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Cilantro: Now I Know Why I May Not Like It


parsleycilantroIt’s science, or so they say. I didn’t think it was as deep as that, but the explanation makes sense. Except that the soapy aftertaste of cilantro isn’t what turns me off, it’s what it tastes like when it first touches my tongue.

I really can’t explain what it is about cilantro that I am not a fan of, but for those of you who have noticed an aftertaste, an estimated 4-14% of the population, and don’t care for it, here’s what food scientists say may be causing your distaste.

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What It's Really Like to Cook on a Food Stamp Budget


snapIn 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in households struggling with hunger, a stark number which includes 15.8 million children and 4.8 million seniors. Food insecurity is a daily reality for about one in seven households. So why do we only seem to talk passionately about it when a celebrity is involved?

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The 9 Most Addictive Foods and How to Stop Eating Them



Pizza. Chips. Soda. French fries. There are some foods we just can't get enough of.

And now groundbreaking science from the National Institute on Drug Addiction has shown that for some people, certain foods can hijack the brain's reward center and induce cravings for more. In other words, science is proving that food addiction is a real thing.

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Foods That Help Your Heart -- and Your RA


salmonfoodrichIt's time to change your views -- especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Women who’ve been through menopause are two to three times more likely to have heart trouble than younger women. For those who have inflammatory diseases like RA, the risk is even greater. That makes a heart-healthy lifestyle -- including good healthy food -- even more important.

Wondering how what you eat can influence your heart disease risk and your arthritis? Read on, and follow these guides for making the best food choices.

Foods That Fight Inflammation

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Heart-Healthy Foods: What to Buy and What to Avoid

hearthealthyfoodsHectic days and busy nights beg for convenience, which is why many of us rely on the grab-and-go ease of processed foods. But these meals are often high in fat, salt, and sugar -- and low in heart-healthy nutrients like calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.

Yet, eating right can be convenient, too, if you shop smart and keep good-for-you foods handy. A diet rich in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and good fats can help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, boost immunity, and protect against heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers.

To help you make heart-healthy choices, here are lists of what to add to your shopping cart -- and what to avoid.

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6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas



Say goodbye to post-meal bloating, pain and embarrassment

Whether it’s physical discomfort — like sharp, jabbing pains and a swelling or tightness in the stomach — or the embarrassment of belching or flatulating uncontrollably, we’ve all experienced that distressing moment (or series of moments) when your body is overrun with gas.

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