Terrible News: French Fries Linked To Early Death


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Sad news for everyone who loves french fries (so basically, for everyone). 

A recent study has found that eating fried potatoes is linked to a higher risk of early death. 

You can bring out the Kleenex now. 

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of early death compared to those who avoid fried potatoes. 

I know what you’re thinking: If you avoid fried potatoes, are you really even living? 

Then again, the fact that eating fried food is detrimental to health isn’t exactly a big old shocker. We didn’t really need this study to deduce that food deep fried in oil is harmful to our health.

 But why did they have to target poor french fries, and not say, onion rings?

Still, although many people may have already assumed that fried potatoes are unhealthy, there is “very limited” scientific data on this topic, wrote Dr. Nicola Veronese, the lead author of the study,  according to CNN.

Luckily, eating potatoes that are not fried was not linked to a similar early death risk, according to researchers.

Phew. So, baked potatoes and mashed potatoes seem to be safe. At least for now.

“Fried potatoes consumption is increasing worldwide,” warned Veronese, per CNN.

According to the USDA, potatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetables in the U.S., partly thanks to the popularity of french fries.

The study tracked 4,440 people ages 45 to 79 over a period of eight years and divided participants into subgroups based on how many times a week they ate fried potatoes.

Over the span of eight years, 236 of the participants died. In analyzing the data, Veronese and his team discovered that the participants who ate fried potatoes two to three times each week doubled their chance of early death compared to those who ate none.

If you’re already tearing up, keep in mind that this is just an observational study, which has not established a direct causation between early mortality and eating fried potatoes.

“Even if it is an observational study, we believe that the cooking oil, rich in trans-fat, is an important factor in explaining mortality in those eating more potatoes,” added Veronese.

John Keeling, the CEO of the National Potato Council (yes, that’s a thing)  said the “study isn’t relevant to the general population” because the data was collected primarily for an osteoarthritis study and only includes patients with arthritis, according to CNN. 

Either way, don’t despair too much. A few french fries here or there probably won’t kill you. Probably.  

You can also try to make healthier fries at home by using heart-healthy olive oil, a minimal amount of salt, and even baking rather than frying. Win win.

Sources: CNN, USDA, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition / Photo credit: Keith McDuffee/Flickr

Tags: fries, health
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Bad News For Fans Of Coconut Oil: It’s Terrible For You


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Coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil … Intuitively, you’d think all these items are healthy, right?

I mean, they come from coconuts after all. And health nuts go nuts for coconuts. Right?

Unfortunately, our dear friend coconut oil is not as healthy as we may have thought. In fact, it may be downright bad for you. If you’ve been eating coconut oil with everything, thinking it’s a health food, put that jar down right now. Now. 

U.S. heart experts say that eating coconut oil is just as unhealthy as eating beef fat and butter, BBC reports. Yikes.

Beef fat and butter are two items we definitely would not describe as “health foods.” I mean, definitely not the first things you go looking for on a trip to Whole Foods. 

But why is poor coconut oil getting this bad rap? 

Because it’s packed with saturated fat, which is known to raise the “bad” kind of cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. This is the kind of cholesterol that can clog up your arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Coco-not good. 

“Coconut oil doesn’t entirely deserve its bad nutritional rap,” says the Whole Foods Market Blog. “However, that doesn’t mean the versatile, sweet-flavored oil is a nutrition gold mine.”

You can say that again.

According to the AHA, a whopping 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, while butter has 63 percent saturated fat and beef fat has 50 percent saturated fat. 

Even pork lard, seemingly the least healthy option of the three, has less than half of coconut oil’s saturated fat, ringing in at 39 percent. 

When pork lard is less fatty than you, that’s not the best sign.

While some still claim that the mixture of fats in coconut oil make it a healthy option, the AHA says there is no solid evidence for this, according to BBC.

Still, despite the negative connotation fats have, they are still an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.

