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McDonald's has been under fire quite a bit this year for various issues, however, the most recent event is unlike any other—a man in Florida is suing McDonald's for an injury he got while eating Chicken McNuggets.Um, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Alexei Stolfat of Palm Beach, Florida filed a lawsuit against the iconic fast-food brand last week for an alleged injury he received from biting into a Chicken McNugget. Evidently, when Stolfat bit into a nugget from an order he got through Uber Eats in May, his teeth hit something hard. Then, as specified in his lawsuit, he felt "unbearable jaw pain." (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback)So, what was it that Stolfat unexpectedly encountered in what, from the outside, seemed like a soft chicken nugget? It was none other than an 0.8 inch-long bone, which he photographed after removing it from his mouth. It wasn't until a few days after that he would go to the dentist, complaining of a headache and toothache, and discover he has two microcracks in the affected tooth.Stolfat doesn't have dental insurance and he claims that it would take him a half of a year to cover the expenses associated with replacing his defunct tooth. Now, the interesting part of the story is that he isn't just suing McDonald's for the sum required to cover his dental bill. No, he is arguing that the company should pay him $1.1 million and is also demanding that all Chicken McNuggets be recalled. (Related: 8 Major Food Recalls You Need to Know About Right Now)Apparently, Stolfat wants to use the rest of the money to donate to charity. "I'm not looking to be famous in this case or something like that," he told Today. "I want to help other people, to protect them and tell them to be very careful with McNuggets."McDonald's responded to the claim in a statement shared with Today that said the company is "looking into the complaint."
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Fudge and a flat belly? Those two things probably seem like an oxymoron to you. But the truth is, by making a few simple changes in your diet, you can easily achieve a flat belly and enjoy a sweet treat on the regular! It's all about the healthy dessert habits you set for yourself.In order to determine a few healthy habits, we spoke with Rachel Paul, PhD, RD from CollegeNutritionist.com about how to incorporate dessert into your diet and still have a flat belly. Here are the healthy dessert habits she shared, and speaking of dessert, don't you think these 15 Classic American Desserts Deserve a Comeback?1 Budget something that works for your calories.When it comes to achieving a flat belly, Paul says one of the most important healthy dessert habits to focus on is your total calories."For weight loss and weight management, total calories consumed matter most, so you should budget for whatever you like in your day of eating," says Paul.Once you calculate the proper calories you need, take a look at your day at a wider scale. For example, if you budget 1,600 calories for the day and decide each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) should be around 400 calories each, that leaves you with 400 calories extra. You could enjoy a healthy midday snack for 200 calories, and enjoy a 200 calorie dessert later. That way you're satisfying your craving and getting closer to your overall weight loss goals. Here's How Many Calories A Week You Should Eat For Weight Loss.2 Find a dessert that gives you some nutritional value.If a dessert is going to be considered a small meal in your day, you might as well find something with nutritional value, right?"There are many healthy dessert options, so picking a food that is a dessert, but still has nutritious value, is a good option," says Paul.A few desserts Paul recommends include sliced up banana with peanut butter and a few chocolate chips, or even sliced strawberries topped with whipped cream. Or try this Strawberry Mascarpone Cup!3 Incorporate fruit to make it filling.Just like Paul recommends, an easy way to boost the nutritional value of your dessert is to incorporate a side of fruit. Fruit can provide your body with a lot of great nutrients (including fiber!) and will also create your dessert into a filling snack. Enjoying a fudgy brownie? Add 1/2 cup of raspberries on the side to round out your sweet treat, and boost the fiber content. You could even top fruit on some of your favorite desserts like bread pudding, cake, pie, and many more.4 Choose the dessert you really want.While there are a lot of healthy dessert options out there, Paul recommends choosing something you really want to eat. An easy way to find this out is to simply ask yourself what dessert is "worth it" for you."I personally prefer ice cream or candy for my dessert versus a healthier fruit option," says Paul. "But another person could love a fruit-based dessert and be totally satisfied with that. Choose what's worth it to you."So if you would prefer candy or ice cream like Paul, might as well budget that in your day! To keep the calorie budget low, you could easily choose from our list of 25 Low-Calorie Desserts to Buy Under 150 Calories.5 Prep a dessert from scratch.If you enjoy baking dessert as much as you love eating it, why not make your own dessert each week? Our list of healthy dessert recipes can guide you in choosing a dessert you love that you can portion out and enjoy!Plus, by prepping your own dessert from scratch, you're able to control the ingredients in it. No strange chemicals or preservatives in your dessert that could cause belly bloat! Just natural homemade goodness that you can enjoy.For even more flat-belly tricks, check out our list of 7 Healthy Breakfast Habits for a Flat Belly.
