This Eating Habit Is Making Your Brain Age Faster, Study Says
A new study finds that eating "Western diet" foods can slow the benefits of a Mediterranean Diet and make the brain age faster.Published in Alzheimer's&Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association on Jan. 7, 2021, the study looked at the effect of "Western diet" foods on older adults. These include fried foods, sweets, red and processed meats, full-fat dairy. Following a strict Mediterranean diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and legumes and limiting other kinds of foods is equal to the brain being 5.8 years younger, scientists found.
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Banish wrinkled shirts and rumpled sheets for good with these perfect-pressing tips from Donna Wallace, product manager for Rowenta Irons.
1. Sort clothes according to temperature, working from coolest to hottest. Iron silks and synthetics on low to medium heat (approximately 350°F), wool on medium to high, and cotton and linens at high temperatures (400°F to 425°F). Since the right temperature is critical, let the iron sit for a few minutes after you have adjusted the controls.
2. Hang up or fold your garments immediately after ironing them.
3. Never use circular strokes — you can stretch the fabric. Iron lengthwise and eliminate wrinkles by blasting the area with steam.
What Is a Vegan Diet? (Plus, Benefits and Drawbacks to Consider)
Make Meatless Monday an everyday occurrence — and ditch animal-derived products entirely — and you'll start reaping the numerous health benefits of a vegan diet.But if MythBusters has proven anything, it’s that even the longest-standing fake misconceptions can be debunked. Here, a nutritionist sets the record straight on what a vegan diet actually entails (spoiler: it’s much more than just eating fruits and veggies), as well as the biggest benefits of a vegan diet — and its drawbacks.
4. When ironing large items, such as a tablecloth or curtains, set up two chairs next to the ironing board and fold the piece carefully onto the chairs as you work on it. You could also iron large items on a tabletop padded with a towel, provided that the table won't be harmed by the steam or hot temperatures.
5. Iron sensitive fabrics with a pressing cloth — a clean cotton cloth, handkerchief, or napkin. Iron fabrics inside out to protect them from becoming singed or shiny.
6. If you must use an extension cord with your iron, use a 12-ampere cord. Lighter-weight cords could overheat, causing fires. Make sure that you arrange the cord so you won't trip over it.
7. Press pleats starting from the bottom, working from the inside of the pleat to the outside. Set pleats with a shot of steam.
If You Bought This Salad Mix, Throw It Out Now
Dole has issued a recall on its Summer Salad kits because they could contain dressing and toppings with undeclared fish and eggs.The kit includes swiss cheese, sunflower seeds, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, summer vinaigrette, herbs and spices, artisan-style croutons, and carrots. But the dressing and toppings that come inside the recalled packet were originally intended for another Dole product unintentionally used during a portion of the production of the salad. No information about how the mistake was discovered was given, but no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported, the notice says.
8. Let clothes sit for a few hours after you're finished ironing to allow the creases to set.
Think about texture
Matching wines and cheeses with similar textures will give you and your guests the best mouth-feel experience. Try the lushness of a silky Chardonnay with a creamy Brie, or the bite of Pinot Noir with sharp cheddar. (Enjoy the delicious foods and flavors of the holidays? Click here.)
For the most part, you’ll want to pair cheeses and wines that won’t overpower each other. Soft, fresh cheeses like Camembert and Brie pair well with a dry, crisp Riesling or Pinot Grigio, while stronger-flavored cheeses like manchego and Havarti can stand up to fuller-bodied wines like Chardonnay or Merlot. (Find out what your favorite alcoholic drink says about your personality.)
Look for a bit of contrast
Sometimes a bit of contrast is the best way to complement flavors. Salty-sweet combinations work so well, so try salty gorgonzola with a sweet port. Meanwhile, a stinky cheese requires the balance of a light wine—consider pairing Taleggio cheese with red Burgundy.
The Top Health Benefits of Dates, Explained
The wrinkly fruit brings a punch of sweetness — and nutrition — to any snack. Here's how to add dates to your plate and score all their health benefits.That's right: Though wrinkly, sticky, and chewy like dried fruits, naturally sweet dates are typically sold in their raw, fresh state, says Keri Gans, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N, a dietitian and Shape Brain Trust member. At the grocery store, you’ll often find two types of dates, which have slightly different textures and tastes but similar nutritional values: Medjool, a soft date variety with a high moisture content and a sweeter flavor, and Deglet Noor, a semi-dry date variety that contains very little moisture and has a nutty finish.
Make a road map
To take your guests on a true flavor journey, pick a variety of flavors and textures. Keep the tastes from getting overpowered by having partygoers start with light wines and fresh cheeses before moving on to the flavors with more depth. (Check out these clever ways to open wine without a corkscrew.)
Set out a knife for every cheese
The point of the party should be to taste each wine and cheese pairing fully, which means you want to avoid mixing flavors. Set out a separate knife for each cheese so your palate doesn’t get confused. No need to run out for special cheese knives—the butter knives or paring knives you have on hand will do the trick. Did you know there are healthy cheeses that you can eat and not worry about the calories?
Trader Joe's Just Added A New Flavor Of This Healthy Dessert
Hold The Cone ice cream cones are one of the most popular and healthy desserts at Trader Joe's and there's a new flavor: Coffee Bean.The tiny treats feature coffee bean ice cream in a chocolate cone and are covered with chocolatey coating. Instagram account @traderjoeslist posted about the find recently, and it's safe to say people are excited.
Keep the bread fresh
There’s no shame in popping cheese slices straight in your mouth, but you should leave out crusty bread and crackers for guests to spread their cheeses. Leave them in a basket and wrap them in cloth so they don’t get dry. (Feel good about those carbs—this is why science says you should eat more bread.)
Give some variety
No one’s going to complain about too much wine and cheese, but having a few other foods on hand will keep your menu interesting. Leave out little bowls of figs, grapes, nuts, pickled vegetables, or cured meats to give a change of flavor.
Hit the right temperatures
Take your cheese out of the fridge 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to dig in to get the right flavor and texture. Serve white wine chilled at 45°F, and red wine kept at 60°F. (Read these ideas for what to do with your leftover wine.)
Dress it up
A few wine-related decorations will elevate the scene and show you went the extra mile. Use old wine bottles as flower vases, or pile corks in a glass container to step up your party game.
Offer nonalcoholic drinks
Especially if anyone at your party will be driving home, make sure to have some nonalcoholic drinks on hand. Guests can enjoy the evening while pacing themselves with sparkling water or hot tea.
Don’t forget dessert
In the spirit of the finger-foods party, serve desserts that don’t require guests to put down their wine glasses. Put out trays of chocolate truffles, fruit tartlets, chocolate-covered strawberries to wrap things up with something sweet. No need to feel any guilt for your indulgence—there are legitimate reasons you should eat dessert every day.
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