Health Safety In Skills
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7 Tips for Eating More Vegetables from People Who Eat Mostly Plants
Even for someone who’s a fan of vegetables, I find that trying to eat enough feels more like a chore than it should. More often than not, I end up sticking with the same old green salad or roasted vegetable routine every day at lunch and dinner, which can get pretty boring. So I reached out to a few food bloggers and writers who spend their days eating mostly vegetables for some tips on how to not only eat more vegetables, but also make it even more enjoyable to do so.
May 1, 2019
Flavor Corn on the Cob with Furikake
If you’ve never tried furikake, you’ve been missing out. The Japanese seasoning is crunchy, salty, sweet, and savory all at the same time, thanks to a mix of seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, dried fish, and salt. Your corn on the cob won’t know what hit it. Furikake can be found at Asian grocery stores. It’s such a unique topping for corn — it’s rich in umami, but also salty, sweet, and crunchy.
May 1, 2019
7 Gluten-Free Alternatives for Your Breakfast Sandwich Bread
There’s no denying that gluten-free products are popping up everywhere in the grocery store. You can find replacements for almost everything including bread, pasta, waffles, pancakes, baked goods, and more. But what if you didn’t have to buy a replacement? There are lots of naturally gluten-free products out there as well. Here are seven ways to eat breakfast sandwiches without bread. Crisp, refreshing lettuce is a great alternative to sandwich bread.
May 1, 2019
Arepas Are the Key to a Better Breakfast Sandwich
A staple of both Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine, arepas are versatile enough to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This corn-based griddle cake is also naturally gluten-free and reheats even better than bread, bagels, or English muffins, which makes them the best vessel for a breakfast sandwich you’re not eating — yet. This summer I began a love affair with arepas after eating them at an arepa kiosk in a food hall here in Atlanta.
May 1, 2019
What Do Teal Pumpkins Mean on Trick-or-Treat Night?
Have you noticed a proliferation of teal-hued pumpkins adorning the steps and porches in your neighborhood? No, you haven’t stumbled into a particularly ardent enclave of Martha Stewart acolytes. These bright turquoise jack-o’-lanterns, whether a simple paper cutout or an actual pumpkin that’s been given a fresh coat of paint, indicate a home that is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
May 1, 2019
Is It Safe to Eat Homemade Halloween Treats?
Even if you’re not a person who loves Halloween — the costumes, the candy, the commercialism — there is an aspect of the holiday that’s actually really nice. On this one day, people open up their doors and welcome you into their homes (or at least onto their stoops or porches or driveways). People who might not, on any other given day, even nod hello will greet you with a basket or a plastic pumpkin full of treats.
May 1, 2019
Where to Buy Dry Ice and How to Make It Last
The stuff tends to melt (or more accurately, sublimate!) pretty quickly — here's how to keep it frozen until you need it to billow spooky fog.
May 1, 2019
A Snack Board for Vegans (and Also Everyone Else)
A plant-based snack board sounds like something you might find at that new vegan restaurant downtown, but it’s actually the answer for dinner when all you want to do is eat a bunch of snacks (in a wholesome “I have it together” kind of way). A veggie snack board is perfect for busy weeknights or Sunday dinner after a cookie-decorating marathon.
May 1, 2019
5 Important Tips for the Paleo Baker
Despite the restrictions that come with a Paleo diet, you can still enjoy baked goods. The key to cooking up successful sweets is knowing how to make the right ingredients work for you. Here are five important tips all Paleo bakers need to know. Dairy is a bit of a gray area when it comes to the Paleo diet, but if dairy is a part of your Paleo diet, go with full-fat items, like cream, whole milk, and butter (preferably grass-fed) in your baking.
