Taste Test: Rachel’s Cottage Cheese Roasted Red Pepper

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Unlike many people, I eat cottage cheese because I really like it. Loaded with protein and low in fat, it makes a perfect mid-afternoon or nighttime snack (Bedtime Snacking on Cottage Cheese). Cottage cheese is also quite versatile: My favorite snack is a ½ cup of unsalted cottage cheese topped with jalapeño peppers and a tablespoon of salsa. So I was delighted when I spotted Rachel’s Wickedly Deliciousassortment of cottage cheeses on my grocer’s shelf. Although Rachel’s yogurt launched stateside […]

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Why You Should Eat Cinnamon and Cayenne Today

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We may not think of them as health foods, but many spices are actually considered super foods. Although earlier studies suggesting cinnamon could reduce blood sugar in people with diabetes have not lived up to the promise, this mild yet powerful spice has benefits that go beyond reducing blood sugar. Cinnamon’s phytochemical compounds, for example, help control cholesterol and triglycerides. Cinnamon also has high levels of inflammation-inhibiting antioxidants called polyphenols, which may protect against diseases related to oxidative damage, including […]

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Peanut Products: The Good and the Bad

Peanut Products: The Good and the Bad

If you eat peanut products regularly, check the Food and Drug Administration’s list of recalled foods, because it seems to get longer every day. When the outbreak first started, Peanut Corporation of America said its tainted products were distributed only to institutions, not stores. But the company recently issued a statement listing several brands formerly sold directly to consumers now available at retail stores. The latest peanut-related recalls include: Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vegan Trail […]

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Why Not Have Quinoa for Breakfast?

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Although quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) is often referred to as a grain, it’s technically a fruit. It’s also a complete protein that is high in lysine, methionine and cystine. This is why it has been called nature’s perfect food. Quinoa is often used as a lighter alternative to starchy side dishes such as rice and pasta, but it also makes an excellent alternative to breakfast cereals and oatmeal, especially if you don’t eat grains, wheat and spelt, which can irritate the […]

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Why You Should Eat Sardines Today

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Yes, sardines–the unpretentious little fish that comes in metal tins with peel off tops–are a nutritional powerhouse. And not only are they good for you, they’re cheap and come ready to eat, making them a perfect food for the prep-challenged. But what’s so great about sardines? Sardines are loaded with calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese. They are also a great source of nonmeat vitamin B12. In fact, one tin of sardines provides 150 percent of the […]

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Boost Your Metabolism in 3 Minutes

Boost Your Metabolism in 3 Minutes

Exercising regularly has many benefits, including lowering the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but many people feel they don’t have the time to follow the guidelines for physical activity. But new research shows you can cut your risk of diabetes by doing an intense 3-minute exercise session every couple of days. A team of researchers from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh in Scotland investigating the effect of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on metabolism found […]

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Mercury in Your Yogurt?

Mercury in Your Yogurt?

We all know there’s nothing sweet about high-fructose corn syrup, despite ads by the Corn Refiners Association calling the sweetener natural. But two new studies reveal that products sweetened with HFCS may also contain mercury. The main component of HFCS is fructose, a simple sugar naturally found in high levels in fruit. HFCS is used as a sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, deli meats, soups, condiments and yogurts. In the first study, researchers […]

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Why You Should Eat Kimchi Today

Why You Should Eat Kimchi Today

Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage dish made with a mix of garlic, salt, vinegar, chili peppers, and other spices. Loaded with healthy bacteria and vitamins A, B, and C, kimchi is a nutritional powerhouse. “All three ingredients in kimchi—cabbage, onions and garlic—have both significant anticancer properties and significant heart benefits,” Jonny Bowden, author of 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, says. To make kimchi, cabbage is salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation. “Almost all […]

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Eat Better, Save the Planet and Yourself

Save the Planet and Yourself

Today on NPR, Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep interviewed The New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman . In his new book Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating,Bittman claims we could reduce the environmental impact of industrial farming by eating less animal products. According to Bittman, Americans raise and slaughter 10 billion animals each year for consumption. “All industrial farming–from fish farming to chicken farming to egg and dairy farming–has an environmental impact,” Bittman says. Bittman claims reducing our consumption […]

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Best Strategy to Shed Post-Baby Weight

Shed Post-Baby Weight

Are you struggling to shed extra pounds following a pregnancy? If so, a combination of diet and exercise is a more effective than dieting or exercising alone. According to a Cochrane Systematic Review, women who combined diet and exercise lost more post-baby weight than women with a standard post-natal lifestyle. Meanwhile, women who exercised without dieting–or dieted without exercising–did not lose more weight than women with normal care. “As well as helping reduce body weight, exercise has the added advantage […]

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