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February 25, 2015 - 12:29pm

Every five years, the USDA releases the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (aka what we all should be eating).

In advance of the official release, an advisory committee publishes its suggestions for what should become the Dietary Guidelines. That report came out last week.

Although some vociferous voices have criticized the guidelines, well-respected, highly credentialed nutrition experts have also applauded them (see here, here and here).

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February 18, 2015 - 4:36pm

The concern started in 2012 when Consumer Reports published its first report on arsenic in rice. Since then, it’s been making us think twice about too much risotto and sushi rolls.

Arsenic is a natural element in water and soil. (It also comes from environmental contaminants.) And while many foods we eat contain some arsenic (from apple juice and beer to chicken), the concentration of arsenic tends to be higher in rice because rice absorbs it more readily than other plants do.

“Arsenic is held tight in soil by iron oxide, but in flooded paddy soil [where rice is grown] these iron oxides dissolve, releasing arsenic into the water, making it more available to plants,” says Brian Jackson, Ph.D., associate research professor at Dartmouth College.

Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is associated with skin, bladder and lung...

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February 18, 2015 - 10:43am

A common reason people avoid gluten is to lose weight—an approach about 13 million people have taken, far overshadowing gluten avoidance for health issues.

To remove gluten from your diet, you have to stop eating wheat and foods that contain it, such as bread, pasta, cereal and crackers, which are all relatively rich in calories.

If you replace them with foods like fruit, vegetables and lean meats, you may naturally eat fewer calories and lose weight.

But if you replace them with gluten-free counterparts made with rice or other gluten-free flours, you’re just substituting one carb for another and likely eating the same number of calories—possibly more—so you won’t lose weight.

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February 18, 2015 - 9:43am

EatingWell’s Oscar-Ready Party Menu for 2015

My family hosts an Oscar party every year and each time we try to outdo ourselves when it comes to the party food and menu. It’s a fun challenge to pair dish ideas with nominees, giving our inner punners free rein. (In past years, for instance, we’ve had Lord of the Onion Rings and Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches.)

Here’s the food we’ll be serving on Oscar night (Sunday, Feb. 22) in honor of this year’s eight Best Picture contenders.



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February 18, 2015 - 9:12am

Granola’s health halo can be well deserved; after all, it’s made with whole oats, nuts and dried fruit and most brands have 3 grams of fiber per ¼-cup serving. But they can be high in sugar and calories. Here’s how to pick the healthiest and tastiest.

Sugar Smarts: Almost all granolas have some sugar—it’s one reason they’re so yummy. Look for one with no more than 6 grams per ¼ cup.

Don't Miss: DIY Homemade Granola Ideas

Check the Calories: Granolas pack around 100-130 calories in a small 1/4-cup serving. That’s about twice what you’ll find in many cereals. So keep serving size in mind and try just a bit of granola on top of yogurt or ricotta with lots of fruit....

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