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5 tips for including more whole grains

5 tips for including more whole grains

“Eat More Whole Grains”. I can’t think of one public health organization that doesn’t put that phrase front and center in their diet guidelines. It’s not bad advice. Whole grains retain all the nutritional value of the grain, including the fiber. Nutrients like fiber, B 

10 easy ways to use avocados

10 easy ways to use avocados

If there’s one thing I hate it’s food waste. So imagine my horror at the recent U.S. embargo on avocados from Mexico. Thanks to a series of violent incidents and threats against a U.S. plant inspector, avocado imports from Mexico were halted. Avocados are highly 

Anti-aging diet vs healthful aging diet

Anti-aging diet vs healthful aging diet

Another day, another iteration of a so-called “anti-aging diet”. The latest advice comes from researchers in Norway, who created a diet model that will theoretically add 13 (or just 10 for females) years to your life. Given what we’ve learned about the wonders of health 

Prime time for chocolate

Prime time for chocolate

It’s February, and thanks to Valentine’s Day, it’s prime time for chocolate. But even without an official holiday, there’s something about winter that screams “chocolate!” Perhaps because it brightens the mood during the dark days of winter. Or the rich and complex flavor goes with 

5 reasons I don’t ‘do’ calories

5 reasons I don’t ‘do’ calories

I write about food, nutrition and health, yet I avoid talking about calories. This might seem strange, since so much of diet and health culture is about calories obsession. Weight loss diets, food labels, restaurant menus, online food trackers, recipes, apps that track exercise and 

Add spicy and savory to your sweet potato repertoire

Add spicy and savory to your sweet potato repertoire

When you think of sweet potatoes, what comes to mind? Thanksgiving? Marshmallow casserole? Chili sauce? Chili sauce, really? Don’t let the word “sweet” limit your ideas about sweet potatoes. They’re widely consumed around the world, in savory and spicy dishes. According to the International Potato