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    The Coke vs. Pepsi Debate

    Growing up, there was always a major debate in my house: Coke vs. Pepsi. My sisters and I were Team Coca-Cola while my mom was very much Team Pepsi; my dad, on the other hand, was very frugal and was Team Generic, or whatever was on sale—he’d love these 12 thrifty ways to use soda around the house! I’m sure that this scenario sounds pretty familiar.

    Since we had our biases, we never managed to settle the Coke vs. Pepsi debate at home. We’d all reach for our favorites in the fridge and claim that the other options were far inferior. But I realized, we never did a test to confirm whose preferred brand was better—we just assumed our favorite was best. But maybe if presented with Coke, Pepsi and Dad’s pick of the generics, I wouldn’t automatically gravitate toward my favorite. But there was only one way to know: to give all of these brands (plus a few new ones) a try today.

    As fun as it would be to grab my parents and sisters to give all these colas a try, I decided to recruit a panel of Taste of Home testers instead. I think they’d be a bit less biased than my polarized fam! For this blind test, we gave eight cola brands a try:

    Let’s see how all these colas stacked up and settle the debate (hopefully) for good!

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    We Settled the Cola Debate: Find Out Which Brand Tastes Best

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    Coke vs. Pepsi is one of the most heated debates in foodie history. We tried these brands, plus six others, in a cola taste test to put this argument to bed.

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    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:06:26 +0000

    They’re both small, sweet and delicious, so are blackberries and black raspberries the same? Nope. “Blackberry” is not just a faster, easier way to say “black raspberry.” They are, in fact, two different types of berries. Color us surprised!

    Here’s how to tell them apart

    To boost your health, choose both

    All kinds of berries get gold stars for their health benefits—they are nutritional powerhouses. And blackberries and black raspberries deserve their stellar reputation. A cup of either blackberries or black raspberries packs 8 grams of fiber and about half of the vitamin C you need daily. Fiber is linked to a slew of health benefits including lower risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some digestive conditions. And vitamin C helps all parts of your body replenish and heal.

    Black raspberries contain antioxidants and can help fight inflammation. They may also help improve your cholesterol levels and slow the development of heart disease. (Here are more heart-healthy foods you should always have on hand.)

    The vitamin K in blackberries may help keep your bones strong, and its high manganese levels can help keep your blood pressure in check.

    Wow! Talk about a lot of benefits. Find out how adding berries to your breakfast can help you lose weight.

    Pack your summer meals full of delicious berries

    Of course, all kinds of berries are always a treat by themselves, topped with whipped cream or served along with your favorite breakfast cereal. But there’s so much more you can do with black raspberries and blackberries. Start by checking out our favorite healthy recipes for all sorts of berries. and then move on to our more indulgent desserts. Next, don’t miss the 10 healthiest fruits for your body.

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    You Never Realized the Difference Between These Two Fruits

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    Newsflash: Blackberries and black raspberries aren't one in the same. Here's how to spot the differences—and why you want lots of both in your diet.

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    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:52:21 +0000

    potato chips in a bag

    If you’re a junk food lover, you’ll know this: No matter where you shop or what brand you buy, when you tear open a bag of potato chips, it’s almost always half filled. This can be quite disappointing. I’d always hope for those crispy, crinkle-cut potato chip bags to be filled to the brim. But there’s actually a good reason for this—and no, the food company isn’t pulling a fast one on you.

    The reason you’re looking at a bag half-full

    In the manufacturing industry, “slack fill” is empty space that’s intentionally placed around a product. The idea is that the extra room can as a buffer to protect your Lays, Ruffles or Tostitos from damage. The trip from the production facility to your office’s vending machine can be quite bumpy! If it weren’t for slack fill, your chips would probably look more like breadcrumbs.

    Accidentally crushed your chips? That’s OK! Use them in this yummy potato chip side dish.

    But wait, there’s more

    Thought that your potato chip bag was puffed up with air? The cushion actually is nitrogen gas. Chip manufacturers fill bags with this preservative gas to help keep chips fresh. If it were filled with regular air, the chips would likely turn soggy and spoil. In 1994, scientists found that exposing chips to nitrogen not only helped to extend the shelf life, but also made them taste better! I’ll take a tasty, fresh snack over spoiled any day.

    Psst! Nitrogen is a natural gas and completely harmless. Find out why potato chips are so dang addictive.

    Still feel deceived by the empty bag?

    There’s a way to tell how much is in your snack bag before you break it open. In 1966, Congress passed the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, which requires manufacturers to disclose the net weight of their product’s contents to prevent fraud or deceit. When shopping for your next bag of cheese puffs, pay attention to the net weight that’s printed on the bag. This way you’ll be able to discern if you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

    Better yet, learn how to make your own chips. No nitrogen necessary. Or try one of these 30 healthy snack foods you won’t feel guilty for eating.

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    The Real Reason Potato Chip Bags Are Never Filled to the Top

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    Turns out, the chip companies aren't ripping you off with a half-full bag.

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    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:32:26 +0000

    Your nails are brittle

    When your body is running low on the mineral iron, parts of the body become weak and pale. This may express itself as brittle fingernails—or toenails—or pale inner eyelids. Women with heavy menstrual bleeding are at a greater risk for iron deficiency, as are vegetarian women—although men are more likely to have excess iron intake, per a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here are the other signs of iron deficiency you should watch out for.

    The fix: Premenopausal women need 18 milligrams (mg) a day, and men and postmenopausal women require 8 mg. Your body best absorbs animal-based iron, the type found in meat, poultry, and seafood. Pair vegetarian sources of iron, such as spinach or chickpeas, with citrus or other vitamin-C-containing foods to increase absorption.

