Does your grocery bill cost you an arm and a leg? This week, Whole Foods finally announced the first locations for its new lower-priced chain, 365 by Whole Foods. Plus, find out why Twitter knows how healthy you really are. Read on for these and other headlines that caught our eye this week.
“Whole Paycheck” No More
You’re in luck if you live in Santa Monica, Portland, Houston, Bellevue or Los Angeles. In 2016, Whole Foods plans to open new lower-priced stores, dubbed 365 by Whole Foods, in these cities. But don’t worry if your hometown got skipped — Whole Foods intends to double the number of new stores in 2017. (Mashable)
Detoxing in the Wild
You’re not the only one who needs a little reset every once in a while. Turns out that scientists have observed chimps eating clay to detox their bodies from the high levels of digestion-wrecking tannins in their diet of leaves and fruits. However, if you’re tempted by the clay cleanses touted by actresses like Shailene Woodley, you’re better off leaving the mud to the monkeys. It can interfere with your bodies’ absorption of important vitamins and minerals. (NPR)
Why Picky Eaters Might Be More Anxious
Bad news for people who are particular about their food: A new study purports that extreme picky habits in children could be a sign of future mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Luckily, an overwhelming majority of kids will outgrow mild squeamishness (but no judgment if you still hate anchovies). (Vice)
Spice Up Your Life
Do hot sauce lovers live longer than the rest of us? They might, according to a new study released this week. Researchers found that eating hot foods just once or twice a week was linked to a 10 percent reduced risk of death. Dousing everything we eat in sriracha can’t hurt, right? (Grub Street)
What Is Beautiful?
Former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti is hoping to transform notions of beauty by photographing people living with genetic and behavioral differences. See his stunning work, titled “Positive Exposure,” in the documentary clip above. (The New York Times)
You Are What You Tweet (and Eat)
Researchers are now tallying up tweets about donuts, running and the like to figure out how different states rank when it comes to healthy living. These on-target Twitter trends could make the social platform a powerful tool for people investigating public health in the future. Our take: We’re just glad our diet isn’t restricted to emoji foods. (Fast Company)