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The Final Verdict on Whether Coffee Pods Are Bad for You, Expert Says

If you use a single-cup coffee machine , here's an interesting update. A biomedical scientist is sharing some wisdom about a study that recently found trace levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in coffee brewed from plastic pods. As it turns out, says this scientist, there's simply an important understanding for you to keep in mind before you hit that "Brew" button. Keep reading to find out what may actually be going on inside your coffee cup—and, don't miss another intriguing new study:  Turns Out, Diet Soda May Actually Make You Gain Weight . A 2020 study found coffee pods have "estrogenic activity" The stay-at-home lifestyle of the pandemic may have caused some coffee drinkers to put more time into preparing their brew each day. Even so, December 2020 figures from the consumer data firm Statista suggest that 27% of Americans still enjoyed their single-use coffee maker last year. Meanwhile, last May, a team of nutrition and engineering sc

These 5 States to Have Next COVID Surge, Expert Says

As much as we want coronavirus to end, we are in the midst of a major surge—and are headed into a potentially scary fall, with back to school time. Just this week, the daily average COVID deaths in America topped 2,000. In response, Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, appeared on his podcast and issued these important warnings about which states to watch out for. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID . 1 Kentucky "The coronavirus claimed 52 more lives in Kentucky as the governor warned Wednesday that the virus is hitting younger people harder than at any other time during the public health crisis," reports the AP . "The latest virus-related deaths in the Bluegrass States included people as young as 34, 38 and 39, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The statewide death toll reached at le

One Major Side Effect of Doing a Juice Cleanse, Expert Says

So maybe you feel like you've overdone it a little! For many, the start of August signals the beginning of the end of summer … and with that often comes a sudden surge of travel, parties, eating , and drinking . That's why a juice cleanse —an increasingly popular "fix" for cleaning up all that damage—can seem like such a relief. However, says one liver expert, juice cleanses are actually unnecessary to your system; and may actually intensify the harm that previous unhealthy choices can cause. By the end of a food-filled vacation or weekend of socializing, it's natural if the only thing you're craving is a way to reverse the sugar, fat , cholesterol , and alcohol you've consumed. Pressed juices from fresh fruits, vegetables, and some other natural foods often seem like an attractive "detox" method, but California gastroenterologist Kaveh Hoda, M.D. says cleanses often come with a few dirty little secrets. RELATED:  15 Underrated Weight Loss

This May Be "Most Serious Virus" You Get in Your Lifetime, Expert Says

COVID-19 infections have risen 70% in the last few weeks, as areas of the country are again covered in red. Less than 50% of the country is fully vaccinated, putting us all in danger. With that in mind, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb appeared on Face the Nation to discuss the oncoming surge and how you can stay safe from it—vaccinated or not, we may all be in danger if new mutants arise. Read on for five essential points—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It . 1 Virus Expert Says Delta Variant May Be "the Most Serious Virus That" You Get "in Your Lifetime" "When you look at the people who've been hospitalized, 97% of the hospitalizations are in people who are unvaccinated," said the doctor. "And most of the deaths that are occurring right now are in people who are unvaccinated. The bottom line is that many people are no longer

One Major Side Effect of Drinking Your Coffee Before Breakfast, Expert Says

Coffee lovers know there are so many reasons to hold the wildly beloved beverage close: The taste, the comforting ritual, even coffee's benefits for your hair . If chief among your reasons for loving coffee is the turbo charge it gives your wake-up each morning, you may want to take a slight pause. That's according to a registered dietitian, who says if you actually want to get the most out of your daily caffeine dose, there's a prime-time window that delivers the biggest benefit. Huffington Post says that while so many of us are in the habit of pouring a cup of coffee immediately upon wakeup, waiting just a little while both prevents the anxiety and mood swing that some coffee drinkers experience, and sustains the energizing effect for longer into your morning. RELATED:  7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now Here's how it works: For some coffee drinkers, that dreaded sense of anxiety may be the result of your trusty caffeine clashing with cortisol—a hormone that&#

