Here’s One Big Benefit of Being a Vegetarian

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Men’s Fitness

Turns out money does grow on trees.

MEAT’S FINE FOR a lot of things: roasting, barbecuing, pigs-in-a-blanketing. But one thing it’s not good for: budgeting.

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A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline

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The New York Times

Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it.

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Freekeh: the Heartier, Tastier, Better-for-You Grain

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Done with quinoa? The next time you’re craving carbs, try this ancient staple.

FREEKEH HAS BEEN waiting a couple of thousand years for its moment in the spotlight, and it’s finally arrived. This ancient grain (meaning it hasn’t been altered and hybridized in labs over the years like modern wheat and corn) with Middle Eastern origins is even supplanting quinoa as the go-to healthy carb.

 

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Exercise can cancel out the booze, says study

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CNN

(CNN)You might want to chase that next beer with a little exercise. Exercising the recommended amount “cancels out” the higher risk of cancer death brought about by drinking, a new study revealed. Similarly, physical activity lessened any greater risk of death resulting from any cause due to alcohol.

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What Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Broccoli

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Men’s Fitness

1. YOU’RE COOKING it to death

A recent Wakefield Research survey found that 76% of Americans cook broccoli for way too long—10 minutes or more—and 13% think high heat will actually activate its healthy enzymes.

In fact, it’s just the opposite: Long, hot blasts of heat degrade essential nutrients and deplete the valuable phytonutrient glucoraphanin, which protects against oxidation and cellular stress.

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6 REASONS TO DRINK MORE GREEN TEA

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According to new research, just one cup of green tea a day could lower the risk of heart disease and premature death.

The study, conducted by Japanese researchers, analysed readings of more than 90,000 people aged 40 to 69 over four years and found that the more green tea they drank, the less likely they were to die from heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease. It is thought that green tea, which is high in antioxidants called polyphenols, helps regulate blood pressure and body fat.

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Cold Therapy? Maybe Better Save Your Money

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The New York Times

JAN. 2, 2017

My friends know they are going to get an evidence-based read on medical practices when they turn to me for advice. Not all of them enjoy the eye rolls that involuntarily occur when I hear what they are considering, like when a friend asked me about the benefits of whole body cryotherapy.

A whole-body cryotherapy treatment in New York City. The treatment first became popular with elite athletes, then a wider public, but its therapeutic value remains unproven.

A whole-body cryotherapy treatment in New York City. The treatment first became popular with elite athletes, then a wider public, but its therapeutic value remains unproven.

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Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

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The New York Times

JAN. 2, 2017

Because marijuana is illegal, the first thing I think about before answering is crime. In many states, being caught with marijuana is much worse than being caught with alcohol while underage. But ignoring the relationship between alcohol and crime is a big mistake. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that alcohol use is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, including 37 percent of rapes and 27 percent of aggravated assaults.

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Surgery Better than Widely Used Medications to Treat Osteoporosis

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While most cases of osteoporosis are caused by normal aging, hyperparathyroidism — when the parathyroid glands release an excessive amount of a hormone that regulates the body’s calcium levels — is another leading cause of the bone-loss disease.

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