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While the satisfactory pop of a Snapple twist-off lid is certainly satisfying, and the first sip of refreshing, tangy tea is definitely delicious, we all know that the “huh!” moment you experience when reading a new "Real Fact" is the best part of opening a fresh bottle of the tasty brew. Usually, you can be rewarded for your efforts with a fun, thoroughly accurate little fact: “Animals that lay eggs don’t have belly buttons,” for instance. Sure, it makes sense, but now you’re forced to imagine the platypus, running around without a navel.
10 Untrue Snapple Facts (Slideshow)
It’s easy to fact-check most of Snapple’s assertions, and they’re generally quite accurate. For instance:
#293: Vermont is the only New England state without a seacoast.
A quick look at a map of the U.S. will confirm this Snapple fact’s truthfulness, although you may not have previously considered how lonely shoreless Vermont must have been before.
#11: Flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp.
A glance at the fluffy, snow-white feathers of baby flamingos can corroborate that the famously pink-hued birds gain their color from their diet (but it’s also verified here by National Geographic).
#798: The state of Florida is bigger than England.
America’s most consistently dubious state takes up an entire 65,755 square miles — compared with England’s mere 50,346. Sad but true, Snapple.
With more than 900 lid-sized facts on their roster, it’s unsurprising that a few "Real Facts" might not be completely, 100 percent accurate. Some are just oversimplifications of more complicated issues, others are common misperceptions, and some are just flat-out wrong.[slideshow:
To learn which were right and which erroneous, we combed through scientific papers, checked in with experts at Harvard and Columbia Universities, researched the home of a president of the United States, and, um, watched an episode or two of Mythbusters. For science! And the pursuit of veracity.
Take a look at our slideshow to find out which Snapple "Real Facts" contain more fiction than factoid.
Jess Novak is the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesstothenovak
Are Snapple Facts Real? Here's the Truth
It's a scientific truth: you can't drink a bottle of Snapple without turning over the cap to see what your "Real Fact" is. Not a scientific truth? Most of those "Real Facts" . . . probably. Despite their label, Snapple Facts seem more like Snapple Myths. The internet is littered with articles claiming that the Facts are "often wrong," misleading," and straight-up "untrue."
While enjoying a bottle of Diet Peach Iced Tea recently, Snapple told me that "penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to freshwater." Seems like something you'd read on a placard at an aquarium, but it's not 100 percent accurate. Penguins are able to remove sodium chloride from their bloodstream using their supraorbital gland, but the gland doesn't just turn saltwater into freshwater.
This seems to be a theme throughout Snapple Facts while many of them are true, elements of some are incorrect. According to David Falk, Snapple's former vice president of marketing, however, these tidbits are as accurate as they come.
"They are real facts, and we have teams here that fact-check everything," Falk told The Atlantic in 2013. "We go through a pretty vigorous process." In addition to checking each new fact, Falk said that there's a yearly evaluation of facts that are currently in circulation, in case something has changed. If a fact has become incorrect over the past year, it goes into retirement.
You're welcome to research them yourself, though. Snapple has made it all the way to Real Fact #1422 ("In India, mango leaves are used to celebrate the birth of a boy"), and all the facts are displayed on their official website. There will always be facts that are more difficult to prove ("About 18 percent of animal owners share their bed with their pet"), but as we Google to figure out the truth behind the facts, that's 100 percent more time we're spending thinking about Snapple as a brand. So isn't that a win-win for them, anyway?
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Elephants actually sleep three to seven hours a night, not two (#35), according to the San Diego Zoo. The Statue of Liberty wasn't the first electric lighthouse (#179) that distinction belongs to the Souter Lighthouse, according to the UK National Trust. And the average American doesn't walk 18,000 steps a day (#89), not even close. The real tally is more like 5,116 steps, according to a recent study.
Other “Real Facts” are misleading or outdated. A mosquito doesn’t really have “47 teeth” (#50) it has a serrated proboscis — the sharp tube used to suck blood. Pennsylvania isn’t really misspelled on the Liberty Bell (#300) because “Pensylvania” was an accepted spelling in the 18th century, according to the National Park Service. And while the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows (#85), it’s not necessarily because she was painted that way. They just eroded, some art historians now believe.
Plus, it's been nearly two decades since the world's largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,061 pounds (#209) in 1996. Last year's record-setting pumpkin grew to be nearly twice as heavy, clocking in at more than a ton, according to the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth.
