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Is Plant Protein Better For You Than Animal Protein? Is Plant Protein Better For You Than Animal Protein?

We all need protein, but meat isn’t the only place to find it. People who swap out animal protein for plant-based alternatives often end up eating healthier diets, but there are a few things you need to know before assuming that plant protein is always healthier.

This Graphic Shows What Really Matters in Preventing Cancer This Graphic Shows What Really Matters in Preventing Cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancer. (No cancer is completely preventable, though; genetics and bad luck are factors, too.) But which lifestyle factors really matter? The World Cancer Research Fund has a handy graphic to point them out.

What All Those Labels on Eggs Really Mean What All Those Labels on Eggs Really Mean

Is cage-free better than organic? Are omega-3 eggs worth the extra money? Let’s break down the terms you’ll see on egg cartons.

Collagen Powder Is Just Expensive Protein Powder Collagen Powder Is Just Expensive Protein Powder

Healthy skin contains plenty of springy, elastic collagen, so it’s tempting to think that any product with “collagen” in the name is going to be good for your skin. But even though you can buy collagen powder to add to drinks, there’s little to no evidence that your skin directly benefits.

Which Vitamins Do You Really Need? Which Vitamins Do You Really Need?

We all need vitamins, but that doesn’t mean you need to take a vitamin. This week, science gave us another brick for the giant “vitamin pills are useless for most of us” sign that’s been under construction for a while. (It’s a metaphor, but I imagine it as something like the Hollywood sign, except nobody looks at it…

Can You Get Scurvy From Eating Nothing But Ramen? Can You Get Scurvy From Eating Nothing But Ramen?

It seems everybody knows someone who knows someone who got scurvy in college. So there was this guy, they say, who ate nothing but ramen for a month. Or pizza, according to one report from a Lifehacker staffer. Or porridge, according to one long-running Scottish legend.

How Many Calories Are in a Scooped-Out Bagel?  How Many Calories Are in a Scooped-Out Bagel? 

Look, we don’t approve of scooping the insides out of your bagel, but you should know the truth: Scooping out the chewy insides of your bagel can subtract more than a third of the bagel’s calories.

What to Do When Your Kid Can't Poop  What to Do When Your Kid Can't Poop 

When kids turn a simple trip to the bathroom into a marathon session, the question shouldn’t just be “What are they doing in there?” but “What aren’t they doing?”

You Could Prevent Peanut Allergies With a 99 Cent Snack You Could Prevent Peanut Allergies With a 99 Cent Snack

Small amounts of peanut protein can stave off peanut allergies, according to a landmark 2015 trial that found this approach reduced the risk of developing a peanut allergy by 80 percent in susceptible kids. You can now buy expensive peanut powders for your baby, but you know what works at least as well? A 99 cent…

What to Do When Your Picky Eater Is a Teen What to Do When Your Picky Eater Is a Teen

What happens if your picky-eating child doesn’t grow out of it? What if you’re begging a 15-year-old to just taste a green vegetable? After all, by the time they’re adolescents, kids have spending money, autonomy, and access to plenty of junk food. So what is a parent supposed to do when the strategies they used when…

Pasta Is Not a Magical Weight Loss Food, Despite Recent Studies Pasta Is Not a Magical Weight Loss Food, Despite Recent Studies

If there’s a study that shows pasta in a good light, it’s hard to ignore. Everybody loves pasta, right? I do. Chances are you do, too. Barilla, maker of pasta, definitely does.

What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean

LDL used to be the “bad cholesterol” and HDL the “good cholesterol.” That’s the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but the science has evolved since then. High HDL is no longer automatically good, for example. Let’s take a look at what your cholesterol numbers really mean.

Why Coffee Seems to Cause Cancer in California Why Coffee Seems to Cause Cancer in California

Coffee is the latest substance to earn a warning that it contains a chemical “known to the state of California to cause cancer.” (The chemical, acrylamide, is formed when beans are roasted.) But this is a legal designation, not a purely scientific one.

Donuts Are Better For You Than Muffins  Donuts Are Better For You Than Muffins 

Store bought muffins are huge, and full of sugar and calories. That makes them a dessert, a treat, an indulgence—at which point you might as well get something tasty like a donut instead. Bonus: the donut probably has less sugar anyway.

How to Poop When You’re Traveling  How to Poop When You’re Traveling 

Traveling really takes it out of you—except when it comes to poop. That can stay with you for days, making your vacay a lot less enjoyable. Here’s what causes that constipation frustration, and what you can do to keep that from happening.

Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit

Whether we’re springing forward or falling back, the biannual time shift is, at best, a discombobulating experience—but changing the clocks also gives us a ready-made opportunity to change ourselves.

Omega-3s Aren’t So Great For Your Heart After All

Omega-3s were supposed to protect us all from heart disease and other health problems, but it’s taken some time for the evidence to catch up with the hype around these supplements. Based on a large and important study published earlier this year in JAMA Cardiology, that evidence is here: fish oil or omega-3…

Why Non-Alcoholic Beer Is Germany’s Sports Drink Why Non-Alcoholic Beer Is Germany’s Sports Drink

I think I speak for all Americans (except Mike Pence) when I say: what the heck is the point of non-alcoholic beer? But it turns out to be popular in Europe as a sports drink. Which, to be fair, is no weirder than the way a lot of athletes here swear by chocolate milk.

Is Booze the Secret to Longevity?  Is Booze the Secret to Longevity? 

Most of us will only get to live into our 70s, so raise your hand if you’re jealous of 100-year-olds blowing out their birthday candles and delivering some sage advice about how to live a long and happy life. A study called the 90+ study aims to collect data on the oldest oldsters, but the results do not, as has been…

A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss

Teach 600 people to eat more vegetables and less added sugar for a year, and it turns out they’ll lose weight. There’s nothing super shocking in the DIETFITS study published today, but there’s a lot to learn about what doesn’t matter in dieting.

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