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    8 Silent Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Vitamins

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    Even healthy eaters may fall short of key vitamins and minerals. See if you have any of these nutrient deficiency symptoms, then follow our advice for getting more.

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    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:15:35 +0000

    Start buying generics

    While it’s true that some generics don’t measure up in quality to their higher-priced cousins, it’s also true that other generics are literally identical. Generic buffered aspirin isn’t almost like Bayer. It’s identical except for packaging and price. True of hundreds of items from patent medicines to bleach to spices. If you ever buy a name brand when there’s a cheaper and identical generic substitute available, you’re wasting money. Find out 17 more habits of people who are great at saving money.

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    13 Secrets to Stop Wasting Cash Now

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    You can destroy debts by finding extra money within your current budget, not by deprivation. The first thing to do in your hunt for debt-destroying cash is to stop wasting money. Think you’re innocent? Check out the list.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:10:00 +0000

    The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program

    UfoIn December 2017, a blockbuster report in The New York Times revealed that the U.S. Department of Defense had been funding a program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), focused on investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. The Defense Department told the newspaper that the secret program started in 2007 and had been shut down in 2012, but Luis Elizondo, the military intelligence officer who came forward to say he had been in charge of it, insisted that the investigation efforts had continued after that date without specific funding. Find out 10 other secret U.S. government operations that have also been revealed.

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    12 U.S. Government Secrets About Declassified UFO Sightings

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    The U.S. government has been keeping an eye on unidentified flying objects. Here's everything they don't want you to know.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:03:02 +0000

    You have a painless lump in your testicle

    One of the most common testicular cancer symptoms is a pain-free mass in the testicle, according to Joseph Harryhill, MD, an assistant clinical professor of urology at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is important for men to realize that a tumor often does not cause any significant discomfort—thus the importance of regular testicular self examination,” Harryhill said. Many times men will not notice the mass until they receive an unrelated injury, bringing the tumor to their attention. Moral of the story: Make sure you check yourself regularly for lumps and bumps. Don’t miss these other cancer symptoms men are all too likely to ignore.

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    8 Silent Signs of Testicular Cancer You Should Never Ignore

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    Testicular cancer afflicts one in 263 men. Knowing the symptoms could save your life.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:30:52 +0000

    The Perfect Size

    These are the best airplane seats for every type of need. 

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    9 Travel Cartoons For Anyone Who’s Ever Been Lost, Stuck In an Airport, or Worse

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    Are we there yet? Kill some time with these funny cartoons that celebrate the joys and hassles of travel and vacation.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:27:20 +0000

    Go on a white-teeth diet

    If you’re quaffing red wine and black tea, or smoking cigarettes or cigars, expect the results to show up as not-so-pearly whites. Other culprits to blame for dingy teeth include colas, gravies, and dark juices. Bottom line: If it’s dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth. Brush immediately after eating or drinking foods that stain teeth and use a good bleaching agent for white, healthy teeth, either over-the-counter or in the dentist’s office. For convenient teeth-cleaning action, eat an apple—make sure to brush on these teeth-whitening tips from dentists, too.

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    The 10 Golden Rules for White, Healthy Teeth

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    Not only do your teeth help you talk and chew, they can make or break your appearance. Here are 10 secrets for keeping your pearly whites in tip-top shape.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:57:00 +0000

    anxiety

    A panic attack is a sudden bout of extreme anxiety that can be brought on by a strong fear of something (phobia), a stressful situation, or an emotional upset. It reaches its peak intensity within 10 minutes or less and then starts to subside. Panic attack treatment is not difficult if you know the signs. The following symptoms are characteristic of panic attacks, as are these 10 clear signs you’re having a panic attack.

    Panic attack symptoms to know

    With heart attacks, excruciating chest pain reaches maximum severity in just a few minutes and can radiate to other parts of the body. Pain caused by panic attacks is generally localized in one area. If you have a history of heart problems and experience these symptoms, treat them like they’re caused by a heart attack until a doctor proves otherwise. Make sure you know the 7 silent signs of a heart attack.

    Once you’ve recognized you or someone else is exhibiting clear symptoms, take the proper steps for panic attack treatment that will calm the mind and body and stay away from actions that could make the situation worse.

    Panic attack treatment “dos”:

    Remove the cause. Try to find out the cause of the person’s fear or anxiety and separate her from it. Either remove it from them or move them away from it.

    Be firm. Try to calm the patient by talking firmly but kindly and calmly to them. Explain that they are having a panic attack and keep others away.

    Encourage them to breathe calmly. Breathing more slowly will help to calm them and stop them from hyperventilating. Take deep, slow breaths and encourage them to copy your breathing pattern.

    Monitor the patient. Stay with them until he has recovered. If he has a history of panic attacks, advise him to seek help to learn how to control them.

    Panic attack treatment “don’ts”:

    Restrain anyone who is having a panic attack. And never attempt to slap or hit the person to “snap them out of it.”

    Ask them to rebreathe air from a paper bag. This can cause low blood oxygen levels. However, the person can try alternating taking 6-12 natural breaths with the bag covering the nose and mouth and breathing the same way without the bag. Never use a plastic bag.

    Once the panic attack has passed and you’ve had time to recover, take some time to prepare for future stress-induced incidents. To help you better understand what you’re feeling, how you can cope, and how to prevent more attacks, check out these tips for managing anxiety and panic disorder.

     

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    4 Steps to Help You Calm Down from a Panic Attack—and 2 You Should Avoid

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    Follow these steps to help yourself or someone else recover safely and quickly.

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:54:21 +0000