Heart Attack FoodsA heart attack results from a blockage in the flow of blood to the heart, causing heart cells to die. There are many causes, such as smoking, inactivity and a diet high in calories, sodium and saturated fats. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there are several ways to quicken your path to a heart attack.Note that for optimum heart health an adult's daily diet should consists of roughly 2,000 calories, fewer than 1,500 milligrams of sodium, fewer than 16 grams of saturated fat and fewer than 300 milligrams of cholesterol. This list reveals foods that will get you all of that and more in just one meal. Don't be discouraged by nutrition labels. Foods boasting of zero trans-fat still might be loaded with saturated fats, so you might still be in luck. Also, these labels display information about one serving size, and the container might have several servings. So you might have the opportunity to double, triple or … [Read more...] about 7 Foods Your Heart Will Hate
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Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, might be one of the scariest-looking words you see on ingredients lists. Luckily, it's not as unnatural or harmful as its name or reputation might lead you to believe. But what is MSG, and why is it added to food?Food manufacturers and chefs add MSG to food because it enhances flavors. The somewhat meaty taste it imparts to food is best described by the Japanese term umami, which means "savory" or "deliciousness." MSG doesn't taste like much on its own, achieving maximum umami only when combined with other flavor molecules.Although it's a common ingredient in a variety of Asian cuisines, MSG is perhaps best known in North America for its once-universal use in restaurant Chinese food.Many Chinese restaurants removed MSG from their menus, however, when customers started developing headaches, chest pain and other symptoms after meals. These ailments, first described in 1968 as Chinese restaurant syndrome, sparked decades of research into MSG's toxicity.Today, … [Read more...] about What Is MSG?
Airbnb has long lauded their ability to give guests really unique vacation experiences that go beyond just staying in bland and forgettable hotel rooms. Now the company is looking to revitalize the entire travel experience by giving guests the option to experience city life with specialized guided experiences. The house-sharing service has launched a private beta of a new program called City Hosts which allows Airbnb guests to go beyond lodging and rent private tour guides to show them the hidden gems of the area they’re in. The private beta currently allows access to City Hosts available in San Francisco, London, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. Airbnb wants to inject itself more into the experience of people’s vacations. The interface bares a sharp resemblance to Netflix and in a lot of ways that’s how Airbnb is treating this program: giving users the ability to choose custom entertainment experiences simply. There are currently 36 experiences available and … [Read more...] about Airbnb begins testing City Hosts program to give guests guided one-of-a-kind experiences
Dangers in the DeepOn land during the day, we humans rule. Or at least we're considered top predators, and with our feet on the ground, we're in our element.In the sea, sans a boat, forget about it. We're too slow, too encumbered with gear, and often too stupid to be much more than prey. What's to worry about down there? Plenty!Yes, this list is subjective, but it's based on research aimed at finding the creatures of the deep that conjure the most compelling combination of frightening personas, actual aggression and/or real pain or death to humans. More often than not, pain and death from sea creatures is avoidable, especially in the case of two on this list that inflict most of their damage in home aquariums and restaurants.Before we continue, a nod to venerable contenders that aren't on the list: killer whales (there are few confirmed attacks, accept by those in captivity), octopuses (yes, they've been known to attack), sea cucumbers (who'da thunk?) and piranhas (which actually live … [Read more...] about Dangers in the Deep: 10 Scariest Sea Creatures
I was on assignment in Silicon Valley this summer when one of my stories fell through. I'd been approached by a startup that said it had something incredible lurking in the lab. But as the day approached, and I reiterated I'd need to see a live demo (i.e. try it out for myself), they got cold feet. Turns out it was more rough and R&D level than go-to-market shiny. The appointment was canceled. So I found myself wandering down Emerson Street in Palo Alto, hoping one of my other contacts would come through, and that I'd find another story for the following afternoon before returning home to Los Angeles. That's when, in a Harry Potter-esque magical moment, a group of teenagers walked towards me. They were wearing green T-shirts that read "Paly Robotics: making humans obsolete since 1996" on the front and a list of industry stalwarts sponsors —Google, Nvidia—on the back. I stopped them, explained I was a journalist, and found out they were counselors at Paly Robotics' … [Read more...] about Racing Robots: What Palo Alto High School Students Did This Summer