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February 29, 2024

These foods have just been linked to heart disease, diabetes, mental disorders and early death

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Eating ultraprocessed foods raises the risk of developing or dying from dozens of adverse health conditions, according to a new review of 45 meta-analyses on almost 10 million people.

“We found consistent evidence linking higher intakes of ultra-processed foods with over 70 per cent of the 45 different health outcomes we assessed,” said senior author Wolfgang Marx, a senior research fellow at the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University in Geelong, in an email.

A higher intake was considered about one serving or about 10 per cent more ultraprocessed foods per day, said Heinz Freisling, a scientist in the nutrition and metabolism branch of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, in an email.

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“This proportion can be regarded as ‘baseline’ and for people consuming more than this baseline, the risk might increase,” said Freisling, who was not involved in the study.

Researchers graded each study as having credible or strong, highly suggestive, suggestive, weak or no evidence. All the studies in the review were published in the past three years, and none was funded by companies involved in the production of ultraprocessed foods, the authors said.

“Strong evidence shows that a higher intake of ultra-processed foods was associated with approximately 50 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease-related death and common mental disorders,” said lead author Dr. Melissa Lane, a postdoctoral research fellow at Deakin, in an email.

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Cardiovascular disease encompasses heart attacks, stroke, clogged arteries and peripheral artery disease.

There was convincing evidence that a high versus low intake of ultraprocessed foods could increase the risk of anxiety by up to 53 per cent, and the risk of an early death from any cause by 20 per cent, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal The BMJ.

“It’s not surprising that there are a lot of studies that point to a positive association between ultraprocessed food consumption and the risk of various disease outcomes,” said cancer epidemiologist Fang Fang Zhang, associate professor and chair of the division of nutrition epidemiology and data science at Tufts University in Boston. She was not involved in the new research.

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“Ultraprocessed foods are high in calories, added sugar, sodium, and low in fibre,” Zhang said. “All of these have already been known to contribute to cardiometabolic health outcomes, weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.”

However, Zhang questioned the findings on studies of anxiety and depression, which tend to be done only on those who have already been diagnosed with those conditions.

“People who are having depressive symptoms or anxiety may seek out ultraprocessed foods for various reasons such as self-comfort,” she said.

“It may not be that eating ultraprocessed food puts you at high risk for depression – we cannot tell.”

Mixed impact on some health conditions

Researchers found highly suggestive evidence that eating more ultraprocessed foods raised the risk of obesity by 55 per cent, sleep disorders by 41 per cent, development of type 2 diabetes by 40 per cent and the risk of depression by 20 per cent.

However, evidence was limited for an association between consuming ultraprocessed food and asthma, gastrointestinal health and cardiometabolic risk factors such as high blood fats and low levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol, according to the analysis.

In addition, the study found only suggestive or no evidence for an association between ultraprocessed foods and cancer.

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That’s surprising, according to Zhang, who has researched the role of ultraprocessed foods and cancer.

“Obesity is a risk factor for 13 types of cancers. Ultraprocessed foods increase weight gain, and obesity increases cancer,” she said.

In an August 2022 study she coauthored, Zhang found men who ate the most ultraprocessed foods of any type had a 29 per cent higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.

One reason for the unexpected finding is that research on ultraprocessed foods is still in its infancy, said study coauthor Mathilde Touvier, research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, a public research organisation.

“We definitely need more studies to be able to upgrade the weight of evidence for cancer, for instance,” said Touvier, also the principal investigator of the NutriNet-Santé cohort, a long-term study of the relationship between nutrition and health.

“So it’s not because there’s nothing there, it’s just because we need additional research.”

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The making of ultraprocessed foods

Ultraprocessed foods are much more than simply “modified” foods, said nutrition researcher Dr. Carlos Monteiro, head of the Centre for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He was not involved in the new research.

“They are formulations of often chemically manipulated cheap ingredients such as modified starches, sugars, oils, fats, and protein isolates, with little if any whole food added,” said Monteiro, a professor of nutrition and public health

Monteiro coined the term ultraprocessed food in 2009 when he developed NOVA, a system of classifying foods into four categories.