“We go through a process every year of looking over the facts,” Snapple's vice president of marketing, David Falk, told me when I asked him about the discrepancy. “If a bigger pumpkin was created, we evaluate and see if that makes sense.”
Though Falk says some “Real Facts” have been retired, it's not clear from the website which ones are no longer in circulation.
There are even contradictions. Snapple claims in separate “Real Facts” that both Manhattan (#399) and Philadelphia (#662) were the first capital of the United States. (Really, the U.S. Senate explains, the first Continental Congress met in Philly and the first Congress under the U.S. Constitution met in New York.)
Murkier still are the claims that are simply unverifiable, like the vague idea that “grapes are the most popular fruit in the world,” (#371) or that the “most common name for a pet goldfish is ‘Jaws.’” (#471)
All this could seem a diabolical marketing ploy by Snapple: Present something as fact but make it just outlandish enough to spark doubt so your consumer spends that much more time engaging with your product.
But that's not what they’re doing. At least, not according to Snapple.
“They are real facts, and we have teams here that fact-check everything,” Falk told me. “We go through a pretty vigorous process.”
Pretty vigorous? Google “Did Thomas Jefferson invent hangers” (#868) and you're one click away from this top-result Monticello website: “Claims that Thomas Jefferson invented the clothes hanger are unfounded.”
Debunking the idea that San Francisco cable cars are “the only mobile national monument” (#23) was as simple as sending a single email.
“It depends on what you mean by mobile. And it's not a monument,” National Register of Historic Places Archivist Jeff Joeckel told me. “The San Francisco Cable Cars (as a group) is a National Historic Landmark. National Monuments are a different designation. There are many ships that are National Historic Landmarks, as well as a few roller coasters. There are also a few railroad cars.”
It might be argued that if ever there was a time to relish being a skeptic, this is it. Not necessarily because people used to be more careful with what they said, but because we're way better equipped to call them on it. The Internet is lambasted as an abyss of lies, when really it’s a place to organize around the question of what’s real.
Fact-checking Snapple's claims is relatively easy now that all 928 of them are listed on the company's website. In bold typeface across the top of the screen: “Sip On Some Knowledge. These Are The Real Facts.” Okay.
But go down the rabbit hole of proving Snapple wrong and you'll find a scattered trail of heartbroken, tea-swilling bloggers who have attempted the same—only to discover that many of the “Real Facts” they've been sharing are bunk.
Credit where credit’s due: Not all of Snapple’s “Real Facts” are bogus. Many of them are legit. Flamingoes really do turn pink from eating shrimp (#11). Human brains do in fact weigh about three pounds (#55). And the Hawaiian alphabet really has 12 letters (#26) — that is, if you don't count the ‘okina.
But all of this raises larger questions about our relationship with information, not least of which is why we’d trust a beverage maker to inform us about anything other than its product. Perhaps it's naive to expect any truth in advertising but there’s still the lingering expectation that if someone explicitly says “this is a fact,” then it should be.
After all, Snapple isn't just selling iced tea, it’s selling information on bottle caps as “a central part of the Snapple experience,” according to a press release that quotes Snapple marketing director Dave Fleming. “We see them as really big ideas trapped in a small cap’s body,” he said.
Snapple's apparent carelessness may be alarming and even infuriating, but it isn't unique. Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy champion who won a record 74-straight games and some $3 million in prize money, says he feels “strong pressure” to correct some of the misinformation he's encountered as he’s working on a series of children's books of “amazing facts.”
“There is so much B.S. out there,” he said in an interview. “The lists that get emailed around? I think most of them are actually false, which is amazing because it's not even hard to get crazy facts about the world. But now people believe Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room, or that babies are born without kneecaps. They see it 10 times, so they think it must be true.”
There's a tendency to fully blame emerging technology for a litany of social ills, including the lies that people see and believe enough to share. You've heard the drumbeat: It's the Internet's fault we're lonely, dumb, sad, unoriginal, lying, narcissists. Twitter is dissolving our ability to focus! The decline of print is a sign of the apocalypse! Etc., etc., etc.
“But it's a really good thing we have Snopes and Wikipedia,” Jennings said. “You can usually find the online discussion. The great thing about the new digital era is you can already find people fighting over whether something is true.”
The thing about rabbit holes is they sometimes lead to a place where it seems nothing is true anymore. Friedrich Nietzsche said that—“nothing is true”—more than a century ago, arguing that the only way we might begin to get at a capital-T truth would be to first doubt everything.
