Trans Fats 101: What They Are (and Why You Should Steer Clear of Them)

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Earlier this month, the FDA announced it was banning artificial trans fats from food products. It set a 2018 deadline to remove all partially hydrogenated oils from food products.

Obviously, this has major implications for one staple of Philadelphian diets: Tastykakes. A 2013 study from the Harvard School of Public Health said that the Tasty Baking Company had made some of the biggest strides in removing trans fats from its products already.

So how’d they do it? We don’t know, because the company declined several requests for an interview. A quick scan through the convenience store, though, shows that trans fats are still present in Tastykakes: Donuts listed as an ingredient partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, a trans fat. But it’s not all bad: A package of cupcakes listed hydrogenated cottonseed oil; fully hydrogenated oils do not contain trans fats.

This is silly, in a way: Hydrogenated cottonseed oil isn’t great for you either. And they’re Tastykakes! They’re going to be unhealthy. But it does make us ask, why are trans fats so dangerous, anyway? I got Dr. Daniel Edmundowicz, chief of cardiology at Temple University Hospital, to answer a few basic questions. Read more »

Exercise Could Be a Legitimate Form of Therapy, New Study Shows

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We all know people who use exercise to clear their minds and, in some cases, to maintain their sanity. And new research shows that doing so could do the brain even more good than you might expect: A small study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy found that running can help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Runner’s World reports.

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I Tried Acupuncture for the First Time — And I Can’t Wait to Go Back

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Growing up, I always had a book in my hand. In middle school, I read “A Mango Shaped Space,” by Wendy Mass, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. It was about a girl named Mia who saw shapes and colors for every word and sound she heard. Her senses were basically a jumbled mess. I found it weirdly fascinating! She frequently went to get acupuncture therapy and, although I read it so long ago, I’ll never forget how much she loved it and always looked forward to her next appointment. There are tons of other books and articles about acupuncture out there, but something about this one stuck me.

Since about seventh grade I’ve wanted to try acupuncture myself. But despite rave reviews, the fear of getting needles stabbed into my flesh always held me back from giving it a go. When I heard that Open City Healing Arts was having an Acupuncture Wellness Hour last Tuesday night, I decided what the heck? It’s time to stop being a chicken and try this. For real. Read more »

The Checkup: How to Actually Stick to Your Workout Routine

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How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]

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10 Coolest Fitness Events in Philly This Month: July 2015

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Getting yourself off the couch let alone outside — far, far away from an air conditioner — to work out when temperatures outside are pushing 100 degrees can be tough. So to help you out, here, our top 10 picks for this month’s worth-getting-off-your-couch-for fitness events. Take your pick and mark your calendars, friends! Read more »

What To Eat This Week: A Taste of the Mediterranean

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There’s a reason you keep hearing about how awesome the Mediterranean diet is. Docs over here have started noticing that Mediterranean natives suffer from less obesity and heart disease and live longer than folks eating the high fat, high sugar “Western” diet. Why? The Mediterranean diet is higher in fruits and vegetables, lower in artery-clogging saturated fats and much higher in healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, and — drum roll, please —fish! And, aside from being a lean source of protein, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been shown to promote the health of the brain and cardiovascular system.

So this week, we’re bringing you five Mediterranean-style recipes where seafood shines, always complemented by olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and veggies. From zesty tuna salad to grilled fish skewers, these dishes bring you the best of the Mediterranean: nutrition, freshness, and most importantly, flavor. Check ‘em out below.  Read more »

Love Peach Tea? You Need to Try This Cocktail

The Golden Peach | Photo by Dan Hamm

The Golden Peach | Photo by Dan Hamm

Throughout the summer, we’ll be bringing you healthier cocktail recipes concocted by Philly craft bartender and the brain behind Spirit Forward, Dan Hamm, who believes strongly in the powers of fresh herbs and fruits when it comes to whipping up a good drink. 

This cocktail, made with muddled peaches, honey, fresh lemon juice and bourbon, is basically peach tea, minus, you know, the tea. But who needs tea when you have bourbon, right? Right.

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Meet Bucky, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Bucky | Photo by Peggy J.

Bucky | Photo by Peggy J.

This week’s adoptable running dog Bucky is currently at ACCT waiting for rescue, foster, or adoption. The Monster Milers are hoping to spring him from the shelter and get him into their Adopt a Running Buddy Foster Program, but they’re running low on foster homes at the moment. If you’d like to let this sweet (house-trained) guy crash on your couch for a little while, you can fill out a foster application here. But first, learn more about him below.

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