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Plantains: A Tropical Staple for Sweet or Savory Fare

A staple in many tropical cultures, plantains may resemble bananas — but their starchy flesh is less sweet, more like that of a potato, and plantains must be cooked before eating.

Pears: Versatility Whether Sweet and Savory

A member of the rose family, pears are delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, and can be enjoyed raw, stewed, sautéed, baked, roasted, poached and grilled.

Savor: Whole Grains

Numerous studies document the relationship between whole grain intake and reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Savor: Sea Salt

While sea salt is sometimes promoted as a healthful alternative to regular table salt, the sodium content is essentially the same. The advantage is that some people use less when cooking or finishing with sea salt.

Food Trends

Can Reviving Traditional Foods Improve Native Americans' Health?

The Tohono O’odham people have been farming and cultivating prickly pear (or I’ipai in O’odham), agave (A’ud), tepary beans (Bawi) and cholla cactus buds (Ciolim) in this dry Southern Arizona desert for centuries. The name of the tribe means “Desert People,” and bringing back local culture from farm to plate is one mission the Tohono O’odham Community Action organization has been working on since 1996.

What Are Milk Banks?

Although still common in some developing countries, wet nurses are a relic of years past in the United States. Or are they?

Berries: The Perfect Pick

Sweet-tart berries deliver fiber, vitamin C and a delightful taste of summer. Berries are perfect as a snack, added to yogurt, smoothies or cereal, tossed into a salad or relished as dessert. Ideal for adding color and intense flavor to any plate, berries’ nutrition benefits are undeniable.

Do "Green Bags" Really Keep Produce Fresh?

"Green bags" (which actually come in many colors) sold on infomercials are composed of zeolite, a silicate compound with a porous chemical structure. Companies that manufacture these bags claim the porous structure absorbs ethylene, the ripening agent released by fruits and vegetables, thus extending produce life.

Nutrition News

Besting Breastfeeding Bullies: A Case for Supporting, Not Shaming

Has the "breast is best" mantra gone too far in perpetuating these feelings among women who cannot, or choose not, to breastfeed?

Picky vs. Problem Eater: A Closer Look at Sensory Processing Disorder

Formerly called sensory integration dysfunction, SPD occurs when the brain has trouble processing information through the senses. SPD exists on a spectrum, affecting one or more of the senses and usually with a combination of over- and under-sensitivities. It affects up to 16 percent of school-age children in the United States.

Product Reviews

Thank You for Smoking

Using a stovetop smoker can shake up a stale weekly menu and add new flavor dimensions to favorite dishes. Nutritionally, smoked foods are packed with flavor without the addition of extra salt and fat. Anyone seeking to try something new in the kitchen without investing a lot of time and money would benefit from trying the Demeyere.

Morocco in My Kitchen: My Tagine Love Affair

Step in to my home, decorated with tiles, arches and Moorish iron scroll work, and you will have no doubt: I am in love with all things Moroccan! Until now this love affair was missing one thing — Moroccan cuisine.

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Appetites (Version 2.0.2)

The Appetites app delivers step-by-step cooking classes virtually. This newly designed version of the app now offers same-day ingredient delivery in select cities.

Headspace (Version 2.0)

The self-proclaimed “gym membership for the mind,” Headspace teaches you to meditate and provides resources to support the effort. This version shows off an updated platform design which delivers a new user experience.

Calm (Version 1.07)

Calm promises to teach you to bring some calm into your life. It delivers scenic backgrounds, soundscapes and meditation guidance to help you meditate, sleep and relax anywhere, anytime.

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The Alkaline Cure

The Alkaline Cure

Billed as a prescription for health by cleansing the body of toxins and resetting pH balance, The Alkaline Cure claims a Western diet promotes an acidic environment and that living "acid-free" will lead to increased energy, decreased inflammation and reduced risk of illness including cancer and diabetes.

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Cafeteria Man

Cafeteria Man

This 2011 documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the positive transformations of school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis.