Drizzle and light rain in the forecast Friday evening
About seven percent of Americans can’t eat gluten because they have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten sensitivity. But how good is a gluten-free diet for everyone else? To find out, Consumer Reports reviewed nutrition labels for more than 80 gluten-free foods. Consumer Reports’ Deputy Health, Patricia Calvo, who oversaw the study says, “People think that going gluten-free will help them lose weight or get better digestion and a whole host of other health benefits. But when Consumer Reports looked at those gluten-free products and found that they’re not necessarily healthier and they may be less so.” One concern is some gluten-free foods contain more fat, sugar or sodium than their regular counterparts. And products made of enriched-wheat flour provide essential nutrients like iron and folic acid, but you don’t get those in many gluten-free foods. Another important worry is many of the gluten-free products that Consumer Reports analyzed contain rice flour or other rice-based ingredients. In Consumer Reports’ tests of rice and rice products in 2012, the lab found that most contain arsenic, often at worrisome levels. The bottom line is a small percent of people need to eat gluten-free foods. For everyone else, there’s little evidence that a gluten-free diet is a healthier choice. And one more disadvantage to going gluten-free is nearly all the gluten-free foods Consumer Reports purchased were more expensive than a regular counterpart.
Store shelves are packed with weight-loss supplements promising to help you drop pounds, lose inches and burn fat fast.
There are tablets and gummies and chewies and capsules containing ingredients like green coffee beans, green tea, raspberry ketones, and garcinia cambogia. A new Consumer Reports survey of about 3,000 Americans shows one in four has used weight-loss supplements. But that same survey found more than 90 percent couldn’t lose the weight they wanted and keep it off. And about half reported at least one side effect like a faster heart rate, jitters and digestive problems. And don’t equate ‘natural’ with safe. For example Yohimbe, an African-tree bark extract marketed as a weight-loss supplement, may cause elevated blood pressure or panic attacks. Consumer Reports says that there’s no supplement out there with enough evidence to show that it’s going to help you lose weight. And some unethical manufacturers even add banned prescription drugs to supplements. In fact, hundreds of weight-loss supplements have been recalled by the Food & Drug Administration contain drugs rarely listed on labels that are linked to things like heart risks, severe hepatitis, liver failure and even death.
The short answer is: Don’t take weight-loss supplements. They’re mostly unregulated, they don’t really work and they could very well hurt you. Instead, stick to the tried and true. Your biggest allies in the battle of the bulge are still diet and exercise. Consumer Reports says to lose weight successfully, practice portion control, eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains, reduce your sugar intake.
Another tip: Eat more meals at home. That gives you more control over the calories you take in.
Prices for laptops are all over the map.
Some can set you back thousands of dollars, while others cost $300 or less. Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports has tested some of the lowest-cost laptops to find out what they offer, and what they don’t. If you just do the basics like word processing, browsing the Web and streaming video, Consumer Reports says a budget laptops can be a good choice.
Some come with Windows 8.1 with Bing that is the same Windows you’ve seen in other systems except that Microsoft Bing is the default search engine, although you can switch to another search engine if you want. These computers don’t have the faster solid-state drives that the more expensive computers have. So they’re not going to boot as fast, and some of their applications won’t launch as fast. And unlike many more expensive laptops, you won’t find a touch screen, extra USB ports or, in most cases, a DVD drive. But for no-frills computing, Consumer Reports says the $250 Dell Inspiron 15 Non- Touch is a good value and it gets nearly eight hours of battery life. Also a good choice: the Asus X551MAV-EB01-B for $250. Another budget option is a Chromebook, which uses Google’s Chrome operating system instead of Windows. All the applications you need are online, so an Internet connection is important. If you wanted to do something very typical like word processing in a Chromebook, you use Google Docs, which is an online word processor. The $175 Acer CB3-111-C8UB Chromebook is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. It’s lightweight and gets over ten hours of battery life. You’ll pay more for Consumer Reports’ top-rated Chromebook. It’s another Acer with a more powerful processor and twice the storage. It’s the Acer C720-3871 for $350.
Skies are sunny and winds are gusty for Christmas Day. Temperatures will make it into the lower 50s today.
KY3's Maria Neider introduces us to Clever Creek Primitives.
KY3 Movie Friend checks out holiday movies.
Ozarks Today anchor Maria Neider made some discoveries about her family history, while on a special assignment in the Philippines with Springfield's Convoy of Hope. Turns out her mother's side was bitten by the media bug.
The Maries County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a teenager.
The 16-year-old died at a home in Dixon. The sheriff's office says they suspect the death is from an overdose on controlled substances.
They found numerous items of drug paraphernalia in the home. Another child who lives there has been placed in alternative care. Criminal charges are expected.
Chef Branden Bentley with Aviary Restaurant & Creperie serves up Maple Blueberry Sausage & Brioche French Toast with Lemon Mascarpone.
For the sausage: 5 lbs. Pork Shoulder 3 Tbsp. fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed 2 Tbsp. orange peel powder 1 ½ Tbsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. coarse ground pepper 2 tsp. Italian seasoning ½ heaping tsp. red pepper flakes ¼ heaping tsp. nutmeg 1 small pack blueberries ¼ cup maple syrup 1. Put all grinder parts in hotel pan and cover with ice. 2. Cube meat and semi freeze. 3. Combine seasonings and mix thoroughly. 4. Pull pork out of freezer and mix in seasonings quickly. Put back in freezer. 5. Set up grinder with chilled grinder parts. Make sure to use grinding plate with big 6. Grind into mixing bowl. 7. Fold in blueberries and syrup For the Mascarpone: 8 oz. mascarpone Juice and zest of one lemon or to taste to your liking Pinch of salt Splash of milk 1. Combine all ingredients except the milk in the mixer and mix on low. 2. Slowly add milk until you achieve a spreadable consistency. holes for a coarse ground product. For the dish 1. Patty your sausage and brown on both sides in skillet until cooked through. 2. Prepare your favorite French toast batter and brown your toast on both sides as well. 3. Smear mascarpone on toast and serve with sausage. 4. Finish with drizzle of maple syrup, powdered sugar and lemon zest.
Sunshine returns and temperatures warm into the lower 50s but gusty winds keep it feeling colder. Portions of the Ozarks are under a Wind Advisory.
At the Salvation Army's Harbor House, Christmas Day means gathering for a community meal.
This year, 312 people were served on Thanksgiving and organizers are preparing for a similar number Thursday.
The meal is open to anyone who could use a hot meal, they will not turn anyone away.
Wednesday was preparation day, making the pies and side dishes. Then volunteers will start coming in around 9:30 to get everything else prepared.
It takes about 30 volunteers to pull off the meal and make it a memory for those coming in to eat.
"We want Christmas to be very special for them," said Dianna Lewis, Shelter Manager at the Harbor House. "We want to show the reason for the season and that is to be of service and to help those less fortunate and that is what our volunteers bring. They bring that reason for the season."
The shelter serves lunch every day, but make an extra effort to make this dinner special. So instead of front-line feeding, the meal is restaurant style and volunteers act as servers.
The hundreds of people who attend every year appreciate the effort to make Christmas special.
"They're very thankful," Lewis said. "And the fact that they get to be served, and we set with cloth tablecloths and decorations and things. The response is very good, that it's a very special day for them that they wouldn't have had otherwise."
Springfield Victory Mission is also holding community meals on Christmas Day at Cook's Kettle Restaurant. Brunch is from 9 to 11 a.m., and dinner and a service begins at 5 p.m.
Lewis said the Salvation Army is thankful for the flood of volunteers during the holidays, but they can also use help year-round. Donations to the Red Kettle Campaign help support the Harbor House and they always need volunteers for the front-line feeding they do every day.
KY3 received its annual Christmas Eve visit from Santa. He was full of his usual Christmas Eve cheer.
KY3's Lisa Rose and Ethan Forhetz try the Holiday Light Saver. Will it save you time next year?
Springfield Victory Mission provided a Christmas Eve feast to hundreds of people, but guests and volunteers said it was more than just a meal.
"We're going to serve anyone that is willing to eat dinner with us," Victory Mission's Laura Rush said.
Victory Trade School Students and about 50 volunteers prepared and served Christmas Eve dinner for the Springfield community. Around 200 people came out for the meal, but organizers say its about more than just food.
"It's an opportunity not just to give somebody a warm meal but to give the time to have somebody to fellowship with and communicate with and have Christmas mean something more than a meal," Rush said.
People who enjoyed the dinner say they're extremely grateful.
"All the Christmas lights, the fellowship, the pecan pie, I'm just thankful to be here tonight," Bill Bates said.
But Chad Seidberg, a student at the Victory Trade School who helped prepare the meal, said he's just happy that this holiday season he's able to give back.
"This time four years ago I was in their shoes, I was living in my car I was in addiction, this is an opportunity to give back and it feels really good to be of service to the community finally," Seidberg said.
The Victory Mission will also be hosting a Christmas brunch at 9 a.m. and a Christmas dinner at 5 p.m.
City leaders in Lead Hill say a broken water main means residents should boil tap water before using it for cooking or drinking.
The order affects people living in the South part of town. Water should be boiled for at least one minute before consumption. No word on when the boil order will be lifted.
Police say they are investigating a shooting near downtown St. Louis that left one person dead and three critically injured.
St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says officers were called to a shooting around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and found four people had been shot. She says one person was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other three were taken to a hospital and are listed in critical condition.
Other details were not immediately available, and a possible motive was not immediately clear.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting occurred at a convenience store.
What's on your weather wish list? KY3's Abby Dyer reveals your Christmas forecast.