Beet salad. Beet soup. Beet hummus. Pureed. Roasted. Pickled. You get the idea; beets are everywhere and for good reason! These versatile gems are not only nature’s candy, but they pack a mean one-two nutritional punch. What’s more, they’re a hot topic in research for potential performance-enhancing capabilities. Maybe you’re already a die-hard beet lover, or maybe you just need more convincing to make peace with beets; read on for fast facts, hot research news, and ways to reap the benefits of these quirky root vegetables.
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a new prevention method for significantly reducing the risk of HIV infection. A person who is HIV-negative takes a pill called Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) once a day. If HIV transmission occurs, PrEP works by making it harder for HIV to multiply in your body and attack your infection-fighting cells (CD4 cells, aka T cells).
The tobacco industry has long promoted their nicotine products by mimicking candy and other sweet treats in order to entice a younger crowd of future smokers. There is nothing sweet about making young children positively associate these products with candy and sometimes even trick them into thinking nicotine products are something sweet for them to eat. Read on to see how tobacco advertising has targeted children, youth, and young adults in a variety of subtle ways.
There’s a lot of information out there about dieting and nutrition, and it can be hard to sort through what’s fact and what’s fiction. Diet fads and “newly discovered” nutritional information can gain popularity at a rapid pace, but it’s important to take the time to research the information you receive and check its sources. We’re debunking five popular myths students believe about their food, and using science based facts to reveal the truth.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C and A, which strengthens our immune system, and is extremely low in calories. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a grapefruit a day can help keep cholesterol levels low. The fruit is packed with antioxidants such as lycopene (found specifically in red and pink grapefruit). Grapefruits have a high water and fiber content, which helps us stay hydrated and feel full for longer. If you don’t enjoy the taste of grapefruit, you can still benefit from it’s scent - the aromatic citrus scent has been proven to be therapeutic and can reduce stress. Many beauty products and spa treatments use the scent grapefruit for these reasons.
When we age, our brain ages with us. But this does not mean that our brain will decrease in health. There are many habits we can adopt to keep our brain healthy and intact. The best way to nurture a healthy brain is to feed it superfoods. Superfoods are foods that contain immense amounts of nutrients that fuel our body.
Going meatless at least once a week is proven to provide numerous health benefits that will increase your quality of life. Reducing your meat intake is easier than ever and comes from a tradition that dates back to before WWI.
Electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular among the general public. Many believe that e-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, but this is not true. E-cigarettes pose a danger not only to the user, but also to those in close proximity.
It may not necessarily be new news that tea is beneficial for the body, but did you know that different teas are responsible for different benefits? Early Eastern civilizations understood the healing powers of tea dating back centuries ago and today our culture is finally beginning to recognize and celebrate these benefits. Tea is many things: calorie-free, a valuable source of antioxidants, calming for the mind, tasty, prepared multiple ways, and so much more!