“To eat well for your heart health it is not just about reducing fat but reducing specific types of fat and taking care over what these are replaced with – unsaturated fats and wholegrains, rather than sugars and refined carbohydrates,” said Victoria Taylor from the British Heart Foundation, per BBC.

Taylor recommends switching saturated fats for foods like avocado, oily fish and nuts, which are full of healthy fats (but again, all in moderation).

Personally, I’d trade a jar of coconut oil for an avocado any day.

Are you still hooked on the coconut oil fad, or are you done with it forever? 

Sources: BBC, Whole Foods Market Blog, AHA Journals / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: coconut oil, health
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Drinking This Tequila Won’t Give You A Hangover, According To The LA Health Crowd


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Uh oh.

If you are of legal age and want to responsibility indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two some nights or can you get a hangover from tequila, that is perfectly fine. There are studies out there that allege that a glass of red wine is actually good for our health!

However, I don’t think anybody was arguing that taking shots of tequila was doing our bodies any big favors — until now.

Per Metro, the Los Angeles wellness crowd is now saying that tequila — yes, the alcohol you drank on that one night that you hardly remember, but really, really would like to forget — being gluten-free and also vegan, is… healthy?

More specifically, the purest type of tequila made from 100% agave, blanco tequila, is in, because it doesn’t give you a hangover.

Hello darkness my old friend:

Here is the best tequila for no hangover.

I guess the idea is that you can drink your fill of tequila, party all night, and then feel well enough to hit the gym and your wheatgrass-smoothies the next morning with ease.

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“We have a lot of trainers and fitness gurus who come in and drink every day,” Jason Eisner, director at a trendy vegan Hollywood bar, Gracias Madre, told The Cut. “The way they’re able to do that is to stick to pure agave spirits.

“As long as you stay hydrated and don’t drink, like, a whole bottle, you’re fine. Not hungover.”

Have you ever wondered, for instance, why after a night of drinking whiskey you feel so much worse than after a night of drinking vodka?

According to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, congeners — a chemical that gets produced during alcohol’s fermentation process, which occurs particularly in barrel-aged drinks like wine, whiskey and brandy — increase the severity of any given hangover.

Pure tequila, as opposed to normal mixed tequilas, do not have as many congeners or sugars. Thus, minimal hangovers.

As for the argument on whether or not the drink is beneficial to your health (as opposed to just not hangover-inducing), while it is true that the blue agave plant has been found to contain certain sugars that help lower blood-sugar levels, there’s no proof that finished tequila has those effects too.

Sources: Metro, The CutScientific American / Photo credit: Hangover PricesTags: Bachelor's Party, best tequila, hangover party, hangovers, health, Party, shots, tequila, tequila hangover, vodka
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Cup Noodles Is The Latest Pantry Staple To Hop Aboard The Health Food Trend


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If your college experience was anything like mine, then you have had your fair share of ramen-based meals (video below).

It all starts off with the simple cup o’ noodles; standard, basic and cheap.

As time goes on (and income stays scant), you begin to discover new ways to elevate your staple meal: personally, I was thrilled when I thought to add egg and different spices/vegetables to mine, but brains more creative than mine have come up with such delights as the Ramen Burger, and more.

Now, however, the Nissin Foods pantry staple is undergoing a total upgrade. According to Delish, the company is responding to customer feedback and developing a new version of its famous Cup Noodles product with less sodium, no added MSG, and zero artificial flavors in honor of its 45th anniversary.

In order to make sure the product still stood up to its original glory, Nissin Foods enlisted the help of several blind taste-testers, who also happened to be big time fans of the OG Cup Noodles.

The verdict? Apparently, the consumers think that the improved product is totally on par with the sodium-laden original.

Here’s the best part: Natural ingredients such as paprika, lime, and turmeric were added to boost the new flavor profiles, so they’re sure to be just as satisfying and flavorful as their less-healthy (but oh-so-addictive) predecessors.

