The Checkup: This Science-Backed Cooking Trick Cuts Rice Calories in Half

And more healthy headlines that caught our eye this a.m.



• This might just be the coolest scientific discovery of the week: Researchers in Sri Lanka devised a cooking method that seems to cut out up to half — yes, half — of the calories in rice. Even better: The method involves coconut oil. Click through to see how it works, and how to do it yourself. [TIME

• Get a jumpstart on a healthy Wednesday by putting these pre-bedtime habits into practice tonight. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• Ditch your boring smoothie routine and try these out-of-the-box mix-ins instead. How does black quinoa sound? [New York Times]

• Here’s a good reason to clean up Philly’s vacant, trash-filled lots: Strolling by a rehabbed greenspace is good for your heart, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. [Newsworks]

• Nope, it’s not all in your head (or your sinuses). Your allergies really are getting worse, according to experts. Here’s why. [Yahoo Health]

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