Carole Carson

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Can peas replace Prozac pills and apples replace Abilify tablets? Hippocrates, who believed in the healing power of nature, may have been on to something when he advised us nearly 25 centuries ago to make food our medicine and medicine our food.
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I've been experimenting with a recipe that replaces shortening in brownies with an equivalent amount of black beans. I first noticed the recipe on Heidi Swanson's wonderful Web site 101 Cookbooks. Heidi wished she had created the recipe but instead credited Ania Catalano's new cookbook, Baking with…
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Considered sacred in India, many Indians believe that the mango tree has the power to grant wishes for wealth, health immortality-and even grandchildren. Given the belief in the mystical quality of the mango, Indians use the leaves in weddings to assure the future fertility of newlyweds.
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No doubt you've heard the saying cool as a cucumber, but did you know that cucumbers boast a number of excellent nutritional benefits?
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From wine to jelly to raisins, grapes can be enjoyed in a number of ways. So it's no wonder that grapes are the second-most popular fruit (they come in a close second to oranges) and that growing and processing grapes is one of the world's largest food industries.
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 Perhaps so. Researchers studied middle-aged adults who were placed on a low-fat, low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men). After three months, the subjects who drank two glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to the…
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 Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings:
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 I grew up on a small, 100-acre farm in Iowa. To make ends meet for our family of seven, my father sometimes worked in nearby Illinois as a tool and die maker. He'd commute to his job on Sunday night and return the following weekend. In the summertime when school was out, my younger sister and I…
Melinda made some brownies this afternoon. Nom Nom Nom!
I don't remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn't wait to see what the…
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Fast food is frequently blamed for the rise in obesity across the nation. Although a causal relationship between fast food and surplus pounds in adults has yet to be established, one study clearly linked the rise of childhood obesity with the rise in children's fast-food consumption. According to…
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