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From tips for cooking through chemotherapy to busting healthy food myths to easy, pantry-friendly meal ideas — our team of experts covers it here.
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Peanuts & Peanut Butter

Because peanuts contain saturated fat, they have long been thought of as unhealthy, but in fact, they have a balanced fat profile, with 50% made up of heart-healthy...

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A growing body of research has linked following a Mediterranean diet pattern, which includes the regular consumption of nuts and seeds, with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cashews...

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An old proverb states: “Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: In water, in butter, and in wine.” This homage to butter has since been overshadowed by...

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It’s not only the wonderful taste that has earned mangoes the ranking among fans as “the king of fruit.” Bursting with nutrients, mangos are rich in vitamin C,  fiber,...

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Grapeseed Oil

You might wonder how fresh, juicy grapes could be connected to sauteed vegetables. Yet the fruit’s little seeds contain oil that’s gaining popularity among food companies and home...

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Maple Syrup

The Sap of Happiness: Maple Syrup By Chelsea Fisher The big price difference between ordinary pancake and waffle syrup and pure maple syrup is no artificial mark up.  The inexpensive...

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Originally native to the warmer climates of Mexico and Central America, the juicy papaya can now be found in tropical countries all over the world.  The bright orange...

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Here Comes the Sun By Fiona Breslin Perhaps it’s no accident that summer apricots bear some resemblance to that season’s bright heavenly body. The sun-colored stone fruit boasts a cheerful,...

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Black-Eyed Peas

Hearty, tasty black-eyed peas are not to be confused with the pop-music group of the same name -- or with actual peas. These “peas” actually belong to the...

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Parsley is an ancient herb rich in iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin K. The ever-present parsley sprig has taken on a bigger role in modern cooking. The...

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Okra: Health Benefits & Recipe Tips

Okra is a cooking staple in Asia and the southern United States and is divisive among diners for its slightly slippery texture. But when prepared correctly, okra adds...

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Whole black peppercorns were once considered so valuable they were used as currency in Europe and traded for gold. Today, peppercorns are nearly everywhere and valued for their...