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Loads of ‘healthy’ yoghurts contain almost all of a child’s recommended daily sugar intake

Embargoed to 0600 Monday April 23 Undated handout photo issued by Public Health Liverpool of a poster to highlight the findings of an analysis on yoghurts, as campaigners have warned that apparently healthy yoghurts can come close to sending children over their daily sugar limit in a single helping. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 23, 2018. Public Health Liverpool said its own analysis found that some yoghurts contain the equivalent of almost five sugar cubes. NHS guidelines say children aged between four and six should have no more than 19g or five cubes of free sugar (sugar not 'locked in' naturally to products) a day, while seven-to-10-year-olds should have no… <a href=Read the full story

Forget cat islands, Japan has a fox village where you can pet the animals

Pic by Isabelle Cosgrove/Caters News (Pictured: Isabelle Cosgrove at the Zao fox sanctuary village in Japan. The village helps many rescued foxes and allows visitors to pay a fee to feed and pet them.) - A YOUTUBER has given a glimpse inside Japans incredible fox village where visitors can pet the animals. Isabelle Cosgrove said the bushy tailed foxes were the sofest animal she had ever petted. She visited the sanctuary, called Sao Fox Village which is more than 200 miles north of Tokyo - capturing her time there on video. SEE CATERS COPY
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YouTuber Isabelle Cosgrove says that foxes are the ‘softest animals’ that she’s ever… Read the full story

Adidas and Reebok are the best brands for environmental and social transparency

Undated handout photo of a poster for Fashion Revolution's Fashion Transparency Index, as Adidas and Reebok have again topped a ranking of global brands' social and environmental transparency and practices. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 23, 2018. The index of 150 major global brands and retailers found improvement across the industry, but said most companies were still operating in broadly the same way that enabled the Rana Plaza disaster to happen five years ago. See PA story CONSUMER Fashion. Photo credit should read: Fashion Revolution/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the… <a href=Read the full story

My traumatic child birth made me realise how important it is to talk about the realities of having babies

Vicki and Oliver
Vicki and Oliver (Picture: Vicki Psarias)

If only birth lived up to the celluloid dreams from the movies, or the perfect mother-baby imagery from other forms of traditional media.

I naively expected the birth of my first son to be easy and serene, ideally in a birthing pool with whale music and crashing waves playing on repeat, followed by an old school R&B playlist.

My husband would be rubbing my back as I gave it all I got. A few pushes, and he’d be out.

Giving birth was the most natural thing in the world so I expected to be a natural at it.


What I did get was a high risk… Read the full story

It’s 2018 and your boss can still insist that you wear make up for work

*illustration request* xx people reveal their best budget beauty buys
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In my late teens I worked at a fancy London department store with a strict dress code. 

In order to be allowed to work your shift you had to wear a black suit (matching jacket and skirt or trousers) a pair of high heels and a full face of make up.

Since I worked there, the high heel policy has been reformed and a smart, structured flat shoe is now acceptable. Which is great for current employees but won’t fix the damage that running up and down in those heels did to my feet.

The make up policy, however, remains in tact.… Read the full story

Treat your precious puppy to a dog-sized sunhat

How ruddy cute (Credit: TAILUP)

You’ve got your own trendy sun protection, but have you ever thought about looking after your dog?

As well as donning your own baseball cap for a walk in the sunny park, you can now get one for your pooch.

These hats from Tail Up are paw-fect for protecting your dog’s eyes and head from the sun’s harmful rays, and they even have little gaps for ears.

They come in lots of different designs, like block colours, stripes, leopard print and flowers.

The hats got heaps of attention after the below post went viral on Facebook, showcasing the cutest of cute puppers wearing a lime green version.

He… Read the full story

Attention motorheads: Harley-Davidson’s summer internship comes with a free motorbike

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If you’re looking for a summer placement with some serious perks, look no further.

Because Harley-Davidson’s new internship is offering a world of benefits – including, of course, a free motorbike.

The company’s named the scheme ‘Find Your Freedom’ and it sounds like a dream come true.

It’s a 12-week, full-time programme which expects interns to ride around on a Harley and ‘chronical your summer on social media’, representing the brand as a ‘brand enthusiast’.

Oh, and it’s actually paid.

And you don’t even need any prior experience with motorbikes – the internship includes a motorcycle-training course.

‘We’ll teach you to ride, give you a bike and pay you to discover motorcycle culture while you… Read the full story

Parents share all the reasons why three is the magic number of children

About to be a big sister! (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

With the Duchess of Cambridge currently in labour with her third child, the topic of family size is a hot one. 

Mumsnet (unofficial meeting place of all UK parents) looked into the ‘perfect’ number of children. And it’s good news for Wills and Kate, because parents of three kids say that it’s the ‘perfect’ number of kids.

In the survey of over 1,000 parents, 55% of those who have three children said going from two children to three was easier than the transition from one to two children, and also easier than welcoming a baby into the family for… Read the full story

Londoners can now get vegan poutine on Deliveroo

Londoners can now get vegan poutine on Deliveroo
Vegan poutine on regular fries, oh baby (Picture: By Chloe)

Vegans of London rejoice, for you can now get vegan poutine delivered direct to your gobs.

Don’t know what poutine is? Oh baby, you’re missing out.

It’s a Canadian dish originating from Quebec, consisting of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy – and it’s delicious.

You can also get loads of different variants – adding meat, veggies, and other toppings like jalapeño .

Hip vegan joint By Chloe – who opened in London this year – has just launched a vegan version of the dish.

Their version is made from their signature air-baked fries, and… Read the full story

Netflix and chill? No, now you can watch it off a personal trainer’s back


You’ve always got one more kilometre in you. Or at least one more episode.

