Healthy Living

3 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free — Gluten-Free Eating

Gluten is everywhere. It's in all the obvious places — like bread, pasta, and cupcakes — and it's the key to giving bread its chewiness and cupcakes their airy crumb. But this wheat protein even sneaks into unexpected places like canned soup, salad dressings, and oatmeal. And for most people, this is no big deal.

So why are so many people giving it up? Here's a quick rundown of why some people are eliminating gluten from their diet.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Coconut Sugar — Ingredient Intelligence

Every few years, a new "natural" sweetener hits store shelves promising to be the holy grail of the health food world — the perfect substitute for cane sugar. But there's always a catch (we're looking at you, agave), and today's sweet miracle is no different.

I'm talking about coconut sugar. This "healthy alternative" has a dirty little secret.

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A Low-Fat Avocado Now Exists, but Who Was Asking for It? — Wellness News

Avocados are pure food magic. They're delicious and buttery and can be eaten at every single meal. They're excellent in everything from smoothies to sushi rolls. You can even pickle them! And they're full of monounsaturated fat, which is the "good fat" credited with lowering levels of bad cholesterol and reducing a person's risk of heart disease.

Now a new, low-fat avocado has been developed to improve upon what already seemed like a perfect food, but was anybody really looking for a low-fat avocado?

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The Top 10 Healthy Snacks You Can Find at Wegmans — Grocery Snacks

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in one of the six states with Wegmans stores know that no other grocery store compares to it. Any devoted Wegmans fan also knows the generic store brand is usually cheaper and better than other options, and that's especially true when it comes to healthy snacks.

In fact, Wegmans wants you to snack better, and feel good about doing so. They have an entire line of products under their Food You Feel Good About (FYFGA) label. You can trust that any product adorned with the FYFGA yellow banner has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

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My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Hannah and Carla from Hudson, New York — My Healthy Recipes

Welcome to Kitchn's new series My Favorite Healthy Recipes, where we show you how real people around the country (and even world) eat "healthy," however they choose to define that for themselves. Maybe you'll even find a few recipes to add to your own meal plan.

Name: Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo
Location: Hudson, New York
Occupation: Chef-owners, Lil' Deb's Oasis

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How My Recovering Friend Changed the Way I Entertain — A New Way to Gather

My friend Lauren, who asked me not to use her real name, has been sober for more than two years. She was a good friend — someone I texted almost daily with news and commentary, wardrobe emergencies, and, of course, plans to have our ritual pre-dinner glass of wine. It didn't happen every afternoon. But three or four days a week, Lauren would come over around 5 p.m., after I'd had a long enough day with a toddler to think a smidge of wine sounded like a great idea, but before either of our husbands came home.

As it turned out, that was usually her third or fourth drink of the day.

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