In a rare social media post, Prince Michael Jackson, shared a photo of his younger brother, Prince Michael Jackson II, during a movie outing to see "Avengers: Endgame" with friends.
In a rare social media post, Prince Michael Jackson, shared a photo of his younger brother, Prince Michael Jackson II, during a movie outing to see "Avengers: Endgame" with friends.
Matching your shoes with your handbag is more comfortable than ever in 2021.
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After a year of pandemic lockdowns, the country is slowly returning to normal. Vaccination rates are increasing, COVID-19 rates are declining nationwide, and the CDC health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci are talking have loosened previously non-negotiable guidelines like wearing masks indoors in public places. But there's one thing the CDC says you shouldn't do, even after being fully vaccinated: Attend large gatherings. Read on for four slides about where it's safest to go—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Caught COVID and Maybe Didn't Know It. 1 What, Exactly, is a Large Gathering? According to the CDC, "Large gatherings bring together many people from multiple households in a private or public space. Large gatherings are often planned events with a large number of guests and invitations. They sometimes involve lodging, event staff, security, tickets, and long-distance travel. CDC's large events guidance might apply to events such as conferences, trade shows, sporting events, festivals, concerts, or large weddings and parties."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to Science 2 Why is the CDC Still Warning Against Them? On its website under the section "Large gatherings," which was updated on May 6, the CDC warns that "COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are high across the United States.""To decrease your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, CDC recommends that you do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time. Attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 3 What Gatherings are OK? The CDC updated it's guidance this week."If you've been fully vaccinated," they say:"You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don't have symptoms." 4 How to Get Through the Rest of This Pandemic Safely As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
It could be argued that there's never been a better time to celebrate. The protective restrictions put in place during the pandemic are beginning to lift just as the weather warms up. People are returning to work, school, each other. And though there are many ways to commemorate the start of a new, brighter era, one of the most popular and simple methods is undoubtedly to crack a few cold ones.If the bad rap that beer traditionally gets in health-conscious circles is turning you off and keeping you from cheering along with long-lost friends, fret not. We spoke to Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet, as well as Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD from Balance One Supplements, and got a few key tips about the healthiest ways to indulge—and even asked them what would be considered the best beer to drink. Here's what they said, and for even more healthy drinking tips, be sure to read up on our list of the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are.Just how unhealthy is beer?Popular knowledge says that beer causes weight gain, and it turns out, popular knowledge isn't wrong. Richards demystified that truth for us a bit, though."Alcohol is considered a macronutrient, like protein, fat, and carbohydrates, because it is technically a source of calories," she began. "While protein and carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram and fat provides 9, alcohol gives the body 7 calories per gram."She went on to explain that, calories aside, the real issue with alcohol lies elsewhere."Alcohol typically leads to weight gain due to how it is metabolized," Richards said. "The body metabolizes alcohol first for energy, leading to calories from other sources being stored as fat. This weight gain is generally due to the poor diet choices that are made while also drinking alcohol."Besides weight gain, what else should people look out for? According to the experts, gluten and other allergens (like wheat) are common in beer and can cause issues when it comes to gut health."Beer is commonly made with a variety of glutinous grains," says Richards. "This can be an issue for anyone prone to inflammation or with a gluten sensitivity or allergy."So what type of beer is the best?Dietitian Trista Best explained that in general, the lighter the beer, the better."Opting for beers that are light in both color and calories can help to ensure you are drinking a more pure form of the beverage," says Best. "Many beer manufacturers have also begun accommodating consumers with specific needs by crafting their beverages without allergens."Richards got even more specific, adding that in general the healthiest beers—those made without gluten—are made with either rice, millet, sorghum, or corn instead. Take, for example, Glutenberg Blonde Ale. It's made with corn, millet, and quinoa, among other things, and is a lighter brew.And then there's also Omission Brewing Co.'s Ultimate Light Golden Ale, which is a reduced-gluten beer that is even lighter, ringing in at just 99 calories."These options may come at a slightly higher price tag but are worth it" Best noted.Now that you're aware of the best beer to drink, here's The Worst Beer to Drink This Summer, According to an Expert.