May 1, 2019
10 Ways to Make a Better Grain Bowl
You’ve likely seen grain bowls in your favorite magazines, food blogs, and on trendy restaurant menus. They always look beautiful and taste so composed and interesting — the exact opposite of how they can come across in real life. So how do they do it? How is it that a dish that’s lauded for its supposed simplicity can seem so tough to pull off in reality? Grain bowls are a big part of my diet, but like anything, it’s really easy to fall into a rut.
May 1, 2019
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Did Whole30
I've done Whole30 five times and I learn something new each time. Here are the 10 biggest lessons (which would have been good to know ahead of time).
May 1, 2019
6 Ways to Deal with Cravings During Whole30
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here. Anytime someone asks me about my Whole30 experience, they always want to know, Was it worth it? Without hesitation I immediately respond, Yes.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid During Whole30
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
May 1, 2019
Why Whole30 Loves Ghee (and How to Make Your Own!)
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
May 1, 2019
Why Whole30 Is Really More Like Whole40
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here. You did it! You just finished day 30 of the Whole30 program. Congratulations!
May 1, 2019
Great Debate: Is Greek Yogurt Really Better than Regular Yogurt?
Welcome to the Great Debates, where we consider the greatest nutritional controversies of our time. Our goal isn’t to tell you what to think or do, but rather to present both sides of hot-button issues, like coffee (is it good for you?) and breakfast (the most important meal of the day?). What’s being said? Who’s saying it? Then it’s up to you to make your own decisions. It’s not a secret that yogurt has been associated with a number of health benefits.
May 1, 2019
17 Things to Buy for Your Kitchen at the Dollar Store
You could say moving is one of my specialties: Over the past decade, I’ve lived in more than 25 different apartments. Because I don’t move with much, I’ve had to get creative when it comes to stocking my kitchen on a budget. The thrift store is almost always my first stop, although they don’t always have what I need. Not to mention, there are certain items I generally can’t (or don’t want to) buy used. So where do I go next? The dollar store.
May 1, 2019
5 Frozen Veggies to Always Have on Hand (and How to Use Them)
Among the essential staple foods I keep on hand in the kitchen at all times (I’m looking at you, olive oil, grains, and canned tomatoes) are frozen vegetables. I’m not talking about a single bag, but a selection of a few different veggies. Not only are they economical, but they also won’t go bad anytime soon. Keep them tucked away in the freezer and you can rest easy knowing that quick side dishes, wholesome dinners, and hearty breakfasts are just an arm’s reach away.
May 1, 2019
7 Things I Learned About Eating Better from Reddit
Name just about any subculture, fandom, hobby, or niche obsession, and there’s likely a space for talking about it on Reddit. The massive online discussion site currently hosts over one million discussion communities (known as subreddits), focused on just about every subject matter or interest you could imagine.
May 1, 2019
5 Pro Tips for a Better Veggie Bowl from Hetty McKinnon, Salad Whisperer
As a vegetarian of over 20 years and the founder of a plant-based salad company, Arthur Street Kitchen, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to cook vegetables and grains creatively so that they are not only delicious, but also nourishing and completely filling. I’ve found that the key to creating delicious, satisfying plant-based veggie bowls is to look at vegetables as a blank canvas.
May 1, 2019
Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Plant-Based — Decoding the Language Around Meatless Diets
There’s a little joke that goes around vegan circles — the concept of the “level-five vegan,” someone who is unflinchingly committed to the plant-based lifestyle. The term is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons, in which Lisa Simpson — one of television’s most celebrated vegetarians — develops a crush on a guy who chuckles dismissively when she says she’s thinking of going vegan. “I’m a level-five vegan,” he says.
May 1, 2019
Protein 101: What Is Protein and What Does It Do for Our Bodies?
Protein is a word that carries a lot of weight. Packaged foods brag of their high-protein content; a whole aisle of the grocery store is filled with bars and powders that claim to be pumped full of it. We’re told that we need to eat it — that protein is good for us and we need a lot of it — but what exactly is it? Why do we need it? And do we need as much as everyone seems to think?
