Popular Science
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If You're Taking Vitamin D, You're Probably Taking Too Much

They look so warm and glowy and friendly...just one is fine, right? Pixabay Vitamins seem like something you can’t have too much of. Like too much ice cream on a sticky summer day—sure, you can technically go overboard, but the limit is so high, and what’s the worst thing that happens anyway? And unlike ice cream, we know that vitamins help keep us healthy. But just like ice cream, vitamin D can have negative side effects when taken in large doses, the impacts can really sneak up on you, and obesity is a concern. Really. The tricky thing about “medicines” like vitamin D is that you don’t immed
Popular Science
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Vegetarian And Vegan Diets Aren't Necessarily More Healthy

Just because it's vegetarian doesn't make it healthy (duh) Pexels Eliminating meat from a terrible diet doesn’t really make it any healthier, according to a study released today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the study found that participants whose mostly-plant-based diets (think vegetarian or vegan) included a lot of processed foods, such as sugary beverages and French fries, were more likely to develop heart disease or die during the study period than people who avoided processed food—even if that meant eating a little meat. Previous studies have found that pe
Mic
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Food & Wine

Meet The Personal Trainer Who Eats A Pint Of Ice Cream A Night

This week, Out of Office is celebrating all things ice cream. Follow along as we explore the sweet history and unexpected influences of America’s favorite dessert. When was the last time you ate an entire pint of ice cream? Were you drowning heartache with some chocolate chip cookie dough? Did you power through a pint of Half Baked at the end of an alcohol-fueled evening? Perhaps you were in too deep with some mint chip and figured you may as well continue to dig until you reach the bottom of the carton. (Just me?) For most of us, eating a pint of ice cream is an activity typically reserved f
NPR
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Food & Wine

Is A No-Meat World Really Better?

Let's face it: Vegetarians are a strict minority of the U.S. population. The numbers seem to be increasing, though data from various surveys vary widely. For example, a Public Policy Polling survey of 500 respondents indicates a jump in non-meat-eaters from one percent in 1971 to a whopping 13 percent in 2013 — 6 percent vegans, 7 percent vegetarians. (Somewhat tragicomically, the question about vegetarianism is part of a poll titled: "Americans pick Ronald McDonald over Burger King for President.") Other sources show results which, if you are rooting for vegetarianism, are much worse. A 2006
Popular Science
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Food & Wine

Entrepreneurs Are Turning Trash Into Food, Drink, And Clean energy

Beer Pexels When Tristram Stuart was growing up on a farm in England, he raised pigs as a hobby. He saw that much of the thrown-out food he was feeding them was actually fit for humans. One day, having found an appetizing loaf of sun-dried tomato bread in the pile of waste, he sat down and ate lunch with his pigs. Stuart recognized early — he was about 15 — the folly of food waste, and vowed to do something about it. “I grew up with a strong relationship with the land,” he said. “The pigs made me see how food waste and environmental degradation are so intertwined.” The result was Toast Ale, a
Bloomberg Businessweek
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Food & Wine

Poke Go, Go, Go

FIRST THERE WAS the cupcake. Then cold - pressed juice. Now, poke. Known as Hawaii’s original street food, poke (pronounced po-kay) today mostly consists of diced raw tuna, salmon, or some other fish, served over rice and mixed greens, with add-ons such as edamame, avocado, seaweed, and toasted nuts. And suddenly it’s everywhere. The dish ticks multiple boxes. It’s a fresh, healthy, high - protein, and, at about $13 a bowl, relatively inexpensive lunch or late-night working dinner. A poke bowl takes the efficiency and compose-it-yourself satisfaction of a Chopt salad and gives it the deluxe s
Newsweek
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Artisanal Whole Wheat Is Not Healthier Than White Bread

Updated | For many health-conscious people, bread equals temptation. Burgeoning shelves of multigrain loaves, friends passing around sourdough starters, and attaching the word artisanal to the ancient combination of yeast, flour and water has led many consumers to believe that whole grain bread is healthier than industrial white bread. That trend has made for a lot of expensive sandwiches. Fortunately, a new study by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science is here to help. In the study, newly published in Cell, researchers randomized 20 participants to consume either processed whit
NPR
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A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient

Given the fact that "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee" has been marketed as a "male enhancement" product, it might be fair to assume consumers who plucked the instant coffee off store shelves had a clear idea of its intended effects. But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they probably weren't aware of some of its key, undisclosed ingredients — most notably desmethyl carbodenafil, which the FDA says is structurally similar to the active ingredient in Viagra, a prescription medication for erectile dysfunction. That discovery has prompted Bestherbs Coffee LLC,
Mic
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Fashion & Beauty

What Melania Trump Wore Her 26th Week As First Lady — when She Only Re-emerged Twice To Watch Golf

It’s been all quiet on the Melania Trump front this week. After a few international trips these past few weeks, the first lady had been appearing more frequently than ever before. This week, however, was apparently a week of relaxation for her, which is just fine. She appeared just twice, both times to watch a golf championship in New Jersey. This is what Trump wore this week: Back in the United States after a whirlwind few days in France, Trump is back to favoring her fav high-end designers. To a gold championship in New Jersey, Trump arrived in a long-sleeve cream T-shirt by the Row (yes,
New York Magazine
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Food & Wine

Phô With Soul and Style

I HAVEN’T BEEN BACK to Vietnam for a few years now, but I imagine that the latest generation of noodle bars and soup shops that have grown up around Hanoi, and in the trendier sections of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), look an awful lot like Ben Lowell and Sara Leveen’s fine little East Village restaurant, Hanoi House. I’m guessing that the dining rooms are small and accessible and fitted, like this one is, with long dining counters where you can sip glasses of frosty dark Laotian lager while enjoying traditional bowls of bun cha and artisanal phô. That there are rows of potted plants set
NPR
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Fashion & Beauty

More Health Problems Reported With Hair And Skin Care Products

We rub, pour, sprinkle and spray them all over our bodies, so you'd hope cosmetics would undergo serious safety oversight before they get into our hands. But in fact, the cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated, with no requirements for approval before going on the market. And once on the market, there are few systems in place by to monitor the safety of personal care products. "You can start making a cosmetic and start selling it the next day without any kind of permission from the FDA," says Steve Xu, a resident physician in dermatology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univer
STAT
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Food & Wine

Low-calorie Sweeteners Don’t Help With Weight Loss — and May Lead To Gained Pounds

Artificial and low-calorie sweeteners do not appear to help people lose weight — and in some studies are linked with weigh gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues, finds a sweeping new study. U.S. consumption of artificial sweeteners has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. These days aspartame and sucralose aren’t just in diet sodas and chewing gum but English muffins and toothpaste as well. But as to their healthfulness, researchers disagree. Some studies show they help people lose weight, while others show no effect or even weight gain, along with a host of other possible health
New York Magazine
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Food & Wine

What’ll it be FOR THE NEW YORK DINER?

THERE’S A STORY that a few of the wistful regulars from my old diner, Joe Jr.’s, which used to occupy a narrow little space in the Village on the southeast corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street, still like to tell about the time Louie the waiter died of a heart attack. Like many vanished coffee shops, diners, and luncheonettes around the city, Joe’s was a loose, convivial club for the people who frequented the place. I would see the movie director John Waters at the counter, dressed in his neatly pressed suits, sipping coffee in a fastidious, mannered way. Isaac Mizrahi was a regular during h
The Atlantic
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Food & Wine

The Peril and Promise of Peanut Butter

Despite their diminutive scale, peanuts play an outsized role in American culture. Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of the American lunch box, with its sticky, slightly sweet nuttiness flavoring the memories of generation after generation of kids. And it’s hard to imagine ball games without, as the song goes, peanuts and Cracker Jacks (which, of course, also contain peanuts). But today, peanuts are the source of both hope and fear: While there’s been a surprisingly steep rise of peanut allergies in recent decades that can—though rarely—lead to death, peanut butter is also the basis of a
FactCheck.org
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Food & Wine

Is Bacon Better for You Than Tilapia?

