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January 23, 2009 - 3:36am

One of my closest friends, who, for years, has listened to me talk about what foods are healthy and what foods are not, recently asked me if coconut oil could help you lose weight. Several readers have also asked me and the other EatingWell editors about the health benefits of coconut oil (which is laden with saturated fat) and now—when so many of us are trying to lose weight—is the perfect time to answer the question.

Joyce Hendley, one of our contributing editors, sifted through the facts—and the fiction—in EatingWell’s February issue to reveal whether or not coconut oil could help you lose weight.

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January 22, 2009 - 3:36am

I’ll be honest, except for a few fries I’ve stolen from my husband’s late-night McDonald’s stops, I haven’t eaten fast food from a chain restaurant in more than 10 years. Really.

I’m probably in the minority on that one, since millions of people regularly eat fast food. But that number could be on the decline if cities like Los Angeles have their way. Last summer L.A. lawmakers banned fast-food chains from opening new outlets in South L.A. The goals? Reduce obesity and encourage new healthier food choices and food outlets.

Is this bogus or not—what do you think? I, and the other editors at EatingWell, wondered whether people think a ban on new fast-food restaurants would be effective at accomplishing these goals, so we asked three experts and our readers to tell us:...

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January 21, 2009 - 3:36am

I had some expectations last year when I went to Rancho La Puerta, a health spa in northern Baja Mexico: hours of tranquil pampering, as much exercise as I could pack into a day and tiny portions of spare-looking diet food. I wasn’t disappointed by the daily spa schedule of massages, salt rubs, soaks in hot baths and hikes. But when it came to the food I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I going to starve?

It turned out there was no need to worry. There was plenty of food at all the meals, and beyond that, it was delicious Mexican food. Since is was a spa menu, I was pleasantly surprised to find Mexican food like...

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January 20, 2009 - 3:36am

This year I’m going to be one of well over 1 billion people who will celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year on January 26. I’m throwing a dinner party to celebrate—it’s a great excuse to try some healthy Chinese recipes and share great food with friends.
Here’s my Chinese New Year Menu (including foods considered to bring good luck, such as lettuce wraps and noodles):

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps: Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining.

Long-Life Noodles with Green Tea: Baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are...

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January 19, 2009 - 3:36am

Temperatures have finally fallen below zero here in Vermont and the wind chill is literally numbing my mind. Weather like this makes me want to stay inside and cook up hearty comfort-food recipes. Meatloaf, one of my ultimate comfort foods, fits the bill perfectly.

Our meatloaf recipe was inspired by a delicious, but high-fat, high-sodium version. To make it healthier, but just as tasty, we added richly flavored dried mushrooms and whole-grain bulgur to increase fiber, vitamins and minerals and decrease the saturated fat.

Here’s how our madeover version stacks up against the less-healthy original:

Traditional Meatloaf

* Calories: 342
* Fat: 15 g
*...

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