May 1, 2019
10 Vegetarian Ways to Eat Your Recommended Daily Protein
You don't need meat in your diet to fill your day with plenty of good, wholesome protein.
May 1, 2019
Here’s How Long Everything Will Last in Your Freezer: A Quick Guide
As long as your freezer is working at its optimal level, keeping food consistently at 0°F, the food inside will be safe to eat indefinitely. There’s no safety concern with anything that’s been properly frozen. The real issue is just how much you’ll actually enjoy it, as some foods might not have the taste or texture you prefer when eating something a year later. Not willing to risk eating leathery meat? We don’t blame you.
May 1, 2019
Can You Eat Something That Has Freezer Burn? Here’s What the USDA Says.
Picture this: You’re doing your weekly grocery shop and there’s a great deal on a family pack of chicken thighs. And now that you’re looking in the meat section, you were thinking maybe you’d have a cookout this weekend and the ground beef is on sale. And you might as well stock up on buns because, well, it’s still summer-ish and you need buns. Somehow you walk out of the store with more than enough to feed you, your family, and then some.
May 1, 2019
6 Things Emotionally Healthy Families Do at the Dinner Table
Some nights it feels like a major feat if everyone in my family eats dinner — let alone the idea of us all doing it together. As in, at the same time. With both kids involved in travel sports and my husband and I ending work at different times, we often graze in shifts: My sons get fed by their sitter, I scarf down hummus and carrots (and, ahem, some brie), and my husband hoovers up the leftovers.
May 1, 2019
So Your Slow Cooker Recipe Only Takes 4 Hours. Here’s How to Fix It.
One of a slow cooker’s best characteristics is its ability to cook a meal for you while you do a hundred other things. Dump the makings of a hearty chili into one, let it do its thing while you go about your day, and return home to a warm dinner ready and waiting. The only kicker is that some slow cooker recipes call for a shorter cook time than you want. If you’re out for eight hours, a recipe that takes just four hours just isn’t going to work.
May 1, 2019
This Is How Long Overnight Oats Will Last in the Fridge
Overnight oats just may be the superstar of the make-ahead breakfast world. Not only do they require no cooking whatsoever, but they are also adaptable, wholesome, and satisfying. Start stirring up a handful of Mason jars of them at the start of each week and you’re guaranteed to make a habit of it. How many jars can you actually make on Sunday night, though? If you make enough to get you through all five days of the work week, will they actually stay good until Friday?
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Add Flavor Without Adding More Salt
Read just about any recipe, whether it’s savory or sweet, and it will call for some amount of salt. We all know the value it plays in a dish. Most importantly, it enhances the flavor of the food by releasing certain molecules that make it more aromatic. It also intensifies sweetness, which is why a little is usually added to baked goods and other desserts, and can counteract bitterness in foods like leafy greens and other strongly flavored vegetables.
May 1, 2019
If You’re Looking to Lighten Up Your Meals, You Need to Know This Cheese Trick
I have a deep love for cheese, in all shapes and forms, and feel it really does make anything better. At the same time, I am also someone who generally tries to eat pretty healthfully but who isn’t planning on denying herself something as good as melty mozzarella or salty cheddar in order to fulfill that.
May 1, 2019
Is the Carrageenan in Your Almond Milk Making You Sick?
Carrageenan. You’ve likely seen this word on hundreds of labels, since it’s used in everything from non-dairy milks to salad dressings. It’s even lurking in your lunch meat. But what exactly is it and why is it so controversial? Carrageenan is an ingredient extracted from seaweed and used as a thickener and emulsifier in processed foods, including some almond milks. More specifically, it comes from a kind of seaweed called Irish Moss.
May 1, 2019
10 Tips to Help If Your New Year’s Resolution Is to Pack Lunch
Making lunch for the day is often one of the first things to be cut from the morning's mile-long to-do list. But 2019 is the year that changes.