This Is the #1 Worst Summer Cooking Injury, Expert Says

If you love to throw a good party , you might admit: The heart-pulsing prep is half the thrill. But as you approach those final moments before the anticipated get-together, a hand surgeon is warning you to watch out for a few unexpected cooking injuries that commonly happen in summer—including from one beloved food that, shockingly, causes 50,000 injuries to Americans each year. Ryan Rice, M.D., is a surgeon who is double-board-certified in plastic and general surgery, as well as the chair of ambulatory surgery at Pennsylvania's Penn Highlands Healthcare. One of Rice's areas of specialization is hand surgeries, which make up approximately 25 percent of his practice. Recently, Rice raised awareness about minor summer kitchen mistakes that lead to majorly unpleasant consequences. Keep reading to learn which foods he says you should be extra careful when handling, and sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for food news you can use. Also don't miss  The Best &

Subway's Tuna Is Likely an Assembly Line Byproduct, Expert Says

After a damning class action lawsuit and several lab tests, questions about the authenticity of Subway's tuna continue to swirl throughout the media and food industry. Do Subway's tuna sandwiches actually contain tuna? Is Subway potentially deceiving customers by serving them mystery fish instead of the yellowfin and skipjack tuna varieties as described on its website ? A lawsuit filed in January 2021 against the sandwich chain by customers in California alleges deception. In a lab analysis of the chain's tuna commissioned by the plaintiffs, no actual tuna DNA was apparently found. The attorney for the plaintiffs told The Washington Post that "the ingredients were not tuna and not fish," but declined to clarify what ingredients had actually been present in the sandwich chain's serving. RELATED: America's Biggest Sandwich Chain May Be Serving Fake Tuna, According to Lab Analysis In contrast, an earlier lab test commissioned by Inside Edition in Febr

One Major Effect of Taking Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements, Expert Says

The brand that makes your go-to apple cider vinegar (ACV) now offers a dietary supplement, and Bragg's is the only product  on the market that contains an efficacious dose of acetic acid. Acetic acid is the active ingredient in ACV that's essential for reaping the liquid's health benefits, according to Edwin McDonald, MD, and member of Bragg's Scientific Advisory Board. In total, one serving of Bragg's supplement contains 750 milligrams of the stuff. RELATED:  What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Apple Cider Vinegar "While there are many benefits associated with apple cider vinegar, there are three clinically supported claims that can be achieved through the consumption of either 1 tablespoon liquid ACV or three ACV capsules from Bragg per day," McDonald tells Eat This, Not That! . "These include helping to control appetite and manage weight gain, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels." There

One Major Side Effect Drinking Alcohol Has on Your Kidneys, Expert Says

Kidney damage is one of those thoughts that seems a little visceral: Just the thought of hurting your kidneys might make you feel a twinge of pain. A Cleveland Clinic kidney specialist is explaining how one habit—that is, drinking —can cause long-term harm to your kidneys, in addition to what you might have already heard about its effects on your liver. Dr. Shane Bobart, MD, is a nephrologist at a Florida campus of the Cleveland Clinic . Bobart explains, via the hospital system's blog, that your liver isn't the only organ that gets affected when you drink. Alcohol also does a number to the kidneys , which, according to the Clinic, are responsible for filtering waste out of your blood, regulating the balance of water and minerals in the body, and producing hormones. RELATED:  The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone To Take Right Now Those make for some seriously important tasks, right? Well, get this: The Cleveland Clinic explains that downing five or more drinks in a s

This Exact Diet Lowers Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease, Expert Says

When you start a new diet, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in how your body looks—when it's also worth remembering that losing weight and eating better is ultimately about improving your health for the long-term. That's the precise focus of a particular eating plan that a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic says is transformative for a lot of patients who try it. Not only does this list of foods help a lot of people slim down, but science shows this nutritional approach also slashes the risk of some cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. Continue reading to learn about the DASH diet and its benefits, and sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the nutrition news you need. Also don't miss One Major Effect Coffee Has on Your Metabolism, Expert Says . Here's why it's called the DASH diet: According to a Cleveland Clinic blog post featuring insights from Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, the DASH diet is the acronym for Dietary App

These States Are "Sitting Ducks" for Next Covid Outbreak, Expert Says

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term "herd immunity" has been used often by experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci , the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In short, the concept is that when a large portion of the community becomes immune to a virus, either via vaccination or infection, the whole community becomes protected. This is why President Joe Biden has made it his mission to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, setting the goal of having 70 percent of the country with at least one vaccine in their arm by July 4. Now, a new expert warns that some states are in danger of another COVID-19 outbreak. Read on to find out which states are "sitting ducks" for the next COVID-19 outbreak—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor . There are 12 States to Worry About During