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13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

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These Products Might Not Get You In Shape, But They Will Get You Some Strange Looks.

Want to lose weight? Badly enough to spend your hard-earned money on these ridiculous products? Apparently, some of us do.

Getting in shape isn’t easy, so I can’t say that I blame them for exploring their options, but why go down these bizarre paths? While I’m sure some of these products do work, albeit in an unorthodox manner, it seems like the most exercise you get from most of them is when you return them to the store.

Check them out!

1.) iGallop – Strengthen your core muscles while riding this horse-less horse. Yeehaw!

2.) Walkstation – Perfect for those who don’t feel enough like they’re going nowhere with their career.

3.) WiFi Body Scale – This device automatically tweets your daily weigh-ins, so don’t even think about unfollowing your diet.

4.) The Slimming and Toning System – Vacuum cellulite away! Or at least try to with this sucky product.

5.) Mandometer – This product lets you know if you’re eating too fast… so don’t swallow your food whole.

6.) Taizo the Robot – Because personal trainers who don’t understand human emotion are too hard to come by.

7.) Gamercize – Participants must keep moving or else the game they’re playing will shut off. I hope there’s a pause button.

8.) Hawaii Chair – Try this at work and hula your job away.

9.) The Dumbbell Phone – Sure your weight might go down, but you know that phone bill is going to go up.

10.) The ABhancer – Yeah, man, you GET those indentations!

11.) Talking Hand Exerciser – If this thing says anything other than “I don’t respect you,” it’s a liar.

12.) Sit Fit Exercise Device – The only thing this exercises is your coworkers’ patience.

13.) The Europlate Vibraslim – You’ll probably burn some calories trying to figure out what this does.

14.) The Rock and Go Exerciser – For those about to rock, we shake our heads at you.

15.) The Peddler – Biking without any of the fun.

16.) The Gazelle Freestyle – Ponytail not included.

17.) The Neckline Slimmer – I don’t know if it will make your neckline any slimmer, but it will certainly thin out that wallet.

18.) The Bounce Back Chair – I’m for any exercise that involves sitting, even if it doesn’t work.

19.) The Shakeweight – I know you want to get jacked, but maybe tone it down a bit.

20.) The Free Flexor – Gross. Get a workout room, you two!

21.) Treadmill Bike – I’m all for getting rid of a bike’s pedals, but bring back the pegs!

22.) 2-Step Under-Desk Dancercise for Feet – Silently shuffle those pounds away.

23.) The Slendertone Bottom Toner – Call me when it’s The Slendertone Bottom Embiggener.

24.) Toning Shoes – Just because Kim Kardashian does something doesn’t mean you should.

25.) The Face Trainer – The only way to make that mug of yours unbreakable.

(via Distractify, Huffington Post)

If you’re going to spend money on this crud, you might as well just get a gym membership or pay people to tell you how great you look. Getting results is never easy, so if it sounds too good to be true? It probably is.

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21 Items Donation Drives Really Need That You Can Give This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year where families start preparing for their holiday traditions and lavish feasts.

While Thanksgiving is traditionally a day to give thanks for everything you have in your life, many people across the country who might otherwise not be able to partake are able to celebrate thanks to food banks and donations. In my area, a few weeks before the holiday, the boy scouts go door to door asking for neighbors to donate a few cans to help give someone an awesome Thanksgiving feast.

While most people donate whatever canned goods are cluttering up their pantries, many food banks still fail to receive the essentials necessary for comfort and well-balanced meals. To help ensure people are getting exactly what they need around the holidays, here’s a list of the 21 items donation drives really need but hardly ever get.

1. Soup Packets

Like canned veggies, these taste great and last quite a while.

Read More: Here’s Why Our Approach To Charity Might Be Doing More Harm Than Good

2. Spices

Most food donations can be a bit bland. By donating spices, you can help those in need chow down on flavorful feasts.

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These 9 Health Benefits Of Bananas Will Convince You To Eat Them Every Day

Many parents encourage their kids to eat bananas every day…

But did you know there are solid, scientific reasons why that’s a good idea? It’s not just a silly, quirky thing that parents do. (Unlike saying goodbye on a phone call, only to keep talking. That’s a parental quirk that scientists will never, ever explain.)

As it turns out, eating a banana every day can be great for you, and here are 9 reasons why.

1. You should try to eat a banana if you’re stressed out.

They control your blood pressure, give you energy, regulate your digestive system, and they contain tryptophan, which can help relax you.

2. Believe it or not, bananas can help you cool down.

Bananas are an astringent food. That means they can cause your tissue to shrink, allowing for more water to be absorbed. (Grapes and beans are also astringent foods.)

3. Bananas naturally prevent/treat heartburn.

Although experts aren’t sure why, bananas can act as a natural antacid (and are definitely more delicious than chalky tablets).

4. The fiber in bananas can help with constipation.

Backed up? Eat some bananas. They’re a great source of dietary fiber, the roughage you need to eliminate successfully. They also contain pectin, which may soften up some of the stuff you have in your system.

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5. Eating bananas can help lower your blood pressure.

Since bananas are a source of potassium, eating them can help lower your blood pressure.

6. They’re a great source of energy.

Eating a banana before exercise can give you energy. They’re a source of Tyrosine, Vitamin B6, and natural sugar, all of which will help give you a surge of pep.

7. If you’re anemic, you should eat bananas.

Anemia, which is basically a hemoglobin deficiency, is a very common blood disorder. It can make you feel fatigued (among other things). To help your anemic body out, you can eat bananas, which are a source of iron.

8. Bananas are safe to eat if you’re suffering from a stomach ulcer.

There’s something known as a “sitoindoside” in dried, unripe bananas that can help increase mucus in the digestive tract. That mucus can serve as a protective coating that can help prevent and heal ulcers. Not only that, but bananas can also promote cell growth in the GI tract. Basically, if you’re having stomach issues, eat bananas!

9. If you are feeling depressed, eat a banana.

Or, rather, consistently eat bananas. They contain B vitamins and other helpful compounds that will improve your mood and give you energy.

“An apple a day”? Psht. Eating a banana a day will keep every bad thing ever away.

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This Talented Mom Goes To Epic Lengths When She Wants Her Son To Eat His Veggies

Like most parents, Laleh Mohmedi has trouble getting her child to eat his veggies.

After all, what’s so fun about munching on carrots when cookies exist? It’s that fun factor that her little guy, Jacob, felt was lacking whenever she laid out plates full of whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

For that reason, Mohmedi now taps into her creative side to give her son the healthy foods he needs. By turning avocados, whole-grain waffles, bell peppers, and so many more healthy staples into works of art, this crafty mom is able to introduce Jacob to the wonderful world of nutrition while blowing his mind (and everyone else’s) in the process. That’s how her Jacob’s Food Diaries Instagram account was born. Check out some of her cutest creations below!

To keep up with Laleh Mohmedi’s culinary adventures, be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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What He Does With A Regular Tennis Ball Could Get Rid Of Your Lower Back Pain

It’s something that affects 60 to 80% of the U.S. adult population…lower back pain.

Treatment for some is as simple as getting a new mattress or exercising more, but for others, there’s a need to get surgery or costly massages.

If normal remedies haven’t worked for you, you might want to give this little trick a try. Grab a tennis ball and watch Manu Kalia, a physical therapist, walk you through a simple exercise for lower back pain.

Here’s another quick stretch routine.

You’d be surprised at how massaging your butt can affect your lower back. Everything in your body is connected and it’s important to listen to what your muscles and bones are telling you.

Of course if your pain persists or worsens, definitely consult a doctor.

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