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April 19, 2013 - 1:06pm

Juicing and smoothies are all the rage right now. While both can boost your fruit and vegetable intake (something most Americans need to do) and are great for getting a variety of produce into your diet, one is the better choice.

That’s the smoothie. Why? Juicing leaves behind a pulp—which contains fiber and nutrients that you end up tossing away—and thus you lose most of the benefits of whole fruits and vegetables. Blending produce into a smoothie, however, preserves fiber—and a smoothie can deliver an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals because it often includes fruit skins and pith. If your smoothie includes yogurt or milk, you get some calcium too. Blending, however, introduces oxygen and sometimes heat, which will knock out a little vitamin C and some B vitamins. (No big deal really, as most of us get plenty of C and produce isn’...

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March 15, 2013 - 1:02pm

Here’s why you can feel good about organic: USDA–certified organic means your food is produced without synthetic pesticides, bioengineering or radiation; animals are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. But the debate about whether organic foods are healthier for you continues. And two new studies add to the controversy. (Here are 14 foods you should buy organic.)

Don’t Miss: Save Money with these 15 Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic

In a recent study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, researchers fed organically and conventionally grown carrots to mice. Mice who ate organic had an increase...

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March 11, 2013 - 1:59pm

If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you’re not eating gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—you probably know to steer clear of big, obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods.

Related: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Gluten

But there are also foods that are sometimes made with gluten-containing ingredients that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to contain gluten. Here’s a list of surprising foods that are not gluten-free—a must-read if you have celiac-disease, are eating gluten-free or cooking for someone who is.


• Bouillon cubes and broths
• Dairy substitutes, such as nondairy creamer
• Rice mixes
•...

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March 1, 2013 - 10:10am

There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna lunch, stale coffee or worse. What you eat and poor oral hygiene are the two main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.

When you think about it, the mouth is a dirty worksite: more than 600 kinds of bacteria live in the average mouth. Many produce smelly gases as they digest the tiny food particles lodged between your teeth and on your tongue. Some of the most offensive gases produced by mouth bacteria are sulfur compounds, which are formed during the breakdown of proteins. Garlic and onion also contain many sulfur compounds. A proper oral-hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing, rinsing, tongue cleansing and regular visits to the dentist, is an important first step.

But even with good dental hygiene your breath can still stink....

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February 26, 2013 - 9:44am

First Lady Michelle Obama is the ultimate busy mom—last week she presented at the Oscars, this morning she’s on Good Morning America talking about her latest effort to help Americans eat healthier—the MyPlate Recipes Partnership. Starting today, you’ll be able to find healthy MyPlate-inspired recipes from EatingWell and 17 more of America’s top publishers to help you eat in line with the MyPlate guidelines, the USDA’s nutrition icon and guide, on our websites and on a new MyPlate Pinterest page at pinterest.com/myplaterecipes.

As a partner in this effort, EatingWell and our fellow publishing brands got to visit the White House last week. It was really fun to get a tour...

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