  1. Group one: unprocessed or minimally processed foods such as fruits, vegetables, eggs and milk.
  2. Group two: culinary ingredients such as salt, herbs, oils and the like.
  3. Group three: processed foods that combine groups one and two – canned goods and frozen vegetables are examples.
  4. Group four: ultraprocessed foods, which Monteiro said are made flavourful and enticing by using combinations of artificial flavors, colours, thickeners and other additives that have been “linked by experimental and epidemiological evidence to imbalances in gut microbiota and systemic inflammation.”

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“No reason exists to believe that humans can fully adapt to these products,” Monteiro wrote an editorial.

“The body may react to them as useless or harmful, so its systems may become impaired or damaged, depending on their vulnerability and the amount of ultra-processed food consumed.”

Since Monteiro’s definition of ultraprocessed food appeared, nutritionists, researchers and public health officials have grown concerned about the increasing prevalence of such foods in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and many developing nations.

“Two-thirds of the calories children consume in the US are ultraprocessed, while about 60 per cent of adult diets are ultraprocessed,” Zhang said.

“I think it’s like when we invented cars. Yes, they bring us convenience, but if we use a car for everything and we don’t exercise we have problems.

“We need new strategies to bring down the consumption of ultraprocessed food to a healthier level.”

How to reduce the use of ultraprocessed foods

There’s an easy solution – buy real food and cook it at home. It’s that simple, experts say.

But experts also agree that in today’s fast-paced world, giving up the convenience of ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat foods is difficult.

In addition, it’s nearly impossible to avoid temptation, as there’s so much ultraprocessed food on the market today.

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Regulation by public health agencies and governments should be considered, Monteiro said, such as front-of-pack warning labels; restriction of advertising, especially to children; and the prohibition of sales of ultraprocessed foods in or near schools and hospitals, all while making minimally processed foods more affordable and accessible.

In the meantime, Marx and Lane offered the following advice:

  1. Read and compare product labels and try to choose less processed alternatives. For example, swap flavored yoghurt for plain yoghurt with added fruit.
  2. What you include is just as important as what you exclude. Focus on what you can add to your diet such as fresh, frozen or tinned fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes.
  3. Be mindful of beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages have no nutritional value. Swap them out for water.
  4. When eating out, go to local restaurants and cafés instead of fast-food chains. Local eateries are less likely to make ultraprocessed foods.


This Columbia Insulated Jacket Is ‘Lightweight but Still Warm’ Enough for Winter in Any Climate and Is Currently 30% Off

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While it’s still cold in many parts of the US, shoulder season is on the horizon. That means shedding heavy winter coats in favor of something more transitional, like a puffer jacket or a rain jacket. But shoppers say one particular Columbia jacket offers both waterproof protection and adaptable warmth, and it just went on sale at REI.

Right now, the Columbia Powder Lite Insulated Jacket is on sale for $112—30% off the original price of $160. It’s a top-rated jacket at REI, having amassed more than 240 five-star ratings from shoppers who rely on it for comfort and warmth. It’s available in two neutral colors in sizes small through 2XL. 

Columbia Powder Lite Insulated Jacket in Dark Stone/Shark, $112 (was $160) at REI

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This Columbia jacket is made with a water-resistant fabric shell and is lined with the brand’s prized Omni-Heat technology that regulates temperature and retains body heat. It also features a synthetic insulation that’s great for extra chilly days. Two hand pockets provide shelter for cold mitts while a secure internal pocket keeps valuables safely away from water.

Rain jackets, puffer jackets, and fleece zip-ups are all foundational shoulder season pieces, but a jacket like the Powder Lite is a solid transitional layer for the sporadic weather that happens between winter and spring. For days it decides to snow and then turn into rain, you’ll be protected by the shell. For days that start cold, warm up by noon, and finish in the 40s, the temperature-regulating lining will be your best friend. If you want to venture out on a hike on an overcast day, Columbia has baked in the tools needed to stay comfortable. And that’s what shoppers love about it.