His words about the fluid and relative nature of reality take on a particular resonance in the context of hand-wringing over technology today.
The people who distrust Twitter wholesale are fond of complaining that tweets are too short and devoid of context. And yet a bottle cap with a one-liner on it might be the closest thing we have to the physical manifestation of the tweet. The real lesson Snapple teaches us isn’t about how many eyelids a bee has or the first food eaten in space, it’s that the Internet's not inherently a place for lies any more than a bottle cap is a place for truth.
After all, it’s not just the medium but also the structural underpinnings of the medium that make the message. And for a company that likes to say, as Falk did, that Snapple was “a social brand before social was a buzzword,” perhaps it's useful to think of Snapple’s “Real Facts” as tweets that keep your lemonade from spilling rather than the kind that scroll across your iPhone screen.
In other words, if you’re going to doubt the information you encounter online, you'd better be doubting the information you encounter everywhere. Snapple’s all for it, Falk says.
“We always work to make sure they're as accurate as possible and that they are real facts,” Falk said. "Given today's technology and the pool of information, we encourage the discussion."
This fake “Real Fact” (Facebook.com)
In a sweet twist, at least one “Real Fact” that has made the Internet rounds is itself fake. There’s a widely shared image of what looks like a Snapple bottle cap that’s labeled "Real Fact #0,” and says, “Half of all Snapple ‘Real Facts’ are actually fake.”
“No, that is not an actual ‘Real Fact’!” said Snapple spokesman Chris Barnes in an email.
But it’s a semi-decent Photoshop job that has raised questions for some about the veracity of the rest of the “Real Facts.” One self-described “avid collector” of Snapple bottle caps blogged about her disappointment earlier this year, writing, “How are we to distinguish which facts are real and which are fake? I've been quoting these facts for over three years… Can this get any more confusing?”
In other words, only by believing something fake did she realize she had believed in something that truly wasn’t real.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
1 of 3 FILE - In this May 11, 2021 file photo, a QuickTrip convenience store has bags on their pumps as the station has no gas, in Kennesaw, Ga. On Friday, May 14, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online claiming to show photos of Americans filling their cars with plastic bags of gasoline and lining up at gas stations with red gas cans in recent days. Social media users are misrepresenting old photos to falsely suggest they show Americans stockpiling gasoline this week after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline led to thousands of gas stations running out of fuel to due to distribution problems and panic-buying. Mike Stewart/AP Show More Show Less
2 of 3 FILE - This April 28, 2016, file photo shows bottles of Snapple in a cooler at Quality Cash Market in Concord, N.H. On Friday, May 14, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming the underside of a Snapple lid shows the company included, “Trump lost and the election was not stolen,” as a “Real Fact” the company prints on its beverage lids. Jim Cole/AP Show More Show Less
3 of 3 FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2020 file photo, Michael Annett (1), Ryan Sieg (39), and Ross Chastain (10) compete in a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, in Dover, Del. On Friday, May 14, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming gas shortages resulting from the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack have led NASCAR to postpone this weekend’s race in Dover. Jason Minto/AP Show More Show Less
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:
Video shows a woman filling plastic bag with gas in 2019, not 2021
CLAIM: A video shows a woman filling a white plastic bag with gas at a Kroger station due to gas shortages in the Southeastern U.S.
THE FACTS: Social media users are sharing an old video of a woman filling a plastic bag with gasoline to falsely claim it shows someone panic-buying gasoline this week. Thousands of gas stations in the Southeastern U.S. were running out of fuel due to distribution problems and panic-buying following a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. One Twitter upload of the video, which shows a woman trying to tie a plastic bag sloshing with gasoline, received nearly 2 million views on Wednesday with the hashtag #gasshortage. &ldquoI just wanna know why. why the bags and not a gas tank? This is dangerous #GasShortage,&rdquo stated a Facebook post sharing the video on Tuesday. But the video clip has nothing to do with current events &mdash it first surfaced online in 2019. The video was taken at a Kroger supermarket service station in Houston. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission addressed the issue on Wednesday in a Twitter thread. &ldquoDo not fill plastic bags with gasoline,&rdquo the agency tweeted. &ldquoUse only containers approved for fuel.&rdquo Colonial Pipeline, which is biggest in the U.S., was shut down on May 7 after a ransomware attack. Colonial on Thursday reported that the pipeline's operations had restarted and gasoline deliveries were being made in all of its markets, though the company said it would take &ldquoseveral days&rdquo for things to return to normal.
