To be honest, the DASH Diet sounds like something the Kardashians would hawk.But DASH—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—is far from a fad diet. Created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the DASH Diet is designed to improve health in people with high blood pressure, AKA hypertension. (In the US, one out of every three adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.) US News & World Report has named the DASH Diet the best overall diet for the past eight years. (Find out how to stop the craving cycle before it starts and burn fat around the clock with the naturally sweet, salty, and satisfying meals in Eat Clean, Lose Weight & Love Every Bite.)That’s because the DASH Diet has been proven to work, says Reshmi Srinath, MD, an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. One study found that people who followed the … [Read more...] about Why The DASH Diet Is Named The #1 Overall Best Diet Every Year
Weirdest fish in the world
Of all the modern trends that have been linked to America's ever-expanding waistline—portion size, more McDonald's, couch potato lifestyles, and some lesser-known possibilities, like air-conditioning, viral exposure, and lack of sleep—one of the weirdest is designer handbags.If your brand-name clutch is making you fat, it would be because it contains, as at least some high-end handbags do, a new kind of chemical to worry about: compounds known as obesogens.Obesogens are believed to work in at least three ways: first, by directly affecting adipocytes, or fat cells, by either increasing their fat-storage capacity or increasing their number; second, by changing metabolism, by both reducing the number of calories burned at rest and promoting the storage of calories as fat; and third, by changing the way the body regulates feelings of hunger and fullness.Don't think you're avoiding them because you've never paid a week's salary for a purse. Obesogens are ubiquitous. If you've … [Read more...] about What’s Making America So Fat?
By now you’ve probably heard that our planet is experiencing one of the weirdest El Niños ever recorded. Caused by warmer than normal ocean water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, El Niño is altering atmospheric and oceanic conditions on a very large scale. And it’s happening globally, despite its localized origins in the Pacific Ocean. The weather-related effects are being felt everywhere from Australia (drought) to Indonesia (wildfires) to Southern California (rain and mudslides) to the East Coast (record-breaking December heat). Related: Why Flowers Are Blooming Around The World This WinterThese cascading effects—referred to as “teleconnections” by meteorologists—might seem like unrelated weather phenomena, but they all share a common origin: El Niño. Here’s where it gets even weirder. Wildlife all over the world is experiencing the impacts, too. Animals are showing up in the most unusual places in a series of … [Read more...] about The Weird Places Animals Are Ending Up Because Of El Niño
Nothing, I submit, is more vexing to a marriage than a construction project. Last summer, my wife and I were deep into an addition that was eroding our bank account, our patience, and our mental health. As hordes of Carhartted workmen invaded our house, we kept hacking up clouds of Sheetrock dust and became, against our wills, discerning connoisseurs of plumber's butt. Then one day, as the project was drawing to a close, the tile guy pestered us with an earth-shatteringly important question: "What color grout do you want? Desert Mocha or Macadamia Buff?" It's hard to explain why this was the last straw, but it was. We knew we had to get out of there in a hurry, even if it meant slipping deeper into debt. Our marriage depended on it.So we caught a flight to Rome, rented a little Alfa Romeo, and drove along the serpentine coastal road of the Amalfi coast, south of Naples. We twisted up the Dragon's Valley into the Lattari Mountains until we reached our destination. Ravello—an … [Read more...] about La Bella Vita
While dietary guidelines and food pyramids certainly have their place, eating well is like assembling Ikea furniture: The simpler the instructions, the easier they are to follow. For example, consider the revolutionizing manifesto of food activist and author Michael Pollan: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. In that vein, we asked our favorite experts—dietitians, nutrition Ph.D.s, top chefs, and food world authors—to share their personal commandments for eating healthfully, curtailing calories, cooking deliciously, and savoring every bite.Pucker UpTaste the RainbowSo Easy. "Ideally, there should be a full spectrum, since differently colored produce offers different antioxidants."Embrace Your Inner Carnivore...The Compassionate Carnivore. Bison and pasture-raised pork are also very lean, healthy, and delicious, she adds....And Your Hidden VegetarianThe New York Times and author of The Food Matters Cookbook. "Instead of a huge slab of some animal protein and a little side … [Read more...] about Healthy Eating 101