Columbia Powder Lite Insulated Jacket in Warp Red/Shark, $112 (was $160) at REI

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Shopper reviews tell a story of how adaptive this jacket can be, with its lightweight construction, advanced liner fabric technology, and weatherproof features. “I love this jacket,” a shopper admitted. “Lightweight but still warm. Great for in the car because it’s not like the usual bulky winter coat…It was recommended by a friend and now I’m highly recommending it for men and women.”

Another thing to note among the reviews is where they’re coming from—shoppers have been loving this jacket from Boston to San Diego, spanning various climates. “It was warm without being too warm for California winters,” said one Southwestern shopper about the very mild, mid-60s winter temperatures. Another shopper said it was “just right for spring in Minnesota,” and added that this jacket kept them warm “when out walking in temps between 10 and 40 degrees for short periods of time.” A shopper from Georgia even praised its transitional comfort, noting it’s “very comfortable and provides all the warmth needed in the mountains.”

REI has made it clear that this is the last call for the Columbia Powder Lite Insulated Jacket, so once they start selling out, that’s it. If you’ve been searching for an ideal shoulder season layer that’ll get you through the ups and downs of the tween season, pick one of these up while your size is still available. 


February 28, 2024

Shoppers Call This Shoe ‘the Cinderella Slipper of Trail Runners,’ and Now It’s on Sale For Less Than $100

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Trail running shoes and hiking sneakers have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional boots on the trail. Lightweight and nimble yet sure-footed, the right trail runner can tackle just about any terrain while offering the comfort of a sneaker whether you’re taking a leisurely hike or setting an off-road PR.

La Sportiva is best known for its bouldering and climbing shoes, but the brand also makes a variety of trail runners and hiking shoes. Right now, the top-rated Bushido II is on sale for just under $100—a 35% discount off the original price of $155 at REI. This La Sportiva trail running shoe has earned more than 200 five-star ratings and is already mostly sold out in two of the three available colors. As an Italian label, sizes are listed in European measurements, so you’ll want to consult the size chart. 

La Sportiva Bushido II Trail-Running Shoes in Olive/Neon, $100 (was $155) at REI

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The Bushido II may be an ankle-cut, minimally cushioned style, but it’s deceptively rugged and capable of conquering technical trails. The outsole has a deep rubber tread for secure steps on rocky ground, and the lugs extend around the sides of the midsole, adding extra protection on sloped or uneven terrain. The TPU bumper also protects the toes from dings. And though the shoes are not waterproof, the traction is capable of traversing wet or dry ground, making it a great shoe for hiking after a fresh rainfall.

It’s minimally cushioned, similar to the brand’s climbing shoes, and only has a 6mm drop. That means you’ll be able to naturally feel the ground as you run or hike, but the ample traction and protection will keep you from feeling the ground too much.

Shoppers were impressed with the versatility of the shoes, with one calling them “the Cinderella slipper of trail runners,” adding, “This is the last hiking-oriented trail runner I will ever buy, and I’m tempted to buy a dozen pairs to hoard in case they’re discontinued or changed.” Another commended how the Bushido II held up in varied settings, writing, “I use this shoe for most of my outdoor stuff: trail running, day hiking, backpacking on smoother trails, road running under six miles.”

These shoes were particularly popular among those with narrow feet, which is something to keep in mind if you have wider feet. One wrote, “I have narrow feet and have trouble finding shoes that I don’t swim in. These fit like a glove.” Another wrote, “They are perfect for my long narrow feet, very comfortable and have [terrific] grip.”

Whether you’re looking for a trail runner for tricky terrain or a versatile sneaker for daily hikes, La Sportiva’s Bushido II is a compelling option that’s an even better score now that it’s 35% off. We’re expecting this trail shoe to sell out soon with sizes remaining in just one colorway, so act quickly to get yours.


Dietitian reveals the mistake you’re making with your snacks

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Who doesn’t love a snack? Something to break up the afternoon, or a sweet treat after a tough day?

Or, because smart snacking is one of the best ways to keep you from becoming ravenous in between a meal and binge eating everything you can find?