Going into the fall seasons, many of us will be turning to hot beverages like tea to keep us hydrated and even boost our immune systems. (Unless, of course, the global shortage of tea leaves messes with our plans.) And what better way to sweeten your cup of tea than a spoonful of honey which carries its own set of wellness and antibacterial properties. Unfortunately, so much of the honey we find in grocery stores is actually fake. (Check out 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)According to reporting by Business Insider, honey is the third most faked food item in the world (behind milk and olive oil). What that means is that often the stuff we buy is heavily adulterated with fillers like high-fructose corn syrup. While this isn't necessarily a threat to your health per se, the fact that companies are passing off diluted honey as a pure product is a problem for both consumers who don't fully know what they're buying and for real honey producers whose product loses its value because it's less competitive.Back in 2013, "operation honeygate" revealed two American companies that were importing fake honey from China. Honey Solutions and Groeb Farms were criminally charged for avoiding $180 million dollars in import taxes by concealing their honey's true origin. The incident proved to be the biggest case of food fraud in U.S. history.Today, some estimates state that the amount of fake honey circulating in the global market is about 30%, but an expert quoted by Business Insider thinks that the figure could be as high as 70% in the United States. According to Vice, which has performed lab tests of several grocery store–bought brands, while you may be paying top dollar for fancy, natural honey, what you may be getting is a blend of different syrupy sugars that contain honey in traces.And the fraud continues beyond simple honey products. Honey is also a frequently used sugar alternative in many food items, from cereals to ketchup, which are then touted as somehow being better for you and more expensive.And as if bees weren't already in enough danger, they are bearing the brunt of this fraudulent scheme. These insects are used for both honey production and pollinating other grown food, and with the production of honey no longer being a viable source of income for beekeepers, bees are more often used for the latter task, which makes them work harder and puts them at a higher risk for diseases.While the Food and Drug Administration won't let honey which hasn't passed a physical inspection be imported into the United States, they don't actually conduct the authenticity tests themselves. The onus is put on the importing company to get their honey tested by a third-party company, which may or may not be using the most sophisticated technology available to detect counterfeits.One company, however, that does take the authentication of their honey very seriously is Sweet Harvest. According to Business Insider, they are the only honey company that are certified by USDA's Process Verified Program.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.
It's true, eating at a restaurant may never be the same again. However, most states are offering indoor dining at least in some capacity by this point, and some are even beginning to ease up on dining restrictions. On Saturday, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, revealed the secret to indoor dining safely.In an Instagram Live conversation, Dr. Fauci discussed COVID-19 and the intricacies of viral transmission with HIV/AIDS-LGBTQ+ activist Peter Staley. In regards to restaurants in New York City reopening their indoor dining rooms on September 30, Staley asked, "Shouldn't these restaurants be encouraged to open windows?"Dr. Fauci responded: "I think anything that has airflow out, not airflow in the room" is the key for businesses to start reopening their dining rooms. Meaning: Indoor establishments should have plenty of windows or doors open to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus inside. This will allow infectious aerosols to freely move out of the establishment instead of circulating indoors. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer)NYC establishments reopening indoor dining to 25% capacity for the first time since the pandemic began is a major step for independent businesses in the metro area. At the same time, the governors in Indiana and Florida just gave restaurants and bars the green light to operate at full capacity. It's important to note though that these decisions are being made at the same time the U.S. is experiencing a spike in cases. The daily infection rate is now at 44,000 new cases a day, which "indicates that there is community spread," Dr. Fauci said."That's what I would've hoped we could avoid: Going into the fall and winter at a very low level of community infection," he added. "Unfortunately, for us, Peter, that's not where we are right now today."The key to preventing community spread will largely be reliant on restaurants, bars, and other indoor establishments allowing air to flow out via open windows and doors. Still, there's no guarantee that this will be enough to protect staff and customers from the virus, which is why Dr. Fauci has expressed heightened anxiety about states that were hit hardest by coronavirus (such as Florida) entering Phase 3 of reopening."Well that is very concerning to me, I mean, we have always said that, myself and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is the coordinator of the task force, that that is something we really need to be careful about," Fauci told ABC's Good Morning America.For more updates on restaurant closures, reopenings, and dining out news, sign up for our newsletter.
