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All calories are not created equal, new study shows

We’ve all been told that if you eat less calories and exercise regularly, you’ll lose weight. It’s harder than it sounds, but it’s been touted as the only true path to weight loss success. But the Journal of the American Medical Association is saying this just isn’t so. While exercise still stands as an important part of weight loss, smaller portions and fewer calories have less to do with weight loss than we’ve been taught. Instead, the study pinpoints exactly what dieters much ditch in order to lose weight: refined grains, processed foods and foods with added sugar — no surprises there. The research was conducted by Christopher D. Gardner, director of nutrition studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center. Around 600 people were split into two different diet groups. One at “healthy” low carb and the other “healthy” low fat. Dietitians trained both groups to eat home-cooked, minimally processed whole foods. Both…

Keep milk out of the fridge door, and other storage tips

Fridge designers are toying with you. While you think the door shelf looks like it was custom fitted to your milk carton, it turns out, milk stored in the door may make you ill. Store milk on a middle shelf, and only use the door to store items that don’t need to maintain a cool temperature. A well organized fridge is important for safe food storage and also to help you minimize waste. Here are a few tips to from Good Housekeeping UK that will help keep your fridge foods fresher longer. Ideal temperature: Set your temperature gauge between 33ºF and 39ºF so your food items never warm above 41ºF. Avoid putting food that are still warm from dinner in the fridge as they can cause the temperature to rise and spoil other foods — leading to those unpleasant feelings of food poisoning. Storage tips: Keep open jars of jam, jelly or condiments refrigerated. Cooked foods should…

8 New Peeps Flavors are hatching this spring

Get your Easter baskets ready. Eight new Peeps flavors are coming just in time for the spring holiday — and the lineup looks more delicious than ever. It just wouldn’t be Easter without these peep-shaped globs of sugar, but starting this spring this year, Peeps fans can pick up the new Sour Cherry flavor from supermarkets nationwide. Other flavors will be exclusive to Target, Krogers, or Walmart. Head over to Target to try the new Peeps “Delight” chicks in Neapolitan, Lemon Sherbet, Orange Sherbet flavors. The Neapolitan Peeps feature a chocolate and strawberry filling. Everyone like a little marshmallow mystery, and at Walmart that’s the flavor you’ll find. Try them out, but stay you’ll have to stay tuned for the big reveal of the flavor closer to Easter. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfTshmrnwc-/?tagged=mysterypeeps And at Krogers, you’ll find your new spring breakfast staple: Pancakes and Syrup-flavored marshmallow Peeps. Of course the regular varieties will still be available…

Athletes not permitted to drink in Olympic Village

After training their whole lives to win a gold medal, it’s expected that Olympic athletes might want to celebrate with a glass of bubbly or (many) pints of their favorite beer from back home. But if they’re staying in the Olympic Village, athletes have to imbibe on the down-low. According to the official policies released by the Olympic Committee Village, “Alcohol will not be sold to individuals in the Olympic Village and the consumption of personal alcohol is restricted to private spaces.” https://www.instagram.com/p/Be23zaAFNMZ/?taken-by=olympic Olympians can, of course, also take the party off Olympic Village grounds and go explore PyeongChang. Food & Wine reported that athletes have been up for trying all kinds of Korean specialties from gimbap (seaweed wrapped rice and fish), Bibimbap (a bowl of warm white rice with sautéed vegetables), kimchi (salted and fermented vegetables) and Korean Barbecue, so there is a desire to learn about the host country outside of the stage set by…

7 myths about apple cider vinegar you probably believe

Losing weight usually comes down to eating healthy and incorporating fat-burning workouts into your regular routine. But after sweating at the gym every day and meal prepping bland chicken breasts for weeks, it’s easy to want to see drastic results right away. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work. Results can be incredibly slow, so it’s easy for impatient people to turn to supplements. Enter apple cider vinegar, which has earned a reputation for everything from fat-burning to curing diabetes. While there are plenty of potential pros associated with the substance, there’s no need to swallow spoonfuls of the stuff every morning. So what is actually true about the tonic? Before adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet, read below to separate fact from fiction. Myth: It helps you lose weight fast.  There is not much science to back the claim that apple cider vinegar kick starts the metabolic process that results in…

Olympic food halls satisfy large appetites with healthy fare

Supplying the breakfast of champions is no easy task. But when you also need to supply the lunch, dinner and snacks of champions, 24/7 for 14 days straight, it becomes a feat worthy of a medal. More than 6,000 Olympic athletes, officials and 1,700 Paralympic athletes and officials are reliant on the food halls in PyeongChang. During the entirety of the Olympic Games, nearly five million portions of meals will be served at 13 different venues. Every day about 180 chefs, including 30 halal cooks, prepare around 180 different meals for the dining halls and cafes. Athletes’ village kitchens are serving about 7,000 meals meals daily. If you’ve watched even a single Olympic event, it’s not hard to see why food becomes such a central part of the planning. Diet is a major factor in the daily lives of Olympians and Paralympians, whether they’re training back home or competing on an international stage. For athletes…

Heart-Healthy February: Timing of meals might help reduce heart risks

It’s unfair that heart-healthy February falls right when we’re reaching for cold weather comfort food. But this inconvenience reminds us that we need to stay vigilant all year long — not just when it’s convenient. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease. But it’s not just what you eat that affects your heart health. It’s also when you eat. A scientific statement released by the American Heart Association says that there is reason to believe, that the timing of our meals matters a lot when it comes to cardiovascular disease. The conclusion: Eating earlier is better. The body maintains its own internal clock, so eating later can reset that rhythm and alter metabolism. “Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body’s internal…

Pick pizza over cereal for a healthier breakfast

Grabbing that cold, leftover slice of pizza in the morning might not be such a bad decision after all. It turns out, there are tons of pizzas out there that could be better for you than your favorite breakfast cereal. Registered dietician Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal, “You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories. However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” Sure, pizza isn’t exactly a health food. But when you compare it to the nutritional profiles of most common store-bought cereals, it is a more balanced way to start a day. Amer said, “A slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”…

A519 chocolatier brings sweet passion to Pittsburgh

If February stands for anything, it’s love, passion and chocolate. Those three things are also what happened to inspire A519 Chocolate owner, Amanda Wright leave her gig as a research assistant studying adolescent brain development at the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a new career. While Wright enjoyed her previous job, it wasn’t necessarily her passion. “I had this dread of not doing exactly what I wanted to do and having to follow other people’s rules and schedules,” she said. So Wright signed up for Napa Valley’s Culinary Institute of America in San Diego, and she and her husband, Andy Rape, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in biomedical engineering, made a cross-country move. It was at this school on the West Coast that she would find the next love of her life — chocolate. “I just love how nostalgic and how romantic it is. It brings you back to being a kid,” she says of chocolate. “My eyes just…

9 Food Myths That Just Won’t Die

Some food myths just won’t quit. They usually persist because people cling to old science or wives tales out of confusion or simply out of habit. Some myths stick around because they can be easier than the truth. Eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise is usually the best course for fighting disease and maintaining overall health. But drinking alcohol to fall asleep and  then energy drinks to stay awake or lose weight is seen as easier and sexier… but it won’t give you the healthy results you seek. Here are 9 myths you should purge from your brain right now. Myth: The fewer carbs in your diet, the healthier you are Healthy truth: It’s true that most Americans eat more refined carbs and sugar than we should. These should definitely be avoided. But some carbohydrates are essential to a healthy diet, since they provide energy for your whole body. It’s best to get your cards from minimally processed…