This year, Oatly entered the scene with a splash and quickly grew to be so in-demand, some customers still can't get their hands on it. Oatly was a hit for plant-based milk lovers, after all, It's milk that's made of oats. What could possibly be purer than that?However, with the brand rumored to be going public with an IPO soon, some critics have been taking their own close look at Oatly's ingredients to find that if you really want to be a conscious consumer, you may need to think twice before buying into the hype about this dairy alternative.GQ recently noted the "halo of virtue" around Oatly oat milk, whose nutritional controversies have been highlighted over the past year by various writers, including Jeff Nobbs and Nat Eliason. Nobbs noted how a close look at Oatly's ingredients list reveals the use of rapeseed oil "to give it a milk-like richness." One concern with this is that the oft-questioned canola oil is a version of rapeseed oil that contains a lesser amount of monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.RELATED: The 7 Healthiest Foods To Eat Right NowNo matter how you look at it, rapeseed oil is a vegetable oil—which arguably, by definition, creates some conflict over how healthy Oatly really is.Also, per Nobbs, the carbohydrates in Oatly warrant some questioning—he asserts: "A 12-ounce glass of oat milk (the amount in a medium latte) has about the same blood sugar impact as a 12-ounce can of Coke." GQ weighed in with a breakdown of this argument that's pretty strong:What's clear is that the process that turns oats into oat milk transforms complex starches into maltose, a simple sugar. More refined carbohydrates, like maltose, are worse for you than complex carbs. They cause a bigger rise in blood glucose and insulin levels, which you don't want. This can be quantified by a measure called the glycemic index—higher numbers are bad.However, others can argue that there are other clean and whole foods that can have the same effect on blood glucose. As GQ says, "The bigger problem with Coke is that it has no nutrients, whereas Oatly, while not so nutritious, has fiber, vitamins, and a little unsaturated fat."Even though the amount of water that's used to make oat milk has been said to render this beverage a slightly more environmentally-friendly, plant-based milk than some nut milks—and even though there are impressive health implications to going more plant-based—in the end, this is a reminder how helpful it is for genuinely conscious consumers to know what you're buying. Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the daily grocery news you need.Also, check out:Delicious Foods You Can Eat on a Plant-Based DietWhat Happens To Your Body When You Drink Oat MilkThe 8 Most Obnoxious Things Customers Won't Stop Doing at Starbucks, According To Employees
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Late last year, Walmart was shutting down some of its stores in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It's a precaution the chain started when the pandemic was somewhat new and allows cleaning crews to deep clean without customers inside. But, even as vaccination rates rise and other grocery chains end pandemic-era rules, Walmart is still closing some stores to sanitize.Lincoln, Ill., Mason, Ohio, Williston, N.D., El Paso, Texas, and Franklin, Ky., have all been shut down for over 40 hours within the last few weeks. All closed at 2 p.m. and reopened two days later at 7 a.m. so that a third-party cleaning service could come in, as well as allowing employees time to restock.Related: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey Says"Everything we're doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and health experts," Charles Crowson, a Walmart spokesperson, said about the Mason store closing, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. "When the store reopens Thursday, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves."Back in December, some shoppers in Arkansas told a local news station they were shocked when Walmart in Paragould shut down, since some shop there every single day. "They could've warned us a little bit," one said. "This is going to hurt this little town."No reasons for the shutdowns other than cleaning have been given. It's also unknown if they are tied to any COVID-19 outbreaks. Eat This Not That! has reached out to the company for more information.Although this COVID-19 precaution is still in place, Walmart is making some other changes. It's taking away in-store pickup towers, giving vaccinated customers a convenient perk, and bringing back this service that allows grocery delivery workers to bring your items to your home and put them away in your kitchen.To get all the latest news on Walmart and other grocery stores delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
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If you're planning an upcoming 4th of July party, then you probably already have items listed like hot dogs, chips, soda, and burgers on your grocery list. Sure, everyone loves 4th of July appetizers and main dishes served hot off the grill, but it's the cake that makes the event feel like something extra special. Cupcakes and 4th of July cookies will work too, of course (and be equally delicious) but there's something about a cake that makes even a regular day feel like a special occasion.
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