Check out the video about the change below:

Sources: Delish / Photo credits: Nissin Foods Inc. via Delish, Nissin Foods Inc. via The Inspiration Room

Tags: cup noodles, health, low sodium, Nissin Foods, ramen
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Booze Your Way To A Better Bod With Alcoholic Seltzer, Your New Favorite Drink


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Fitness boozers, your world is about to be turned upside-down: There’s a new alcoholic beverage on the market, and it’s here to help you maintain your abs while still enjoying the sloppy effects of booze.

Welcome to the team, flavored alcoholic seltzer. We’re glad to have you.

According to Bloomberg, this new boozy innovation is the product of fitness culture’s recent rise; while food businesses have upped their game to cater to more health-driven clientele, so far alcoholic companies have steered clear of the craze.

Spiked Seltzer is hoping to bridge that gap, selling fizzy, alcohol-infused drinks that can boast about half the calories of standard cocktails, and better-for-you ingredients such as cane sugar and “natural” flavoring agents.

“People are concerned about gluten, they’re concerned about sugar,” says CrossFitter Casey O’Neill, who concocted the fizzy libation that inspired the Truly Spiked & Sparkling line, according to Bloomberg.

Now, MillerCoors is slated to release two healthy-sounding alcoholic drinks: Easy Tea, which the company describes as a “refined, brisk and less sweet iced tea,” and Zumbida Mango, a fermented, fruity drink which sounds perfect for the Kombucha-chuggers among us.

Meanwhile, Smirnoff is gearing up to push its own Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, in addition to a new hard soda brand.

“The idea of what [people] are putting into their bodies is more prominent in consumers’ minds today,” said James Thompson, Diageo North America’s chief marketing and innovation officer. “It’s natural that spirits will follow.”

A Harris Poll commissioned by Boston Beer demonstrated that companies targeting consumers on the hunt for healthier drinks are on the right track: Forty-seven percent of Americans of legal drinking age believe that there aren’t enough low-calorie alcoholic beverage options.

“Alcohol isn’t good for you unless it’s in moderation,” Dave Holmes, co-founder of Boathouse Beverage, concluded to Bloomberg. “The desire is to have something that’s both transparent and healthier.”

Let’s face it: Nobody really wants to be swilling Coors Light as their main option — perhaps this new craze will result in some tasty options you can enjoy (without having to worry about the bloat later).

Source: Bloomberg / Photo credit: SpikedSeltzer/Facebook

Tags: alcohol, Booze, fitness, health, spiked seltzer
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Science Says: A Latte A Day Keeps The Heart Attack Away


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Oh, go on: Have that extra shot of espresso in your morning coffee today, champ. You’ve earned it.

A York University study tracked 3,721 heart-attack survivors in the U.K. Findings demonstrated that heart-attack patients who drink one to two cups of coffee per day are 20 percent less likely to die prematurely from heart damage than patients who abstain from coffee completely, according to Fox News.

Excuse me while I pour my second cup — for my health.

Once you have a heart attack, you are at much higher risk for another one, or at least for developing heart failure in the future, so practicing heart-healthy habits is crucial for survivors.

Here are ten lifestyle tips for preventing heart attacks and heart disease, courtesy of Web MD:

  1. Eat well. That means lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (think salmon or fresh tuna). Cutting down on salt, saturated fats, excess sugar and red meats doesn’t hurt, either.
  2. Destress. Prioritize your mental health and take active measures to treat yourself gently. Stressful emotions (such as hostility, rage, and prolonged irritation) could lead to heart attack risk.
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Track your blood sugar. Too much sugar could cause damage to your arteries.
  5. And your blood pressure. High blood pressure means a higher risk of heart attack and disease. Diet, exercise and stress management help keep this under control.
  6. Also your cholesterol intake.
  7. Try to stay within a healthy weight range
  8. Ask your doctor if aspirin is right for you. For some people, a daily low-dose aspirin helps reduce the risk of heart attack.
  9. Exercise. Go, go, go!
  10. Communicate. You’re not an island. Research shows people with wide social networks are less prone to heart trouble, so rely on the people around you.

