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Shape Shares: We May Soon Face a Guacamole Shortage

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From our favorite dip to alcohol to sugar, we've got food on the brain this week since it's all over the news. Check out the latest healthy living reports, funny gossip, and just plain weird stories we're reading, and tell us what you think in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine.

1. Chipotle may no longer serve guac. Climate change is no joke, people. Case in point: After seeing an annual weather report, Chipotle mentioned that it might have to temporarily remove guacamole from the menu if "extreme weather events associated with climate change" force an uptick in prices. [Tweet this upsetting news!] Chipotle uses about 97,000 pounds of avocados a day and sources them primarily from smaller farms that can't necessarily afford to (ahem) weather the changes without raising prices on its produce. Still, no need to panic yet: The same thing happened in 2012, and Chipotle incurred higher prices on its avocados but never stopped serving guacamole. 

2. Alcohol may make people more aggressive. But not necessarily in the way you think. Researchers from the University of Washington and University of Toronto trained 140 people to go into bars and record every aggressive interaction they saw. They found that 25 percent of all interactions included sexual aggression with 90 percent of the victims being women harassed by men. More significantly, the researchers found that most of the men targeting women were not intoxicated, but that the women were, possibly because men find them more amenable to advances or as easier targets who are less likely to rebuff them. 

3. Los Angeles extends its smoking ban. L.A. just became the third major city—after New York and Chicago—to ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places such as bars, restaurants, parks, and farmers' markets for fear that the lure of electronic cigs would attract people who would otherwise be non-smokers to try the habit, Time magazine reports

4. The World Health Organization (WHO) slashes recommended sugar intake. After examining a number of studies, the WHO is recommending that sugar make up no more than 5 percent of your daily diet to avoid health issues or tooth decay. For an adult with an average BMI, this is around 25 grams or six teaspoons of sugar total. [Tweet this news!] Unfortunately most people consume way more than that. "Much of the sugars consumed today are hidden in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets. For example, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains around 4 grams (around 1 teaspoon) of sugars. A single can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of sugar," said WHO in a statement.

5. Plan B is now available over the counter. Previously generic versions of Plan B were only available to women 17 or older, but earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration officially lifted those restrictions. Women of any age now have access to both the original Plan B and its generic counterparts, bringing a decade-long fight over the access of the drug to an end. 


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