While many of us love a snack, less frequently do we get our snack balance right, filling up on highly refined carbs and sugars rather than the foods that will keep us full and satisfied.

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The key to smart snacking is to get the right mix of foods, so that you not only create a filling mini meal that will keep you satisfied for several hours, but one that will also offer your body the key nutrients it needs to be at its best.‌

Where we go wrong with our snacks‌

When you think of the word ‘snack’, which foods spring to mind? Most likely it is something in a packet, that has a base of processed carbohydrates – crackers, chips, snack bars, biscuits.

These are foods that may appeal to the desire for something sweet or salty, but which are digested relatively quickly, leaving us feeling unsatisfied and looking for more food.

A well-balanced snack, on the other hand, has a very different nutrient mix.‌

Start with fresh food‌

One of the most common ways in which we get our snack balance wrong is that we focus on processed, packaged foods rather than fresh options.

When creating a satisfying snack, the best thing you can do is begin with a whole, fibre-rich fruit or vegetable option.

Think chopped-up raw veges, a soup, a punnet of berries or some chopped, whole fruit that will offer much dietary fibre, and whole food bulk to help keep you full and satisfied.‌

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Then, add in the protein‌

As a nutrient, protein is digested more slowly than carbohydrate and as such, protein rich foods such as cottage cheese, yoghurt, tuna, salmon, eggs and protein-based shakes and bars are smart snack choices as they are both nutrient rich, and highly satisfying.

As a general rule of thumb, protein rich snacks will offer 10-20g of protein per serve, and again, less processed types of protein that come from whole foods like eggs or dairy are better choices than more processed forms of protein that come in bars, or other snacks, like chips, that have protein added.‌

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What are some of the best snack choices?‌

Simply combining a protein rich food with some fresh food will create perfect snack balance. Think Greek yoghurt with berries, nuts with fresh fruit, crackers with cheese and vegetables or tuna with cut up vegetables.

Here you have a perfect snack combo, in a mini meal that will keep you full for at least another couple of hours, as opposed to few rice crackers or snack bar that will see you looking for food again very quickly.


February 27, 2024

These ‘Game Changer’ Brooks Sneakers That Shoppers Say ‘Feel Like Running on Clouds’ Are 25% Off Right Now

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Spring will be here before you know it, and if you’re looking to log more miles this year, there are plenty of running shoe deals to take advantage of now. As a leading brand in the running shoe space, Brooks makes footwear for every kind of runner, which means it can take some effort to decipher the different model names.

The Glycerin GTS 20 is a supportive, cushioned shoe for runners looking for cloud-like comfort with supportive guide rails to keep feet pain-free. Typically $160, the Glycerin GTS 20 is now $40 (or 25%) off, ringing up for just $120. As is typical for Brooks, all of the colorways are eye-catching, and Zappos has sizes between 7 and 14, including half sizes, available. 

Brooks Glycerin GTS 20, $120 (was $160) at Zappos

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These shoes feature the maximum cushioning that Brooks offers, so they’re a good option if you need the comfort and plushness of a cushioned shoe. In addition to runners, this cushioning can benefit those who stand on hard floors or walk many miles daily.

GTS stands for Go-To Support, Brooks’ system of guide rails on the sides of the shoes that can help align a runner’s step, reducing pain in the knees and hips and keeping your feet comfortable on long runs. The shoes have some stability for runners who overpronate or have flat feet. The soles are also nitrogen-infused for a lighter-than-air feeling, and the traditional mesh upper is breathable but keeps the foot in place.

Running shoes are popular among walkers and those who are on their feet for long stretches, and the Glycerin GTS 20 is a perfect option for that application thanks to the maximum cushioning. The Glycerin GTS 20 was popular among those who struggle with knee pain, with one shopper writing in a review, “This relieved my knee and back pain while walking.” One shopper even wrote, “These truly feel like running on clouds.”

“I work in the ER and these shoes are so nice,” one reviewer wrote. “I’ve tried a couple other types of shoes that are supposed to be comfortable but to no avail. The Brooks Glycerin GTS is soft on the heel and arches. … These shoes are a game changer!”