&mdash Associated Press writer Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed this report.
Fuel disruptions did not cause NASCAR to postpone upcoming race
CLAIM: Gas shortages resulting from Friday&rsquos Colonial Pipeline cyberattack have led NASCAR to postpone this weekend&rsquos race in Dover, Delaware.
THE FACTS: NASCAR has not postponed the race, the association confirmed to The Associated Press in an email. A false post shared on Facebook and Twitter pushed the baseless claim that disruptions after a hack of the nation's largest fuel pipeline had forced NASCAR to postpone the upcoming Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Delaware&rsquos Dover International Speedway. The post featured an image of an alleged tweet from an account impersonating the name of Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass. &ldquoDue to the Colonial Pipeline issue causing a fuel shortage on the east coast, Nascar has decided to postpone this weekends Dover race to a later date,&rdquo the tweet read. &ldquoMore information to come out later today, stay tuned.&rdquo NASCAR told the AP in an emailed statement that the post was false. &ldquoNASCAR has confirmed that there will be no impact to its racing operations at Dover this weekend due to fuel shortages across the Southeast,&rdquo the statement read. Pockrass also addressed the fake tweet on his real Twitter account, saying, &ldquoThe Dover race is on this weekend.&rdquo A Twitter account with a username matching the one in the post has been suspended from the platform.
&mdash Associated Press writer Ali Swenson in Seattle contributed this report.
Old photos fuel misinformation around gas shortages
CLAIM: Photos show Americans filling their cars with plastic bags of gasoline and lining up at gas stations with red gas cans in recent days.
THE FACTS: Social media users are misrepresenting old photos to falsely suggest they show Americans stockpiling gasoline this week after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline led to distribution problems and panic-buying that resulted in thousands of gas stations running out of fuel. One falsely captioned photo shows a car trunk packed with gasoline in clear plastic bags. &ldquoPlastic bags filled with gas by morons in South Carolina,&rdquo a tweet sharing the photo said. In fact, the photo was taken in 2019 in Mexico. Reports at the time said police had arrested two people transporting gasoline illegally in Huauchinango, Mexico. Social media users also shared years-old photos of people standing in line with red gas cans along with claims that they were taken recently. One photo viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook was taken in Seaford, New York, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Another was taken in Miami in preparation for Hurricane Irma in 2017.
&mdash Beatrice Dupuy and Ali Swenson
Video of fake funeral was not taken amid current Gaza fighting
CLAIM: A video shows a fake funeral staged recently in Gaza.
THE FACTS: The video of a staged funeral is not recent or from Gaza &mdash it circulated widely online in March 2020. Amid escalating violence between Israel and the militant group Hamas, social media users shared the video to falsely claim that Palestinians were staging funerals to gain sympathy. On Thursday, Israel said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war, The Associated Press reported. As the fighting ramped up to levels not seen since 2014, social media users shared a year-old satirical video from Jordan of a group of young people carrying what appears to be a body on a stretcher, falsely stating that the video shows Palestinians staging a funeral this week in Gaza. In the video, the group disperses when they hear a siren, and the person lying on the stretcher also stands up and runs away. &ldquoHamas tried to make a false funeral for a kid for tv. and than israel started to strike back. look what happend,&rdquo a false post on Facebook states. The post has more than 3,000 shares. Another Facebook user falsely claimed that Palestinians set up a fake funeral to present a &ldquonegative image against Israel.&rdquo In fact, the video first gained traction in March 2020 in Jordan. AP reported on March 21, 2020, as COVID-19 death counts rose in Jordan, that the country ordered all shops to close and people to stay off the streets. During that time, multiple social media accounts, including news outlets in Jordan, shared the viral video, which made light of the strict lockdown measures. The video reportedly shows teens jokingly carrying out a mock funeral to get out of the house.
“Snapple Facts” or Fiction
PHILADELPHIA, PA – A nice glass of Snapple is not only refreshing but it’s also entertaining. Every time you open a glass bottle of Snapple, it’s only routine to look at the cap and read the fact out loud. But just how true are these “facts” and where are they sourced from?
It all started in 2002 when Snapple introduced the idea of “Real Facts” on the cap of the drink to give the drink an extra flare against competitors and it’s still a huge staple with the company.
