Posts tagged with "Pregnant women"

Restaurant’s ‘Labor Inducer’ burger attracts an ‘influx of pregnant women’

October 2, 2019

A whole lot of Minnesota mothers may be naming their babies “Patty.” That’s because The Suburban restaurant in the town of Excelsior serves a hamburger that’s been named the “Labor Inducer.”

The moniker was created after two very pregnant women—one of them, several days overdue; and one of them just approaching her due date—had their babies within hours of eating the special—an angus beef patty, honey-cured bacon, peach caramelized onions, spicy mustard, and Cajun remoulade on a pretzel bun—Fox News reports.

Indeed, the owners of The Suburban told the cable news network that between one and three pregnant customers have been stopping in per day since the beginning of last week, when the burger’s purported labor-triggering properties were made public.

Co-owner Ashley Berset told Fox News that the hubbub started back in April, when Enrique, the chef at the restaurant, was experimenting with recipes for the then-upcoming Twin Cities Burger Battle, and offered samples of his newest creation to co-owner Kelsey Quarberg, who is also Berset’s sister.

 “My sister, Kelsey, was nine days away from her due date with her first child and liked the sample so much that she ordered a full-size one as well,” Berset told Fox News. “About seven hours later she went into labor with her baby Sam.”

Berset said the burger became known as “The Labor Inducer,” and was added to the menu after it took third place at the Burger Battle.

 “We had the burger available at the restaurant all summer and that’s how the second baby was born,” Berset told Fox News, remarking on another little girl who was birthed within hours of her mother eating a burger.

Now, Berset said, pregnant women in the Twin Cities area are flocking to the restaurant for a taste of the burger. “So far no further reports of babies being born, but I doubt their first thought after giving birth is to contact The Suburban,” she said. “So we will continue to wait and see!”

Certain foods, spicy foods in particular, have long been thought to help induce labor — as evidenced by the similar 2017 tale from patrons of a North Carolina restaurant, that believed that its spicy Buffalo Wing Pizza helped induce labor. Experts, meanwhile, say there’s no evidence that any specific foods have the power to bring on a baby.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Two groups reach the peak of human endurance: extreme athletes and pregnant women

June 11, 2019

While pregnant women are often said to be “in a delicate condition,” the truth is, many of them have the mettle and stamina of a top athlete.

The average person can burn up to 4,000 calories—a limit that a group of international scientists considers to be the peak of human performance—before depleting the body’s energy stores. And while extreme distance runners reach maximum performance during high-intensity races, expectant mothers often expend the same amount of energy at a lower intensity over a longer period of time.

The research—published in the journal, Science Advances, on June 5—found that athletes who participated in endurance events such as the 140-day Race Across the USA, were able to maintain their intensity for short periods of time—but when competing in longer, high-intensity events, they weren’t able to replenish the calories they burned throughout the day.

“You can do really intense amounts of work for a day or so,” Herman Pontzer, a Duke University researcher who co-led the study, told CNN in an interview for a June 6 story. “But if you have to last a week or so, you have to maintain less intensity.”

Longer pushes require lower intensities, but over a short period of time, the human body can successfully exert 4,000 calories on average before hitting the wall. That’s 2.5 times the basal metabolic rate, or amount of calories a body needs to operate while at rest.

The average person won’t reach those limits in a typical workout (except maybe CrossFit, Pontzer told CNN), but pregnant women and extreme athletes cut it close. Weeklong races and nine-month pregnancies similarly push the body to its limits, often burning calories at a rate the body can’t keep up with.

Research contact: @CNN