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A recently leaked Walmart memo obtained by Recode indicates that the retail giant is losing ground to its competitors. The 100-page document prepared by Walmart for its advertising agencies reveals the company lags behind the competition in multiple retail categories, including grocery, and concludes that "Walmart is not first and preferred."This seems to be in stark contrast to Walmart's overt image. The retailer has had a good start to 2021, announcing partnerships with a number of popular fast-food restaurants and publishing impressive quarterly earnings releases. It's also no secret that Walmart fared better than most during the pandemic, enjoying growth in its e-commerce sales during 2020, and increasing its total value in 2021 by over $20 billion. By 2022, the company plans to invest $14 billion in distribution technologies (including automation) and seems poised to maintain its position as the world's number one retail store.RELATED: This Fast-Casual Chain Is Coming To A Walmart Near YouBut Walmart's competitors have also thrived during the pandemic, the memo points out. It reveals that as of February 2021, Amazon and Target were, in fact, outperforming Walmart in general merchandise sales, claiming the lion's share of customer spending in this category. In groceries, the memo mentions an increase in sales at Publix, Target, and Albertsons juxtaposed to a drop in grocery traffic at Walmart.The grimmest news, however, came from online grocery sales. Pre-pandemic, Walmart owned a healthy 40% of that market. As of February 2021, that share is down almost 10 points, while Walmart's main competitor Instacart grew its share from 20% to a worrisome 30%. According to the memo, Walmart hopes to edge out Instacart with investment in drone delivery services and mini-warehouses.The big-box chain has attempted to remain competitive by developing its own membership and loyalty program Walmart+, similar in concept to Amazon Prime. Launched last September, the program offers numerous customer perks, including free grocery delivery and next-day shipping on some products. For more, check out Walmart Is Expanding This Grocery Service, but People Are Skeptical, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
Perhaps Meatless Monday meals should occur a few more days a week. According to research that was presented at the annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO), vegetarians are likely to have healthier biomarkers—measurements that offer a clinical assessment—compared to meat lovers.Study authors from the University of Glasgow examined the self-reported diet habits of healthy adults (ages 37 to 73) in the United Kingdom. After dividing the men and women into two groups—vegetarians (4,111 of the volunteers) and meat-eaters (a total of 166,516 people)—the investigators observed 19 blood and urine biomarkers associated with various chronic conditions and diseases.And here's what these tests revealed: Regardless of common risk factors (age, sex, education, ethnicity, obesity, smoking, and alcohol intake), vegetarians displayed "significantly lower" levels of 13 biomarkers, including total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, apolipoprotein A (linked to cardiovascular disease), and apolipoprotein B (linked to cardiovascular disease), as well as markers connected to liver function, kidney function, and cancer cells.Related: Side Effects of Giving Up Red Meat, According to ScienceThe lead researcher of this observational study believes these promising results most likely derive from following an eating pattern that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts while leaving burgers and rib-eye steaks off the plate. It's not surprising that a number of the biomarkers are linked to heart health, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT—The Nutrition Twins—and authors of "Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure" said to Eat This, Not That! in an interview."Previous research shows meat that's particularly high in saturated fat can negatively impact these values and is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease, while research has also shown that a diet rich in produce, whole grains, nuts, and seeds helps to prevent cardiovascular disease," they state."Likewise, prior research also consistently shows that processed meat [salami, sausage, bacon, hot dogs] and red meat can contribute to inflammation in the body and damage cells that lead to cancer and disease while eating fresh produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains has the opposite effect."Related: Eating Bacon Could Cause This Type of Liver Disease, New Study RevealsYet the current University of Glasgow study also found that the vegetarians had a few undesirable test results, as well. This group showed low in some key biomarkers, including HDL (good) cholesterol, vitamin D, and calcium—while also having higher levels of triglycerides, and cystatin-C (an indicator of poor kidney function) compared to the meat crew.The Nutrition Twins say one possible explanation for the low vitamin D and calcium numbers would have to do with the absence of certain foods, such as milk and cheese (which contain calcium and may not be a staple in a vegetarian's diet) and eggs, liver, and oily fish like salmon, herring, and sardines (vitamin-D-rich foods that are also not likely part of a vegetarian's meal plan). But poor HDL and triglyceride numbers are typically connected to obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes, which is believed to be uncommon factors among vegetarians."However, some vegetarians eat unhealthy non-meat products for most of their meals—think chips, pretzels, pastries, simple sugars, pasta, baked goods, and refined grains," say the twins.Opting for high-carb, low-fiber foods could result in inflammation, along with low HDL and triglycerides. As for the higher levels of cystatin-C in vegetarians, The Nutrition Twins believe an abundance of these processed foods may also be the cause of any possible kidney issues.Overall, lead study author Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales from the United Kingdom notes the multitude of health benefits that appear to come from following a vegetarian diet."Our findings offer real food for thought," he said in a press release.Now, be sure to check out Surprising Side Effects of Going Vegan.
Weight-loss supplements that promise fast results are far from new—the first diet pills were sold in the late 1800s—but just as those over-the-counter medications proved worthless, today's batch doesn't seem much better, according to a new study in the journal Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism.Researchers reviewed 54 randomized, placebo-controlled trials of herbal and dietary supplements, with over 4,000 participants represented. These included:Green teaWhite kidney beanEphedraYerba mateLicorice rootGarcinia CambogiaMangosteenEast Indian globe thistleOnly white kidney bean supplements showed a statistically significant amount of weight loss compared to a placebo, but even with this one, the difference was so modes (about three pounds) that it's not worth recommending as an option, says lead researcher Erica Bessell, PhD, of the Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney in Australia.That's particularly true given that people fluctuate in weight throughout the day, especially on weekends, one 2014 study found. The average is about five pounds of fluctuation, so "losing" three pounds with a supplement is not very notable, Bessell says."Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which require rigorous testing and clinical evidence that demonstrates their safety and effectiveness, over-the-counter herbal and dietary supplements are not required to prove they work," she notes. "In our research, it appeared that most supplements seem safe based on short-term usage, but they don't provide any meaningful weight loss."In another analysis, the researchers looked at 67 other randomized trials representing about 5,000 participants that involved non-herbal options such as conjugated linoleic acid, chitosan, and glucomannan—these are complex sugars and soluble fiber that manufacturers claim will promote feelings of fullness and even block the absorption of fat or carbohydrates.Like the white kidney bean supplement, these all showed some weight loss in comparison to the placebo, but not enough to be recommended to those trying to lose extra pounds."These supplements might seem like a quick-fix solution to weight problems," says Bessell, and that can be especially true with bold promises and plenty of marketing, including supposed "before and after" photos of satisfied customers. But, she adds, there's little data about long-term effectiveness.That means you might lose a bit of weight—if you're lucky—but in terms of significant weight loss that stays gone? There's simply not enough evidence to back up those claims.For more, be sure to check out Surprising Side Effects of Taking Vitamin D Supplements, Says Science.
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