Baking is truly an art form of its own. While following the instructions for a simple baked good may seem easy, working with baked goods can actually be a lot more complicated than sautéing up a simple pasta dish for dinner. Which is why we rounded up a few of our best baking tips so you can bake with success next time you're craving some cookies. Or cake. Or brownies!So before you try baking bread or frosting cake, here are a few of the baking tips to keep in your arsenal next time you attempt making one of our 73+ Best Healthy Dessert Recipes. And if you're looking for cooking tips as well, we have a list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time you're going to want to read!1 Have all of your ingredients ready.The last thing you want to do is mess up a recipe simply because you had to search for an ingredient! Before even starting the baking process, get out all of the ingredients that you will need. Taking a few extra minutes to do this prep work will make the entire process a lot smoother.Speaking of, you should try these 24 Genius Baking Ingredient Swaps When You're Out Of Ingredients.2 Grease the pan with cold butter.If a recipe calls for you to grease a pan, use cold butter to do it! Take a stick from the fridge and smear butter around the pan to completely coat it. This will keep your baked good from sticking to the pan later—and works a lot more efficiently compared to a cooking spray.3 Refrigerate your cookie dough before shaping.Want perfectly round (or shaped) cookies? Chilling the dough helps! Baking cookie dough that has been previously chilled will actually slow the spread of the dough on the pan, giving you those perfectly shaped cookies you want. This is especially helpful if you're cutting out homemade sugar cookies!4 Portion out your cookie dough with a tablespoon.No more baking cookies that are different sizes! You can measure out perfect matching circle cookies by scooping out the dough using a tablespoon. You can also grab a cookie scoop in the same size to make releasing the dough out of the spoon even easier!5 Use a cup to flatten out cookie dough.After you scoop out the cookie dough, flatten the balls a bit with the bottom of the cup to ensure that the cookie is perfectly thin and round—like how these lemon meltaways were made on Saving Room For Dessert!6 Let the cookies settle on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.While it's tempting to scarf down a cookie hot from the pan, give those cookies five minutes to settle. Remove each one to a cooling rack and leave them for five minutes. This helps the cookie to shape and have that texture that you love—crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.Next time you bake cookies, avoid these The 30 Worst Mistakes You're Making When Baking Cookies.7 Don't overmix the batter—leave the lumps!For some baked goods—like muffins and pancakes—having a few lumps in the batter is actually good for the pastry. The lumps help to make your baked goods airy and fluffy, instead of dense. So if a recipe doesn't call for sifting, simply fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until the ingredients are combined. Leave those lumps!8 Unless the recipe tells you to sift the dry ingredients.Some cakes and baked goods will tell you to sift the dry ingredients in order to create a particular texture for that cake. So make sure if a recipe does call for sifted ingredients that you actually sift them in order to create the desired texture for that recipe. And whisk well!9 Thin out melted chocolate with a drop of oil.If you're melting chocolate to coat a baked good, melt it with a small amount of oil! This helps to thin out the chocolate and create a smooth texture. The best kind of oil to use is coconut oil, but flavorless vegetable oil also works well.Have a bag of chocolate you need to use up? Here are 18 Recipes to Try With a Bag of Chocolate Chips.10 Gently poke the dough to test if it's done rising.Attempting to make your own homemade bread? An easy way to tell if your dough is fully proofed and ready for baking is to gently poke it. If the dough springs back right away, it's actually not ready. You'll know if the dough is ready if you poke it and the hole is slow to spring back.11 Bake in the center of the oven.For anything you are baking, it's best to bake it in the center of the oven. The last thing you want is to have cookies that are burnt on the bottom! Place the rack in the middle of the oven before even preheating so it's ready to go when it's time to bake.12 Sprinkle in a small amount of sugar to "feed" the yeast.If you're working with active dry yeast, the yeast will easily bloom when it's fed a small amount of sugar. Most of the time a recipe that calls for sugar will have you add it during the step where you are combining your yeast with water or milk. If it doesn't, sprinkle in a small portion of the sugar to "feed" the yeast. The yeast will bloom nicely!13 Brush the tops of rolls with an egg wash before baking.For shiny dinner rolls—or any type of bread—brush the tops with an egg wash! To do so, simply whisk an egg in a small bowl then use a pastry brush to brush over the rolls before baking. You can also sprinkle some toppings if you desire—like sesame seeds or everything seasoning.14 Cut the corner of a small plastic bag to pipe frosting.If you plan on frosting a baked good and want to actually create a design, you don't need a fancy piping kit to do so (although, those are pretty nice to have!) Instead, fill up about a third of the bag with some frosting and you can cut a small corner of it. Close the top, squeeze out the frosting, and pipe away!15 Cool frosting before piping.Before you even start piping, it's important to make sure your frosting is cool. Colder frosting is much easier to work with compared to a frosting that has been sitting at room temperature. The last thing you want is frosting to be sliding all over your cake!16 Cut cold desserts with a hot knife.Hate when your knife collects frosting and cake as you are cutting? The trick is to make sure the knife is at the opposite temperature of the dessert! If it's a cold dessert, a knife that has been run under hot water will slice through it nicely. For a hot dessert, make sure the knife is cold.Or maybe it's time