Q: Is bacon better for you than tilapia? Does tilapia cause cancer and/or Alzheimer’s disease? A: No. These false claims, spread by multiple websites, are not supported by solid scientific evidence.  What is the truth about warnings that eating tilapia may cause cancer and/or Alzheimer’s Disease? What is the nutritional value of tilapia fish? Multiple websites, such as edrugsearch.com, eatthis.com and draxe.com, have claimed that scientists have found hamburgers and bacon are better for you than tilapia. Versions of these articles have spread through Facebook, with users flagging them as poten
Bloomberg Businessweek
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Politics

The Asian Jobs Ladder Is Broken

Thirty minutes by car into the scrubby desert outside Korla, in China’s remote Xinjiang region, a textile manufacturer owned by Jinsheng Group is building its latest factory complex. Inside the 16 billion-yuan ($2.4 billion) facility—a collection of stark white warehouses surrounded by an enormous expanse of pristine artificial grass—are rows of huge cotton spools, more than a million bright red and blue spindles, and almost no people. A few German engineers wander around, making sure the equipment runs at peak efficiency. This is the depopulated future of an industry that’s lifted millions of
Bloomberg Businessweek
8 min read

Savile Row Arrives Stateside

Zachary Peck steps into a gently burbling cocktail party at the Huntsman tailoring headquarters in New York wearing a button-front shirt and Irish linen trousers. Tall and lean, with narrow shoulders and scrubby blond hair, the Angeleno looks every bit the 25-year-old part-time model that he is—a handsome illustration of nonchalance. It takes only a moment, though, before a neatly suited Huntsman employee speeds forward to slip a beautifully cut, bright blue single-breasted silk-and-linen blazer over his shoulders. Immediately elegant, the young gentleman is recognizable as someone else: the
Entrepreneur
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Food & Wine

Why This Entrepreneur Scaled Back His No. 1 Product

Sam Calagione is used to getting love in his hometown of Milton, Del. He created Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s hottest breweries, and is a major employer in town. People wave and say hi. Out-of-towners ask to take selfies with him. So it came as a surprise when a liquor store owner ran over with tears in her eyes. Related: The Perfect Product is a Myth. Here's How to Scale the Almost-Perfect Product. “I have customers walking into my store trying to buy your 60 Minute IPA and then yelling at me for not having it stocked,” she said. “Then they’re leaving without buying anything.
Popular Science
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Food & Wine

9.5 Tips To Scientifically Enhance Your Grill Game

Don't screw it up. Pexels Burgers: check. Hotdogs: check. Beers: check. Fresca: sure, why not? You’ve got everything ready for your big BBQ. But are YOU ready? No pressure, but you can’t blame the steak if it comes out tasting like a hockey puck. Better read up a little, and make sure you’re getting the best possible food out of that grill. We got you: Whether you’re cooking steaks, chops, chicken, or fish, the drier your meat’s surface, the better it will crisp up. “Until all the water on your meat’s surface is evaporated, you can’t brown it,” says Chef Lord of the Internet J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
NPR
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'Khichuri': An Ancient Indian Comfort Dish With A Global Influence

My memories of eating khichuri go back to the monsoon seasons of my childhood, when billowy thunder clouds rolled in and soaked us and the parched earth with relentless rains. The monsoons are beloved across India – they are a much-awaited reprieve from several months of unbearable heat. But it can get chilly and damp sometimes – the kind of weather when you crave something warm and filling, like khichuri. To make this flavorful, mushy, one-pot dish, my mother would dry roast moong dal (yellow split mung beans), then throw it in a pressure cooker, with some rice, a couple of veggies and some s
Nautilus
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Should You Feed Your Kid Probiotics?: It’s not as simple as you think.

