There’s too much Internet—with wonders like Red Velvet Oreo’s and sweet Cheetos—and too little time. That’s why we curate a list of the best of the best (a.k.a. “the Greatist”) things we’ve come across on the Web this week. In other words, it’s the stuff we’d email/gchat/tweet/text you immediately if we were besties. While we’ll never stop striving to bring our readers amazing content on a daily basis, we know not all the best stuff comes from us.
1. Appetite ‘Pacemaker’ Tells You When You’re Actually Hungry (Engadget)
When we get hangry, we’ll grab just about any food in site. But sometimes we also convince ourselves we’re hungry even after eating plenty of food—pies or cakes will do that to us. One company, however, has come out with a device that is surgically implanted under your abdomen and uses electrical pulses to limit hunger pains and send more signals that you’re body is getting full, so you’ll start to think, “Maybe I don’t actually need that fifth slice of pizza!”
2. I Tried All 10 of Vogue’s ‘Foods of 2015’—and I Only Threw Up Once (Bustle)
We’ll admit we’re suckers for the food trend lists that start popping up after New Year’s. We need to know what the next kale and kombucha will be, after all! This year Vogue’s list has everything from bone broth to crawfish (and fried chicken!). Note to self: Introducing your body to all of these new, trendy flavors can send your stomach for a wild ride.
3. Nutrition Labels are Confusing and Unhelpful, But There’s a Better Alternative (Science of Us)
Nutrition labels make it so much easier for us to know exactly what’s in the foods we’re eating (is that sugar or high fructose corn syrup?). But researchers found that the label we use in the U.S. doesn’t help us make healthier choices—instead it serves as a case of information overload. These researchers suggest adopting the NuVal system, which uses numbers from one to 100 to determine the nutritional value (a.k.a. NuVal) of foods.
4. 19 Badass Instagrammers Who Prove Yoga Bodies Come in All Shapes and Sizes (BuzzFeed)
Yoga isn’t just for bendy string beans (though it is helpful if you’re flexible). This story from our friends over at BuzzFeed is the perfect motivation for us to give downward dog another go. And now we have so many more inspiring people to follow on Instagram!
5. Friendship, For a Healthy Heart (The Atlantic)
Sure, friends are like chicken soup for the soul, but research has found they actually have measurable benefits on your heart health too. A recent study found that people with stronger social circles had increased heart rate variability, a factor that means these people are also at a lower risk of developing heart disease.