It’s U.S. Open season, and we’re glued to the TV. But in between sets, we’ve been reading about the scary secret ingredients in our Pumpkin Spice Lattes (sorry!) and how hangovers might be genetic. Plus we’ve got news about where your cravings come from, how Botox might fight stomach cancer, and Jillian Michaels’ new take on getting fit.
Let the (Tennis) Games Begin
We know we’re not the only ones consumed by tennis and tracking the U.S. Open. Without fail, every year the tournament makes us want to dust off our racquets and play. There are approximately 250,000 courts across the country, but these are some of the coolest. (New York Times)
Not-So-Sweet Pumpkin Spice Latte Secrets
It’s just about Pumpkin Spice Latte season, and Starbucks has been offering customers a special code for early access to the autumnal drink. But what’s really in that delicious-smelling cup of joe? More than 50 grams of sugar, a dangerous caramel coloring — and sadly, no pumpkin. (Food Babe)
Hungover? Blame It on Genetics
Ever wonder how you can match a friend drink-for-drink — yet you’re hungover the next day and he or she’s not? A study shows that genetic factors account for nearly half of the reason why you may or may not get hungover. The study also reveals that those who are less likely to feel the effects the next day may be likely to imbibe more (duh). (Discovery)
Listen to Your Gut
New research shows that the 10,000 species of bacteria in our stomachs are responsible for a whole lot more than previously thought. Some of the more dominant microbial genes could actually induce cravings, and may even change the expression of some taste receptors, making certain foods taste better. A test showed that people who like chocolate even display different metabolites in their urine than those who don’t, despite eating identical diets. (The Atlantic)
You Want to Put That Where?
If you’ve ever considered Botox injections to smooth your wrinkles, you might be intrigued to find out that the drug may also halt the growth of stomach tumors. It seems the toxin makes some malignancies more likely to respond well to chemotherapy. (BBC)
Got Food Poisoning? Tweet It
If you’ve gotten food poisoning, it might be worthwhile to tweet your frustration. A new app called Foodborne Chicago uses an algorithm to harvest tweets potentially related to food poisoning around Chicago so that authorities can pinpoint the specific restaurants responsible for the violations. (Reuters)
We’ll Build That
“Fitness isn’t about building a better body. It’s about building a better life,” said celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels at a talk at the IDEA World Fitness conference. The trainer has developed a softer side since having children. Do you think it’s here to stay? (PB Fingers)