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60% of parents could be making a big college savings mistake

Americans are doing a good job of putting money away for college, but how they're doing it could use some improvement.<p>Americans are doing a great job of saving for college overall. Six out of 10 parents are actively saving for college costs, and 86% of parents with a college savings goal feel …

Why Prebiotics Are as Important as Probiotics

Good gut health requires more than consuming enough probiotics.<p>Probiotics are living microorganisms that contribute to a healthy digestive …

Wellness

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; …

Nutrition

Protein Supplements Vs. Protein Foods!

Many aspiring bodybuilders are hoping that this is the year that their bodies will transform into the bodies of their dreams. Unfortunately, …

What thin people don’t understand about dieting

<i>Traci Mann</i> <i>is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and author of "</i><i>Secrets from the Eating Lab</i><i>."</i> <i>A. Janet Tomiyama</i> <i>is an associate</i> …

A carb called fructan may be the real culprit behind gluten sensitivity

Some people could be blaming the wrong element in wheat for their sore stomachs.<p>Many Americans have become obsessed with avoiding gluten, despite the dearth of scientific evidence proving this protein (found in wheat, rye, and barley) actually makes people who haven’t been diagnosed with celiac …

Holistic Medicine

Why your melatonin supplement could be messing up your body’s clock

Considering how much you fantasize about pulling on an eye mask, crawling between your sheets, and shutting out the world for eight hours, you’d …

Why You Should Braise Your Beans (& 6 Ways to Make Them Dinner)

Most people appreciate beans for their brusque, no-nonsense nutrition; they are healthful, packed with iron and fiber, and, most importantly, they are always <i>there</i>. No matter your mood, no matter your level of hanger, no matter your astrological symbol, beans are always waiting, patiently, in your …

New Nutrition Study Changes Nothing

Why the science of healthy eating appears confusing—but isn’t<p>If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’ve noticed that some things are popular, and other things aren’t. The popular ones have something in common. It’s not quality, or importance, or accuracy, but novelty.<p>An example of this is …

What’s So Generous about Spending Other People’s Money?

If your boyfriend used your credit card to buy you a gift, you wouldn’t call him compassionate.<p>The popularity of Democratic Socialism is rising, and …

Angry White Boys

What do the white nationalists actually want?<p>What is it these white boys are so angry about?<p>You don’t go to a protest because you’re happy. You go to …

6 Ways to View the Solar Eclipse Without Losing Your Eyes or Breaking the Bank

On Monday, August, 21st (2017), the US will see it’s 16th total solar eclipse, and the first contiguous since 1918 and while a lot of us we see it in its entirety when it moves across the nation, most will still be able to see a good percentage of it no matter where you’re located.<p>Be sure to check …

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A bodybuilder with a rare disorder died on a high-protein diet — here's how much you should have in a day

Australian bodybuilder Meegan Hefford died this summer because of complications resulting from her high-protein diet and a rare genetic condition, the Australian news website Perth Now reported.<p>Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment in June. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors …

For hundreds of years, sloppy science has been wrong about gender, race, and ethnicity

For decades, every single year, scientists have visited the Galapagos and measured the beaks of a particular species of finch.<p>And year after year, with each generation, the beaks change, exactly as we'd expect from the weather patterns of the year before. Evolutionary biology works, and rigorous …

This healthy diet only works if you’re rich

You can follow this diet to the T, but it only works if you’re rich enough.<p>The much-touted Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fresh veggies, olive …

Holistic Medicine

Healthy and Easy Meals Your College Student Can Learn to Make

As a parent, you may worry that your kid will be subsisting on late-night junk food once they’re out of your house and on their own.<p>There may be a fair amount of snacking, but by making sure they have a few recipes they can make on their own, you can rest assured that they are at least capable of …

Healthy Eating

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your …

The 10-a-day diet tested: 'I feel like a sentient composter'

New research suggests that we ought to be eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. Stuart Heritage plies himself with the good stuff, and Guardian cook Felicity Cloake judges his efforts<p>Like everyone else in the world, my blood ran cold when I heard that we are now expected to eat 10 portions of …

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Five-a-day becomes 10-a-day as scientists urge people to eat more fruit and vegetables

Increasing the portions of fruit and vegetables consumed each day from five to 10 could significantly reduce a person's risk of heart disease and …

Revealed: Secret list of Netflix codes that unlock hidden list of films and TV shows

Good news for Netflix users - you can use hidden codes to make searching the extensive streaming site easier.<p>It seems not all content appears when …

Get Your Finances in Order With This Month-by-Month Guide

You don’t learn everything about money at once. Most of us take a series of steps in the right direction until we finally feel in control of our …

“Nature is not good to human beings”: The chairman of the world’s biggest food company makes the case for a new kind of diet

The modern food movement has brought us to a fork in the road. On one path are people who say it is enough to eat the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring from the earth, the milk from our cows, and the meat from farmed animals. Simplicity is the path to fulfillment, and sticking close to nature …

Nutrition

The 25 Best Movies of 2016, and Where to Watch Them

It’s been a tough year for some of us, but its been a <i>fantastic</i> year for film. These incredible dramas, musicals, documentaries, and sci-fi thrillers …

Protein Powder Afficionados Are Literally Paying to Poop

Anyone who’s sucked down a scoop of protein powder knows that the quest for the perfect body can have some pretty smelly consequences. “Protein poo,” …

Nutrition

The Happiest People Don't Let Their Minds Wander, According to a Harvard Study

There is an old saying: “Happiness is a state of mind.” As it turns out, it's true.<p><i>How does one overcome depression and anxiety? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Mellissa O'Brien, mindfulness</b> …

Happiness

How a Low-FODMAP Diet Can Help the Millions Tortured by Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Tech & Science Diet Healthy Eating<p><i>Updated |</i> Two years ago, Boston dietitian Kate Scarlata proudly stood before a roomful of colleagues at a …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Self-improvement

It is time to abandon obesity myths, experts say

Researchers say it is time to abandon some popular but erroneous obesity myths. In a new article, the team presents nine obesity myths and 10 …