Sources: Fox NewsWeb MD / Photo credit: Zee News


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The Demise Of Soy Milk


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In the bustling world of non-dairy beverages, former queen bee soy milk is, like, so out.

With aisles full of flavored almond milks and Starbucks’ introduction of a Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, soy milk is lagging behind its healthier competitors, Munchies reports.

This rise of new non-dairy alternatives, combined with debunked health claims about soy milk, are contributing to the drink’s demise.

That demise is pretty dark: Since its golden days in 2008, sales of the beverage have fallen 60 percent, according to Euromonitor International via Munchies. 

It all began in 1999, when the FDA said soy-milk producers could tell consumers that the product could reduce the risk of heart disease. Those ads helped soy milk skyrocket to the top of dairy-milk alternatives — until, you know, the American Heart Association stepped in and said the claims were bologna.

Later studies (which are contested) said soy could be linked to breast cancer. That bummer, plus knowledge that most soy produced in the U.S. has been genetically modified, gave soy milk a bad rep in the minds of health-conscious consumers. Thus, the drink lost most of its faithful followers. 

Almond milk, cousin to the soy variety, has moved into the spotlight. Non-dairy/non-soy milks are now a $1.4 billion industry in the U.S. (compared with $1.2 million in soy milk’s glory days).

Popular milk brand Silk sells half the soy milk it used to sell, while its almond-milk revenue is up by 300 percent.

All the same, almond milk has its own share of issues, namely that it takes a ton of water to make and that a leading almond-milk brand got sued for allegedly putting almost no almonds in its product.

Alas, the globe of non-dairy milk keeps turning with the addition of enticing newcomers pea milk and cockroach milk.

Source: Munchies / Photo credit: Silk

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You’ll Never Guess What Food This Pro-Athlete’s Doctor Prescribed Him


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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel got a surprisingly awesome prescription after visiting the doctor for frequent cramps that were impacting his ability to play ball.

When you visit your physician for most ailments, you might expect to hear that you need to stop enjoying your life so much and trade in the beer and pizza for more leaves or something, but that wasn’t the case for Hammel.

The pro baseball player hadn’t been doing so hot in the big leagues this season, winning only six of his last 11 games and cramping up frequently, according to Vice Munchies. During a July 7 game, his hand started to cramp so badly that he had to leave the game early.

That’s when his doctor called with a surprising recommendation: Eat more potato chips.

“For my cramps, if it’s a chronic thing, [my doctor] said, ‘Potato chips,’ because they have a lot of potassium and obviously the sea salt helps retain water,” Hammel said at a recent press conference. “So I focused on that over the break and ate a lot of potato chips, and I think it turned out pretty well. Potato chips prescription—PCP—that’s what I’m going to try to go with.”

A potato chip prescription sounds like a luscious but unhealthy fever dream, yet it is a happy reality for Hammel, who was recently sent five huge boxes of Utz brand chips.

“I have enough to obviously make it through the next 13 to 14 starts,” the pitcher said of his new stash, according to The Chicago Tribune.

It is worth noting that, after a week-long potato chip binge, Hammel returned to the field and won his first game back on July 16.

“Be careful what you wish for,” said Hammel. “You are what you eat. I don’t want to get completely wrapped up in this stuff, but it’s awesome.”

We’re just hoping we can get our doctor to make the same recommendation.

Sources: Vice Munchies, The Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Jason Hammel/Twitter

Tags: baseball, health, health benefits of junk food, Jason Hammel, salt benefits
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Feeling Sad? Science Says You Should Eat More Veggies


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How many times have you been told to eat your vegetables?