May 1, 2019
7 Ways to Make Whatever You Cook a Tiny Bit Healthier
It’s obvious I love to cook, given my day job, but I also happen to be a Registered Dietitian, which means even though I bake all the things, occasionally use butter with reckless abandon, and look for excuses to make a fancy steak dinner, I also am constantly thinking about how I can make whatever I happen to be cooking just a bit more wholesome. It’s actually a whole lot easier than you might think and it can be done without sacrificing all the indulgent things.
May 1, 2019
Are Rice Krispies Gluten-Free?
Whether you’re simply pouring them into a bowl with milk or whipping up marshmallow-loaded treats, it’s hard to beat the reliable simplicity of Rice Krispies cereal from that blue box. Since they’re made of rice, you might be wondering if they’re gluten-free. The answer to that question may surprise you. Rice Krispies are, in fact, not gluten-free.
May 1, 2019
Is Bone Broth Actually Good for You?
You sip it, cook with it, and turn it into soup. Here's what the experts have to say on whether it's good for you or not.
May 1, 2019
Can You Really Eat Chocolate and Follow a Paleo Diet?
Borrowing habits from our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the Paleo diet focuses on a simpler way of eating. It favors whole, nutrient-rich foods, and nixes “new world” foods like processed foods, dairy, grains, and sugar. The restrictions are many, so naturally it would seem like chocolate is certainly not on this diet’s list of approved foods. And yet the internet, cookbooks, and shelves of Whole Foods are filled with chocolate desserts that claim to be Paleo-friendly.
May 1, 2019
What You Need to Know About Macros
You may have heard the term “macros” being thrown around a lot if you’re following a ketogenic diet. If you’ve been confused about what that means, don’t worry — we’re here to help. Macros are shorthand for macronutrients. What are macronutrients, exactly, and why are they important? Here is the basic information you need to know. Macros (macronutrients) are the class of compounds that provide us with the majority of energy (also known as calories).
May 1, 2019
My Strategy for Making Pizza Healthier (at Home or Out)
I probably sound like everyone else when I say pizza is one of my favorite foods. Really, though, I can’t get enough of it — my husband and I make it at home every single week, get in serious debates over styles and toppings, and even centered our welcome dinner at our wedding around a truck slinging out fresh pies.
May 1, 2019
The One Piece of Advice No One Gave Me on My Wedding Day
For practically as long as I was engaged, people were telling me that I needed to be sure to eat on my wedding day. “There’s going to be so much going on and you’re going to be totally overwhelmed as soon as things are underway,” they said. “Stock up on snacks for the morning. And be sure you have someone bringing you something to eat during the wedding itself, because you’re going to forget.
May 1, 2019
The Pros and Cons of All the Non-Dairy Milks That Aren’t Made from Nuts
When you think of milk alternatives, almond milk is usually one of the first to come to mind. But the alternative “mylk” category seems to be growing and shifting every day, and that means you’ve got options — lots of them. This is great news for anyone who has nut allergies, or is concerned about the potential environmental problems associated with growing water-hogging nut trees.
May 1, 2019
Is Your Dinner Providing the Biggest Nutritional Value for Your Dollar?
At this point, it seems like almost every fast food restaurant has some kind of dollar menu — and we’re not mad about that. But when you’re shouting into a drive-thru speaker, how do you know when (and if) you are really getting the most nutritional bang for your buck?
May 1, 2019
So Your Garlic (and Onion) Grew a Sprout. Can You Still Use It?
Reach for a few cloves of garlic or an onion as you’re prepping dinner and you may be greeted by a little green sprout that’s shot through it. It tends to look a bit like an intruder, and you probably want to know if it’s safe to eat. Before you toss that garlic or onion in the trash, know the facts. Here’s the truth about those sprouts. Those little sprouts grow as the allium ages.
