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Are Plastic or Stainless Steel Water Bottles Better?

Happy Earth Day! Make Mother Nature happy with one of these reusable canteens. If you’ve ever wandered the aisles of any rec store, you’ve likely stumbled into the vast world of water bottles. Every shape, size and material line the aisles just to keep you hydrated throughout a sweat-burning workout. You want a purple BPA-free plastic bottle with a spouted nozzle and a handle? No problem. Or maybe a plain stainless steel variety with a removable cap? Sure thing. With so many options, which is truly the best and safest choice? This Earth Day, do Mother Nature a favor. Instead of adding to the 38 billion non-reusable plastic water bottles piling into the landfills each year, start toting around one of these refillable thirst-quenchers. Plastic water bottles vs. stainless steel water bottles Plastic water bottles have received some negative press in the past for containing Bisphenol-A, a.k.a. BPA, a chemical linked to cancer. Fortunately, companies responded and most water bottles sold after 2010 are now BPA-free. However, it’s still important to acknowledge what type of …

Which is better for you? Farro vs. Quinoa

Grain fads seem to come and go quicker than we can perfect the recipes they star in. So if you haven’t heard of farro yet, just wait. It’s about to take over your Pinterest feed like quinoa did a few years back. While the round tiny grain we cook up in hot and cold dishes alike is praised for its high fiber, protein and vitamin content, can farro offer just as many healthful benefits? Is farro or quinoa better for you? Both superfoods became staples in the countries they originated in halfway around the world from each other, and they’re sure to pack a nutritious punch in your own kitchen, too. Farro nutrition People who aren’t fans of the nutty flavor and tapioca texture of quinoa often prefer farro as a delicious and nutritious grain alternative.With a similar texture to rice, this ancient wheat can be found in many Mediterranean, Ethiopian and Middle Eastern dishes and is a great protein substitute for vegans and vegetarians. A half cup of farro contains as much as 8 …

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Which One is Better for You?

We’re often advised to skip white potatoes, bread and rice and instead opt for the healthier sweet potatoes, whole grain bread and brown rice. But what exactly makes “brown” better than “white,” and is the difference really that substantial? Brown rice vs white rice Although their nutrition labels are seemingly similar, the differences between white and brown rice add up. Those two less grams of carbohydrates and one gram more of fiber in brown rice can pay off when it comes to fueling our bodies the right way. Of course, rice alone doesn’t provide the nutritional benefits your body needs after a trip to the gym, so add some protein and fiber to the mix for a mighty, balanced meal.  White rice nutrition White rice is often labeled as “empty calories” because it offers little nutritional value. But when comparing the nutrition facts on white and brown rice, both types have nearly the same amount of calories, total fat, carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Brown rice does contain more protein and fiber and less calories than white rice, …

Battle of the Burgers: Shake Shack vs. In N Out Burger

Cheeseburger. Fries. Chocolate shake (Hold the whip? No way!). It’s summertime, so there’s no shame in indulging in some guilty pleasure of greasy goodness. Now, the difficult question: If you still want to choose the “healthier” option, should you run to In-N-Out or Shake Shack? In N Out nutrition This fast food joint is a favorite on the West Coast, with 264 locations throughout the southwest states. In N Out is known for its high-quality burgers and bare-bones menu. Yep, you can only choose between a double cheeseburger (dubbed a Double-Double), cheeseburger, hamburger, fries, shake or soda. But the lack of options doesn’t keep customers away. In fact, it’s created a cult of followers. People stand behind the chain’s 2-ounce patties, which are made from 100 percent beef in the company’s own grinding facilities and delivered fresh, never frozen, everyday. In fact, you won’t find a freezer, heat lamp or microwave in any of their restaurants, because all of their ingredients are delivered fresh. They also pride in cutting their fries in-store and cooking each …

Is Tofu or Poultry Better For You?

Working enough protein into your daily diet can prove difficult if you’re a vegetarian or if you’re just not a fan of cooking raw meat. Meat takes a long time to bake thoroughly, can taste bland if you forget to marinade or add spices and might stump you altogether if you’re not crafty in the kitchen. However, protein is an important part of our meals. The average man needs about 56 grams each day while the average woman needs about 46 grams. In this case, tofu and poultry, which includes a range of domesticated birds like chicken, turkey and duck, offers a hefty amount in just one serving. If you’re thinking about going meatless or sticking to the real stuff, you might want to consider which offers the most vitamins and nutrients. While poultry offers more protein, tofu could win in other daily dietary requirements. And if you’re still stuck in your ways of soy versus meat, you may want to reconsider which section you’re purchasing each option from. Because while organic might take a …

Is Seltzer Really Better For You Than Diet Soda?

Sometimes a person just craves something bubbly, but diet soda gets a bad rap for containing loads of sugar and aspartame. Seltzer has that same fizz, quenches thirst and comes in a variety of flavors. It seems like the best choice, right? Sparkling water vs. diet soda Well, a new study just might have debunked all the good things we thought we knew about this drink. And what’s really paying for the constant sipping? Our teeth. You may want to reconsider how you stock your fridge. Sparkling water or seltzer Sparkling water, mineral water, club soda—let’s get this straight. Seltzer water is regular water with added carbon dioxide and no minerals. It can also be correctly referred to as sparkling water (but not mineral water or club soda) and can come in plain or flavored varieties. Any flavor that is added is often natural extracts that don’t add any extra carbs or calories. And that’s the joy to sipping on seltzer: no calories or extra sodium. Plus, the fact that it is just bubbly water …