Your favorite condiment might be ruining your diet if you eat it a lot. Here are seven condiments, and how bad they are for you.
- Salsa. It might be the healthiest condiment out there, because it’s mostly vegetables. One tablespoon only has five calories.
- Mustard is another one that’s not bad, because it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin B, and niacin, which can help lower your cholesterol. And a tablespoon only has about 15 calories. But it tends to be high in salt, so don’t use too much.
- Sriracha. It’s made from chili peppers, vinegar, and garlic, and one tablespoon has 15 calories. But again, don’t use too much, because it has a lot of sugar and salt.
- Relish. One tablespoon has 20 calories. But it usually has a TON of salt and sugar.
- Soy sauce. A tablespoon is only 10 calories, but has a full gram of salt. The low-sodium stuff has about half that, but that’s still a lot. Most people aren’t supposed to get more than two-and-a-half grams of sodium a day.
- Ketchup. The tomatoes are good for you, but that’s about it. And there’s a ton of added salt and sugar. One tablespoon has about 20 calories. But most people use more than that, and it’s usually with something bad for you, like French fries.
- Mayonnaise. It’s probably the worst condiment for you, because it’s basically pure fat. One tablespoon has a HUNDRED calories.
This is one of those stories that sounds like AMAZING news but gets less and less amazing with every detail. But that’s a spoiler . . . for a few brief, shining moments, bask in the glory of this sentence:
Chocolate is better for you than exercise!
Now that you’ve heard it . . . time to kill your dreams.
Chocolate contains a chemical compound called flavanols. Researchers at Columbia University and New York University found that a large dose of them were better for the brain than exercising.
They increased the blood flow to the brain, improved people’s memory, and made them sharper overall.
BUT . . . it took a TON of flavanols to do it. The researchers used a concentrated form of cocoa powder for the test. To get the effects at home, you’d have to eat 44 POUNDS of chocolate in a DAY.
And while that’s better for your BRAIN than exercise . . . it’s exponentially worse for your body. So . . . until we can get our hands on that concentrated cocoa powder, this study basically has no effect on our lives.
(Oxford University Press)
MATH is about to help you get-it-on. The magazine “Wired” worked with Match.com and OkCupid to analyze thousands of profiles, and find 1,000 words associated with the most ATTRACTIVE people.
And the TWO best words any man or woman can add to their profile to make themselves more attractive are . . . SURFING and YOGA.
You don’t even have to actually surf or do yoga . . . even adding a sentence like, “I’m just starting to surf and do yoga” would make you more attractive.
The other best words men can add are OCEAN and SKIING. For women it’s ATHLETE, LONDON, and NYC. And then there are a TON of other words they found are associated with attractive profiles. But some of them are pretty random.
Like for guys, they found live music, retirement, breakfast, trees, morning, puppies, and flying. And for women they found fitness, fashion, laziness, RADIOHEAD, “Homeland”, and “Pulp Fiction”. (???)