Black Insomnia Coffee
Black Insomnia Coffee

The World's Strongest Coffee is Now Available in the United States

Black Insomnia Coffee
Black Insomnia Coffee

Like the race to make the world's hottest pepper, there's also a heated competition in the culinary world to create the strongest cup of coffee. Right now, the apparent winner is Black Insomnia Coffee, which launched in South Africa last year. With a whopping 702 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce serving, Black Insomnia is four times stronger than the average cup of joe. If the idea of trying some makes your eye twitch with excitement, we have some great news: The coffee is now available in the United States.

Previously, the aptly named Death Wish Coffee was believed to be the strongest coffee in the world. But Grub Street reports that they were dethroned after Black Insomnia Coffee hired a lab in Switzerland to conduct an independent study to see which beans were strongest. While Death Wish came in at a powerful 660 milligrams of caffeine per serving, Black Insomnia is the clear winner. (You can see the results in this PDF.)

You can soon, and very conveniently, purchase a bag of this potent stuff on Amazon, but be careful. As Food & Wine points out, medical experts discourage consuming more than 400 milligrams of caffeine during any given day—and just a single cup of Black Insomnia is nearly double that amount. If you decide to throw caution to the freshly-ground wind, a 16-ounce bag of beans will cost you $19.99.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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Sorry, Kids: Soda is Now Banned From Children's Menus in Baltimore
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The war on sugary drinks continues. Following several cities that have passed laws allowing them to collect substantial sales tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages, Baltimore is taking things a step further. A new ordinance that went into effect Wednesday will prohibit restaurants from offering soda on their kids’ menus.

Leana Wen, the city’s health commissioner, told the Associated Press that the ordinance was enacted to “help families make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Instead of soda, eateries will be expected to offer milk, water, and 100 percent fruit juices.

If you’re wondering what will stop children from sipping soda ordered by an adult escort, the answer is—nothing. Business owners will not be expected to swat Pepsi out of a child’s hand. The effort is intended to get both parents and children thinking about healthier alternatives to sodas, which children consume with regularity. A 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that 30 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 consumed two or more servings a day, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes, obesity, cavities, and other adverse effects.

Businesses in violation of this kid-targeted soda prohibition will be fined $100. Baltimore joins seven cities in California and Lafayette, Colorado, which have similar laws on the books.

[h/t The Baltimore Sun]

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'Lime Disease' Could Give You a Nasty Rash This Summer
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A cold Corona or virgin margarita is best enjoyed by the pool, but watch where you’re squeezing those limes. As Slate illustrates in a new video, there’s a lesser-known “lime disease,” and it can give you a nasty skin rash if you’re not careful.

When lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis. It looks a little like a poison ivy reaction or sun poisoning, and some of the symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S.

"Lime disease" may sound random, but it’s a lot more common than you might think. Dermatologist Barry D. Goldman tells Slate he sees cases of the skin condition almost daily in the summer. Some people have even reported receiving second-degree burns as a result of the citric acid from lime juice. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits.

To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit. You can learn more about phytophotodermatitis by checking out Slate’s video below.

[h/t Slate]

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