Runners also put these shoes through the paces, with one writing, “The shoes have taken me through half and full marathons and half-ironman triathlons.” One shopper who switched to these from Brooks’ Adrenaline wrote, “I finished a full road marathon in them a week after turning 70 and had no foot or ankle issues.”

Whether you’re looking for a supportive shoe to stand in all day, or you’re lacing up before your next race, the Brooks Glycerin GTS 20 is a solid option at an even better price. Act fast, as some sizes are already sold out. 


February 26, 2024

Telltale signs you’re getting too much caffeine

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Maybe you get your hit from your morning coffee or maybe you are more of a constant tea drinker.

Or, if hot beverages are not your thing, maybe it’s a cola or energy drink that gives you your hit.

While caffeine is the world’s most popular stimulant, individuals can have vastly different tolerance levels, which makes blanket recommendations on how much we should have difficult.

But if you think you are probably having too much, here are some signs it may be time to cut back.

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One the biggest issues when considering your own caffeine intake is determining how much you are actually getting.

With the growing coffee culture in Australia which sees a large milk-based coffee offer upwards of 200mg of caffeine per serve the norm, plenty of us are getting more than we realise.

For the average person, aiming to keep caffeine consumption below 400-500mg per day is considered ‘safe’ and not linked to the unwanted side effects of a racing heart rate, insomnia, restlessness, irritability, dizziness and blurred vision.

In food and drink amounts, this is the equivaling of a coffee or two, a couple of cups of tea, or an energy drink.

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Caffeine also slips into the diet via some diet soft drinks, and also chocolate, dark chocolate in particular, which can offer upwards of 40mg per 30g serve.

You suffer from energy regulation issues

For some individuals who have a high caffeine tolerance, they are able to down several shots of coffee a day and not notice.

But for those who find they feel completely tired and lethargic and hour or two after consuming caffeine, the effects of caffeine may be exacerbating glucose regulation issues and actually making you feel worse.

For this reason, you may be best to wean down your amounts over time to help reduce the glucose highs and lows that are underpinning your energy.

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You cannot concentrate

You may find energy is no issue after your double shot Latte, but when it comes to actually sitting and getting anything done, you are so overly stimulated you cannot concentrate.

If you find it difficult to keep still, read and produce anything of quality for a couple of hours after your caffeine hit, it may be time to reduce the dose.

You cannot get to sleep easily

This may be especially relevant to those who love some chocolate, dark chocolate in particular after dinner.

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If you know you are tired, yet struggle to get to sleep when you do get into bed, it may be time to pay a little more attention to the timing of your caffeine each day, and what you are enjoying for dessert.

Caffeine has an average half-life of five hours, which means if you are sensitive and have had a tea or coffee mid to late afternoon, or some dark chocolate after dinner, it may be impacting your sleep more than you realise.

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You are constantly looking for your next hit

You may find that you start your day with an espresso, followed by a piccolo mid-morning.

Then a cup of tea or two after lunch, a diet soft drink mid-afternoon then some chocolate to fuel you through the afternoon, finding that you need an energy pick me up every couple of hours.

The issue with relying on the stimulatory effects of caffeine in this way is that you are constantly impacting blood glucose control with the foods and drinks you are choosing, and as such linking your caffeine to your meals rather than in-between meal pick me up with aid glucose, and even weight control long term.


February 25, 2024

Bruichladdich’s New 30-Year-Old Scotch Is Made From Victorian Casks Almost Lost to History

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Bruichladdich’s history is volatile. Since its founding in 1881, it’s been mothballed on four separate occasions, most recently from 1994 to 2000. The last 24 years, however, has seen the Islay whisky maker flourish with its heavily peated Scotch whiskies—especially the Octomore collection—grabbing headlines and awards across the globe. 

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Often lost in that discussion is , the brand’s unpeated house style, which is the whisky at the heart of the newly unveiled Luxury Redefined range.

