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Nuking the Microwave Myth: Microwaved Foods are Actually Safe and Nutritious

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More than 90 percent of Americans have a microwave primarily to reheat leftovers and coffee. Yet a growing legion of eco-lovers want no part of the convenient device. The microwave oven may be falling out of fashion. Perhaps the internet is to blame.

Article after article claims microwave ovens leak radiation, and since high levels of direct radiation cause DNA damage and cancer, then microwave ovens cannot possibly be safe. Except that’s not true.

Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation, something like radio waves, that make water molecules in food vibrate, producing heat that cooks the food. Microwave ovens leak no more radiation than a cellphone, laptop computer, or an airplane flight. The Food and Drug Administration enforces strict standards for the amount of radiation that is allowed to leak. Consumer Reports says the vast majority of microwave ovens show very little leakage of radiation. And the level of exposure drops dramatically as you move away from the oven.

But because the risks of long-term exposure to low-level radiation emissions is unknown, to be absolutely safe, avoid all electronic contraptions. (Yeah right.)
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Produce Over Pills: Your Doctor’s Newest Rx Option Comes from the Garden

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It was Hippocrates who first said “Let thy food be thy medicine.” And while it may have taken a few thousand years for this to really catch on, doctors in New York City have finally started applying this concept to their patients.

NYC docs involved in the Wholesome Wave program have now started writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables for their patients battling obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high-cholesterol, and other weight-related diseases. Instead of drugs for weight loss, doctors provide these patients with a “prescription” of sorts to eat more vegetables and fruits.

It is this program’s goal to empower under-served and low-income communities with access to healthy foods in efforts to manage obesity and its resulting health conditions. In recent coverage from the New York Times, success stories are popping up throughout the 1200 different low-income families enrolled in the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, or FVRx, in four major hospitals throughout New York City.

Most astonishing is that after just four months in the program, 40% of children successfully lowered their body-mass index (BMI) once they ate their prescribed fruits and veggies.
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The Biggest Celebrity Diet and Weight Loss Stories of 2014

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There’s been a heap of exciting, tragic, and inspiring celebrity news stories in 2014. We lost some too soon (Robin Williams), are sending some to prison (Teresa Giudice), and saw many bring new babes in to the world. We also saw some lose and gain, for better or worse. The year brought to light a new roll of celebrities who now have before and afters to show off.

For a montage you won’t likely see at the early January Golden Globes, we present the biggest and best celebrity diet and weight stories of 2014.

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Kevin Smith

The famously silent director and actor dropped more than 20 pounds this year. Couple that with a clean-shaven face and he’s darn near unrecognizable. You’ll get a glimpse of his trimmer body and baby face in his new movie Yoga Hosers.

Rachel Frederickson Winner of Biggest Loser

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Biggest Loser experienced maybe their biggest controversy yet, when season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson came out on stage looking not quite as healthy as winners in the past. The Biggest Loser lost 60 percent of her body fat — a dangerously unhealthy final weight.

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Jillian Michaels

Speaking of (former) Biggest Losers, Jillian Michaels stripped down to show off her gorgeous body for Shape Magazine this summer. At 40 years old, the star trainer is truly in the best shape of her life, and quite the inspiration to us all. Her online weight loss program came in at #7 on our Most Popular Diets of 2014 list.
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The 16 Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year

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Admittedly, we are close to the end of the holiday shopping season. But you’re not out of time yet!!

If you are still struggling with what to get that special someone (or all of your special someones), go with a cookbook. This year brought some seriously unique and delicious cookbooks, sure to please every person on your list. People who love sugar, eat gluten-free, vegetarians, meat lovers, and everyone in between will be satisfied with some of these great choices. Happy shopping!

1. 30-Minute Paleo Meals

Personal chef Melissa Petitto has created a great cookbook for those who eat Paleo! The book offers healthy meals in less than 30 minutes that are Paleo and also gluten free! These meals are great for anyone, but for the more specific or sensitive eater in your life, it is definitely worth the purchase!

2. Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen started as a website that quickly blew up in popularity. The book is hilarious — and definitely not your grandma’s cookbook. Thug Kitchen is written like some people naturally speak, swear words and all. For those with a loose sense of humor that likes to eat healthy, this is the perfect cookbook. (Fun fact: all recipes are vegan!)

3. Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Recently, studies have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet can potentially lead to a longer lifespan. The good news? The Mediterranean way of eating is delicious! This cookbook is compiled from recipes published in Hearst Magazines and are paired with nutrition facts so you know exactly what you are eating.

4. Seriously Delish

Popular blogger Jessica Merchant has compiled some of her best recipes from the blog How Sweet It Is, creating Seriously Delish. The title says it all; over 150 of the best, most delicious recipes are right here in your hand!

5. The Kitchn Cookbook

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand bring one of the best and most unique cookbooks to the kitchen this year. The Kitchn Cookbook is a two-parter. The first half contains the beautiful pictures and great recipes (complete with techniques). The second part is a batch of helpful tips to organize your kitchen. This book has it all.
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The Big Food Trends You Can Expect to Devour in 2015

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‘Tis the season for predicting what 2015 will be like! Many forecasts have been made about the food trends that are awaiting us next year, and we are excited about so many of them! Over the past few years, we have seen food items like cupcakes and cronuts, popsicles, sriracha, quinoa, and bacon rise to unprecedented levels of pop culture fandom, while food-related conversations have hit on things like locally-traded food, organic food, and food trucks.

So what do we have to look forward to noshing on in 2015? Let’s dig in!

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1. Liquid Revolution!

According to McCormick Spice Company, 2015 will bring somewhat of a liquid revolution. Purees and juices will make the rounds, focusing on a ”more fun” way to consume those 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Start Now: Green Tea Power Smoothie or this Rainbow Smoothie
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