Considering the fact that some American "cuisine" (Oh, those Golden Arches) has become ubiquitous abroad, it's interesting to learn that there's a long list of foods that are verboten in other countries. read more
Let's play a little trivia game. Eating chocolate causes skin breakouts, right?
If you said, "yes," do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Here's the rub (and the best news since Clooney's split from Stacy Kiebler): consuming dark chocolate -- the vitamin, antioxidant and mineral-rich cousin to the overly sugar-filled and processed Hershey bar -- is good for your skin. As an added bonus, dark chocolate also boasts other ancillary beauty -- as well as health -- benefits. read more
Just when you think you've heard it all, comes this. Hang on to your cookies ...
Katharina Unger, an industrial design graduate of University of Applied Arts in Vienna, believes that protein is an important part of people's diets. She's also hellbent on thwarting the meat industry because, as the Daily Mail reports, "We already use one third of croplands for the production of animal feed, it will be necessary to develop alternative food sources and production methods." read more
An Atlantic City, NJ, judge ruled that cocktail waitresses working at a local casino can be fired for gaining weight. The ruling came out of a weight discrimination lawsuit brought forth by 22 waitresses -- known as the Borgata Babes -- at the city's Borgata casino. The women claimed they were required to have frequent weigh-ins and weren't allowed to be more than 7 percent heavier than their weight when hired. Women who had gained weight were suspended until they got their weight down. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson ruled in the favor or the casino, arguing that the woman knew that being attractive and thin was part of the job. The application for the job read "part fashion model, part beverage server, part charming host and hostess. All impossibly lovely." Johnson also said that because the women were knowingly referred to as "babes," they should have expected such scrutiny. read more
When you hear the term "emotional eater," what do you usually picture? Probably something straight out of a romantic comedy: A sad sap who just went through a bad breakup, blaring depressing music in the background and shoveling heaping spoonfuls of ice cream into her mouth (straight out of the tub). A good friend may come over eventually, equipped with even more junk food, and the "eat your feelings" mentality continues while the rain pours outside. read more
Want to keep your bikini body intact but don't want to spend the summer sipping light beer? You need to try these amazingly creative (and delicious) options read more
With her new web series for Net-a-Porter, "The Body Beautiful", Miranda Kerr has officially joined the ranks of celebs-turned-lifestyle-gurus who tell us how to live the good life from their gilded pedestals. (We're talking to you, Gwyneth.) First up in her series? The trendy green smoothie that pretty much every fitness buff, yogi, model, celebrity, and all of their mothers are drinking. read more
Anything alcohol-infused is brilliant in our book. The (rather ridiculously named) popcorn company Populence teamed up with a New Zealand winemaker to create a "Sauvignon Blanc Kettle" that incorporates wine into the recipe. According to the site, "the sweet popcorn's final flavor is bright and zesty and pairs beautifully with the wine." Unfortunately, a 1 Gallon Tin will set you back $35. But on the bright side, wine popcorn isn't as bad on the snack scale as, say, Cheetos and beer. And there's something satisfyingly classy about being able to pull a Sauvignon Blanc-flavored snack from your pantry the next time you host a shindig. read more
Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day, which is an excellent excuse for us to spend a few hours flipping through food porn to find the most interesting recipes. It is peak strawberry season, and we love this all-American classic because there are so many tasty variations out there -- from gluten-free shortcake to ice cream sandwiches. Dig in! read more
National parks around the country are havens of natural beauty and historic significance, but until now, that description never jived with the food sold at concession stands in places like the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty. (Unless you count hot dogs under heat lamps for a questionable amount of time as "history.") The National Park Service recently introduced new food standards for concession stands at all national parks, calling for healthy options like fruit and vegetables, smaller portion sizes, low-sodium and low-fat meals, and non-sugary drinks to be added to menus. read more
If it always feels like you're on a diet, that's because you're probably not on the right diet. Here are the expert-approved tips and recipes you need to stop your yo-yo dieting and start seeing results. Total Beauty gives you detailed advice and information about the diet foods and recipes that will help you get clearer skin, lose weight, and more.
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