Health & Diet

Great Debate: Is Greek Yogurt Really Better than Regular Yogurt? — Great Debates

Welcome to the Great Debates, where we consider the greatest nutritional controversies of our time. Our goal isn't to tell you what to think or do, but rather to present both sides of hot-button issues, like coffee (is it good for you?) and breakfast (the most important meal of the day?). What's being said? Who's saying it? Then it's up to you to make your own decisions.

It's not a secret that yogurt has been associated with a number of health benefits. Regular yogurt-eaters gain less weight, over the course of a year, than their occasional yogurt-eating peers! They are more likely to have lower blood pressure! Probiotic yogurts promote healthy gut bacteria, which, recent studies suggest, could in turn improve brain function!

And even if it turns out that none of that is true — as usual, more research is needed; ideally research that's not funded by yogurt companies — yogurt still has a lot going for it. At the very least, it is a good source of vitamins (B2 and B12), minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc), and high-quality protein.

But what yogurt, exactly, should you eat? Is Greek yogurt better than regular yogurt? Does it matter? What does "better" mean, anyway?


Trader Joe’s Sells Tiny Avocados Now (and They Actually Serve a Purpose) — Grocery News

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Trader Joe's just released the most adorable grocery find: teeny-tiny avocados. Ranging from $2.69 to $2.99, shoppers can get a bag of six miniature Insta-worthy avocados. And while they're not practical for mass consumption, there are some benefits.


Here’s the Healthiest Way to Cook Mushrooms, According to Science — Food News

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Ever wonder the best way to prepare mushrooms without sacrificing their nutritional content? A few scientists from the Mushroom Technological Research Center in La Rioja, Spain did and they have the answer for how to best prepare the fungus.


Here’s Why You Get a Tingly Sensation When Eating Raw Fruits and Veggies — Food Science

It's not quite an allergy to fruits and veggies, but it's also not "not an allergy."

If you've bitten into a fruit or veggie and felt a tingling sensation in your throat or your lips immediately getting ever-so-slightly swollen, know that it's not in your head. It's a seasonal allergic reaction to fruits and vegetables called "oral allergy syndrome."


Curious About Adaptogens? Start with This Walnut Milk Mocha. — Delicious Links

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Have you noticed an influx in recipes featuring "adaptogens" lately? I've seen them popping up on some of my favorite blogs and Instagram accounts in recent months. Touted as magical herbs that help you adapt to new situations and decrease stress, adaptogens are naturally earning a coveted spot in the hearts of the wellness set. If you're curious about experimenting with these herbs, this recipe for a walnut milk mocha is a very delicious place to start.


The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life — Tea Tonic

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Growing up, I associated my period with pain — and not just aches, but the kind of sharp, excruciating pain that makes you want to spend all day in the fetal position. I'd have to miss days of school, and eventually work; sometimes I threw up.

In my attempts to relieve the pain, I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. After years of struggling to find a solution, I had basically given up — until I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.


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