Do foods taste the same to animals as they do to us? Animals see and smell the world differently than we do, and research shows that even the foods we eat taste different across different palates. While vertebrates all have tongues, the number of taste buds differs by species. And just as the strength of our sense of smell depends on the number of olfactory receptors, a species' taste sensitivity depends on how many taste buds it has. Birds generally have very few taste buds. But herbivores like cows and pigs have even humans beat. "Herbivores have so many taste buds because they need to be able to tell if a specific plant contains dangerous toxins," according to Dr. But the real winner when it comes to taste sensitivity is the catfish. An advanced sense of taste is critical for catfish because they hunt in murky waters where visibility is low. Evolution of taste But taste isn't just a numbers game. In evolutionary terms, animals have used taste to determine if food is safe to eat. But not all animals have this wide of a taste spectrum.
Filler Foods When it comes to vegetables, the golden rule says: “Eat dark and leafy.” But just because a vegetable isn’t a powerhouse “green” doesn’t mean it can’t bring a lot to the table. “There’s a misconception that if something isn’t dark green, then it’s not good for you,” says Jackie Keller, author, nutritionist and founding director of NutriFit. PHOTO UPLOAD: See Yourself With Perfect Skin What’s more, these eats can help keep you hydrated. These low-calorie vegetables may not get top billing, but they offer a surprising nutritional bang for your buck. 1Cucumbers It’s no surprise that cucumbers have a moisture content of 90 percent. QUIZ: Is Your Lifestyle Aging Your Beauty? 2Celery The crunchy vegetable’s leading claim to fame is the presence of active compounds called phthalides, which help relax muscles around the arteries and allow blood vessels to dilate, eventually lowering blood pressure. MORE: Can Eating Celery Increase Weight Loss? 3Lettuce MORE: The Skin-Saving Power of Leafy Greens
Feel the Cauliflower Power! Our 11 Most Delicious Recipes! Written by PETA | August 19, 2014 Cauliflower is a wonderfully versatile vegetable for the summer months. A perfect addition to your backyard barbecues, it can be featured in a main dish, used in a wide variety of side dishes, or incorporated into a light salad. 1. Deconstruct cauliflower to create a unique breaded “meatball.” 2. Watch this video, feel your stomach growl, and then make the dish. 3. If you want to avoid using potatoes for any reason, this delicious cauliflower mash will rival its mashed potato equivalent! 4. Just add this cheese sauce to some macaroni, and you have yourself a vegan mac and cheese! 5. This easy-to-make dish features cauliflower and is truly to die for! 6. This casserole is the perfect dish to take to any vegan potluck or barbecue! 7. You can’t lose with this light, refreshing soup. 8. It’s too beautiful for words… 9. Here’s a simple side dish that we love to make. 10. They say that eating hot food on hot days cools you down! 11. Like what you see here?
6 Practical Tips For Increasing Energy Using Food Our food has a limitless supply of “energy power” that most of us barely tap into. We can all become more efficient eaters, and the purpose of this article is to provide 6 easy, practical tips for getting the most out of the fare we consume. After each recommendation, I provide a “7 day trial” that you can implement for the next week. Try these exercises and begin to feel increased energy, greater focus and heightened awareness: 1. Chew A few years ago, I attended a nutrition lecture that I will never forget. 7 Day Trial: For the next week, chew all of your hard food a minimum of 50 times. 2. A lengthy walk after eating can do wonders for your energy. 7 Day Trial: For the next week, make a point to walk at least 15 minutes after you eat. 3. Most Americans, and most people around the world, are completely de-hydrated and do not even know it! 7 Day Trial: For the next week, drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning (before you do anything else). 5. 6. flow of energy in your body.
Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change What will the world's biggest cities look like as climate change progresses? In a series called Postcards from the Future, U.K. artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones imagined future scenes from London, transforming familiar city views according to different scientific projections. "We were hearing a lot about the potential impacts of climate change, but everything we were hearing about was just words, or very two-dimensional graphics in magazines," says Madoc-Jones. "The only imagery we were getting was pictures or reports from places like Bangladesh…the trouble is that when you live in London, when you hear reports of people suffering in other parts of the world, you can easily forget about those things and put them to one side." In one scene, rising sea levels have turned London into a Venice-like city that has to be navigated by boat. "We had to think about what story we could tell with each view," says Madoc-Jones. [Illustrations: Robert Graves and Didier Madoc Jones]
7 Simple Weight Loss Principles To Naturally Lose Up To 5 Pounds A Week Don’t think it’s possible to lose up to 5 pounds a week… without pills, fasting, decreasing calories too much, and crazy fad dieting? Well, if you follow these 7 simple weight loss principles that I practiced on a daily basis that got me AMAZING results, then you’ll see how possible it truly is to get fast results… without the consequences. 1. Not getting enough sleep! Getting enough sleep (7-8 hours) will do wonders for your body in regards to improving your overall health, losing weight, increasing your energy levels, decreasing stress, and more! 2. Start your day off eating healthy! If you start your day off eating healthy and nutrient dense foods (such as protein and fiber), not only will you physically be more likely to avoid unhealthy foods later on in the day, you’ll also be more stronger mentally to avoid bad foods. Click Here To Discover The Best Foods To TRIPLE YOUR FAT LOSS! 3. In the morning! 4. Take it easy with fruit. As far as veggies are concerned, eat PLENTY of them! 5.
How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong — PsyBlog Human memory and recall works nothing like a computer, but that’s what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience. “If we remembered everything we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.” ~William James It’s often said that a person is the sum of their memories. Your memory and recall is what makes you who you are. Despite this, memory and recall is generally poorly understood, which is why many people say they have ‘bad memories’. Here is my 10-point guide to the psychology of memory and recall (it is based on an excellent review chapter by the distinguished UCLA memory expert, Professor Robert A. 1. Everyone has experienced the frustration of not being able to recall a fact from memory. So it seems obvious that memories decay, like fruit going off. But what on earth is the point of a brain that remembers everything but can’t recall most of it? 2. Obviously the only one that’s of interest is the most recent. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Lisa Arends: How to Transform Your Life When You're Short on Time If you're anything like me, you find that your life's to-do list grows longer each year while your available time seems to grow shorter. Perhaps you make the same resolutions each season (lose weight, eat better, stress less... sound familiar?) only to find that you do not have the freedom in your schedule to fulfill them. I know I find that the longer I live, the more I want to accomplish, and yet the responsibilities I carry continue to grow. Interval Training I have been an exercise devotee for the last 20 years, yet I have only added HIIT (high-intensity interval training) in the last few years. Within months of adding HIIT, my body fat dropped to the lowest it has ever been and I developed a six-pack for the first time in my life (in my 30s!). True HIIT should only be introduced into your routine if you already have some baseline fitness and a doctor's approval, but you can use the principle of intervals regardless of your fitness levels. Green Smoothies Yoga Meditation Family Walks
35 Clever Parenting Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know Raising kids is the hardest job in the world. Here are some tips that will make parenting easier and bring a smile to your children’s faces. Enjoy and don’t forget to take notes! 1 | This cute baby mop suit lets your child crawl and help out around the house at the same time. Source: betterthanpants.com 2 | Use a shoe caddy to hold snacks and activities during long car rides. Advertisement 3 | Help other people (and yourself) tell your twins apart with these tiny rompers. Source: Available at snugattack.com 4 | Making sure your kids dress warmly can be quite the chore… Source: Available at etsy.com But not when you have an awesome Knight’s Helmet that they’ll love. 5 | Give them temporary tattoos in case they get lost during an outing. Source: Available at tottoos.org. 6 | Old lotion bottles can be used as faucet extenders until the little tykes aren’t so little anymore. 7 | Never worry about losing them in public with these forget-met-not mittens Source: boredpanda.com Source: Joyful Abode
Foods for Workouts: Cardio An all-around healthy diet is best for any exercise routine, but cardiovascular exercise requires a balance of special nutrients. If you get cardiovascular exercise regularly (and we all should) – here’s how to fuel up. Cardio Basics Cardio exercise like walking, running and biking require energy from both carbohydrates and fat. As exercise intensity changes (like due to an increase in speed or running uphill, for example), the body switches back and forth between carbs and fat to provide energy. All foods are digested and metabolized differently, so you need to think about the best times to eat foods that will support your exercise schedule. Before A Workout Pre-workout meals should focus mostly on healthy carbs, but since carbs with high amounts of fiber take longer to digest, you want to be careful not to take in too much directly before exercise. If you have 3 to 4 hours before exercise…… Have a regular meal. If you have 60 minutes or less before exercise…..