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Garlic makes it good
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Fitness and Nutrition
Garlic makes it good
Garlic season is upon us, which means that last year’s garlic will be on sale alongside the new crop. Don’t be fooled by a sale price; squeeze each head you buy. It should be as hard as a baseball. If not, there is probably a green sprout inside each clove.
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Pesticides in produce
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Pesticides in produce
Twelve products have made the annual list of “dirty dozen” produce. These fruits and veggies in particular contain high contents of residues from pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.
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Sodium: an essential mineral
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Sodium: an essential mineral
The body cannot survive without sodium, but the typical American diet contains more sodium than the body can handle. High amounts of the mineral can lead to heart and kidney disease.
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Nutrition on a budget
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Nutrition on a budget
Some helpful tips to keep your spending down and your nutrition up.
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Public programs available for good nutrition
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Public programs available for good nutrition
Several programs are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist low income consumers purchase healthy foods. The City of Boston also developed a program to enable SNAP recipients to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets.
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Store brand groceries in demand
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Store brand groceries in demand
Store brands are fast becoming the choice of many consumers. Store brands are typically less expensive than national brands and offer similar quality.
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The psychology of supermarkets
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The psychology of supermarkets
Supermarkets are designed to pique your interest into purchasing more items than originally intended. The ideal way to prevent overspending is to make a list and stick to it.
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Good health on a budget
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Good health on a budget
Although food is one of the highest costs for consumers, it is possible to eat healthy while keeping an eye on one’s budget.
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Winter squash and sage
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Winter squash and sage
This recipe that pairs butternut (winter) squash with shiitake mushrooms and sage is not only tasty it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, but low in sodium and fat.
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Avocados: Not just guacamole
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Avocados: Not just guacamole
Avocados are considered a power food because of its high nutritional value. Each contains nearly 20 minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform sufficiently.
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Exercise and high blood pressure
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Exercise and high blood pressure
Regular exercise can increase the efficiency of the heart, which can help prevent or control high blood pressure.
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The DASH eating plan
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Fitness and Nutrition
The DASH eating plan
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was a study that determined that healthy eating could control blood pressure. Reduced daily intake of sodium decreased blood pressure even further.
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