When you’re trying to up your health game, you probably abide by one grocery shopping rule: Stick to the perimeter of the store. But you don’t have to spend all your time in the produce section; as long as you avoid the processed junk, those middle aisles aren’t as bad as they’re believed to be.
“Make the most of the middle aisles — they’re stocked with superfoods. Otherwise you’ll be missing out on fiber-rich ancient grains like sorghum, millet and amaranth, and plant-based foods containing protein, like nuts, chia, flax, and quinoa,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table. “Also, how can you resist the value of beans? The underrated supermarket gem is full of soluble fiber that could help control cholesterol levels while providing a whopping 6 grams of plant protein per half cup, weighing in at only about 40 cents per serving.” For more healthy hacks, check out the 30 Best Ways to Stick to Any Diet.
One thing that’s probably sent you straight into panic-mode both as a kid and as an adult is accidentally swallowing your gum. It’s pretty widely-known that it takes seven years to digest it, but that fact just isn’t true. When it comes to your digestive system, gum doesn’t get any special treatment — it goes in and comes out the exact way (and speed!) other food do. And for more fun facts, here are 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Body.
Everyone grows up thinking eating carrots help keep their eyes healthy, whether that’s improving your eyesight or just keeping your already-great vision strong. The funny thing is even though they’re super good for your body and contain eye-boosting vitamin A, Harvard Medical School says eating fresh fruits and dark leafy green veggies are even better, more beneficial choices when it comes to your eye health. Who knew? For more ways to seriously improve your health, check out these 50 Ways to Be a Higher-Energy Person Immediately.
Even though avocados, walnuts, olive oil, and other healthy fats are full of body-boosting benefits, there’s still this weird fear that eating fat is going to make you fat, even though it’s a total myth.
“So many women still fear eating fat, stemming from the low-fat craze that captivated the public in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But we got it wrong,” says Michelle Cady, integrative nutrition health coach of FitVista.com “When you increase your healthy fat intake and lower your intake of refined, white carbohydrates, you’ll stay satiated longer, stabilize your blood sugar, and teach your body to burn off extra body fat, rather than rely on quick bursts of carbs, sugar, and glucose for energy.”
The idea that chocolate is an aphrodisiac has been around since the 80s, and that’s probably why box upon box fly off the shelves on February 14th. Unfortunately, all those heart-shaped boxes don’t have as strong of an impact after all. Studies haven’t been able to prove a solid link between chocolates and sexual arousal and satisfaction, but that doesn’t mean the placebo effect isn’t still going strong.
Since people believe chocolate can help them amp up their sex drive, they can sometimes make it happen simply by thinking it will. There might not be any science, but hey — whatever works, right? Even though chocolate may not be able to get you in the mood, here’s How Chocolate Will Boost Your Workout (Seriously).
This is usually the conclusion people make when they hear that so many people all over the world go hungry. In fact, there is enough food to feed the planet one and a half times over. People who can comfortably afford food usually waste a staggering amount. Hunger is not a supply issue, it’s a distribution issue.