for new knives! Here are The 10 Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $100.17 Wipe the knife with a paper towel in between slices.While the temperature does help, for any desserts that are at a normal room-temperature, all you have to do is wipe the knife every time you slice. That way the knife won't have a build-up of frosting and cake, creating a disaster of your frosted masterpiece!18 Make your own buttermilk.Does your recipe call for buttermilk? Don't worry, you can actually make it yourself with this easy recipe! All you need is milk and lemon juice—or distilled white vinegar.19 Prep homemade whipped cream in a cold bowl.Who wants warm whipped cream? Not us! For whipped cream that is perfectly cool with stiff peaks that form nicely, prep it in a bowl that has been sitting in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.20 Do the toothpick test.Not sure if your cake or dessert is done? The classic toothpick test will always tell the truth! Poke a toothpick into the center of your dessert. If it comes out clean, your baked good is done.Remember, many ovens are different than others, and sometimes the baking time called for in the recipe won't always be the same exact time needed for your specific oven. An easy way to tell is to do the toothpick test 5 minutes before the timer goes off, to make sure you aren't going to be overbaking it by the end.21 Let the cake cool completely before frosting it.You may have chilled your frosting, but it won't matter if you're putting cold frosting on a hot cake! The frosting will slide right off, which will be a disaster if you're trying to make a layered cake. Wait for the cake to completely cool before frosting it.Also, if the recipe doesn't call for you to take the cake out of the pan after baking it, just leave it in there while it cools. It will be much easier to pop out if you wait.22 Place a small amount of frosting to the cake plate so it won't slide while you decorate.Once the cake and the frosting are cool, you can decorate the cake! To ensure that the cake stays in the same spot and doesn't slide while you're decorating, spread a dollop of frosting on the plate before placing the first layer down. That way the cake will stay in the same spot—even when cutting it later!23 Flip the top layer of the cake upside down for a flat surface.If you plan on decorating the top of your cakes after frosting, you're going to want to work with a flat surface. When you place the last layer of the cake on the top, place it upside down. The bottom is always flatter than the dome on the top of the cake. By placing it upside down, you have a flat surface that will work well when topping your cake with extra dollops of frosting or candies!Try it yourself with our easy Basic Cake Recipe!
You don't need a professional to get the glossy locks and glamorous nails you want. (Plus, why spend the money when you can acquire them without shelling out tons of dough?) Although thickness and strength of both hair and nails are largely hereditary, the food you eat (or don't get enough of) can affect the status of your fingers and hair just as much as a fancy spa treatment can.These well-groomed body parts are made of a fibrous protein called keratin that—when fed the right ingredients—will naturally grow stronger and healthier over time. Essentially, if tough hair and nails is your goal, what you put in your grocery cart is the first step toward maintaining them.As you will see, numerous studies have shown that nutrients in certain foods straight up give you shiny hair and tough nails, while other research has shown a lack of some vitamins and nutrients is bad news for your appearance. Check out the list below for foods that will give you a healthy makeover without the hefty price tag, and when you're done here start prepping with the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time. For Strong Hair1 TangerinesThese tiny fruits pack a punch in the vitamin C department, which means they'll help your mane stay long and strong. Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and development of hair and beyond, and since the body can't produce it organically, eating foods packed full of the nutrient, like tangerines, is the number one way to get your fix and strengthen your hair. What's more? When a tangerine's vitamin C syncs up with the dietary iron from something like spinach, the result is that your body can absorb the iron much more easily, which will make your mane even tougher. Furthermore, the vitamin B12 in tangerines has been shown to promote hair growth, reduce hair loss, and slow down the graying process.2 MushroomsMunch on some mushrooms on your next night out! Fungi are a solid source of vitamin D they will make your hair strong and shiny. According to a study that was published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, the vitamin can help create new hair follicles: little pores where new hair can grow. This, in turn, may improve the thickness of your hair or reduce the amount of hair you lose as you age.3 Fatty FishAnother way to boost your intake of follicle-stimulating vitamin D is to eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, which also happen to be loaded with superstar omega-3 fatty acids. Per a study printed in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vitamin D may also help stimulate hair follicles that have become dormant. In other words, there's evidence to suggest the nutrient may help prevent thinning hair and even bald spots. Still not convinced fish is worth your while? Take a gander at this list of 20 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Fish!4 Wheat Germ OilOne tablespoon of wheat germ oil contains a whopping 20.2 milligrams—101% of your daily recommended value—of vitamin E, which has long been lauded for its ability to improve both your hair and skin health. According to scientists, vitamin E is able to work its magic on your mane because it contains potent antioxidants called tocotrienols, which contribute to a healthier scalp. Need proof? Researchers found that using tocotrienol supplements improved the hair health of people with alopecia and also helped prevent hair loss in a 2010 study printed in the journal Tropical Life Sciences Research.5 SpinachSpinach is packed with hair-healthy nutrients such as iron and vitamin E, so it should come as no surprise that chowing down on the rich green veggie is a great way to strengthen your locks. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic explain that low iron stores contribute to hair loss, so if you're looking to keep your hair strong and luscious, especially as you age, incorporating more spinach into your diet is a great way to go.Looking for more helpful tips? Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!6 OystersIf you find your hair thinning or falling out completely, it could be because you're not getting enough zinc in your diet. Thankfully, research has shown that hair loss related to zinc deficiency can be reversed simply by eating more of the all-important nutrient. In a study printed in the journal Dermatologic Therapy, researchers gave zinc supplements to five patients with zinc deficiency-related alopecia and discovered that hair loss was cured or improved in all of the patients after a short time. One way to boost your zinc intake is to load up on oysters. Just six of the shelled seafood will give you 30 milligrams of zinc, which is double the daily value (DV) of the nutrient!7 WalnutsAccording to a review published in a journal called Dermatology Practical&Conceptual, deficiency of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) can cause hair changes including loss of scalp hair and eyebrows, as well as lightening of hair. To prevent any of that from happening to you or your hair, eat foods packed with linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids, such as walnuts.8 Brazil NutsAnother nutrient needed for strong, healthy strands is selenium: an essential trace element that plays a role in protection from oxidative damage and the creation of hair follicles. A study printed in the journal Endocrinology found that rats deficient in selenium displayed sparse hair growth. Similarly, another study that appeared in the journal PLoS One found that mice lacking specific selenoproteins exhibited progressive hair loss after birth. To ensure your own hair stays strong and plentiful, eat foods rich in selenium, such as Brazil nuts. Believe it or not, just seven nuts will give you over 100% DV of selenium.9 Sweet PotatoesVitamin A has been shown to activate hair follicle stem cells, according to a 2015 animal study published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine. In fact, if you want your hair follicles to function at their optimal level, scientists have discovered that retinoic acid—a component of vitamin A—is necessary. To load up on the hair-helping nutrient, snack on a baked sweet potato (with the skin) which, per the National Institutes of Health contains a whopping amount of vitamin A (561% DV, to be exact). Just don't overdo it, because too much vitamin A has actually been linked to hair loss.10 Black BeansLysine is an essential amino acid that may play a role in iron and zinc uptake, so, given what we've already told you about hair and those key nutrients, it's not surprising that lysine has been shown to encourage the growth and development of healthy hair. In fact, a 2002 study printed in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology showed that the addition of lysine to iron supplementation significantly helped some women with chronic thinning hair and hair loss who failed to respond to iron supplementation alone. Black beans, which are packed with protein, are also loaded with lysine. A half-cup serving of the legumes contains an impressive 523 milligrams of the essential amino acid.11 BlueberriesOxidative stress has been linked to hair loss and unhealthy scalps, so to keep your scalp and hair happy it's important to load up on antioxidants, which counteract oxidative stress. Thanks to their abundance of vitamin B and proanthocyanidins, antioxidant-rich blueberries are also especially beneficial for hair; an animal study printed in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that proanthocyanidins stimulate hair growth. For Strong Nails1 EggsMany hair and nail supplements contain biotin—a B vitamin—which many claim encourages healthy growth, but does it really work? Though there is little evidence to support the belief that biotin positively impacts hair, research suggests it can strengthen nails. Per a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, biotin has been shown to improve fingernails. After administering a biotin supplement to participants, researchers discovered that thickness of the nails in these people increased by 25% compared to the control group. Furthermore, biotin-treated nails also showed fewer signs of nail splitting. Eggs are an excellent source of biotin, which is found in the bright yellow yolk.2 AlmondsAnother great source of biotin? Almonds. In addition to aiding weight loss, a serving of the protein and fiber-packed nuts contains 49% of your RDA of biotin. Furthermore, almonds also contain a healthy dose of vitamin E, which we've already established plays an important role in keeping your hair and scalp in tip-top shape.3 StrawberriesThat's right, the juicy, red fruits beloved by most have some serious benefits for your nails. Dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, and founder of the F-Factor Diet, told us in the 7 Best Foods for Strong Nails that eating eight or more strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange! And since vitamin C is essential for producing the collagen that keeps our nails resilient to breaks, the sweet red fruit is the perfect way to strengthen them.4 ChickenFingernails are made largely of translucent keratin protein, so if you want them to grow healthier and stronger, eating a diet that's rich in the muscle-building, satiating nutrient is key. Simple, lean sources of protein will do the trick, such as chicken, turkey, or vegetarian-friendly tempeh.5 Flaxseed OilEssential fatty acids (EFAs) are required for the proper structure and function of every cell in the body, and are important for optimal health. So far as nails are concerned, EFAs moisturize the nail bed, which increases the suppleness of thin, brittle nails. To get more of these superstar nutrients in your diet, up your intake of healthy fats, which can be done by adding something