- Thanksgiving Safety and the Glories of Store-Bought Cookie Dough
Can you believe it? Store-bought cookie dough contains pasteurized eggs, so it should be free of salmonella, says registered dietitian D. Milton Stokes in one of this week’s short featured articles. Add that to your “thankful for” list this Thanksgiving.
Speaking of Thanksgiving and food safety . . . how ’bout them leftovers? How long do you leave them out? All afternoon? All day?
- Thanksgiving Pies: The Healthiest Sugary Picks
If you want to pick one of the healthiest pies this Thanksgiving, go for the blueberry, says registered dietitian Carol M. Bareuther. It has antioxidants galore. Another good one? Pumpkin. It boasts fewer calories than many, and one slice has up to half of the daily recommendation for vitamin A. One of the worst is yummy old chocolate, with high saturated fat and calories. But it’s also high in taste value, I gotta say.
- How Sad Tears Are Different Than Normal Tears (and Why That’s Good)
Bawling your eyes out might be more than mentally good for you. It might also help you physically, says neurologist Elizabeth Reid:
"Emotional tears contain much more protein than our continuously lubricating tears do. Some researchers think that, just as our kidneys cleanse our blood, so our tears cleanse us of certain emotion-related waste products."
- Germy Answers: Bye-Bye, Five-Second Rule
“Five-second rule!” Munch, munch, munch. How many times have you said that? Guess what. That ol’ rule? Probably not good for your health. Infectious disease specialist Shirley Tozzi, MD, writes in this week’s featured article:
- Foot Problems Be Gone!
Did you know your feet keep getting longer and wider as you age? That they can be larger at the end of the day? That foot doctors say the break-in period just doesn’t exist?
Yep. It’s all true.
- Color Code Your M&M's and Other Halloween Candy Calorie Tips
Halloween is so much fun. Gorging yourself on Handing out candy. Helping the grandkids eat sort their finds. Dealing with the moans and groans and sugar crashes—the kids' crashes of course. Okay, fine, let's admit it: Sometimes, adults like to eat Halloween candy, too. There, we said it. Nothing wrong with that, except the munching can extend beyond Halloween—before, after, way after.
- Can You Catch the Same Cold Twice?
It’s that time again–hacking, sneezing, sniffling season. Fall. And even though the same old sicknesses come around year after year, we figured you may have a few lingering questions about them. So what have you always wondered about colds and the flu? Perhaps . . .
- Lose Weight with Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables fill you up with their fiber. Most have very few calories. So . . . eat more, lose more, right?
Yes, actually. It can be that simple, if we eat fruits and vegetables instead of higher-calorie foods. So why don’t we do it? Maybe because we don’t like vegetables. Maybe because they spoil before we can prepare them all, so we don’t buy them. Maybe because we’re just not used to eating them.
- 8 Fascinating Q&As About Your Peepers
They’re the windows to our souls, the windows to our worlds—beautiful, expressive, telling. And every time they catch a glimpse of the sun, we’re convinced we’re on the road to blindness. Or maybe that’s just me.
We've approached a few eye-health professionals to clear up a few things, see? (Groan.)
- How to Tell When You're Full (and Stop Eating)
Question: What's a healthy amount to eat at a time, and why do some people get full quicker than others?