Hey guys, wine is not just for the ladies! Men may want to guzzle up more reds and whites after hearing this news: Drinking wine makes sperm stronger. According to a new study, the average modern man has some sperm problems, what with the heavy caffeine intake, tight-fitting boxer briefs (bummer), and being stressed out ALL THE TIME like the rest of us. Has your man had a cellphone for more than 10 years? His sperm are probably weaker because of that as well. Great. But never fear, because wine is here! In the study, Polish researchers found that drinking two glasses of wine for three days every week may help men’s little swimmers do more laps — so don’t go chugging it all right at once.
Making a baby? Well, light some candles and pop open a bottle or two before you do the deed. Show your lady that romantic side, and you might get lucky. Not making a baby? You have my permission to drink wine anyway.
ARE FROZEN VEGGIES BETTER FOR YOU?
Stock up on the Steamfresh. Even though nothing beats crisp, just-picked vegetables, frozen veggies may actually have more vitamins and minerals than store-bought ones. A new study out of the University of Georgia studied nutrient values of eight different types of frozen and fresh veggies that were stored in family homes for five days. The frozen produce retains its vitamins for a longer amount of time, thus making it a healthier alternative.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
It’s common knowledge that when a woman is pregnant, she’s eating for two — she has to monitor what she eats and drinks for the baby’s sake. But a new study suggests that dads may have to watch what they eat as well. Researchers at McGill University found that when male mice were fed a diet lacking in folate — which is essential for women during pregnancy — their offspring were born with a higher rate of birth defects.
These findings may ring true for humans as well, warning fathers-to-be to watch their diets and lifestyle. “Despite the fact that folic acid is now added to a variety of foods, fathers who are eating high-fat, fast-food diets or who are obese may not be able to use or metabolize folate in the same way as those with adequate levels of the vitamin,” lead researcher Sarah Kimmins says.
A WARM HOUSE CAN BURN CALORIES
Turn up the thermostat, stat! People who live in a comfortable 73 degrees tend to have lower body-mass indexes than those who keep the heat down. While brown fat, which is “fat that burns fat,” works its magic in chilly rooms (below 60 degrees), most people don’t keep their own homes at that temperature in the winter. People also use more energy and eat less in houses that are set at 73 degrees. The English study surveyed 100,000 people for 13 years. If all else fails, just blame the extra pounds on your (probably) freezing office.