It seems like we are told to eat healthier from the moment we are born until the moment we die—all in the name of long-term health benefits and increased lifespan decades down the road. A new study from the University of Warwick, however, suggests that the benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables might actually be more immediate than anyone had previously thought.

The research, which is set to be published in the American Journal of Public health, revealed that an uptake in daily fruit and vegetable intake can significantly increase a person’s overall happiness and psychological wellbeing. The study was conducted on over 12,000 Australian individuals, and controlled for confounding variables such as income and personal circumstances.

All in all, subjects’ psychological condition improved for each additional serving of fruit and vegetables consumed daily, up to eight servings. In fact, the change in happiness level correlated with going from zero to eight servings a day was found to be equivalent to the happiness change typically seen when an individual transitions from being unemployed to being employed.

Professor Andrew Oswald, who worked on the study, said, “Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health. People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.”

While it is unclear what, exactly, about eating more fruit and vegetables increases happiness, scientists believe it could be related to the antioxidant content of such healthy foods. Nevertheless, researchers are hoping that the study’s results will motivate individuals to eat more fruit and vegetables across the board.

Sources: Science Daily, Grub Street / Photo credit: New Health Guide

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Eating Kinder Bars And Other Delicious Chocolates Could Be Really Dangerous


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German watchdog Food Watch has found in Kinder chocolate bars and other snacks not joy, not sweetness, not comfort, but carcinogens.

You know, that substance that can cause cancer.

The organization is pushing for a recall of some Kinder, Ferrero and Aldi products after scientists tested the treats positive for mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs), according to The Local.

If that doesn’t already sound like something that doesn’t belong in your body, Food Watch added that MOAHs can “damage the human genome,” Metro reports.

The European Food Safety Authority backs up these claims, having called MOAHs “likely” “carcinogenic and mutagenic.”

Despite concerns, both Kinder and Ferrero have denied requests to recall any products.

Ferrero said in a statement that traces of mineral oils “exist nearly everywhere in the environment” (hooray!) and could have found their way into candies through the packaging or transportation process.

“… [We] are working on technical solutions to minimize these omnipresent substances as much as possible and to avoid transfer and migration to food,” the statement read.

The Association of the German Confectionary Agency (BDSI) said that MOAHs are found only in packaging as a result of recycled materials being used – and the food inside is safe to eat, reported The Local.

Foodwatch campaigner Johannes Heeg isn’t buyin’ it. He said BDSI’s language is too dismissive.

“You can’t see [MOAH], you can’t taste it, but it’s in there,” he said. 

Sources: The LocalMetro.co.uk / Photo credit: Rex/Metro.co.uk

Tags: Cancer, chocolate, health, kinder
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We’ve Got Some Good News For All You Butter Lovers


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You can officially feel a little less guilty about all of the butter that you slathered on your corn over Fourth of July weekend.

A recent study by Tufts University found no link between butter consumption and cardiovascular disease—debunking decades of speculation and hysteria regarding the supposed dangers of butter consumption.

According to Gizmodo, the study was conducted on 636,151 individuals across 15 distinct countries, adding up to a total of 6.5 million person-years of follow-up data. The research was published in PLOS ONE, and joins an increasing body of data that suggest there is little or no link between butter and chronic disease.

In addition to showing no association between butter consumption and cardiovascular disease, however, the study also investigated the link between both butter and diabetes and butter and all-cause mortality.

Surprisingly enough, researchers discovered a negative association between butter and diabetes. The study found that, on average, each daily tablespoon of butter consumed by participants resulted in a four percent lower risk of developing diabetes.

Before you switch to an all-butter diet, however, you should know that every additional tablespoon of butter consumed each day was also linked to a one percent rise in all-cause mortality. It should be noted, however, that this association is nothing more than a correlation, and the cause of the link is more likely that those who eat more butter tend to consume less healthy diets.

Overall, researchers suggest that butter is a “middle-of-the-road” food, meaning that it should not be classified as solely healthy or unhealthy. Instead, scientists believe that the foods on which you choose to spread your butter are more impactful to your overall health than the butter itself.

