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Debunking Detox: Why Cleanse Diets Don’t Hold Water

It’s easy to toss the word “detox” or “cleansing” into a health ad. Whether it’s Dr Oz describing the “cleansing” effects of his 10-day detox diets, health spas that claim their aromatherapies trigger the body’s “detox mode” or even dive shops espousing the “detoxifying” effects of salt water, it can be hard to avoid the…

A Bluffer’s Guide to Beer

Feel lost and awkward when you hear your beer-loving friends talking about their Belgian blondes and chocolate stouts? Don’t feel bad: In our book, it’s better to be an ordinary schlub who likes to drink a cold brew from the supermarket than an insufferable snob of the suds. Still, a little knowledge of beer terms…

Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream… Cool Stuff!

Do you hate it when someone offers “gelato” but then hands you a bowl of sorbet? Or when you order frozen yoghurt, only to receive soft-serve ice cream? Or worse: Maybe you’re the one disappointing your dessert-savvy dinner guests. Well, this guide should help you keep your frozen treats cool. (As most of the desserts on…

The Keto Diet: High Fat, Low Carb. Really?

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to LeBron James are hailing keto – an extreme high fat, low carb diet plan – as the silver bullet for weight loss. But what is the keto diet, exactly? And does it really work? The science of keto The keto diet may be the latest dieting trends but it actually dates…

Where’s the Beef? It’s Hamburger Day

It is May 28, also known as Hamburger Day – the day George Washington accidentally invented the classic American snack while stranded on the Delaware River with nothing but two steaks, a dinner roll and his musket. Just kidding. George Washington didn’t invent the hamburger. But he may as well have: The origin of the…

Coconut Water: The World’s Best Rehydration Drink?

We’re nuts for coconuts. Well, at least coconut water, which in recent years has been plucked from the tree and marketed as a super drink that can cure everything from high blood pressure to cancer. But is such a reputation deserved? Not exactly – after all, there is no such thing as a cure-all superfood…