The nonprofit advocacy agency, Environmental Working Group (EWG), just revealed that many nutritious foods we eat are not as healthy as we think because they're drenched in pesticides. The EWG's list of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables sold in markets is quite shocking.
And, can you guess WHICH popular fruit topped the list? Hint: You probably put one in your kids' lunch boxes every day...Continue Reading >
The solution to your child's obesity problem may stem from the size of their dinner plate. A study done by researchers at Temple University found that first graders served themselves more food when they used a large plate as opposed to a smaller one. As if controlling what your child eats hasn't become an issue on its own, plate sizes have increased, too.
The study was done to see if reducing plate size could affect how much children eat--especially since the theory has been held true for adults. So, did portion control help kids with their food consumption?Continue Reading >
Gastric bypass surgery is intended to help overweight patients lose weight, but what if you could gain the same effects in the form of a pill? Researchers have discovered that probiotic pills filled with friendly bacteria may have the same results as getting gastric bypass. The idea came after researchers analyzed that after gastric bypass surgery, bacteria found in the gut also changed and helped people stop craving unhealthy food.
Rats were also tested before and after the surgery and scientists learned that the bugs commonly found in fatter individuals' digestive tracts were no longer there, but discovered more of the bugs associated with leanness. This means that scientists may have found a solution that could potentially help those who are overweight as they combat weight loss.Continue Reading >
A recent survey found that 1 in 4 women lied about their activities via social media once a month. Keep this in mind the next time you log onto Facebook: That female friend who gloats about her awesome life could totally be fibbing! The Pencourage study, which was conducted on 2,000 women, discovered that they are more likely to lie about being on vacation, their job, even alcohol consumption on their social media pages.
But why would women even care enough to lie on a site such as Facebook or Twitter? The answer is something we can all relate to...Continue Reading >
Losing weight can be a difficult task especially when you start getting hunger pangs and want to reach for your favorite junk food. Snacking can make or break your diet if you reach for the wrong foods, but there is one solution which will keep you losing weight while satisfying your hunger. The answer? Dried fruit!
Now, not just ANY dried fruit isn't going to cut it. In fact, Dr. Kevin Soden of Realage.com shared that the best ones to eat happen to be ...Continue Reading >
I confess--before I found out I was having a son, I desperately wanted a girl. To my surprise, that desire had pretty much vanished entirely by the time we left our gender ultrasound and headed out to buy our son his first pair of baby blue booties. But now, a recently published study out of Finland has me once again hoping for that little girl, because aparently, I'll live longer if I have a girl!Continue Reading >
It turns out that all this blame we've placed on the media telling girls they need to be thinner is wrong. In fact, new research says we should be looking at our daughters friends because they may be influencing these body image problems.
These findings were discovered after 237 girls ages 10 through 17 were surveyed regarding their favorite TV shows, rating how they felt about their bodies, peer competition, and social media activity. They were asked the same questions 6 months later concluding that peer influence affected their self esteem a whole lot more than any celebrities they were exposed to.Continue Reading >
Does this picture make you want to punch something? Or have you ever looked at a cute baby or puppy and said: "I just want to eat you up"? It's a figure of expression we use when looking at something irresistibly adorable, and now science has found out just why we react the way we do!
Researchers discovered that while we verbalize our need to squeeze something cute like a puppy, we also act on it. They called that initial reaction "cute aggression" and although it sounds scary, it's actually the norm!Continue Reading >
This report is not the best news for exercise enthusiasts because it turns out that too much exercise can be bad for your heart! Scientists looked at data on how regular exercise affects the heart from 6 exercise studies, which were tested on 1,687 people and the results were shocking! It turns out that 1 in 10 hard core exercisers' blood pressure, insulin levels, and 'good' HDL cholesterol levels had been affected in a negative way.
While this may be crazy news for some, some other lazies among us may rejoice at the results as they find another excuse not to hit the gym. But rest assured, the results don't mean you should stop exercising all together! While scientists found that strenuous exercise was linked to two risk factors of heart disease, they were stumped by how something that's so good for you can be deadly… So what's the reason?Continue Reading >
There are parts of the human body that have always been a mystery. For example, we've all probably wondered: why do men have nipples? It turns out science has answered our question and the reason will shock you!
Although we are distinguished by our genders, men and women actually once were the same in the uterus as fetuses. Confused yet? Read on to find out which sex is the most dominant!Continue Reading >