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October 26, 2010 - 12:15pm

Garlic is one of those ingredients that I always have on hand: there’s a bulb on my kitchen counter and a jar of minced garlic in my fridge. I love it because not only does garlic add flavor and aroma to any dish, but it offers health benefits too. Studies show garlic may lower breast, colon, stomach, throat and skin cancer risks. It’s heart-healthy, too, as it’s been shown to prevent clotting. The secret to all these health benefits? Sulfides.

Related: Find out why pairing garlic and onions with whole grains makes them even healthier.

(Cooks take note: the way garlic is treated in the kitchen can affect its health benefits. Those beneficial sulfides aren’t released...

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October 20, 2010 - 12:11pm

Since having a baby five months ago, my belly isn’t quite as flat as it used to be, even though I’ve lost the baby weight. I’m not obsessed with the pudge that remains but I certainly wouldn’t miss it if it went away. And so I was intrigued by a story Ana Mantica wrote for EatingWell about three foods that might help melt away fat. My nutrition training has taught me not to believe in magic bullets for weight loss, but since all the ingredients Mantica mentions are nutritious, I figure that getting more of them can’t hurt.

Here are the three slimming foods—and how they might help us all to “whittle our middles”:

Whole grains: Eating whole grains...

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September 22, 2010 - 11:21am

I’m head over heels in love with soup. Once the weather turns cooler, I make a batch of soup (or more!) each week, trying new recipes as well as improving upon tried-and-true favorites. I love the whole process of creating a pot of soup—from chopping to the final stir—and the simplicity of serving it. Just add a hunk of warm bread and dinner is served.

Related: Healthy Homemade Bread Recipes to Serve with Your Soup

Here are three more reasons I love soup:

1. It’s a great way to use up leftovers or produce items that need to be eaten. When I decide to make a pot of soup, I start by surveying my refrigerator: do I have any opened boxes or cans of broth in the fridge? What...

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September 21, 2010 - 11:27am

With two little kids in daycare, I’m going to do everything I can to keep myself—and indirectly, the little guys, too, I hope—from getting sick. I’ll be getting a flu shot, washing my hands, staying away from the “to-share” treats co-workers put out and doing my best to keep my distance from anyone who is coughing, sneezing or sniffling—or who has obvious green snot dripping from his nose. (Again, my kids are in daycare.)

Thanks to Emily Sohn, who, in the September/October 2010 issue of EatingWell, shares strategies to boost immunity naturally, I have three more stay-well tactics to try.


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September 16, 2010 - 11:06am

The other day while I was making zucchini bread, I cracked an egg and dumped it right down the drain. Total mistake. (With a baby who still wakes up multiple times a night, I’m still a little sleep deprived.) There was a time, however, when I intentionally washed egg yolks down the drain—and used only the whites—because I thought that egg yolks were bad for my heart. Joyce Hendley tackles this food myth and 12 others in the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine.

Here are the details of why you should go ahead and eat the yolks, plus highlights of other food myths that just won’t die.

Myth 1: Eggs are bad for your heart.
The Truth:...

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