I Loved You, ClassPass, But You Broke My Heart
I am giving up on fitness because of $65. ClassPass, a popular fitness membership and my cult of choice, just increased its membership price from $125/month to $190/month, zooming from the realm of "Affordable If You Eat Only Peanut Butter Sandwiches For 50 Percent Of Your Work Lunches" into the faraway zone of "Don't Even Think About It, You Will Be EVICTED And Then Homeless And It Won't Matter How Tight Your Ass Is." I have to break up with ClassPass. I have no option -- I just can't afford it anymore. And, like I'm living in some alternate universe where I am a Fitness Person, I'm getting shockingly emotional about no...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Nutritionist's Guide to Stocking a Healthy Kitchen
It's no secret that preparing our own meals makes it easier to stick to a healthy-eating plan. You know the ingredients going into your food, and there's no sneaky extra sodium, sugar or calorie bombs hiding in home-cooked meals. That being said, it can also be time consuming to make everything at home, not to mention the time it takes to go to the grocery store if all the elements aren't already in your kitchen. One way to make it a little easier is to ensure that your kitchen is always stocked with what you need -- ingredients that are satisfying to your taste buds and easy to prepare, whether you are enjoying a relaxing...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Mountain's Daily Diet Is More Shocking Than Anything On 'Game Of Thrones'
You want a "mountain" body? You better eat b**ch.  At least that's what "Game of Thrones" actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (he goes by Thor for short) does to achieve his massive frame. Björnsson, who is currently in competition to be the World’s Strongest Man, plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, a now Frankenstein-like monster with a penchant for violence and the ability to "take the head off a horse with a single swing of his sword." Horse decapitations aren't for the weak-bodied apparently, because Björnsson has to consume an insane amount of food to ke...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A better understanding of bananas could help prevent blindness
(American Chemical Society) Carotenoids, which are found at various levels in different banana cultivars, are important vitamin precursors for eye health. In a study published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report a new understanding of how the fruit makes and stores the compound. Their findings could someday help in the development of banana varieties with enhanced health benefits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches' broom disease
Climate change menacing yet another food crop by fuelling explosion in pests and diseases that are attacking cassava plantsClimate change and globalisation are fuelling an explosion in the pests and diseases that afflict south-east Asia’s cassava crops, threatening a multi-billion dollar industry and the staple food of millions of people, a report warns. Related: Bananas facing a bleak future as staple African crops decline Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Sam Jones Tags: Food security Global development Agriculture Science Climate change Asia Pacific Cambodia Environment Indonesia Insects & drink Vietnam Philippines Laos Thailand World news Source Type: news

Don't Resist This Starch
It has been called the skinny carb, resistant fiber, and resistant starch. Whatever you call it, research shows it can help you lose belly fat, feel full, lower your blood sugar, and increase your helpful bacteria. Why Does it Help? The more your blood sugar goes up and down, the more you gain weight and the more you are at risk for the complications of diabetes. Resistant starch helps stabilize your blood sugar more than any other known compound. In fact, it was first discovered in 1984 as an effective treatment for a fatal genetic disorder that causes unstable blood sugar, called glycogen storage disease. People with...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Why do wasps attack?' and other chemistry questions answered (video)
(American Chemical Society) Why do wasps become more aggressive after you kill one of the hive members? The answer is the same reason why you should be wary of bees that smell like bananas. Here's another question: Why does some metal rust? This week, Reactions answers viewers' chemistry questions like these with some short and sweet chemistry. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtLT74crQcwWo-JRKEkE2RFGdol4SkoJS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Minimize Input to Maximize Output: Lose the Cuffs!
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Leonardo Da Vinci Remember that old episode from "I Love Lucy" where Lucy and Ethel are working at the candy factory? The candies slowly come down the conveyor belt. They pick up each piece, wrap it and place it back down. Easy peasy. They do such a good job, the boss speeds up the conveyor belt and everything goes bananas. The machine shoots out the candy so fast, that there is no way Lucy and Ethel can process it, a candy conundrum. Some pieces get wrapped, some fall on the floor, some are eaten, some are stuffed in pockets. With much frantic hilarity, it all goes s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics Side Effects on the Mitochondria
Science is just beginning to understand how important your mitochondria are to warding off the diseases of aging. And, as usual, mainstream medicine is lagging way behind. Along with your telomeres, the cellular time keepers at the ends of your chromosomes, your mitochondria are another key component of the anti-aging equation. You see, these tiny organelles in your cells are the power plants that turn fuel into energy for your body. Healthy mitochondria keep you young and energetic.  Research shows that damaged mitochondria can lead to: Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 25, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures Source Type: news

The 2 x 3 + 1 Rule: A Simple Way to Improve Your Diet
Diet and nutrition advice tends to get complicated, doesn't it? Eat this, don't eat that, drink this, don't drink that, try this, avoid that. It sometimes feels like a healthy diet requires more time, energy and attention than we have to give. We want to eat well, but we also want to get on with our lives. Fortunately, those of us who are too busy to sort through complicated nutrition information or follow complex eating plan, can follow one simple healthy eating strategy. I call it the 2 x 3 + 1 Rule. If you follow it, you'll end up following many of the complicated nutrition "rules" and improve your diet without even ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yellow as the sunrise: Unraveling the structure, function of the enzyme aurone synthase
What is it that walnut leaves, mushrooms and Coreopsis have in common? An enzyme that is also responsible for the browning reaction in bananas or apples is present in all of them in large amounts. For the first time, chemists have analyzed the structure of the enzyme in the leaves of Coreopsis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yellow as the sunrise
(University of Vienna) What is it that walnut leaves, mushrooms and Coreopsis have in common? An enzyme that is also responsible for the browning reaction in bananas or apples is present in all of them in large amounts. For the first time, chemists from the University of Vienna around Annette Rompel have analyzed the structure of the enzyme in the leaves of Coreopsis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 21, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

There's An Even Easier Way To Peel A Banana
You may think you've got banana-peeling down pat ... but it's unlikely you're using monkeys' number-one trick.  That's right: Many monkeys peel their bananas from the bottom up, instead of starting at the stem. This easy-peasy method results in a perfect peel -- no strings, and no breakage -- every. single. time.  Yup, looks familiar:  YouTube user Crazy Bananas recommends pinching the tip of your banana's bottom before opening for the best peel. His results look like a flawless way to enjoy your nutrient-packed snack. Watch the full tutorial below, and then go bananas! -- This feed and its...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yes, We Need No GMO Bananas
Another skirmish in the global battle over GMOs has broken out -- this time at Iowa State University. Recently, a coalition of students delivered a petition with 57,309 signatures to ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences protesting an upcoming human feeding trial of genetically engineered (GE) bananas. The petition, addressed to the college and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was simultaneously delivered to by AGRA Watch to the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. If the experiment takes place, twelve female ISU students will be paid $900 each to eat the bananas in what is billed as one of the first hu...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

These 7 Amazing Egg Pairings Will Transform Your Breakfast List
Starting the morning sunny side up is infinitely easier with the assistance of a wholesome, protein-packed breakfast. (A piping hot latte also helps.) However, finding time in the a.m. to play chef is hard -- unless, of course, we're talking about super simple recipes. In partnership with American Egg Board, we’re whipping up a list of near-effortless breakfasts you need to start your day right. With only two ingredients each, these recipes will majorly upgrade your morning meals -- so let’s get cracking. Egg in bell pepper rings Image: AlexPro9500 via Getty Images Give your breakfast a zesty kick by combining eggs...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news