With this season’s flu making the rounds like a bad rumor, any opportunity to boost our immune defenses is worth pursuing—particularly seeing as how most of us still sneeze or cough into our hands as opposed to a tissue (or our elbows, if we’re in a pinch). Meanwhile, it has been a good week for carrots, with news of their capacity to minimize symptoms of certain diabetes genes and make us more positive. Here are the other health and nutrition stories you should be checking out this week.

  • Time: Before you pour anything hot into your melamine bowl/cup, consider that chemicals can be released by the heat and seep into your food and drink.
  • New York Daily News: We’re more likely to understand the caloric impact of that boxed mac and cheese when we see the nutritional information for the entire meal rather than individual servings.
  • Chicago Tribune: Thanks to another savvy teen equipped with a Change.org petition, we’ll soon be enjoying  citrus Gatorades without the brominated vegetable oil.
  • Men’s Health: Carrots could be the key to your happiness, as well as that of the people around you. A study found optimists take in more carotenoids—found also in pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, kale, and cantaloupe—than haters do. The key is getting them via fruits and vegetables, as opposed to taking supplements.
  • Living Green Magazine: Making a bid as a near perfect food, spirulina is a blue-green algae supplement that packs in a potent combo of protein, B vitamins, beta carotene, minerals, and essential fatty acids.