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EatingWell Blogs (Page 244)

September 17, 2010 - 4:42pm

As someone who is health conscious, I read a lot of labels. My general rule is to buy foods that list ingredients I can pronounce, but there are at least two things I additionally watch out for: ingredients that sound healthy but aren’t (I try to avoid those) and obscure ingredients that sound scary but are basically harmless.

The latest ingredient to request a “healthier-sounding” name change? High-fructose corn syrup. This week, the Corn Refiners Association, which represents firms who make the product, petitioned the FDA to change the ingredient’s name to “corn sugar.” The group has many reasons for wanting the change, including changing public perception of this controversial ingredient. But two respected nutrition watchdogs, EatingWell advisory board member Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York...

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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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September 15, 2010 - 11:34am

All apples are not created equal—at least when it comes to cooking vs. eating them fresh. But regardless of variety, they’re all good for you. A medium apple (3-inch diameter) contains 4 grams of fiber; a large apple (3 1/4-inch diameter) has 5 grams of fiber. Apples also offer a bit of vitamin C and potassium.

Related: 25 Delicious Fall Apple Recipes

So what apples are best for your lunchbox and what apples are best suited for your apple pie? Well, that depends.

Related: Find out how to choose the best apples for cooking and eating with our Apple Buyers Guide.

For Cooking...

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September 14, 2010 - 11:09am

Not a single one of my jobs has been in a place where I can step outside midday and have my pick of lunch spots within walking distance. (Let me paint you a mental picture: the area surrounding my current office has been described as “rolling farmland.”)

Related Link: 4 diet-busting takeout lunches to skip (and what to order instead)

It’s kind of odd that each job panned out that way, but it works for me—I’ve always said that with a little planning, bringing my lunch to work is an easy way for me to eat healthy and keep my weight in check.

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September 13, 2010 - 11:31am

If you regularly read the EatingWell blogs, you may have gotten the impression that we all make complicated recipes every single night for dinner. That’s soooo not the case.

While I do love to experiment with easy main-dish recipes during the week, most of the time I keep my weeknight dinners simple. I’ll saute fish fillets, bake chicken breasts, grill steaks—i.e., prepare the main event without a recipe. On nights like those, I usually give the side dish a little more attention. But not much more. Basically, I keep a few vegetables on hand that I know I can easily jazz up with some fresh herbs, zingy spices or a simple sauce.

Here are 5 quick side dishes and fuss-free main dishes to serve them with. Bonus: These vegetable sides are chock-full of nutrients, like beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A—good for...

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