Inside the Queen and Meghan Markle's first joint engagement, how eating lentils can lower your diabetes risk and why your screen time is impacting your kids: The weekend news wrap

What happened when the Queen and Meghan Markle went out together without Prince Harry, how eating lentils can lower your blood sugar and why your screen habits are having a negative impact on your children - here's what you may have missed over the weekend.

The Queen and Meghan Markle make their first appearance together

Meghan is no stranger to large crowds and cheering fans, but attending royal engagements with her in-laws is still very much a new thing for her.

The internet was ablaze with people scrutinising the interaction between the pair and the strength of Meghan's grasp on official protocol, the Duchess of Sussex, despite being a tad nervous, brought out a calm, relaxed and happy side to the Queen, as the two women giggled together over the day.

Her Majesty and Meghan were on assignment, first opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge over the River Mersey, before heading on to open The Playhouse, a library and theatre complex in Chester. 

The Duchess of Sussex echoed the biggest day of her life with her outfit, wearing a cream-coloured Givenchy dress with caped shoulders and a neat black belt.

While the day went off without a hitch, perhaps the only hiccup came from Meghan, when she was seen briefly hesitating, before asking Her Majesty who should enter the royal car first. Seconds later, she climbed in first, before the Queen. 

We'd consider her first assignment without Prince Harry to be a success!

How lentils can slash your diabetes risk

A new study from the University of Guelph has uncovered that substituting starchy carbs like rice or potatoes for lentils can lower your blood sugar by at least 20 percent.

The idea behind the investigation was to examine the body's response to carbohydrates, with the research team finding legumes (or pulses) have the power to stabilise blood sugar levels quite significantly. "Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose level," said Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. "We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses."

To see changes almost immediately, the study recommends swapping out half your portion of starchy sides for lentils instead. A good compromise for all the carb lovers out there.

Could your screen habits be damaging your kids?

Are your glued to your smartphone or tablet? Parents who are guilty of spending a lot of time on their devices in front of their kids could influence their parent/child relationships, which can lead to behavioural issues.

Researchers have coined the term "technoference" to describe the impacts of this distraction during family time. According to new research, kids are more frustrated, hyperactive and are more likely to throw tantrums when their parents are digitally distracted.

"Children may be more likely to act out over time in response to technoference as opposed to internalise," says Jenny S. Radesky from the University of Michigan Medical School. Basically, if they feel you're more into your Facebook feed than them, they'll let you know about it. 

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