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Do You Know What You Just Put in Your Mouth? Author Patrick Di Justo Tells Reddit the Truth about Processed Junk Food

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Patrick Di Justo, author of “This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth” took to reddit last week to answer readers’ questions about the very same topic.

Di Justo wrote a column in everyone’s favorite science publication, Wired magazine, where he broke down the ingredients in common household products, explaining just what those unpronounceable ingredients really are, why they are used, and just where they come from.

“All my research is dedicated to pointing out what is in the food you eat and the products you use. I almost never make value judgments about these ingredients — the idea is that you now have all this information, you make your own decisions,” explained Di Justo to one reader. “I think the only thing I’ve ever told people to stay away from was heroin, because heroin is pure evil in powdered form. And high fructose corn syrup, which is not as immediately evil as heroin, but still bad for you.”

When Wired magazine got its own show on PBS, called Wired Science, host Chris Hardwick presented Di Justo’s articles as a special segment of the show. The very first food he broke down? Cool Whip.

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Before you dollop this unassuming, fluffy, sweet treat on your fruit salad, let’s find out exactly what’s in it:

First off, it’s bleeding you dry: water is Cool Whip’s main ingredient, since air can’t really be put on an ingredient list. Water and air make up forty-one cents per ounce, just over twice what it would cost to whip real cream yourself.
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3 Exercises to Improve Your Sex Life

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Marathon sex sessions are a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter, but nothing will throw a bucket of ice water on your roll in the hay like needing to take a break to shake out a muscle cramp. Sex can be a great way to get your heart rate up, but if you’re sweating and trembling is due more to exhaustion and muscle fatigue rather than desire for your partner, consider working these exercises into your pre-Valentine, -anniversary, -vacation, -just because sweat sessions so you can go all night!

Squats. Deep Squats.

Squats are great for building strength and endurance in the legs, and the lower you go, the more they will come in handy in the bedroom. Not only will squats make you look great from behind, but they will allow you to take over when you’re on top. Be sure to drive through your heels on the upward motion and keep them in contact with the ground at all times — dropping below 90 degrees can be rough on the knees and this will take the pressure off. At the lowest point of each squat, add five pulses. While the ladies in the movies can drop it down low over and over, in high heels nonetheless, most women don’t have the quad strength it takes. Who can really do that in real life? You can, that’s who, so put on a show!
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The 30 Minute Rule: How do You Know if You Are Doing Enough?

Every body is different, so to come up with fitness guidelines that work for everyone is tough. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the minimum recommended amount of exercise for a healthy adult is 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week and this 30 minute guideline is the one that fitness experts use as a baseline to ensure exercisers are working hard enough to see results, especially beginners who are new to exercise. But what does that actually mean, and how do you know if you are doing enough?

The 30 minute rule refers to cardiovascular exercise (running, walking, biking, etc.) as the guidelines for strength training are working your major muscle groups 2-3 times a week, on nonconsecutive days. Your strength training, however, can work into your 30 minute rule as long your intensity is high enough. (More on that later.)

The 30 minute rule sounds pretty cut and dry, but you actually have a lot of leeway. Most days of the week means 4-6, as everyone needs at least one rest day per week, but you can play with the 30 minute recommendation. Those 30 minutes can be done all in one shot, or you can break it up through out the day. Two 15 minute sessions, or three 10 minute sessions are shown to be just as effective, but it is not recommended to do anything shorter than 10 minutes for the full benefits.

Those minutes don’t mean much, however, if you aren’t making them count, which brings us to your intensity level. Intensity is a little more subjective, but the most important component to seeing results.



Mariah Carey Flaunts Taut Abs After Twins on Cover of SHAPE

After a string unsuccessful celebrity diet spokespeople, from Carnie Wilson getting fired from Fresh Diet to Kirstie Alley yo-yoing after Jenny Craig, popular diet plans are getting a boost from slimmed down celebs that are keeping the weight off.

Jennifer Hudson has kept her weight off for more than a year with Weight Watchers and Janet Jackson is sporting a slimmer frame with the help of NutriSystem. Now, Jenny Craig’s newest celeb endorser Mariah Carey is a prime example the diet can work, landing the cover of SHAPE magazine’s May issue just months after giving birth to twins.

Mariah Carey has used Jenny Craig to lose an amazing 30 pounds, and gain some amazing abs, to boot. Carey credits her new diet for most of her transformation.

“I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet,” Mariah said. “Today my workout routine is more about getting and staying toned. And for me, that means either taking hour-long walks a few times a week or jumping in the pool three or four days a week to do 45 minutes of aquatic exercises.”


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School Breakfast Programs: Some Children Eating Twice is Better Than Some Not Eating at All

I have no children, but do have an adorable niece and nephew and love to hear stories about the sneaky little things they do to my sister to drive her insane. I remember not too long ago her telling me her son forgot his lunch, so she ran to school to drop it off a few minutes after the bell rang. Expecting to run it to his classroom, a teacher told her he was in the cafeteria. She walked in, found him at a table eating a doughnut off of a Styrofoam tray, and tapped him on the shoulder. She said when he turned around and saw her, he almost fell of his chair.

Turns out, for the past few months, he has been eating breakfast at home, then going to school and taking advantage of the free breakfast at school. Why? Because instead of a healthy well-balanced meal, they served maple bars and chocolate milk. Who could blame him?

This is just a cute story, one that we will tease him about for years to come, I’m sure, but my memory was jogged about it from a story I found in the New York Times.

According to the Times, there are many benefits to the free breakfast program. “The number of students in Newark who eat breakfast in school has tripled. Absenteeism has fallen in Los Angeles, and officials in Chicago say children from low-income families are eating healthier meals, more often.”

New York City, however, is wary to instill this program because they feel “double-dippers” will take advantage, and add to the obesity epidemic.


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