Every fact goes through a “fact check” and there is supposedly a yearly scan of facts that are currently out there to justify the accuracy of that, “fact.” Apparently, if a fact has become false over the year it goes into retirement.
“They are real facts, and we have teams here that fact-check everything,” said Snapple’s vice president of marketing, David Falk, in an interview posted on theatlantic.com.
Some people have said that some of the facts on Snapple caps are untrue, even without any major changes in the world. Although, it is hard to decipher fact from fiction off the top of your head, thankfully the internet is only but a click away, So are the “Snapple Facts” themselves. You can go onto Snapple’s website and directly look at the facts that they place onto the caps.
Although there is a picture that surfaced the internet that has fact number zero stating that half of “Snapple Facts” are fake, is false in itself. Snapple released a statement that it is just a photo-shopped picture, but it’s very well done to say the least.
So are Snapple facts true? The amount of time and just the fact that there is a research team for “Snapple Facts,” leans more to the side of truth over fiction.
In 1972, way before the Internet, Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenburg said to themselves, “We should create a beverage New Yorkers will love.” And voila! Snapple was born.
Snapple prides itself on developing, producing and marketing a wide variety of premium beverages.
In January 2015 AG Barr and the US Brand owners agreed a deal for the Snapple to be sold under licence in the UK and 11 European countries including Ireland, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Greece.
Product & pack info
Snapple offers Premium Juice and Teas in a wide mouth 473ml (US 16oz) glass bottle.
20 Festive Easter Facts That You Probably Haven't Heard Before
Including how it got its name and why eggs are so important.
Easter &mdash and its decorative eggs, delicious hams, and cheerful baskets &mdash are coming up sooner than you think. The Christian holiday will fall on April 4 this year. While the central story may sound familiar, there's a lot left to learn about the unique traditions surrounding this special Sunday. Between the cute bunny rabbits and copious amounts of chocolate, the celebration has evolved over the years with a whole host of customs both new and old.
Before you sit down for a delicious brunch or entertain the kids with some Easter crafts, take a moment to learn about this holiday's rich background, including its special foods, superstitions, and symbols. Then impress your family and friends with a little Easter trivia that explains the little-known origins behind your favorite traditions.
The woven containers represent nests and new life, especially when filled to the brim with eggs. Plus, they're a pretty utilitarian way to c0llect goodies on your Easter egg hunt.
Historically, most early Easter celebrants would have eaten lamb for this special occasion as the holiday has its roots in Jewish Passover. Most American Easter dinners now feature ham, however, because of the timing of the holiday. Years ago, hams cured over the winter months would have been ready to serve in the early spring.
These beautiful blooms first originated in Japan and later arrived in England in the late 18th century. The U.S. only caught onto the trend after World War I. The transition from dormant bulbs to delicate flowers brings to mind hope and rebirth, two important themes of the day.
Think Easter egg hunts are odd? Listen to this medieval game children's game: The priest would give one of the choir boys a hard boiled egg, and the boys would pass it amongst themselves until the clock struck midnight, when whoever was holding it then got to eat it. Sounds . fun?
Old superstition held that if you wore new clothes on Easter, you would have good luck for the rest of the year. In fact, it was so widely believed that upper-class New Yorkers would quite literally strut their stuff coming out of mass in beautiful and well-to-do Fifth Avenue churches. This tradition become the basis of the modern, and decidedly less elitist, Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York.
There's evidence showing that Easter eggs originated from Medieval Europe and Christians may not have actually been the ones to start the tradition of giving eggs &mdash a symbol of fertility and rebirth in many cultures.
Scholars believe that Easter was named after a festival celebrating Eostre and the coming of spring. Her sacred symbols are thought to have been the hare and the egg.
Well, at least that might be one of the reasons, which stems from early Christians in Mesopotamia. There isn't a concrete reason behind the tradition, but there are several theories.
Occurring two days before Easter Sunday, Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ's crucifixion, but it isn't a federal holiday. Residents in certain states experience closures, including: New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
About half of those chose to mark the occasion with holiday meal, and a third decided to visit family and friends virtually, according to the National Retail Federation.
The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages, with the first written mention of this tradition dating back to the 16th century. Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania brought the bunny to the United States in the 1700s.
The two holidays are always going head-to-head to have the most candy sales, usually coming close to each other. In fact, some years people buy more candy the week before Easter than the week before Halloween, but that's because Halloween purchases are more spread out over the month leading up to the spooky night.
That makes these colorful marshmallows the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, factory makes an impressive 5.5 million a day.
