective treatment for the most of these disorders occurs from relational interventions and traditional psychotherapeutic modalities that are highly effective in treating mood disorders, including DBT, CBT, and REBT. "These modalities address the thought patterns that give rise to the emotional reactions," he explains. If the symptoms become extreme, psychopharmacological interventions such as SSRI's can be effective in reducing the intensity of the mood dysregulation and negative emotional states.RELATED: I'm a Doctor and This Vitamin May Reduce Your COVID RiskHow to Deal With This Trauma"It's also critically important that people seek help in their primary relationships," he adds. Asking for help and providing support for others during these highly stressful and uncertain times is critically important. Finally, he notes that it is important to remember that while it feels as if COVID-19 is unprecedented, it isn't. "The precedent in the pandemic is in the healing that comes from the highly adaptive and tribal nature of the human race," he explains. "We instinctively come together to fight a common foe and heal in supportive and nurturing relationships with other human beings. These instincts will enable us to transcend the challenges presented by the pandemic and move ourselves, our relationships and our world to a more elevated and healthier state of being."And do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Get your flu shot, wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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The president is convinced that his love for McDonald's French Fries may the reason he still has hair—well, some hair.Trump, who loves McDonald's, suggested that he believes the chain's salty side is the reason he hasn't gone bald in a tweet he posted on Wednesday.No wonder I didn't lose my hair! https://t.co/jBFE2OEhS2— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020Trump was responding to a 2018 tweet from President George W. Bush's White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer, who denounced an ABC report claiming a chemical in McDonald's fries may help cure baldness."It doesn't work," Fleischer (who is bald) had tweeted, to which Trump reshared and responded, "No wonder I didn't lose my hair!" His tweet has since gained over 75,000 likes and nearly 14,000 retweets, and counting. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer).It doesn't work. https://t.co/fxPVvRnB3O— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 6, 2018In the study cited in the tweet, Japanese scientists suggested that the cure for baldness lies in a chemical that's added to the frying oil at McDonald's in order to prevent it from frothing up. Scientists tested the chemical on mice and said that they grew hair. This method of producing "hair follicle germs" had yet to be tested on human skin cells at the time.However, McDonald's declined to comment on this study, and no other known scientific studies appear to have been done on the subject. So, whether or not Trump's hair has had any help from his diet of McDonald's fries cannot be proven.What is true is that Donald Trump's hair is often a point of discussion on the internet. During the pandemic, he was spotted sporting, as the New York Post described it, "a more natural gray hairdo." This unique moment was captured on camera as he was exiting a briefing in the Rose Garden in July.Even more recently, it was disclosed that Trump paid $70,000 to style his hair for television appearances, which he claimed as expenses on his taxes. The news followed shortly after the New York Times revealed that the president only paid $750 in Federal taxes in 2016 and 2017.For more, check out 22 Famous People Who Worked at McDonald's.
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton review – a quest fable follow-up to Boy Swallows Universe. Dalton again tackles good and evil from the perspective of a heartbreaking, hopeful child – but the other characters get a little lost in the magic