Unfortunately, that means that you’re probably better off slathering butter on vegetables than waffles or pasta. Personally, however, we’ll take our wins where we can get them, and never eat un-buttered corn or mashed potatoes again!

Source: Gizmodo / Photo credit: Authority Nutrition

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82 Percent Of Americans Think That Burgers Are Nutritious


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No one can deny that burgers are delicious. After all, there’s a reason that McDonalds is one of the world’s most popular fast food chains and diners are content to wait hours for a table at Chicago’s Au Cheval restaurant—named the home of America’s best burger by Bon Appétit magazine.

However, it’s also a widely known fact that burgers aren’t exactly a health food. Sporting a hunk of fatty meat ensconced by a sugar-filled bun and frequently accompanied by such condiments as cheese and mayonnaise, it’s fairly obvious that burgers are better suited for cheat days than diets.

Or so we thought.

A recent study by Mintel, a market research agency, found that a full 82 percent of Americans believe that burgers are “a good source of nutrients.” The company questioned 1,767 U.S. adults who had eaten a burger at a restaurant in the past three months, and the results were just as alarming as they sound. Considering that our nation is facing an obesity epidemic, it’s not exactly comforting to learn that such a high percentage of Americans are so woefully misguided about nutritional guidelines and food.

There is some good news, however. According to the same Mintel study, almost half of Americans are also interested in seeing an increase in non-beef burger options on our nation’s menus. Unfortunately, while non-beef burgers, including chicken and turkey, are typically more nutritious than their beef counterparts, it is unclear if this survey result is indicative of a genuine desire for healthier dining options or simply America’s prevailing love for all things burger.

Either way, there’s no question that burgers are one of life’s greatest pleasures. Next time you decide to treat yourself, however, keep in mind that no matter which way you try and spin it, burgers are not a health food. Sorry America.

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Sources: ViceBon Appétit / Photo credit: Burger Burger

Tags: burgers, health, Mintel, Nutrition, survey
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Drink Up, World – Tequila Is Good For You!


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Tequila lovers will be happy to know that the popular alcohol is actually good for you! 

Researchers in Mexico discovered that the blue variety of the agave plant that’s used in tequila is useful for strengthening bones and fighting bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Science Daily reported on the discovery, saying that the research team — led by Dr. Mercedes Lopez — conducted a number of experiments with animal subjects to reach the conclusion. 

“It was found that mice that consumed this fructans synthesized nearly 50 percent more of such protein, in addition that the diameter of their bones was higher compared with the subjects which were not supplied with derivatives of the agave,” Lopez said.

Consumption of fructans found in the agave “promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis,” she added.

Now you can drink your tequila with an even bigger smile on your face — not only will your margaritas taste good, they’ll also be helping your bones stay nice and healthy!

Source: Science Daily / Photo credit: Wikimedia 

Tags: bones, drink, health, margarita, tequila
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Here Is What Happens To Your Face If You Drink A Ton Of Water Every Day For 28 Days (Photos)


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A woman recently decided to try drinking three liters of water per day — the equivalent of roughly three-fourths of a gallon — for 28 days, and the pictured results show the impact it had on her skin.

The pictures of the experiment’s results are astonishing, really, and Sarah Smith says that very quickly, her wrinkles, blemishes, and older features vanished.

“My skin lacks any lustre [sic]. It looks dead,” Smith said in a piece written for the Daily Mail of her skin prior to the experiment. “Every system and function in our body depends on water. It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues, and eliminates waste. Not drinking enough means all these functions become impaired. So I decided to see how I would look and feel if I drank three litres [sic] of water every day for 28 days. The results were astonishing.”

After discussing the idea with both a neurologist and a nutritionist, she upped her water intake daily for the 28 days, and as pictures show, she wound up looking at least ten years younger than she did the previous month. Still, there are some skeptics who say the miraculous transformation has more to do with lighting than water.

