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1. Our love of almonds may not be such a good thing. At least so says James Hamblin in a piece for the Atlantic, which details how the nut's increasing popularity may pose a threat to endangered king salmon, honeybees, and infrastructure roads in California, the only state that grows almonds for commerical purposes. So much for a plant-based diet saving the earth.
2. Go ahead, enjoy that PSL. That's pumpkin spice latte for all you newbies out there. After the recent Food Babe-led backlash against the popular drink, chemist Kantha Shelke pointed out that while the true culprit in your favorite fall beverage is the sugar (and make no mistake: a grande PSL contains at least 24 grams of sugar), the fact that there's no pumpkin in it is less egregious than we may think. The flavorings in PSLs are supposed to emulate cooked pumkin spice and are supposed to taste like the "spicy components of a homemade pumpkin pie," not actual pumpkin, she told Time.
3. The world's hangover cure finally made it to U.S. shores. Berocca, a seemingly nondescript-looking little orange tablet chock full of B vitamins, is known as the world's hangover cure and is wildly popular in Australia, South Africa, Englans, Korea, and France, among other countries. No, you can finally buy it in the U.S. too, at CVS, Safeway, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, Business Week reports.
4. British talk show host gains weight just to lose it. Controversial British columnist and TV show host Katie Hopkins has announced that she's gained 60 pounds so that she can prove how easy it will be to lose the weight after she grew sick of hearing excuses "thrown around by overweight people for their size." Hopkins has her supporters as well as detractors, but all we can say is that we wish Hopkins luck—and think she's taking a very simplistic view of obesity.
5. Spinach curbs cravings. The next time you want a sundae, have some leafy greens instead. According to new research in the journal Appetite, membranes called thylakoids, which are found in spinach, boost weight loss by almost 43 percent. Women who consumed a spinach supplement had elevated levels of satiety hormones and lower levels of hunger hormones, which lead to a 95 percent decrease in cravings and made it easier to stick to three meals a day, researchers say.