Luxury Redefined arrives with two whiskies, and , the brand’s first permanent, high-age statement whiskies. Each release celebrates important moments in the distillery’s history. The Eighteen honors the first single malts created after the distillery’s reopening in 2001, while the Thirty celebrates the whiskies made before its 1994 shuttering.

Each bottle’s packaging is made from fully recyclable paper pulp, completely plastic-free, and produced using 100 percent green energy. The brand takes its commitment to sustainability even further as each release in Luxury Redefined series is housed in the brand’s proprietary, lightweight glass bottle, which contains an average of 60 percent recycled glass.

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The Bruichladdich Eighteen

champions what’s made the distillery unique over the last quarter century—namely, its focus on terroir through the use of local ingredients and support of the surrounding community. In 2004, the distillery began working with one farmer to grow a crop of local barley. That project has since expanded to 20 farming partners, who are responsible for over 50 percent of the barley used for production today.

“Eighteen years ago, we distilled spirit from locally grown barley and our passion to diversify and champion our growing program has never wavered,” says Adam Hannett, Bruichladdich’s head distiller. “Every element of The Bruichladdich Eighteen—from the specific harvest and barley varietals used, to the exact casks it has matured in—is fully traceable. At Bruichladdich Distillery, we’re committed to making delicious whisky with real provenance that benefits the community—and The Bruichladdich Eighteen is the embodiment of this ethos.”

Bottled primarily in ex-bourbon casks, as well as a few sauternes wine and port casks, The Bruichladdich Eighteen is matured exclusively on Islay. On the nose, it delivers aromas of honey, butterscotch, and citrus orange. The palate features a medley of tropical fruits and toasted mellow oak, leading to a finish filled with stone fruits, a delicate floral bouquet, and more oak.

The Bruichladdich Thirty

, meanwhile, is a story of resurrection. When the distillery shuttered in 1994, just two staff members remained to safeguard the remaining casks of whisky. Luckily, the Scotch survived and the distillery was reopened just seven years later.

“The Bruichladdich Thirty has been distilled using these legacy—almost lost—casks, capturing a pivotal moment in time for the distillery,” says Hannett. “This 30-year-old single malt not only celebrates the resurrection of our Victorian distillery but pays homage to the men who laid down this spirit three decades ago.”

Matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, The Bruichladdich Thirty offers aromas of toasted oak, honey, and soft vanilla. The palate delivers delicate flavors of dark chocolate and fresh sea air, followed by light fruits, honey, and a hint of leather. The finish features vibrant sea salt balanced with warm oak, soft vanilla, and coconut.

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February 24, 2024

Buffalo Wild Wings Giving Away Free Wings, No Purchase Necessary, for One Day Only

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Buffalo Wild Wings is giving out completely free wings, no strings attached. All you have to do is be in the United States and able to get yourself to a Buffalo Wild Wings location on Monday, Feb. 26 from 2–5 p.m. local time.

Within that three-hour window on Monday, anyone in America can redeem six of the chain’s chicken wings in any of its 26 signature sauces and seasonings. The one caveat is that the deal is only available for dine-in or in-store pickup, so you won’t be able to take advantage of free wings from any delivery app or online service. There is a limit of one free order per customer.

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Buffalo Wild Wings is giving away free wings to America to commemorate the Super Bowl going into overtime. They first announced the deal in 2019, but this is the first time they’ve gotten to implement it.

The deal differs from most other fast food “freebies,” which require some level of purchase and usually make enrollment in the chain’s rewards program mandatory for redemption.

Buffalo Wild Wings is allowing customers to redeem their six free wings without any purchase. They also don’t require you to be enrolled in their Blazin’ Rewards program, but the company stresses that even more incredible offers are available to “B-Dubs” members.

Start getting excited for Monday and check out the full list of Buffalo Wild Wings’ 26 sauces and dry rubs.


The Clarks Wallabees Shoppers Call the ‘Most Comfortable Shoes’ and Prefer to Slippers Are Finally Under $100

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The Clarks Wallabee occupies an odd place in menswear. What other shoe is this popular with both tenured professors and members of the Wu-Tang Clan? As is the case with most Clarks shoes, the reason lies at least partly in comfort. The cushioned, natural crepe sole can go toe-to-toe (pun intended) with most modern sneakers, and the Wallabee’s unique silhouette makes it an off-kilter classic.