“There is no convincing data that eight [or more] glasses per day of water truly improves skin texture and tone,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner told Cosmo US, according to The Daily Mirror.

Still, there is no denying the difference between the two pictures, shown above, and it does lead some to wonder whether or not they should increase their water intake.

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Sources: The Daily MirrorBustleDaily Mail / Photo Source: The Daily Mirror

Tags: aging, drinking, health, skin, water
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Here Is The School Lunch That Has Parents Very Upset (Photo)


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Kaytlin Shelton and her family are upset that school children in Chickasha, Okla., are fed a “Munchable” lunch every other Monday that includes meat, two crackers, one slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower.

“It makes me want to take that to the superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” Shelton told OKC Fox.

“I can go pay a dollar for a lunchabe and get more food in it,” added Kaytlin’s father Vince Holton. “Schools are responsible for children while they’re at school, they’re responsible for feeding the children.”

In addition to the food that Shelton chose for her lunch, milk, beans and pears are also available to eat on “Munchable” Mondays.

However, School Superintendent David Cash stated, “You’ve got in some cases little kids that they’re only two meals are breakfast and lunch at school and they’re getting you know a grand total of 1100 calories. That’s not enough.”

“These regulations were put into effect two years ago and were still struggling with them,” added Asst. State Superintendent for Child Nutrition Joanie Hildenbrand.

Administrators think that as a result of these guidelines kids are going through the day hungry.

“I know they are,” Superintendent Cash said, “there is no doubt about that. My own kid comes home and the first thing he does is raid the refrigerator.”

The school is reportedly now looking into whether the Munchable is a legitimate food option for growing kids.



Sources: The Lost OgleOKC Fox

Tags: Education, health, Nutrition, Pregnant Teen Says Healthy School Lunch is Too Small, Pregnant Teen Says Healthy School Lunch is Too Smallhealth
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Horrified Customer Finds ‘Strange Creature’ In Can Of Tuna (Photos)


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A woman was shocked to find a small, mysterious creature staring back at her when she opened a can of tuna.

Zoe Butler, 28, said when she first opened the can of Princes tuna, she noticed what she thought was some sort of intestine. Upon further examination, however, Butler noticed that it had a “spiny tail” and what appeared to be eyes staring back at her.

“I opened the top of the lid and saw a purply thing, a gut sack or intestine – then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me,” Butler told the Nottingham Post. “I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look.”

Butler’s grandmother confirmed that her granddaughter’s discovery did seem to be a once-living creature. “It’s a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at you,” Susan Goddard said. “We did manage to ascertain that it was dead.”

After finding the strange being in her tuna, Butler saved it in the can and put it aside until she received a response from Princes. Dr. Hany Elsheikha, an associate professor of parasitology at the University of Nottingham said he believed the creature to be some sort of crab. “All I can see from the picture is a body and the eyes are very prominent,” he said. “The legs have been chopped off during the process.”

Butler, who sent photos of her discovery to Princes, said she simply wants to make sure nobody else has a similar incident. “I just want to find out what it is and to make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else. I didn’t set out to get compensation and I don’t a want lifetime’s supply of tuna!”

A spokesman for Princes told the Post that an investigation will take place when they receive the can from Butler.

“We were contacted by Mrs Butler and immediately responded to apologise [sic],” the spokesman said. “We are arranging for her to send us the product so that we can look into this matter fully.”

Sources: The BlazeNottingham Post / Photo Credit: Twitter via theblaze.com

Tags: crab, creature, food, health, UK
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Buffalo Wild Wings Employee Fired For Revealing Restaurant’s Secret (Video)


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An employee at a Buffalo Wild Wings was allegedly fired for telling customers that the restaurant was picking up chicken wings off the ground and serving them.

In a video (shown below) posted to World Star Hip Hop, the former employee – whose name, according to the video, is Thomas – explained that he’d just been fired for revealing the unsanitary act to customers.