such as flaxseed oil to your diet. If that's not your thing, make sure you eat plenty of fatty fish, which we've already established keeps your hair healthy, too.6 Coconut OilThough it shouldn't be eaten constantly, coconut oil is another example of a healthy fat that can strengthen and nourish your nails. What's more? The ever-trendy food doesn't even need to enter your mouth to get the job done. In fact, many people use coconut oil topically, as it can be applied to nails to soften cuticles, prevent hangnails, and moisturize hands.7 LentilsLentils are loaded with nine essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and biotin. That means, not only are they great for your overall health, but they're especially suited to keep your nails looking great and feeling strong. Though we've already discussed the role biotin plays in nail health, it's so important in bears repeating. Per a German study, 91% of subjects given a daily oral dose of 2.5 milligrams of biotin showed definite improvement, with firmer and harder nails after approximately five and half months. Though there's nothing wrong with taking a biotin supplement, getting the nutrient from whole foods is more beneficial overall.8 WatermelonDrinking lots of water is important to keep nails and cuticles hydrated, and in addition to making sure you drink plenty of water each day, you can also improve your nail health by eating foods with a high water content. Summer favorite watermelon, for example, contains about 92% water per volume. You can also add cucumbers to your diet to experience the same effects.9 Whole GrainsSilica, the natural form of silicon, is a trace mineral that helps the body utilize calcium properly. It's also the predominant mineral in the composition of nails, which helps explain why it's so beneficial for them. According to Brazilian researchers, the presence of soft and brittle nails can indicate a systemic deficiency of silicon. Whole grains, such as wheat, barley, oats, and millet, are all excellent sources of silica.10 Red Bell PeppersIn addition to keeping your skin firm and tight, collagen also helps your nails stay long and strong, that's why we suggest incorporating red bell peppers into your diet if you want your nails to look and feel their best. The bright veggies pack 190% of the day's recommended intake of vitamin C (an essential nutrient for producing collagen) and are also loaded with antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging and oxidizing our nail cells. Though some red peppers into a stir-fry, or dip the raw veggie in some hummus for a protein-packed snack. For inspiration on how to make protein work for you, check out this list of The 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss!
Richard Flanagan: 'Despair is always rational, but hope is human'. Novelist Richard Flanagan talks about the themes in his new book – grief and loss, but also possibility, and the beauty of a disappearing world
We are approaching the coldest months of the year — as well as the cold and flu season — and the number of COVID-19 infections continue to increase in nearly half of the states in America. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, this is a recipe for disaster and could lead to another major surge, and more concerningly, more deaths. During these make-it-or-break-it months, Dr. Fauci strongly urges everyone to follow his fundamentals — especially avoiding one of the most dangerous places in regards to the spread of the virus — bars. Read on to learn why, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. If You Go There You Are Asking For TroubleWhen asked during a Good Morning America about his thoughts on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announcing the full reopening of the state's bars and restaurants, Fauci didn't hesitate to express his fears. "Well that is very concerning to me, I mean, we have always said that, myself and Dr. Deborah Birx—who is the coordinator of the task force—that that is something we really need to be careful about. Because when you're dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you're really asking for trouble," he pointed out. In fact, instead of reopening, he believes that it is more important than ever to avoid dangerous places. "Now's the time actually to double down a bit, and I don't mean close," he added, mentioned that "common sense" should be used. RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make "You've got to take it very seriously""When I say that, people get concerned that we're talking about shutting down," he said. "We're not talking about shutting anything down, we're talking about common sense-type of public health measures that we've been talking about all along.""You've got to take it very seriously," he continued. "The numbers globally are very serious. "If you're going to try, which you should try to open up the economy and get things back to normal," he pointed out. "If you do it in a prudent way — and a prudent way means focus on the things that are important — you could open up businesses, you can do things like that," he added.However, Dr. Fauci makes sure to point out that bars, nightclubs, and other places that promote, not discourage social distancing, should be off limits. "But when you start congregating at bars without masks or in congregate settings, where people are crowded together, indoors without masks, that's asking for trouble," he concluded. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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As COVID-19 infections continued to increase in nearly half of the U.S. states in the last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is concerned that the death toll is close behind. During a Monday interview with Good Morning America Dr. Fauci admitted he is concerned that deaths are going to follow the same pattern as infections. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. COVID Warning as the Weather Gets Colder"We're not in a good place," Dr. Fauci admitted about the number of new infections in the country. "As we get into the fall and the winter, you really want the level of community spread to be as low as you possibly get it," he continued. This is due to the fact that "as the weather gets colder here in this country, and most parts of the country, people are going to be going indoors" — and due to the airborne nature of the virus, it will give it a much better environment to thrive and spread. And, while he is concerned for the coming months, the current trends are also worrisome to him. "There are certainly parts of the country that are doing well, but there are states that are starting to show uptick in cases, and even some increase in hospitalizations," he pointed out. "I hope not, but we very well might start seeing increases in deaths," he stated. "That's really something that I had discussed some time ago is something you don't want to be in a position like that as the weather starts getting cold." RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make We Need To "Focus on the Fundamentals"One of the ways to prevent this from happening is by focusing on the fundamentals. "We really need to intensify the public health measures that we talk about all the time," he continued. These include the wearing of masks, social distancing, avoiding large crowds, outdoors instead of indoors, and practicing hand hygiene. "Now's the time actually, to double down a bit," he added. According to the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday the number of new COVID-19 infections increased by at least 10% or more compared to the previous week before in 21 states — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Over the last week, nearly half of the states in America reported spikes in COVID-19 infections, an indicator that deaths and hospitalizations will soon follow. Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, also warned CNN that per the IHME model, a "huge surge" of COVID-19 infections are expected to explode in October and accelerate in November and December." Now, one midwestern state has shattered one of their coronavirus records, signifying that things may get worse sooner rather than later. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Wisconsin COVID RecordAccording to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the state reported 2,817 new cases on Saturday — their highest single-day increase in cases ever. The previous record was set on Sept. 18 with 2,533 cases. Per officials, the increase is due to a huge rise in cases amongst younger residents, ages 18 to 24. "What we're seeing here in Dane county is that close to 90 percent of the young people who are getting positive test results are reporting some symptoms and unfortunately a lot of them aren't aware of the long-term consequences that this disease can have," Joe Parisi, county executive of Wisconsin's Dane County, told CNN's Jim Sciutto."But as concerning, is the fact that in my community in Dane county, the university is integral to the city of Madison. It is not separated somewhere. So these young people interact with people throughout the community. They have parents and grandparents and go to the store so we're incredibly concerned about the spike that we're seeing"RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make A new phase of the COVID pandemicThe Atlantic also reports that Wisconsin "has crashed through its own coronavirus records, reporting more cases and more COVID-19 hospitalizations than it has at any time since the pandemic began," according to their COVID Tracking Project. They pointed out that it currently ranks in the top states of new cases per capita, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is also reporting more new cases, "in absolute terms," than all states but California, Texas, and Florida.While some states have been easing their coronavirus restrictions, Wisconsin has been tightening theirs up. Last week Republican Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order, mandating face coverings."We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin," he stated in a press release.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You Can Catch COVID This Way After All How to Stay Safe"We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially — please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
When you order carryout from your favorite local diner or ask for a to-go box, the type of container you get is likely one made of foam. For Maryland businesses that's all about to change, as the state just announced it will be banning foam containers used for takeout orders. (To find out which restaurants may be leaving your town, check out 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer).The state law was approved in last year's legislative session and will go into effect on Thursday, Oct. 1. The original deadline was supposed to be July 1, however, the pandemic delayed the start date. Starting this Thursday, restaurants, schools, and other food service establishments won't be allowed to serve food in polystyrene (foam) containers."Single-use plastics are overrunning our oceans and bays and neighborhoods," Democratic Delegate Brooke Lierman, the main sponsor of the House bill, told CNN after it passed in 2019. "We need to take dramatic steps to start stemming our use and reliance on them … to leave future generations a planet full of wildlife and green space."The new bill will go into effect during a time when the use of foam containers has increased. With mandated restaurant closures followed by limited capacity dining, establishments have been reliant on to-go orders more than ever before.At the height of the pandemic, trash collection jumped by 22% in Baltimore. However, the switch to other containers—while better for the environment— is more expensive, and has many restaurants stressed about making ends meet come winter season when foot traffic and overall sales are projected to dip yet again.The Restaurant Association of Maryland says foam is both cost-effective and durable in comparison with compostable alternatives that are often "twice to triple the cost and do not generally provide the same performance," Melvin R. Thompson, the trade group's senior vice president for government affairs, said to The Baltimore Sun. Still, these types of containers are clogging landfills and polluting bodies of water, such as the Chesapeake Bay.To stay abreast of all updates in the restaurant industry, sign up for our newsletter.