That's back when they were still new to the world and were handmade with a pastry tube. But don't worry, it was sped up to six minutes thanks to a unique machine called The Depositor.
Even more impressive is that the Bournville factory in Birmingham, England, makes 500 million every year. If you piled those eggs on top of each other, they'd be taller than Everest.
That's enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times &mdash or to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine-story building. First introduced as an Easter treat in the 1930s, we can't imagine this day without them.
Considering $2.6 billion is spent on candy alone during this religious celebration, it makes sense. Oh, and that's only in the United States.
Only a handful start with the feet or tail, and the rest apparently don't have a plan of action.
It's said that President Rutherford B. Hayes was taking a walk when children approached him asking about a possible Easter egg roll. He loved the idea and it's been a yearly event since then.
Why? Because the twists of this salty treat resemble arms crossing in prayer. We say it's time to bring back this savory snack to the sweets-filled holiday.
9 Metabolism "Facts" That Are Completely Untrue
Our resident nutritionist busts the most common metabolism myths.
Are you falling victim to popular dieting folklore? It&rsquos time to bust metabolism myths and pass along healthy facts that are proven to promote weight loss and a healthy metabolism.
Myth #1: Green Tea Burns Fat
There is some solid science to back up the claim that the compounds in green tea give a short-lived jolt to metabolic rate. A small study linked green tea powder (aka matcha) to increased utilization of fat for fuel during exercise. But sadly, this isn&rsquot enough to equate to measurable gains or losses. Despite these findings, sipping on green tea just won&rsquot melt away pounds.
Myth #2: Skip Breakfast to Shed Pounds
Passing on morning calories may seem like a good idea but prolonging an overnight fast can lead to sluggish energy, poor concentration, overeating later in the day, and can negatively impact heart health. A study published in 2017 determined that regular breakfast skippers are at greater risk for hardening of the arteries.
Myth #3: Eat 1000 Calories Per Day
Less isn&rsquot always more. Eating too few calories can actually work against your weight loss goals. Eating less than 1200 calories a day is not recommended by medical professionals as it can actually decelerate metabolism. Plus, those who are physically active need even more calories to support the demands of exercise.
Myth #4: Eating at Night Makes You Fat
It&rsquos a popular myth that eating into the evening hours translates to packing on the pounds. Too many calories are the real culprit! Eating excess calories while burning the midnight oil (or any time of day for that matter) is what leads to weight gain.
Myth #5: Forget Snacking
Snacks get a bad reputation for being high in calories, but it depends on what you reach for (hint: avoid the vending machine). Munching on healthy, balanced snacks like yogurt and granola, an apple and peanut butter or veggies and hummus can help curb appetite and prevent overeating at meals.
Myth #6: Don't Eat Before A Workout
It may seem logical to skip calories before a workout but eating properly ahead of exercise can actually lead to a better workout with more calories burned. Attack that workout with fuel in the tank to maximize results.
Myth #7: Turn To Supplements
Pass on pills promising to melt the pounds away. Many of these so-called "safe" and "natural" products have not been tested for safety and effectiveness, and some even contain dangerous stimulants that aren&rsquot listed on the label. Don&rsquot believe the hype: there&rsquos no such thing as a magic pill.
Myth #8: Eat Chili Peppers For Weight Loss
Capsaicin is the compound that gives chili peppers their spice and heat. While eating hot peppers may lead to a tiny increase in calories burned, the effects are temporary (only a few hours) and won&rsquot add up to weight loss.
Myth #9: Exercise Doesn't Affect Metabolism
If you want to rev up metabolism, keep things moving. Regular physically activity can lower the risk of chronic disease and help fight off declining metabolism that occurs naturally with age.
25 Fun Facts About Hummingbirds
Brightly-colored and mesmerizing, hummingbirds are some of the most interesting of the nearly 10,000 bird species in the world. If you live in the United States, you've probably seen them fluttering around during the summertime. Perhaps you've heard them, too—the name hummingbird comes from the buzzing sound of their fast-flapping wings.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds, which are tiny, colorful, thin-beaked birds, get their name from the humming noise that occurs when they flap their wings very fast. All 350 species of hummingbirds are natives of the New World (North and South America circa the early 16th century during the European “age of discovery”).
These tiny, feathered creatures are astounding to even the most experienced birders.
8 Little-Known Facts about Hummingbirds
they’re real. they’re fun. they’re really fun facts.
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