So why not combine the two?

Gym company David Lloyd is clearly forward-thinking, as it has introduced a new system of running – personal trainers strapping TV screens behind them to encourage runners to keep up.

Instead of quitting your run at the earliest sign of lethargy, now you can at least wait till that episode of Friends is over.

No one feels good after bingeing on a TV… Read the full story

Artificial sweeteners may contribute to diabetes

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A new study suggests that consuming high amounts of artificial sweeteners may contribute towards developing type II diabetes just as much as eating loads of sugar.

Scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University spent three weeks studying rats who were already susceptible to diabetes.

They fed one group a diet packed with glucose and fructose (sugars) and the other, aspartame and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners).

And after the trial period, it was found that the rats who had consumed a load of synthetic sweeteners displayed ‘biochemical changes in the blood that could potentially lead to alterations in fat and energy metabolism’.

Compared to sugary diets which can… Read the full story

Change your name to Jesus if you want a lifetime’s supply of grooming products

One beard to rule them all (Picture: Getty)

We’re not sure what Jesus’s grooming routine was but in many artist impressions, he looked pretty rad.

The original hipster beard is goals for most facial hair growers and if you find yourself fed up with all the self-care gear you need, you might be able to get it all for free.

Just change your name to Jesus.

No, seriously; male grooming brand Mo Bros has dared one brave soul to legally change his name to Jesus in exchange for a lifetime’s supply of Mo Bro’s products.

It’s important to feel able to reject your partner sexually – even if you’re married

people tell us the things people said during sex that instantly killed the mood
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When I got engaged people asked me how I felt about the idea I’d never sleep with another person again. 

‘At least’ one of my friends said, ‘you can have sex whenever you want.’

She was being flippant, but nevertheless, it got me thinking.

How often do we assume that being in a relationship with another person entitles us to their body?

When I was single, sex was preceded by a conversation about consent. Now that I’m married, that consent is a little different. More implied, more based around reading the signals and understanding the rhythm… Read the full story

As Kate Middleton prepares to give birth, here are 17 things to avoid saying to your partner while they’re in labour

You’re beautiful when you’re in pain. (Picture: Getty)

Generally speaking, childbirth is a long, messy process with lots of waiting around.

Your other half is incapacitated and uncomfortable, but there’s nothing either of you can do until the contractions pick up. In the meantime, you’re stuck with each other.

And it’s tempting to fill in those gaps in the conversation with the first thing that comes into your head.

Trust us: it’s a surefire way to earn yourself a fierce look – or worse. And with the royal baby imminent, now’s the perfect opportunity for a refresher…

Where Kate Middleton is having her baby… Read the full story

Will you take a pledge to stop using single-use plastic bottles?

Cropped shot of young woman pouring water from plastic water bottle at kitchen table
Definitely could have got this from the tap (Picture: Getty)

By now, we all know that single-use plastic is bad.

But seeing how so much produce is housed in the stuff – be it fruit, crisps or drinks – it can seem like a daunting mission trying to cut down.

A good place to start is single-use plastic bottles – if we all stopped buying mineral water in bottles with our lunch, and instead filled reusable water bottles with tap water or filtered water from coolers, we’d be making a headway on the problem.

It’s all well and good saying… Read the full story

14 people tell us the things said to them during sex that instantly killed the mood

people tell us the things people said during sex that instantly killed the mood
It’s a fine line between dirty talk and mood killer (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I know you’ve been listening to Metro.co.uk’s brand spanking new podcast Good Sex Bad Sex (hosted by hilarious Miranda Kane and freckly me) – and I know you now know I think sex is ridiculous.

But do you know what I find most ridiculous about sex?

When the sexers and the sexees talk.

ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: Why I'm prioritising self-love for a mentally well Valentine’s Day (Fiona Thomas)Good Sex Bad Sex podcast –… Read the full story

What is the recommended daily sugar intake?

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We seem to be hearing about the amount of sugar hiding in our ‘healthy’ diets on a near-daily basis.

Only this morning, we heard how loads of fruity yoghurts actually contain a child’s entire recommended daily sugar intake.

We all know that we shouldn’t gorge on the stuff, but how much exactly should we be consuming, and how much is enough to put us at risk from tooth decay and obesity?

Glucose, sucrose, maltose, corn syrup, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, fructose, and molasses – they all mean the same thing: sugar.

The NHS says added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy (calorie intake) you get from… Read the full story

Is it really an achievement to finish a marathon in over six hours?

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Yesterday was the hottest London Marathon on record.

As such, many of the people I knew running left their ambitions of achieving personal bests at the start line and simply tried to survive.

For some, that meant having to accept that they’d be finishing in nearer to five hours than four. For others, it meant accepting that they’d be walking some bits and stopping every verse end for a drink.

While we lamented our firends’ fates, one member of our party (who previously ran a sub-4 marathon with a broken leg) started joking that as long as none of them finished in over six hours, they could all… Read the full story

My advice to William and Kate on how to cope with the early days of having three children

Loads of straight people are having same-sex sex

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If you’ve ever had a same-sex experience, but consider yourself to be straight, then you’re not alone. 

In fact, you’re in good company. According to research released in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, 25% of women who’ve had same-sex sexual experiences consider themselves to be straight.

The research examined just over 24,000 undergraduate students, and of that 24,000, a quarter of women and 1 in 8.5 men, have had sexual experiences with people of their own gender, but don’t consider themselves to be gay or bi.

The study’s co-author, Arielle Kuprberg, explained that same-sex experiences don’t ‘make’ you homosexual, saying: ‘Not everybody who has same-sex relationships is secretly gay,” says co-author Arielle Kuperberg, Ph.D., director… Read the full story

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