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What is meat? (And who gets to decide that?)

These days, even people who would never consider going vegetarian full-time enjoy meals that are plant-based. After all, meals packed with veggies, beans and whole grains are good for you, better for the planet, and often cheaper. And for those…

What's wrong with eating hot dogs, lunch meat and bacon?

A summer favorite for cookouts and baseball games, Americans spend more than $3 billion on hot dogs just in supermarket sales each year. But as tasty as they might be, hot dogs have earned a well-deserved bad health rap in…

What are natural flavors vs. artificial flavors?

Check your pantry or nearly any grocery store shelf. Odds are, many of the items you find will list natural or artificial flavors in the ingredients. Of the two, natural flavor sounds more appealing. But what are natural flavors and…

Why meat consumption isn't sustainable

Quite often, I meet people — well-meaning, thoughtful, caring people who are vigilant about their meat consumption, who insist that if we grass-fed all the beef, if we free-ranged all the chickens, the world would be a better, cleaner place….

How much plastic do you consume every day?

Microplastics aren’t on the USDA’s food pyramid, but maybe they should be. We’re certainly consuming enough of them to merit a mention. Research led by Kieran Cox at the University of Victoria in Canada found that, on average, we’re consuming…

11 berries to improve your health

Of all the so-called superfoods — the nutrient-rich foods high in antioxidants that are thought to fight the ills of aging — few receive more accolades than the berry family. From humble blueberries to their exotic cousins from distant climes,…

10 foods to improve your mood

More than a third of us reach for comfort foods during stressful times; starchy foods and desserts are go-to foods when the going gets rough, according to a recent national survey. But as it turns out, the foods that provide…

New ruby chocolate is 'intense sensorial delight'

Get your Instagram account ready. Pink-hued chocolate is heading this way, and it’s pretty enough to brag about. Swiss chocolate producer Barry Callebaut is launching its new ruby chocolate in the U.S. and Canada. The company calls ruby a fourth…

7 reasons to take your lunch to work

I work from home. When it comes time for lunch each day, I have the advantage of my full kitchen. But, you know what? So do you. You can have anything that is in your kitchen for lunch when you…

Is the charcoal food trend dangerous?

Black is the new rainbow, at least in food trends. Black ice cream, black macarons, black pasta, black beverages, black croissants … they’re the foodie’s latest Instagram darling. How does that hue end up in food? Sometimes, squid ink does…