There’s too much Internet—with wonders like this mesmerizing history of sushi—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. The U.S. Government Is Poised to Withdraw Longstanding Warnings About Cholesterol (The Washington Post)
Go ahead, have another egg. And no need to skip on the yolk this time. The committee that makes recommendations for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines is taking a relaxed stance on foods that are high in cholesterol saying that eating things like eggs and bacon don’t dramatically raise our cholesterol levels or put at us at higher risk for heart disease. Instead, the committee says we should be watching out for fatty meats and foods high in saturated fats.
2. The Debate Over Running While High (The Wall Street Journal)
When we think of potheads, we’re more likely to picture someone vegging out in front of the TV than an ultramarathoner in the middle of a race. But it turns out that the drug’s ability to reduce pain and eliminate nausea make it seriously appealing to long distance runners—we’re talking 30- to 200-mile races here. For now, lighting up on a race day is a major no-no, but that doesn’t stop many runners from adding pot to their training plan.
3. You’re Probably Cleaning Your Vagina Wrong (BuzzFeed)
Gwyneth Paltrow caused a major stir last week when she introduced the world to V-Steam, a spa treatment that steams your vagina. Luckily our friends over at BuzzFeed checked the facts and found that vaginas are just like self-cleaning ovens. Pocket that money you’d be spending on V-Steam and find another less harmful way to #treatyoself.
4. Death to the Chicken Finger (The National Post)
Regardless of the restaurant, kids’ menus are almost guaranteed to have a few tried and true staples: pizza, mac and cheese, and chicken fingers. But food marketed specifically to children—be they kids’ menus or Go-Gurt—is a relatively new culinary phenomenon. Our friends at Canada’s National Post ask: What happens when we provide kids with years of bland (albeit sugary, salty, and finger-lickin’ good) food? We get a generation of picky eaters that’ll pick McNuggets over kimchi any day.
5. The Food Babe: Enemy of Chemicals (The Atlantic)
Maybe you’re not familiar with the name Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe), but chances are you’ve heard about her campaigns to remove chemicals from Subway sandwiches or Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. She’s a polarizing figure, drawing thousands of supporters and just as many skeptics. You’ll likely be hearing more and more about The Food Babe (her book came out this week and there’s talk of a TV show in the future), and this story in The Atlantic is the perfect way to get acquainted.