Health Questions

Do You Really Have to Wait 30 Minutes to Swim After Eating? — Wellness

Imagine your perfect summer day: You sleep in late, make your way to the beach (or lake, or pool), and spend the rest of the afternoon alternating between napping in the sun, eating hot dogs, and taking a dip.

Outside of remembering to re-slather yourself with sunscreen, there's not a lot you have to worry about — except for that whole old adage about waiting 30 minutes to swim after you scarf down your lunch or have an ice cream cone.

What's the deal with this theory, anyway? Where did it come from, and do you really have to worry about it?


How Much Protein Do You Actually Need to Eat? — Protein 101

One of the most common myths about protein is that we generally don't consume enough — both omnivores and those on stricter diets, like vegetarians and vegans, are told this by family, friends, and the media. The good news is that we actually do usually eat enough, if we are eating a well-balanced diet.

But what exactly is enough? Every single person on earth has different protein needs and those needs will shift over time depending on your age, weight, current activity level, and if you're undergoing anything major, like pregnancy or illness. That makes it pretty tricky to calculate, but there are some great guidelines that can help you feel confident in the protein you are actually eating.


10 Vegetarian Ways to Eat Your Recommended Daily Protein — Protein 101

When I asked my coworkers what they know about protein, the first thing Lauren (a vegetarian) said was, "Everyone tells me that it's impossible to get enough of it without meat."

That's quite a myth, actually. Meat and fish are certainly good sources of protein, but if you're abstaining from them for any reason you can still easily eat your daily recommended servings of protein.


Protein 101: What Is Protein and What Does It Do for Our Bodies? — Protein 101

Protein is a word that carries a lot of weight. Packaged foods brag of their high-protein content; a whole aisle of the grocery store is filled with bars and powders that claim to be pumped full of it. We're told that we need to eat it — that protein is good for us and we need a lot of it — but what exactly is it? Why do we need it? Do we need as much as everyone is telling us we do?

Welcome to Nutrition 101, a new series where we step away from the health fads cluttering our news feeds, and get back to nutritional basics — starting with that most glamorous and high-profile of nutrients: protein.


Is It Safe to Eat Snow? — Food Safety

Who hasn't stuck their tongue out to catch falling snow flakes? Eating snow is a childhood rite of passage — just as much as singing about not eating the yellow stuff — but as adults, and as parents to young children, we may have some concerns about whether it is prudent or even safe to eat snow.

The short answer is "yes" — snow is primarily water, after all — but there are a few rules you should follow.


10 Things We Learned About Eating Healthier This Year — The Kitchn’s Best of 2015

Even though we think we know so much about food and health, there seems to always be something to learn. For example, you might be doing some things that make your vegetables less nutritious. Who knew?

With the aim of starting 2016 on a healthy note (resolutions, anyone?), here is the best information we learned about eating healthier in 2015.


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