May 1, 2019
What a Food-Safety Pro Wishes You Knew About Packing Your Lunch
Packing my daughter’s lunch is certainly a chore, and sometimes a straight-up struggle. Trying to keep that lunch bag filled with nutritious foods that she will actually eat — especially for a girl who doesn’t want to eat the same thing every day — is a continuing challenge. Then beyond that, I worry about food safety.
May 1, 2019
10 Extra-Easy and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids
Packing 180 school lunch boxes every year can get old, fast. The easier the better, am I right? If you’re looking to fill kids’ lunch boxes with more nutritious and filling foods, you’ve landed in just the right place. These lunch boxes are geared towards elementary and middle school kiddos who eat pretty independently but still need plenty of protein to fuel their school days. The best part? Most of these ideas would satisfy hungry adults, too.
May 1, 2019
3 Signs Your Lunch Meat Has Gone Bad
The grocery store deli counter has long been a safe haven for easy packed lunches. Pick up a pound of turkey and some sliced cheddar, and you’re halfway to a week of easy sandwiches for the family. By Thursday or Friday, however, the lunch meat often begins to look a little suspicious, and you’re left wondering if those last slices are safe to eat. The sell-by or use-by date isn’t always the best indicator, so instead here are three surefire signs to look for.
May 1, 2019
Bread Is Older Than Anyone Thought, So Take That, Paleo Diet
The next time your Paleo-eating friend tells the waitstaff that your table doesn’t need a bread basket, this is your opportunity to go full-on “WELL, ACTUALLY…” A team of archaeology and archaeobotany researchers just discovered a charred, pita-like flatbread at a research site in northeastern Jordan, and this is one history-changing collection of grains, tubers and gluten.
May 1, 2019
Here’s How to Tell If Your Pumpkin Purée Is Still Good to Eat
Learn when to bake vs. when to toss.
May 1, 2019
10 Foods That Actually Help Me Eat Healthier on a Budget
Let’s break the myth once and for all that eating healthfully (in whatever way that looks like for you!) is automatically super pricey and will blow through your weekly food budget in a matter of days. Sure, it can, but it absolutely doesn’t have to. In my own kitchen, I’ve made it a priority to fill my meal plan with foods that help my family eat in a way that feels healthy to us and makes us feel good — all while keeping our spending totally in check.
May 1, 2019
The Most Important Thing I Learned During Whole30
In the weeks leading up to my first round of Whole30, I spent hours scouring Pinterest, blogs, and what felt like every corner of the internet searching for delicious-sounding compliant recipes to fill my upcoming meal plan. While I felt productive about planning ahead and lining up recipes, it was also extremely time-consuming. And to be honest, while I came away with a long list of recipe ideas, I felt just okay about them; they didn’t necessarily get me excited.
May 1, 2019
Here’s How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Our Food
For the past 20 days the United States federal government has been shut down. That means that Congress can’t come to an agreement with the president on how the U.S. Treasury should dispense funds for government projects and agencies — in this case, President Trump would like money to build a border wall, and he hasn’t accepted his Democratic opponents’ compromise of $1.6 billion to fund border security.
Apr 30, 2019
I Tried to Save Money on Groceries and Ended Up Poisoning Myself
I’m planning on attending graduate school this fall, so I’ve been trying to save $1,500 a month in hopes of taking out as little in student loans as possible. After crunching some numbers, I realized that, aside from housing and utilities, the majority of my money went to groceries (I’m Hungarian, and I have a deep love for meat, especially artisanal salami from my local Eastern European butcher). I decided to limit myself to $200 per month on groceries.
Apr 30, 2019
Should You Actually Wash Chicken Before Cooking It?
