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Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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Slow-Cooker Hacks and the Internet of (Creepy) Things

March 16, 2017

Awesome job getting your act together with a slow-cooker meal for tonight! But before you congratulate yourself too much, understand that turning on your evening meal from the office may have just opened the back door to a cyber security hack on your phone—and your life.

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This Is Your Brain on the Mediterranean Diet

March 16, 2017

When it comes to the brain and aging well, size definitely matters.
A study published January 4 online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a 3–year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. Contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.

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Try This Cool Ingredient! Green Almonds

March 16, 2017

The window on green almonds opens and closes almost simultaneously and is happening now. For the first few weeks of spring, you can find these fuzzy, first-harvest gems at farmers' markets or in specialty stores. Some good sleuthing can land you a batch online, so check around.

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Big Food Keeps Growing

March 16, 2017

The pace of corporate merger and acquisition in the food industry is as rapid as it is aggressive. Nearly every day, more news emerges of companies literally at the top of the food chain swallowing smaller brands into their portfolios.

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Bagging on Bagged Salad

March 15, 2017

The convenience of bagged, prewashed salad can be a big plus when it comes to getting ample servings of vegetables every day. Just when you thought you had this part figured out, in come the research party-poopers (in the best way, of course) to rain on your easy greens.
Simply put, be careful. Even though most bagged salad is washed multiple times and then carefully sealed, the potential for foodborne illness still exists, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2017; 83 [1], e02416).

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Win the Meal Prep Game With “Nextovers”

March 15, 2017

Each January, the creative minds at Epicurious.com throw down the #cook90 challenge. Specifically, they guide and cajole legions of home cooks to prep three meals a day, every day, for an entire month. If you don't cook often or well, the notion of whipping up 90 squares in a month (or even a year!) may send you diving for the smartphone to ensure the UberEATS food delivery app is still in good working order.

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Question of the Month

February 17, 2017

Last year during the presidential campaign, The New York Times reported that then candidate Donald J. Trump, a junk food aficionado of sorts, has a BMI of 30 (which technically makes him obese). President Bill Clinton, now a strict vegan following his cardiovascular woes, was not always such a pious eater, nor was he svelte. He once famously ended a jog by stopping at McDonald’s for a snack. At a time when obesity-related illness is costing our healthcare system untold dollars, how important do you believe it is for the U.S.

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Black Children Are Exposed to Junk Food Ads Much More Often Than White Kids

February 17, 2017

A study reported last December by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that while all kids are seeing more food ads per hour of television watching, black youth are viewing up to 49% more.
As reported in Pediatric Obesity, researchers analyzed Nielsen data from 2008 and 2012 to compare food-ad viewing rates. Although the amount of TV viewing time did not change in those years, the number of food ads seen per hour increased for white children and adolescents and rose even more for black youth.

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