Nutrition Health Review

Summer 2017

Nutrition Health Review provides consumers updates on the latest medical research, news, trends, and products in nutrition and healthy living.

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Summer 2017 • Volume 116 11 splitting that fattening burger or other e ntreé with one of your traveling companions, especially if you are vacationing in the United States, where individual portions in restaurants are usually quite large and often more than enough food for two people (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). 3. sKIP the hIGh-CALORIe COCKtAILs. Possibly the most insidious source of calories and sugar that you'll encounter on your respite from work is the beloved cocktail. You've probably been looking forward to spending the majority of your trip sipping margaritas with your toes in the sand. And who can blame you? But take it easy on those cocktails! Indulge in too many sugary libations, and you likely won't be able to see past your growing waistline to see those sandy toes (or walk a straight line, for that matter). A look at the nutritional information from a national restaurant chain reveals the exorbitant calorie and sugar content found in some of our favorite cocktails. For example, a classic margarita contains 320 calories and 32 grams of sugar, a Long Island iced tea boasts 330 calories and 48 grams of sugar, and a blackberry sangria contains 270 calories and 29 grams of sugar (Applebees). The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that our daily consumption of sugar be capped at 50 grams per day for a person consuming a standard 2,000/day calorie diet, so any of these evening cocktails could account for almost all of your sugar allowance for the day (fda.gov). But don't climb on the wagon yet! Try "skinny" cocktails, such as plain or flavor-infused vodka A Guide to using Airbnb for Your travel Lodging by Julia e. eckert What is it? Airbnb was launched in 2008 and has changed the way people find t ravel lodgings. Instead of booking a room in a hotel, travelers can use the Airbnb website or mobile app to rent rooms and homes from Airbnb "hosts." These hosts are everyday people who have an extra room in their house or are interested in renting out their entire home. Depending on your budget and lodging preference, you can choose to reserve either a single room in a house, an entire floor of a home, or an entire home. how is it different from staying in a hotel? The great thing about Airbnb is it allows you to break away from the conventional hotel and stay in a place with a little more character and uniqueness. For example, you could rent a converted water tower in the middle of forested Carmel Valley, California, a luxury treehouse in Florence, Italy, a historic castle in Northern England, or a private beach villa in Brazil. But if staying in a water tower isn't your cup of tea, don't worry! There are plenty of more traditional "homey" lodgings that can be rented as well. Access to a full kitchen, additional bathrooms and bedrooms, and a laundry room are just a few of the benefits to renting through Airbnb. However, Airbnb guests do not have the luxury of room service or daily room cleaning and must commit to being fairly tidy and respectful of another person's home. If you're a rock star looking to throw a party and trash a room, maybe it's best to stick with your hotel booking. how does it work? Using Airbnb to reserve your vacation lodging is simple. Just create a free account on the Airbnb website (airbnb.com) and then enter your lodging criteria into the website or mobile app search bar. Then, have fun perusing all of your options! Be sure to read the descriptions of each lodging carefully; good hosts will include a variety of photos, along with plenty of information about amenities and house rules. Airbnb includes a map of the area where the home is located, and we recommend that you do some research on an area before renting any lodging to ensure the neighborhood is safe and close to other locations you'd like to visit. Also, read the reviews carefully for each house/room—both hosts and guests can be reviewed on the site, which ensures that both parties are on their best behavior. There are many well-rated homes that feature hundreds of reviews. The best part is that only verified guests (those who have stayed at the site) are allowed to submit reviews, so you know that you're getting reliable information. After you've chosen a location, contact the host before booking. Introduce yourself, tell them when you'd like to stay in their home, and how many guests you'll be bringing with you. After they approve your dates, you can go ahead and complete the booking process! Be sure to maintain communication with your Airbnb host leading up to and during your stay; most well-rated hosts love getting occasional updates to ensure that you're enjoying your time in their home. * For more in-depth information regarding Airbnb, check out the Airbnb help Center (https://www.airbnb.com/help). NHR

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