There's no doubt that nonstick pans are convenient. But the nonstick coating that makes the pans a cinch to clean up may also be harming your health. For Day 3 of the Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge, pull out your old cast-iron skillet and season it. Using cast-iron or stainless steel pots and pans can help you avoid perfluorocarbons (PFCs), chemicals used to coat nonstick pans that are linked to liver damage, developmental problems and cancer. Find out how to season your cast iron skillet here.
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You might not think of water as a source of toxins, but tap water can in fact contain up to 315 pollutants, including arsenic (a heavy metal) and pesticides, according to a 2009 analysis by the Environmental Working Group. And bottled water can contain the same contaminants as tap.
Fortunately, there's an easy fix--filter your tap water. Look for a filter for your sink, a pitcher filter or even one in a water bottle. Just make sure it’s certified by the Water Quality Association (wqa.org) or NSF International (nsf.org) to screen out pesticides from farms and golf courses that can leach into well water. (Even tap water may contain traces of unregulated pesticides.) In most cases, a $15-20 PUR or Brita pitcher filter will do the trick.
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When apple season rolls around, and the berries, peaches and plums of summer sadly make their exit, apples take center stage in my daily fruit intake. Fortunately, apples have a host of health benefits including one exciting one for dieters--they may help you to lose weight! Find out more about this and 4 other health benefits of apples on my new blog.read full post »
My favorite thing about fall in Vermont is rambling through a nearby orchard, picking crisp, juicy apples and crunching into one, fresh off the tree. Yet apples are so commonplace that they’re almost overlooked—pushed aside by flashier superfruits, such as pomegranates and goji berries. (Check 10 everyday superfoods you should eat here.)
But as a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I know that apples have surprising nutritional benefits that justify the “apple a day” adage. Here are some of apples’ nutritional boons:
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I'm so excited to introduce EatingWell's 14-Day Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge. If you've wanted to detox your kitchen and were wondering where to start, this is the challenge for you. We've put together 14 of our best, easy-to-accomplish tips for scrubbing your diet free of harmful toxins and chemicals. To participate, visit our Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge landing page to find find daily tips and tools you need to detox your kitchen.
TIP 1: Print out a pocket-sized list of the Dirty Dozen—the 12 fruits and vegetables the Environmental Working Group has identified as having the most pesticide residues—and use it when you go grocery shopping to curb your pesticide exposure by choosing organic for those foods. Pesticide exposure is linked...read full post »