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Brown vs. White Rice: Which Is Healthier?

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Rice is one of the most popular carbohydrate staples in the human diet, accounting for 19 percent of all available calories worldwide. We’ve come to regard brown rice as the healthier option, since it usually contains more fiber. But is that true? And is there really that big a difference between the two? According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the nutritional breakdown for each type would appear to give brown rice an edge.

Although brown rice packs in more calories—it comes in at 248 calories per cup to white rice’s 205 calories—it features 3.2 grams of fiber to white’s paltry .6 grams. Brown also contains more magnesium, zinc, and niacin than its blanched counterpart.

Fiber is generally regarded as being beneficial for intestinal health, as well as more filling. Coupled with more vitamins, that would appear to make brown rice a clear winner. But that really depends on who’s eating it.

Pregnant women, for example, should ingest more folic acid, which can reduce the potential for birth defects. White rice is fortified with folic acid (folate), nearly eight times as much as brown rice. If you need more potassium in your diet, brown would be the best option. Those on low or high-fiber diets would also make selections based on the fiber content of each.

Additionally, white rice has been linked to higher incidences of type 2 diabetes. A Harvard examination of several studies indicated that people who ate white rice servings three to four times daily were 1.5 times more likely to develop the condition, which researchers believe is related to spikes in blood sugar.

So, brown or white? In most instances, unsurprisingly, brown is a better choice, but individual health needs could influence your decision.

[h/t MedicalNewsToday]

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7 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Memory
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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

[h/t Lifehacker.com.au]

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The Only Way to Answer ‘What Is Your Greatest Weakness?’ In a Job Interview
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Thanks in part to the influence of Silicon Valley and its focus on the psychological probing of job applicants, interview questions have been steadily getting more and more abstract. As part of the interview process, today's job seekers might be asked to describe a vending machine to someone who’s never seen one before, or plan a fantasy date with a famous historical figure.

Even if the company you’re approaching isn’t fully on board with prodding your brain, at some point you may still come up against one of the most common queries applicants face: "What is your greatest weakness?"

"Some 'experts' will tell you to try and turn a strength into a 'weakness,' to make yourself look good," writes Inc. contributor Justin Bariso. "That advice is garbage."

"Think about it," Bariso continues. "Interviewers are asking the same question to countless candidates. Just try and guess how many times they hear the answers 'being a perfectionist' or 'working too much.' (Hint: way too often.)"

While responding that you work too hard might seem like a reliable method of moving the conversation along, there’s a better way. And it involves being sincere.

"The fact is, it's not easy to identify one's own weaknesses," Bariso writes. "Doing so takes intense self-reflection, critical thinking, and the ability to accept negative feedback—qualities that have gone severely missing in a world that promotes instant gratification and demands quick (often thoughtless) replies to serious issues."

Bariso believes the question is an effective way to reveal an applicant’s self-awareness, which is why companies often use it in their vetting process. By being self-aware, people (and employees) can correct behavior that might be affecting job performance. So the key is to give this question some actual thought before it’s ever posed to you.

What is your actual greatest weakness? It could be that, in a desire to please everyone, you wind up making decisions based on the urge to avoid disappointing others. That’s a weakness that sounds authentic.

Pondering the question also has another benefit: It prompts you to think of areas in your life that could use some course-correcting. Even if you don’t land that job—or even if the question is never posed to you—you’ve still made time for self-reflection. The result could mean a more confident and capable presence for that next interview.

[h/t Inc.]

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