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Nutrition or exercise: Which is better for your bones?

Which is better for your bones: a healthy diet or exercise? It’s a question that scientists would love to answer, and one that could greatly benefit humans as we undergo the aging process. A new study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in PLOS One aimed to answer this conundrum. Researchers looked at mineral supplementation and exercise in mice and  were surprised by the results. Nutrition, it appears, has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. Furthermore, even after the test mice stopped exercising, they retained the bone strength they gained, as long as they ate a healthy, mineral-supplemented diet. While the study was done on mice, it makes sense. David Kohn, a University of Michigan professor in the schools of dentistry and engineering and the study’s lead author, said, “If you think about the progression to humans, diet is easier for someone to carry on…

This is the fastest drive-thru chain in America

It’s called “fast food” because it’s meant to be made, assembled, packaged and in your hands in mere minutes. But not all drive-thru dining establishments can deliver on this promise. There is, however, one fast food chain that delivers your order in the blink of an eye. A QSR Magazine study found that when you really need your order in a hurry, Burger King is the way to go. The restaurant chain best known for its flame broiled burgers was the fastest drive-thru chain in America in 2018. The study found that it only took three minutes and 13 seconds from the point of ordering, to the moment the order arrived in the hands of the customer. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmOKSFFnPUV/?taken-by=burgerking Trailing Burger King’s record came Dunkin’, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s — in that order. (Popular In-N-Out Burger and Bojangles’ were not included in the study because…

16 Grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day

No matter how many years you’ve played hostess, preparing Thanksgiving dinner isn’t easy to pull off. In fact — you can almost guarantee you’ll burn the rolls, forget the stuffing, or at the very least, run out of wine. Here are 15 grocery stores that will save your tail feathers come Turkey Day: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiBFZE9lUuN/?taken-by=wholefoods 1. Whole Foods Market You trusted your sister to make the apple pie, now you have no pie and no where to turn. Except, Whole Foods. Stores nationwide will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. https://www.instagram.com/p/BoRie2RBNXK/?taken-by=walmart 2. Walmart So you burnt all the gravy. Sounds like you need to get to Walmart pronto, for a few jars of the ready-made stuff. https://www.instagram.com/p/BncSawjj2WD/?taken-by=safeway 3. Safeway Thanksgiving may never get on the table if you wait for your late brother to arrive with the stuffing and sweet potatoes. Swing by Safeway when you need…

The difference between sparkling water, seltzer water, club soda and tonic water

They’re all clear. They’re all bubbly. And they’re all water. So you’d be forgiven if you thought club soda, seltzer, tonic water, and sparkling water are all the same thing. But the four carbonated beverages are in fact, totally different drinks. How do you know which one to drink when, and even which ones you want to drink? Let’s dig deeper: Sparkling Water Sparkling water, or sparkling mineral water if you’re trying to be fancy, is naturally carbonated. It comes from carbonated springs or well, courtesy of Mother Nature. According to the FDA, mineral water mist contain at least 250 parts per million dissolved solids from the water source to be considered the real deal. Trace minerals in sparkling water may include sodium, magnesium, and calcium. The flavor can vary depending on where it came from, so sparking waters from separate springs can taste much different. When to drink: Sparking water usually…

Being in a relationship makes you fat, study shows

Being in a relationship can be good for your health, but it’s not always the best on your body. A new study shows that having a long-term partner can leave you likely to pack on the pounds. The study, conducted by researchers at Central Queensland University in Australia, tracked more than 15,000 people over 10 years.  On average, those who identified as part of a couple weighed 12.7 pounds more than those who were single. Furthermore, those with serious partners gained, on average, about 3.9 pounds per year! Of course, this study confirms what many of us have experienced throughout our lives. Once you’re comfortable, you may feel less pressure to keep up appearances and watch your weight as closely as you did when you were single. “When couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract a partner, they may feel more comfortably eating more foods high in…