Read our interview with article coauthor, Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Institute. Probiotics have been around for centuries. They form part of our ancestral and contemporary diets and have long been associated with positive health benefits. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” They are found in many foods, including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented products. They are also found in breast milk. On the other hand, most commercially available probiotics
Bloomberg Businessweek
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Fashion & Beauty

Turtleneck 2.0

OF THE MANY technological and artistic triumphs of the fashion designer Issey Miyake—from his patented pleating to his soulful sculptural forms—his most famous piece of work will end up being the black mock turtleneck indelibly associated with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The model was retired from production in 2011, after Jobs’s death, but in July, Issey Miyake Inc.—the innovative craftsman’s eponymous clothing brand—is releasing a $270 garment called the Semi-Dull T. It’s 60 percent polyester, 40 percent cotton, and guaranteed to inspire déjà vu. Don’t call it a comeback. The company is a
Popular Science
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Fashion & Beauty

Reports Of Nasty Side Effects From Cosmetics Are Way Up, And A Single Hair Company May Be To Blame

If she used WEN, all that hair might be blowing away already. Gratisography Ordinary shampoos contain harsh sulfates and chemicals to make lather that strip your hair of its natural oils. WEN by ChazDean doesn’t. But it does seem to contain something that makes your hair fall out...so maybe a few sulfates aren’t that bad after all? In 2016, there was a 300 percent increase in the number of cosmetic-related complaints to the Food and Drug Administration. The previous year saw a 78 percent increase. And most of these complaints came from people using the WEN system. We only know this now that th
NPR
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The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

Rosanna Pansino broke into the world of nerdy baking videos in 2011 with a cheap $80 camera and a boxed cake mix. Actually, it's entirely possible that Pansino created the world of nerdy baking videos, with decorations for cakes, cookies and pizzas inspired by pop culture sensations like Super Mario, Minecraft, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Now, Pansino is a celebrity chef and one of the highest-paid people on YouTube, with an annual income of around $6 million. Her YouTube channel boasts 8.5 million subscribers and 2 billion views. And among her fans are thousands of kids eager to learn h
Ad Age
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Food & Wine

Chipotle and RZA Hype a New Music Program While Virginia Store Is Cleaned

Chipotle is hoping a musical and visual online experience can help the company bounce past yet another PR hit. The chain called on the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA to help create and introduce Savor.Wavs, a microsite that assembles music and visuals based on visitors' picks from the Chipotle menu. That includes the meat and dairy, even though RZA is a vegan. After a band played the "symphonic sounds" of Chipotle fajita veggies, rice, beans, lettuce and salsa at an event space in New York on Tuesday night, RZA acknowledged that a lot of the people present "are not vegetarians and shit." He moved on to th
Bloomberg Businessweek
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Food & Wine

The All-Clad Prep & Cook

Photograph by Joanna McClure THE CHARACTERISTICS All-Clad Metalcrafters LLC is a Pennsylvania-based cookware manufacturer of copper, stainless steel, and nonstick pots and pans. The company is part of the French global kitchen appliance conglomerate Groupe SEB, which this year introduced the Prep & Cook. The machine can weigh, cook, chop, crush, emulsify, whip, mix, steam, blend, grate, and knead. It has 12 speeds, 1,400 watts, and 15,000 RPMs to blend and process food, plus a heating element that can be set in 10-degree increments to warm the contents of its 4.7-quart stainless steel bowl f
A Plus
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Fashion & Beauty

LGBTQ Models Share Some Challenges They Face In The Industry, As Well As The Positive Ways It's Changing

While the fashion world has been hugely impacted by LGBTQ people throughout its history, it is still not a perfectly inclusive space for all. There is much room for improvement.  To find out some of the challenges models who identify as LGBTQ may face in this industry, as well as the ways the fashion world is changing for the better, we spoke to four models —Jesse Leung, Elizabeth Pinzon, Francky L’Official, and Robbie Briskie — from MSA Models.  Their insights into this world offer an interesting view into some of common issues faced by LGBTQ people in entertainment, but their messages of how