11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun…   1. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Not only have Twinkies gotten a second life, their shelf life has increased from 26 days to 45 days. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Lego fanatic who didn’t know you need a kid with you to visit Legoland sure knows now. (Learn more at CTV News) 4. By interfering with mosquitoes’ ability to fly, airwaves from a simple fan keep …

7 Healthy Things To Eat Instead of a Twinkie

Among the big news stories yesterday: The return of Twinkies! Yeah, so what. What is the big deal about this processed snack cake? Just because it’s been around since our childhood (or our parents’ childhood) doesn’t make it terrific or healthy or something worth celebrating. When it was announced eight months ago that Hostess was seeking bankruptcy protection and the iconic “golden sponge cake” would disappear, all the people who hadn’t bought Twinkies in years – but still adored them, …

The Last Ring Ding

Everybody was all upset about the passing of Twinkies when the Hostess baking company went belly-up late last year. But who will mourn the Drake’s Ring Ding? I will. Everyone knows Twinkies will return after the bankruptcy proceedings are through. But no one is betting on anyone resurrecting the Ring Ding (Or Ding Dong, or King Don-aliases by which Ring Dings were sold over the years). I made my final box of Ring Dings last as long as I could, …

Are All Calories Created Equal?

For years, nutritionists told us that all calories are equal. A calorie is a measure, like an inch or a mile, and the measures are constant, even though the kind of food might vary. What we didn’t know until recently is that while the energy in food may be equal in calories, the impact on the human body varies. Calories are indeed equal, but some are utilized differently than others. Some calories are easily converted to fat and stored, while …