Tag: Nutrition

Energy Drinks

5-Hour Energy & Other Energy Drinks: How Safe Are They Really?

All through college I had friends who swore that without the help of energy drinks, they would’ve failed out of school. These fairly normal, health-conscious buddies had no qualms at all about downing a can of Red Bull during a long night in the library, knocking back a shot of 5-Hour Energy before a big presentation, or even chugging a Monster or (gasp!) Four Loko in anticipation of a fun night out on the town. The recent uproar over energy drink-related deaths has raised questions about the presumed innocence of these beverages. Is swigging a chemical-laden elixir a necessary health evil, or is it truly dangerous?

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Uncovering the health secrets of tea

Everyone knows that a cup of tea is good for you, but the exact reasons for this are not clear. To discover the fundamentals of tea’s health benefits, scientists in Germany have investigated the interactions of compounds from tea with cells on a molecular level.


The Health Benefits of Egyptian Spinach (Molokhiya)

Since 1964, Junji Takano had been eating Egyptian spinach almost every day during his travels in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines. The Japanese started to plant molokhiya sometime in 1980 for Japanese daily vegetable consumption especially in the Miyagi prefecture. Today it has spread all over Japan, and you can now find it in all vegetable and convenience stores, including its seed for hobbyists to plant in their small backyard gardens.


The Health Benefits of Almonds

The health benefits of eating almonds include the consumption of a certain form of vitamin E that is a very important antioxidant. This means it helps neutralize free radicals, which if unchecked, can result in disease and illness. The Almond Board of California says that most Americans do not get nearly enough vitamin E in their diet, and touts that just one ounce of almonds (about 23) contains 35% of the Daily Value for vitamin E.