A Health-Tracking App Analyzed My Blood and Told Me I'm 31 Going on 54


It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalized nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt. » 1/19/15 11:20am 1/19/15 11:20am

How Much Food Can You Actually Eat This Thanksgiving?

Let's talk total Thanksgiving tonnage here. How much Butterball-plus-fixins can you reasonably jam down your yaw this Thursday? Basically: You could eat a lot more if it wasn't for all the saliva you have to make to break it down. » 11/25/14 4:05pm 11/25/14 4:05pm

Are Insects the Future of Food?

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock. » 10/14/14 5:45am 10/14/14 5:45am

What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing to Our Bodies?

They're what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that's the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health… » 10/08/14 2:35pm 10/08/14 2:35pm

How Much Coffee You Need Is a Genetic Trait

For some, three double espressos is barely enough to get them out of bed; for others, the whiff of weak latte is enough to have them jittering. Now, it turns out that those differing reactions are genetic. » 10/07/14 8:30am 10/07/14 8:30am

The Simple Reason We Like Buying Food In Clear Packaging

Back in the olden days, most food packaging was thick and opaque—all the better to keep out elements like light and moisture which could potentially spoil our Funyuns. Now Americans are gravitating towards packaging that lets us actually see the food we're buying. And it makes sense why this trend is gaining momentum… » 8/14/14 12:44pm 8/14/14 12:44pm

GE's Made a Microwave That Can Measure the Calories on Your Plate

Health and fitness monitoring is helping us all look after ourselves a little better, but there's one stumbling block: calorie intake is still self-reported, making it laborious and often inaccurate. GE, however, thinks it has a way to change that. » 7/08/14 6:20am 7/08/14 6:20am

The Truth About Saccharin and Your Health

Saccharin is noted as being the first artificial sweetener, outside of the toxic Lead(II) acetate, and the first product to offer a cheap alternative to cane sugar. Interestingly enough, like the Chocolate Chip Cookie, it was also discovered entirely by accident. » 5/22/14 5:15am 5/22/14 5:15am

What 10,000 Calories Look Like

If you struggle to visualize what hundreds or thousands of calories looks like in the cold, hard light of day, then that firstly explains why your pants no longer fit, but also means you've missed one of the many explainers that have drifted across the internet in the past. So here's another! » 5/19/14 9:25am 5/19/14 9:25am

What the Hell is Non-Dairy Creamer Made Of?

Yucky stuff. But you have alternatives. The chemicals, oils, sugars and milk products (yes, milk, in a "non dairy" product)—but the combinations vary depending on your brand. » 5/01/14 8:00am 5/01/14 8:00am

The FDA's New Nutrition Labels Might Actually Help You Eat Right

The FDA has proposed a new design for the Nutrition Facts labels that come on all the food we eat—and they're way, way better than before. » 2/27/14 9:20am 2/27/14 9:20am

Lead a Better Life by Obsessively Tracking Every Aspect of It

Blame the RPG's. After a generation of character building and class development in video games, quantifying our own personal stats has become as second nature as Second Life. And with these handy apps and gadgets at your disposal, you'll be power leveling through your days in no time. » 2/08/14 12:00pm 2/08/14 12:00pm

Spam, Silkworms, Hydroponics: The Speculative Future of Food on Mars

Last year, NASA held a recipe contest for cooking on Mars. Ordinary civilians like us were invited to submit recipes based on a list of available ingredients—heavy on freeze-dried produce and various meat-flavored "textured vegetable proteins"—to be cooked and judged by crew members of HI-SEAS. » 2/03/14 1:00pm 2/03/14 1:00pm

Trans Fats: What They Are, and Why the FDA Is Finally Banning Them

Today, just over 100 years after the advent of trans fats, the FDA has announced that it's taking the first steps toward banning them outright, removing them from the "Generally Recognized As Safe" list and out of the American food supply. It's about time. » 11/07/13 4:42pm 11/07/13 4:42pm

10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop ten times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth. » 10/14/13 2:52pm 10/14/13 2:52pm

3 Ways That Big Brother Is Secretly Stuffing You With Vitamins

We might not always realize it, but a lot of the stuff we're putting into our mouths has been meticulously engineered by Big Brother to turn us into robust, super-human specimens. Sure, it kind of sounds like the plot of a corny sci-fi flick—but we'd be nothing more than rickets-stricken piles of rotting teeth… » 10/08/13 3:20pm 10/08/13 3:20pm

Scientists Invent the Holy Grail of Booze: Electrolyte-Enhanced Beer

In the never-ending quest to create a hangover-proof booze, a team of Australian researchers have developed a beer that rehydrates you as you drink, thanks to a healthy serving of electrolytes. Think of it as beer-flavored Gatorade—only less disgusting, presumably. » 8/19/13 11:30am 8/19/13 11:30am

The Nine Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

Did you have a few too many cookouts this summer, and maybe pack on a few too many pounds? Here's a refresher on some healthy booze to get you drunk while keeping you trim. » 8/16/13 5:00pm 8/16/13 5:00pm

Three Fast, Easy, High-Protein Meals On the Go

The number one reason most of us grab an unhealthy meal over a healthy one is convenience. Junk food is ready to be stuffed in your face, and when you're short on time, cooking is one of the first things to go out the window. Today we're going to show you three super simple, healthy, protein-packed meals you can make… » 6/05/13 4:20pm 6/05/13 4:20pm

This Is How Much Exercise You Get at a Trade Show

Being a gadget writer at CES may seem like a glamorous gig. Yes, we get to play with a lot of new toys, and yes, that is often a lot of fun. But canvassing the show floor and running to press conferences is brutal on the body. » 1/09/13 4:53pm 1/09/13 4:53pm