We’re not sure what we can eat this week. A flurry of new food recalls has us a little worried about both nuts and garlic. But at least we have new reason to take a walk and snuggle up with a slobbering dog, thanks to new research. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
Beware the Food Recalls
Well, this is just nuts. Several of our favorite foods have been recalled this week, including Trader Joe’s raw walnuts, which tested positive for Salmonella in certain packages.
If you’re addicted to garlic, you’ll want to keep an eye on Frontier, Simply Organic and Whole Foods Market brand products made with organic garlic powder — their parent company has issued a voluntary recall after some of their products also showed Salmonella contamination. Shape rounds up the other food recalls you’ll want to be aware of — like, sigh, ice cream. (Shape)
Stress Eat No More
Stress and chocolate — they go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Reaching for a piece of chocolate might be your go-to coping mechanism, but new research shows that if you feel a craving coming on, a walk could help.
A study at the University of Innsbruck in Austria monitored 47 overweight people who were consuming high-calorie, sugary snacks daily. The participants were asked to refrain from their favorite treats for three days before arriving to the study. Then, they were then split into two groups. One group took a 15-minute walk on a treadmill, while the others sat quietly. All participants were then subjected to a stress test. Afterwards, those who had just walked reported fewer cravings than those who hadn’t. Give it a try the next time you notice your stress levels rising. (Huffington Post)
How Rory McIlroy Got So Strong
What allows a champion to excel at his sport? Rory McIlroy, the current number one golfer in the world, couldn’t stand on one leg for more than 10 seconds five years ago (hello, balance problems). He’s since won 14 tournaments and completely changed his game and body by working with an instructor, caddie and exercise physiologist to develop a program of stability, strength and power. (Nike)
To Grain or Not to Grain
Whether you’re Paleo or not, you likely have an opinion on whether grains are good for you. While some say they cause inflammation, others believe whole grains are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. Who’s right? Well, according to Precision Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist Brian St. Pierre, no research has definitively proven that grains increase inflammation. And some studies have shown people can still lose weight on a grain-heavy diet. Find out how to incorporate grains into your diet the healthy way. (Precision Nutrition)
Could Dog Saliva Help Your Allergies?
You might turn to a little “hair of the dog” to treat a hangover, but could the saliva of a dog help your allergies? Previous research shows that children who grow up with a dog may develop fewer immune-system diseases, like asthma. This may be because they’re exposed to a healthy amount of bacteria in their homes, thanks to Fido. Now, researchers are pairing people with rescue dogs for three months, to study the participants’ gut flora and immune function. This will help them measure whether dog slobber has a probiotic-type effect. How can we participate? (Health)
Coffee Addiction: Virtue or Vice?
Your morning cup of joe could be the favorite part of your day, but it seems like a new study comes out every week debating whether or not this habit is good for you. Registered dietitian Jenna Braddock gives both the pros and cons of the buzzy stuff. Good news – the list of cons is much shorter. (Fannetastic Food)