Which of these do you think adds the most calories to your salad:

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Dried cranberries, feta cheese, or sunflower seeds? Would you believe it’s the cranberries?

That’s because they have added sugar! The better salad toppers are the sunflower seeds or feta cheese. Both have only 100 caloriesplus feta cheese has antibacterial compounds and blood pressure-lowering chemicals. And sunflower seeds are loaded with magnesium, which plays a key role in boosting our immune system, regulating our blood pressure, and keeping our bones strong.

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Why do we have brain farts?

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You know, those moments where you go into the kitchen and forget why you went there? Brain health experts from Duke University say it’s NOT an early sign of dementia. Those lapses are your brain’s way of telling you to chill out. Because when we’re overloaded, our brain can switch into power-save mode, making us forgetful. So slow down, regroup, and try to do one thing at a time. That’ll help your brain focus.

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Women might be better than men at carpentry work!

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That’s because they’re 10% more accurate than men when it comes to hitting a nail on the head. That’s according to research from the University of Massachusetts. The reason? It seems that men are more concerned with hitting the nail hard – while women are more concerned about hitting the nail accurately. And staying focused on the visualsinstead of muscle powerincreases precision.

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Want a stronger heart?

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Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day! Research from Loma Linda University found that’ll lower your heart disease risk by almost 60%. That’s a drop similar to stopping smoking, exercising more, or maintaining a healthy weight. Why is water crucial? Researcher Dr. Chan Knutsen says dehydration thickens blood, and stresses your heart. Meanwhile, water reduces blood viscosity, meaning it thins the blood, so it pumps more smoothly through your arteries.

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Have you ever wondered what the green gunk is in the body cavity of a lobster?

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It’s called tomalley. But don’t let the fancy name fool you. It’s the lobster’s liver and pancreas – and some people think it’s a delicacy. It’s not. Just like your liver, it’s been filtering toxins and contaminants from the ocean. That’s why the Advanced Seafood Handbook says, don’t eat it!

So what about the reddish stuff in the tail? Yes, eat that. It’s roe, also known as eggs, like lobster caviar. And that IS considered a gourmet treat.

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Burning fat is as simple as eating fatty fish…

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…like wild salmon and sardines, three times a week. According to Kyoto University in Japan, those who eat a diet high in fish – or omega-3 fatty acids – gain up to 25% less body fat than those who don’t consume as much fish. The reason? Fish oil turns our white fat cells – the ones that create our love handles – into brown fat cells. Those are the kind that rev our metabolism and help us burn more calories! So, make fatty fish a bigger part of your diet to lose weight.

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If you’re tired you could eat as much as if you were high!

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When it comes to your brain, a lack of sleep is tantamount to smoking a bong! It ignites brain receptors called endocannabinoids – as in cannabis. And those receptors give us the munchies! So a lack of sleep makes you more vulnerable to cravings for sugary, high-fat foods – and makes eating them more pleasurable than normal. So make sure you get a good night’s sleep if you don’t want to pig out like a pot-head.

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Want to boost your heart health?

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Eat some fruitfresh AND driedevery day. British researchers found eating one cup of fresh fruit, like an apple – and a‑third of a cup of dried fruit, like raisins or dried apricots, can reduce your risk of heart attack by 40%. It’s down to the plant compounds they contain called polyphenols, which heal and strengthen blood vessel walls, and prevent the buildup of artery-clogging plaque. The recommended amount again: One cup of fresh fruitand a‑third of a cup of dried fruit.

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Black pepper fights cancer!

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55 different natural anti-cancer substances were tested on breast cancer cells – and one substance was the most effective: Piperine, the active compound in black pepper! That’s from the American Association for Cancer Research. In studies, they found piperine prevents cancer development. It basically forces pre-cancerous cells to die – and blocks the flow of blood that feeds cancerous cells. And you can get the benefits simply by adding a meager quarter teaspoon of black pepper to your meals every day. To get the biggest anti-cancer punch: Use freshly ground whole black peppercorns. They contain the highest levels of piperine.

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Improve your mood by walking!

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The easiest way to improve your mood is to change the way you walk. When researchers studied the mindset of people walking, those who were hunched over and shuffling were in a funk. And the walkers who took purposeful strides, head up, shoulders back had a brighter attitude.

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