There Are 0 Scientific Reasons To Drink Ice Cold Pus, AKA 'Dairy Milk'

There Are 0 Scientific Reasons To Drink Ice Cold Pus, AKA 'Dairy Milk'

And no, I'm not about to preach to you about how we abuse cows!

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Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, it's important to realize that dairy milk is bullshit— especially during this new years resolution season. Milk's weaknesses are strikingly evident on its nutrition label. High volumes of saturated fat and sugar, along with a bit of unnecessary cholesterol, haunt even the nutrition labels of low-fat milk.

Per cup, basic low-fat milk contains 12 grams of sugar and 1.5 grams of saturated fat! Compared to a cup of unsweetened Almond Breeze which contains zero grams of either nutritional vice, that's a big difference. Not to mention dairy milk's substantially higher caloric density, at 110 calories per cup, it's far more than Almond Breeze's 30 calories per cup.

Some may argue that despite these drawbacks, dairy milk contains vital micro and macronutrients to live a healthy life. A study published by The U.S. National Library of Medicine of The National Institutes of Health bolsters these claims. In their study, health professionals found that the incorporation of milk into an individual's everyday diet decreased the risk of chronic diseases and helped them meet daily nutrient requirements— and that makes sense.

A cup of low-fat dairy milk does have vital micro and macronutrients. One cup has 30 percent of the average person's daily recommended intake of calcium and eight grams of protein. In an era where it's commonplace to settle for a cheap burger and fries for lunch or dinner (or even breakfast), a glass of milk, by comparison, is way better. You don't need me to tell you about the absurd amount of saturated fat that surely will be smothered in some high-sugar condiment. However, by comparison, milk substitutes are best.

Almond Breeze, for instance, contains 45 percent of your daily recommended intake of calcium. If you find you're not consuming enough protein, instead of dairy milk try either unsweetened soy or even Bolthouse Farms unsweetened Pea Protein Milk. The latter numbers at 10 grams of protein, as compared to dairy milk's eight.

Ultimately though, it's your decision to make the switch. Not for humanitarian reasons or debates about the amount of puss greenlit into milk— but nutritionally. Will the intake of added sugar without fiber regularly spike your blood sugar? Do those minute percentages of micro and macronutrients really matter? Personally, I answer yes to both. What do you think?

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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10 Absolute Struggles Every Bartender Has Encountered On The Job

The keg blew again, be right back.

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For my bartenders out there, every shift is unique in and of itself. I love bartending and I think it's the best job, especially considering all the amazing regular customers I get the pleasure to talk to. There are, however, several struggles I run into on a regular shift. I've had a long weekend of work and decided this article is warranted.

Here are only 10 struggles every bartender has encountered during a shift.

1. The poor tippers

You know them, the customers who demand the most but give you the least in return for your impeccable service. Even with a smile on their face the entire time, it's still never enough to receive anything over a 15% tip, if we are lucky.

2. Blowing the keg 

It'll be the busiest of hours at the bar, pouring a beer and boom - keg blows and explodes all over me. Let me go change that, be back in 5 minutes.

3. Cleaning the bar sink

At the end of a long work shift, assorted fruits and straws are stuck in the drain. Guess who gets the pleasure of cleaning it? The bartenders!

4. Random fights in the middle of a rush 

One guy is too drunk, says something rude to another drunk guy and the rest is history. The bartenders have to scrape them out of the bar and return to work.

5. Expecting us to have eight limbs 

I will carry out all the food I'm humanly able to and there's always a customer asking where the rest of the order is. I just got here with the as much of the order I could carry, be right back with the rest!

6. The drinker's check confusion

I enjoy going out to the bars just as any other college student. Sometimes people drink too much and get angry when they believe they drank less than their rather large bill suggests. As the sober bartender, I assure you the bill is a correct statement of the beverages you've consumers.

7. Questioning pours on a tall mixed beverage

Typically, a tall mixed beverage adds more of the soda/juiced used. A tall drink isn't a double shot of the liquor in the beverage unless specified.

8. Accidentally leaving self-created tab names 

Sometimes it's easier to label a tab "bald man" until you forget to change it when he asks for the bill. Always super awkward.

9. Running out of glasses

It makes me so incredibly sad.

10. Breaking a glass in the ice drain

Nothing is worse than this! For the safety of us all, draining the sinks of all ice and thoroughly clean it takes time. This also holds us up while working. I have a tendency to drop glasses so I try extra hard to be conscious and careful.

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