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Bah-Bah-Bah, Bah-Bah-Berberine

Berberine—a compound extracted from a variety of plants, including barberry, goldenseal, and tree turmeric—has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine,...
Food Expiration Dates

Decoding the Dates on Your Food

Part 1 of a 3-part series on product 'expiration' dates With the cost of groceries still so high, no one wants to throw away food unnecessarily. But you also don’t...
Appetizer Wraps

Recipe Creator: Appetizer Wraps

Flexible soft breads, such as whole-wheat flour tortillas and lavash, are the perfect vehicles for any number of filling ingredients. Pick ingredients from each of the four categories (or...
Canned Tuna

Tuna: Dive Right In

Chunk or solid? Light or albacore? Packed in water or oil? Dolphin-safe or line-caught? Picking up a quick, healthy lunch ingredient at the grocery store isn’t as simple as...
ramps

Ramp It Up!

I see “ramps” on some menus this time of year. What are they and how nutritious are they? Sometimes called wild leeks, ramps (Allium tricoccum) belong to the same genus...
Tex-Mex Butternut Stew

Tex-Mex Butternut Stew

The texture of the bulgur gives the impression that there’s meat in this hearty stew, and the butternut squash adds a hefty dose of beta carotene. Overall, the dish...
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Twins: They Are What They Eat

For years, Christopher Gardner, PhD, director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a professor of medicine at Stanford University—and a member of the Wellness Letter...
Fast-Food Calories

Posting Calories on Fast-Food Menus Does Work (a Little)

When you go to a fast-food restaurant, calories may not be top of mind. But if the menu provides that dose of reality, you might make better choices, a...
Beet & Tomato Borscht

Beet & Tomato Borscht

Though all borschts—and there are hundreds of regional versions—include beets or beet juice, this peasant soup from Eastern Europe is fundamentally a blank canvas: sort of a “stone soup.”...
The effects of coffee.

Coffee’s Wide-Ranging Effects

Coffee is the most popular beverage in the United States and many other countries (although tea is more widely consumed globally). But the effects of coffee—and caffeine more specifically—have...
brain boosters

Breaking Down a ‘Brain Booster’

We all—at least those of us of a certain age—forget a word from time to time, misplace our keys, or walk into a room and can’t remember why. When...