It's National Drink Beer Day, a day that would, in normal times, provide a reasonable excuse to go to your favorite local tavern or brewery, belly up to the bar, and proceed to consume a reasonable amount of your favorite hoppy beverage. But, these are not normal times, and according to research by Nielsen, people are consuming way more alcoholic beverages during the coronavirus pandemic—when we've all been self-quarantining and/or following potentially life-saving orders to stay at home—than any other time.In other words, if drinking beer was your thing, it may really be your thing now to help cope with stress and anxiety. And hey, everyone deals differently.However, it's important to know how a nightly beer (or two) can be affecting your body and overall health. We reached out to registered dietitians to ask them what happens with a daily diet of your favorite beer.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. How much beer is considered "in moderation"?The 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that if alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in "moderation," according to Elizabeth Huggins, RDN at Hilton Head Health."When it comes to drinking, people often have different ideas of moderation, so if you are talking about a 12-ounce beer, that is one or less a day for women and two or less a day for men," says Huggins.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! What does having a beer every night do to your body?"First, calories in beer can range from as low as 60 to as high as 240 calories per 12 ounces," says Huggins. This, of course, can be an innocent habit at first. "But it can lead to weight gain, especially if your beer enjoys the company of snacks."In addition to being a highly caloric indulgence, another side effect of drinking beer every night is lethargy. "It may relax you so well that you don't get off the couch to take that walk that you said you would take," says Huggins.There's no doubt that "resolve dissolves in alcohol!" And, especially during these difficult times, forcing yourself to move your body is crucial to stay healthy during quarantine—for however long it lasts. By not doing so, your body can get out of shape, and fairly quickly.What's more, regular beer drinking also "causes bloat and can irritate your digestive tract," says Nutritionist (MS) Katie Boyd.RELATED: This 7-day smoothie diet will help you shed those last few pounds."Drinking beer can make your stomach produce more acid than usual, which can turn into inflammation of the gut lining. This can have long-term side effects like gastritis," Boyd says. "They don't call it a 'beer belly' for nothing."Alcohol is also known to negatively impact your natural sleep cycle. "The more you drink and the closer to bedtime, the more likely you will experience diminished sleep quality," says Huggins. How so? "Alcohol in beer causes gastric acid to be secreted and could increase your chances of suffering from heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux, which in addition to being unpleasant, can also negatively impact sleep."While having a few beers may lead you to think you are sleeping well, it's poor sleep quality, which is less restorative. "We can all agree that poor sleep interferes with mental functioning and our energy level the next day," says Huggins.Boyd agrees. "Drinking too much beer can cause sleep disruption because it causes your insulin to spike in the middle of the night if drank later in the day, thus causing you to wake up. In the morning, you end up feeling groggy and not optimal for the rest of the day."READ MORE: How Much Sugar Is in the Beer You Drink? There's one benefit of having a brewski, though…The only silver lining of having a beer every night? "Beer is touted as more nutritious than most other alcoholic beverages due to the hops and barley that is used in the creation and fermentation process," says Boyd. Beer is also relatively high in "vitamin B, antioxidants, and silicon that may strengthen and build stronger bones," she says.Plus, you may be helping to support a local craft brewer during these tough times if you're buying cases of their stuff.RELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!But that certainly doesn't off-set all of the negatives of having a beer every night. And if you're going to have one, you should chase it with some water. (Or, better yet, replace that can or bottle altogether with H2O.)"One of the simplest things you can do to improve your body's vitality, aside from keeping the body running smoothly, is getting your recommended intake of water," says fitness trainer Corey Calliet. "It aids in the recovery, detoxification, and elimination processes within the body."Drinking water (not beer) consistently throughout the day can also curb cravings and keep you from eating excess calories.So, there you have it. If drinking beer is your thing, it's best to do it in moderation, not every night. While drinking beer every day may relax you during these tough times, there are some significant downsides: weight gain, poor sleep, bad gastrointestinal inflammation, and other issues that can outlast your time spent in quarantine.And for more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.
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