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January 14, 2015 - 2:05pm

When it comes to whole-wheat sandwich bread, there are a ton of choices at the supermarket. And not all are as healthy as they seem. Here, we break down the nutrition for you.

Numbers to Look For:
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories: Around 100 calories*
Fiber: ≥ 2g
Sugar: ≤ 4g
Sodium: ≤ 200mg
*Will vary based on size.

Look for the Word “Whole”: The first ingredient in your bread should be whole-wheat flour. Without the word “whole” in front of it, that wheat bread is made with refined grains. Don’t let the color trick you—just because it’s brown doesn’t make it whole-wheat; sometimes manufacturers add molasses or other coloring to darken the bread.

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December 23, 2014 - 11:55am

This is a big deal, kind of like a new iPhone release in the produce aisle. Say hello to the Kalette. You may not know this veggie yet, but you certainly know its parents: kale and Brussels sprouts.

Naturally cross-bred in England, Kalettes made their way stateside last fall and for us it was pretty much love at first bite. Look for them at Trader Joe’s (packaged as Kale Sprouts) or in a produce section near you. Try them roasted: the outer leaves crisp up like kale chips while the stalk stays tender and mildly sweet. Other ways to eat them: shredded in a salad, halved and sautéed as a pizza topper or in a frittata. They sure are cute… but luckily not too cute to eat!

Get the Recipe: Roasted Kalettes

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December 17, 2014 - 1:24pm

Sugar seems to be everywhere these days—in foods that taste sweet and even foods that don’t. It sweetens up everything from yogurts and coffee drinks to sauces and crackers to pizzas and salad dressings. Sugar goes by many names, but whether it’s cane sugar, syrup, honey or fructose, it pretty much gets treated the same way by your body.











Here are some of the 60-plus different names for sugar that may appear on your food labels.

1. Anhydrous dextrose
2. Agave
3. Agave nectar
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown sugar (light and dark brown)
6. Cane juice
7. Cane juice solids
8. Cane sugar
9. Cane syrup
10. Carob syrup
11. Caster sugar
12. Coconut sugar
13. Confectioners’ sugar
14. Corn syrup
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December 2, 2014 - 2:27pm

If you’re trying to slim down, you might be entirely cutting out some of your favorite (perhaps not-so-healthy) foods—thinking that not eating treats will help you lose weight.

However, restricting foods that you enjoy can actually make you overindulge in them later, potentially undoing all your recent healthy-eating efforts, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. You might not be successful at losing weight, despite your best intentions.

The lesson? You can keep your favorite foods around while slimming down. Here’s how to keep those favorite foods in your diet.


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November 13, 2014 - 4:13pm

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Music, parties, lights, glitter, snow and, of course, the yummy food!

The one thing I don't always love is holiday shopping. It's hard to know what to get for the people on my list.

So this year, I polled my fellow EatingWell editors for their top gift picks for food lovers. Spread holiday cheer with any of these finds or give one to yourself (I won't tell).








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