Chocolate and wine may taste much more decadent, but for ladies looking to give their sex lives a boost, an apple a day could get the job done, too.
Researchers in Italy studied 731 women, aged 18 to 43. Half of the participants were asked to include at least one apple in their daily diet, while the other half were asked to abstain — from the fruit, that is. Each group was also instructed to complete a Female Sexual Function Index, which lists 19 questions about the study participants' sexual activities and overall satisfaction.
The findings? Published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, researchers wrote in the study that women from the apple-noshing group reported higher sexual satisfaction than their non-apple-eating counterparts, notes The Telegraph. The scientists surmised the higher satisfaction may be thanks to the compound phloridzin, present in apples, which is similar to the female sex hormone estradiol. Apples also contain polyphenols and antioxidants (just like chocolate and wine!), both of which stimulate blood flow, assisting in arousal.
Apples, by the way, are still good for things besides sex: Scientists have found the fruit may lower blood fat levels in postmenopausal women (cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes), and eating the fruit can also help lower cholesterol levels. Sarah Eberspacher
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.