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If you want the health benefits of tomatoes, keep your meatballs away from the spaghetti

So, what’s the forecast for dinner? Spaghetti with a chance of meatballs? Here’s the thing: As yummy as those meatballs — or lentil or what-have-you balls — are, they may actually steal the nutritional thunder of tomatoes. According to a…

City shuts down preschool's farm stand

At Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, the young students do typical preschool things. They work on spelling and draw interesting creations, but they also get to play and learn in an amazing garden. The…

Everything you need to know about mooncakes (including why they're so expensive)

After Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the most important celebration in China. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, so the celebration changes each year. This year, the holiday falls…

5 ways your diet affects neurological health

We’re all familiar with the effects an unhealthy diet can have on our hearts and waistlines. Study after study have shown that a diet high in ultra-processed foods (think added sugars, preservatives and chemical additives) can lead to obesity, cardiovascular…

Who says jerky has to be beef?

If you’ve ever taken a cross-country road trip or loaded up your hiking gear with long-lasting snacks, it’s likely you included dried beef jerky alongside such tried-and-true favorites as trail mix and GORP. The dehydrated meat snack has been around…

Why home cooking can't solve all our food problems

Gathering around the family table for a nightly dinner has never been so complicated. It seems like there’s a new study every day describing rising obesity rates, the danger of ultra-processed foods, and the increasingly busy schedules of families —…

6 foods more likely than chicken to harbor salmonella

Most of us take precautions in our kitchens against salmonella poisoning from chicken. We wipe up any raw juices on our countertop, wash cutting boards thoroughly and cook chicken all the way through, until it’s no longer pink. This helps…

What is a ketogenic diet?

You’ve heard of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets like the Atkins diet and paleo diet. A strict version of those diets has also gained popularity, simply called the ketogenic or keto diet. These ketogenic diets are occasionally popular because they allow people…

What is a flavonoid?

Flavonoids are plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties found in many fruits and vegetables like blueberries and grapes. They serve a variety of functions such as protecting blood vessel walls in people who have heart disease or diabetes, alleviating allergies,…

Are fruits and veggies healthier raw or cooked?

We could all use more fruits and vegetables in our diets, and it certainly helps when they’re in season and taste wonderful. If they aren’t appetizing, it’s hard to eat enough of these nutritious foods every day. So what’s the…