When it comes to home cooking, few people have imparted more wisdom to the masses than the late Julia Child. She taught us to relax and have fun in the kitchen, extolled the endless virtues of butter, and shopped local way before it was cool. Child also famously washed raw chicken before cooking it, explaining that it was probably safer because it would get rid of germs. As well-meaning as this seems, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Dec 24, 2018
The CDC Warns America Against Eating Raw Cookie Dough
Around the holiday season, people who like to siphon that fun, carefree feeling from the spate of year-end celebrations go into overdrive. People rail against Starbucks holiday cups and over-the-top Christmas light displays. The latest controversy – care of the CDC — concerns one of America’s favorite pastimes: eating raw cookie dough. But unfortunately, this one seems pretty valid.
Dec 12, 2018
10 Easy Whole30 Lunch Ideas
Make-ahead Whole30 meals that are anything but boring.
Aug 23, 2018
FDA Says Plant-Based Milks Aren’t Milks. So What Are They?
In what has to be the most iconic scene in Meet the Parents, an eager Ben Stiller tells his girlfriend’s parents about the time that he milked a cat so that the smallest kitten in a litter could eat. “You can milk anything with nipples,” he explained. “I have nipples, Greg,” a stone-faced Robert DeNiro responded. “Could you milk me?
Jul 20, 2018
The 2 Things You Should Pay Attention to on Food Labels, According to The New York Times
Sometimes it feels like I spend a solid quarter of my life reading nutrition labels. I know I have to read those labels to know what’s in my food, but reading all the labels — for everything — means a trip to the grocery store takes at least twice as long as it would if it didn’t involve standing around the aisles googling “xylitol” while the ice cream melts.
Jul 6, 2018
3 Things Science Says You Should Clean & Declutter to Snap Yourself Out of the Winter Blues
The season of winter cheer is over, Groundhog Day is past us (Phil saw his shadow, by the way) and we’re left to stare down a few more weeks of cold and darkness with holiday bills still to pay down. But don’t let winter get you down without a fight. Here are some ways to combat the winter doldrums right in your own home. Most of the difficulties brought on by a severe form of winter blues, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), stem from a lack of light.
Feb 14, 2018
My 5 Favorite Healthy Meals That Keep Me on Budget
My health is my greatest priority. Putting in the effort to cook my meals, exercise, meditate, practice self-care, and reduce stress is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Feeling great has created spillover in all facets of my life, and now that I’ve felt the vibrancy I experience daily because of my health, any other way of living isn’t an option. I believe cooking is the ultimate act of self-care.
Jan 19, 2018
Scientists Say Chocolate Could Be Extinct in 40 Years
How do you plan on enjoying your old age? I’ve always hoped for a future that involves wine, coffee, and lots and lots of chocolate. Unfortunately, that might not be possible for many of us, because climate change is affecting the earth’s food producers, and a lot of those favorite foods could be gone in our lifetimes According to research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cacao is an extremely difficult plant to cultivate.
Jan 4, 2018
5 Tips for Staying Healthy on the High Seas
At dinnertime on my first-ever cruise, my server asked me: “Would you like another entrée?” I was so surprised, my jaw dropped. I was already stuffed from the appetizer, salad, and main I’d just consumed and I wasn’t sure even my second dessert stomach had any room to spare.
Sep 26, 2017
How You Taste Food Changes When You’re in a Relationship
It’s no secret that people change when they’re in a relationship. Being close to someone makes you alter your behavior, daily patterns, and even habits. And there’s no shortage of research hinting at the fact that couples become increasingly similar throughout a relationship — some even say couples start looking alike. Now, a new study published in the journal Appetite has unearthed a thing or two about the dining habits of couples.
Sep 20, 2017
Put a Quarter on Top of a Frozen Cup of Water Before a Power Outage
As the Carolina coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, those living in areas impacted have plenty of issues on their mind. Amidst debating evacuation plans, stocking up on emergency items, and generally preparing for the storm, there’s one food dilemma for those who plan to flee: Will the contents of their fridge be safe to eat when they return?
Sep 8, 2017
Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your Car
If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose. Specifically, Oklahoma’s Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250°F.
Aug 17, 2017
Are GMOs Really Bad? Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In.