“They picked up wings off the floor and put them in the fryer. Mr. Wayne is firing me for telling on them. Am I right, Mr. Wayne?”

The manager of the restaurant was then shown on camera denying Thomas’ allegations.

“Absolutely not,” Wayne said. “You’re a liar.

“This team member has been terminated,” he added. “We’re calling the police right now.”

Thomas continued to insist that he’d been fired for the wing incident, which Wayne either denied or avoided addressing altogether.

Reaction to the video on World Star Hip Hop was mixed, with some people saying Thomas shouldn’t have told on his employer and should have stayed quiet instead. Other viewers didn’t seem very surprised that something so unsanitary occurred at a restaurant chain like Buffalo Wild Wings.

“What people don’t understand is that this happens everywhere,” viewer Jon Doe said. “Only way you get good clean food is if you make it yourself.”

“I don’t know about you but after reading half these comments there’s no justification for picking wings up off the floor that is unacceptable,” Eb-dogg Harris added.

Do you think Thomas was right to expose the restaurant for serving wings that they picked up off of the floor? Watch the video below.

Sources: World Star Hip HopYouTube

Photo Credit: youtube.com

Tags: Buffalo Wild Wings, Chicken, food, health, video
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Surrounded By Fried Food, Man Undergoes Incredible Transformation (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

He used to weigh a quarter of a ton. Now he shows off his bulging biceps.

For 33-year-old John “Tiny” Likely, life has changed dramatically since he shed more than half his body weight of 500 pounds, and it’s all thanks to the staff at a fast food restaurant.

In late 2013, the owner of a Zaxby’s in Andalusia, Alabama, hired Likely as a fry cook, according to AL.com. Likely says he couldn’t keep up, couldn’t fit into the Zaxby’s uniform, and couldn’t even stand at his station for more than 10 minutes at a time.

“During the day I could just see how he struggled,” Scott Brown, owner of the Andalusia Zaxby’s, told ABC News.” “It made me hurt to watch him work, and I just thought, ‘You know we really need to do something.’”

Brown got Likely a gym membership, then-manager Klint Short became Likely’s physical trainer, and co-worker O.T. Green became the in-house nutritionist, passing along things he’d learned as a football player and in his high school anatomy class.

Not only did Likely’s co-workers help him work out and choose healthy meals, they also helped him remain vigilant, keeping Likely away from the fried food on days he was struggling. As of December, he weighs 239 pounds, but has more to lose.

Now Likely is a local celebrity: He has appeared on “Good Morning America,” he’s turned heads with his dramatic weight loss, and he’s even got a fan club through Facebook and his own website, TeamTiny81.com. On the site, he keeps a blog in which he writes about everything from healthy homemade smoothies to maintaining commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“I barely could walk, I barely could breathe, life was a nightmare. I weighed more than 500 pounds and I found comfort and savior in a fast food restaurant,” Likely wrote on his website. “I managed to eat better so I could keep up with my team at work and by making small changes I was beginning to see big results.”

In the meantime, Likely has become a motivator, telling people that if he could dramatically change his life with weight loss, anyone can do it with determination. He also preaches the benefits of healthy food, like salads, fruits, eggs and grilled chicken.

During his “Good Morning America” appearance in July,  Likely received props from Chris Powell — the personal trainer behind ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” — for inspiring others. But he also made sure he shared the credit with his fast food friends who got him started on the healthy path.

“Everybody who chipped on the journey — my Team Tiny family, my Andalusia family, my blood family — I thank you,” Likely said. “You all believing in me made me believe in myself. You can do anything you put your mind to. Just because you’re one weight doesn’t mean you going end up that weight.”

Sources: AL.comABC NewsTeamTiny81 / Photo source John Likely via: AL.com

Tags: Alabama, Diet, Extreme Weight Loss, health, Zaxby's
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