The is what the color of your bread bag twist tie means

Think of all of the sandwiches you have made in your lifetime — for yourself, for your kids, for road trips and lunches and late night snacks. Have you ever once stopped to notice that the color of the twist tie on your sandwich bread bag varies — or why that is? It turns out, bread bags aren’t just randomly wrapped up with whatever colored twist tie is available. Those little pieces of wire wrapped in paper (or the hard plastic U-shaped square tags) are, in fact, used as an indicator of just how fresh your bread will be. It’s a hidden little behind-the-scenes secret at grocery stores. While you use the ‘expiration’ or ‘sell by’ date, employees restocking shelves can quickly look at a loaf and recognize the color code. Here’s how to know when you’re bread was baked: Monday: Blue Tuesday: Green Thursday: Red Friday: White Saturday: Yellow Wednesday…

Where to get free tacos on National Taco Day, Oct. 4

Thursday, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day — does any of the other dozens of food holidays even matter anymore? This holiday means that many restaurants will be giving away free or discounted deals on the most delicious of all take-out — tacos! Grab your go-to hot sauce and head to one of these places offering freebies and other deals on this most sacred of holidays. And check your local taqueria, too! Many mom and pop shops will also be offering deals throughout the day. 1. Del Taco Access a coupon on Del Taco’s website and score a “buy one, get one free” deal on their Shredded Beef Soft Tacos. 2. Taco Bell Taco Bell is asking people to gift somebody this food holiday with the “magical gift of tacos.” On October 4, you can get a “special gift set” of tacos for just $5. The “set” includes their Crunchy…

9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A

A fast food chain with the word “Chick” in its name just doesn’t sound like a safe place for vegans. But inevitable road trips and late night sustenance requirements land folks of almost any diet at a take-out window now and again. It’s good to know where you can go when you’re in a pinch. Here are 9 items vegans can safely order at Chick-fil-A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoMmvFolV4o/?taken-by=chickfila 1. Waffle Fries Yes, Chick-fil-A’s best selling menu item — the iconic waffle fries — are made with only three ingredients (potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt), making them undoubtedly vegan. You can even dunk them in the BBQ, Polynesian, or Sriracha sauces — all of which are also vegan, but is anything better than classic ketchup (also vegan)? https://www.instagram.com/p/BS_QZsCh906/?taken-by=chickfila 2. Hashbrowns Because morning rushes happen, too. You can pick up a box of these perfectly golden tots and pair them with ketchup and…

Americans urged to get flu shots after last year’s 80,000 death toll reported

Eighty thousand people died from the flu last year — that’s more than the number of people killed in car accidents, gun violence, or opioid overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to get flu shots early this year, especially those who are vulnerable or those with weakened immune systems including pregnant women, children, and older adults. The new data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said last year was the deadliest flu season in more than four decades. Flu experts knew it was going to be a bad season, but the tally was nearly twice the estimate health officials originally projected. The high mortality rate last winter was driven by a type of flu that tends to land more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. Making the situation worse, the flu vaccine didn’t work very well. Despite the limitations of…

Creepy new cooking show coming to Netflix in time for Halloween

There’s a new cooking show headed to Netflix in October, and it sounds perfect addition to our Halloween fun. According to the streaming service’s description, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell stars the “wickedly talented baker and artist” Christine McConnell. Fans will recognize McConnell from Instagram where the baker/artist/photographer has over 260,000 followers for her creepy cakes, pies and other macabre makings. The show is being produced by Wilshire Studios and Henson Alternative, the grown-up side of the Jim Henson Company, so we just might see some creepy puppet critters lending Christine a hand in the kitchen. The entire season is expected to drop on Netflix Oct. 12. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkL4qqzBdRM/?taken-by=christinehmcconnell The streaming service has released a new poster in advance of the show, which features McConnell in an ET/Stranger Things-esqu style. McConnell described the show to MyRecipes.com saying, “It’s like if Morticia Addams stopped in the the middle of the movie…