The combination of supple suede and natural rubber comes at a cost, though, and Wallabees typically run for $160. But right now, Zappos is offering the Wallabee for as little as $91, a savings of $69. Plus, there is a range of colors on sale (enough for each member of the Wu-Tang). Sizes are starting to sell out, so act fast. You’ll want to consult the size chart, too: Wallabees are known for running large. 

Clarks Wallabee, From $91 (was $160) at Zappos

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Clarks’ best-known silhouette is the desert boot, a classic that’s similarly made from suede or leather and natural crepe rubber. If the desert boot is the prodigy, the Wallabee is the dark horse. The shoe has an unusual squared-off moccasin toe and a short, ankle-cut shaft that’s somewhere between a boot and a shoe.

The squared moccasin toe silhouette shines in the comfort department, leaving more wiggle room than a rounded toe. And the crepe sole is a wedge style rather than a heeled sole, adding comfort and support under the entire foot.

Shoppers raved about the comfort of Clarks’ Wallabee boots, with one writing that they “beat my bedroom slippers for comfort.” Another wrote, “These are the most comfortable shoes for being on your feet all day. They are great for teachers, or anyone that is working on a hard surface for a long period of time.”

The aesthetic earned high marks as well, with one shopper writing that the boots look “great casual or dressed up,” and another appreciating that they “work well with jeans and khakis.”

The Wallabee is an enduring offbeat icon that’s been popular everywhere from the streets of Kingston and New York to college campuses. It’s on a rare sale at Zappos, so you’ll want to act fast. 


February 22, 2024

Shoppers Love This Under Armour Half-Zip for Everything From Workouts to the Office, and It’s on Sale for Just $31

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When it comes to layering, jackets tend to get all the glory, but the base and mid-layers are just as important: While jackets get put away when they’re out of season, base and mid-layers come in handy year-round. And a quarter-zip or half-zip is one of the best choices for this, combining the comfort of a T-shirt with the warmth of a sweater.

Under Armour’s Tech 2.0 Half-Zip is a breathable option for workouts, hikes, and everyday wear, and it’s currently on sale at REI. Typically $45, it’s discounted to $31. Two neutral colors are available, gray and black, and it’s available in most sizes between small and XXXL. 

Under Armour Tech 2.0 Half-Zip Long-Sleeve Shirt, $31 (was $45) at REI

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The key appeal of a half-zip is, unsurprisingly, the zipper. You can open it partway for breathability, or zip it up to the top for warmth, and the long-sleeve design adds additional warmth. Under Armour’s Tech 2.0 features a funnel neck design that, when zipped up, will keep your neck warm and protected. The half-zip has the added benefit of looking more put-together than a casual T-shirt. It’s lightweight enough for warmer weather, too.

The Tech 2.0 Half-Zip shirt is built with comfort and performance in mind. It’s made from a soft polyester fabric that’s moisture-wicking and quick-drying. The shirt has raglan sleeves, or stitching that extends from the collarbone to the underarm. Raglan sleeves have the advantage of a wider range of movement, which is why they’re popular on sweatshirts and workout tees. The lightweight layer has a slightly curved hem for better coverage, and the looser fit lends itself to casual wear.

Shoppers liked this layer as an everyday option that could go from casual settings to the gym. One said it was “excellent” for “working out, casual wear, or working,” and another said it was “great for gym or travel.” Runners also appreciated the style, with one calling the zip shirt “perfect for running or anything activity,” and another calling it “great for running on a cool morning.”

Shoppers liked that it is suited to varied weather, with one writing that it’s “perfect for layering” and another saying it’s “lightweight but still warm.” Another wrote, “It can be worn as a second layer for a variety of sports.”

A quarter-zip or half-zip shirt in a performance fabric is well suited to workouts or casual wear, and it’ll quickly be a piece you reach for year-round. Under Armour is known for making top-performing athletic gear; act fast while this highly rated option is on sale for just $31.


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