You’ve probably heard of GMOs, and you might even know what it stands for (genetically modified organisms), but understanding what GMOs actually are is a whole other ball game, and there’s a lot of misinformation floating around. Fortunately, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his StarTalk on Mashable podcast is here to set the record straight and start the dialogue on what it really means and how it impacts our health. Tyson’s guest on the podcast is Dr.
Aug 9, 2017
5 Things to Know About Freezer Burn
Have you ever opened up your freezer to find that your once red beef is looking a little brown? Or taken a pint of ice cream out only to discover the top is covered in ice crystals? Freezer burn happens to the best of us. Here’s what you should know. When you see that your red meat has taken on a dull brown shade, or your chicken has gone a bit pale, it’s easy to worry it’s gone bad — but it’s totally safe to eat!
Jul 28, 2017
Scientists Discover Why Some People Hate Cheese
It’s not difficult to pinpoint the types of people who hate cheese: vegans, lactose-intolerant individuals, sociopaths. Cheese-haters who don’t fall into these categories often have an innate distaste for cheese and their peculiar preferences may have less to do with personal taste — in fact, it just might be genetic. According to Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, evolution could be at play.
Jul 13, 2017
Bad News for Vegetarians: You Shouldn’t Eat These 7 Cheeses
Blissfully ignorant vegetarians had their hearts broken this week when they learned Parmigiano-Reggiano is not really vegetarian. Well, not technically at least. It doesn’t have meat in the traditional sense, but the beloved cheese, which is a staple garnish and ingredient for an array of foods, is made with calf rennet. What’s calf rennet, you ask? It’s found in the stomach lining of calves and it’s what causes cheese to curd through the active enzyme chymosin.
Jun 2, 2017
The Science of Weird Food Pairings (and Why They Work)
Weird food pairing are counterintuitive: How can a person possibly enjoy two conflicting flavor profiles like chocolate-covered salmon or pizza dipped in sugary icing? One possibility is that said person is a masochist. Or they have low-functioning taste buds. But odds are (because science says so!) it has a thing or two to do with flavor perception. Sebastian Ahnert, a physicist at Cambridge specializing in biochemical networks, looked into this very thing.
Apr 18, 2017
Ice Cream Brain Freezes Have Nothing to Do with Your Brain
Brain freezes are nuisances that come in between you and your ability to eat a pint of gelato or down an ice-cold treat. But the fleeting headache has nothing to do with your brain. Instead, it’s how these cold items mess with your arteries. The New York Daily News reports that the short-lived sensation is not a literal freezing of the brain. Instead, it’s possibly triggered by changes in the general region.
Apr 14, 2017
4 Things to Know About Meat Safety
Ever had that moment when you can’t remember whether you touched the raw chicken and didn’t wash your hands? Sometimes we get into such a routine when making dinner that we forget some of the basics about the process — especially when it comes to meat handling and safety. Well, consider this your refresher course. We chatted with Stanley Rutledge, community coordinator at StopFoodborneIllness.org, to figure out some key tips for handling meat in the kitchen.
Mar 31, 2017
Coca-Cola Is My Secret to Battling Traveler’s Tummy
As an avid traveler, I often get asked for my best tips. Well, here’s one: Coca-Cola. Yes, my friends, the same carbonated beverage that can actually clean your toilet has become my preferred partner in crime when I travel. I swear by this brown, bubbly liquid to protect against food-related tummy troubles. Truth: I’m not entirely sure how it works.
Mar 10, 2017
11 Things to Do for a Good Night
People always talk about what to do to get a good night’s sleep and how to have a good morning. But what about the nighttime leading up to those things? You know, those few hours we all have between getting off work and going to bed. Here are the best things you can do for a good night. We know you’ve heard this one before (if not from your mother, then from all those darn magazine stories out there). So why are you still not pulling those covers up before you leave for work?
Feb 21, 2017