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US Soda Makers Pledge 20 Percent Calorie Cut by 2025

US Soda Makers Pledge 20 Percent Calorie Cut by 2025

The soda industry is a $75-billion market,1 an industry that reached its greatest heights in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, when Coca-Cola began pushing larger drink sizes and “upsizing.” Fountain drink sizes grew more than 50 percent b...

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U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low

U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low


If you have recently cut back on soda or eliminated it from your diet entirely, congratulations! You deserve to be proud. Sales of carbonated soft drinks have dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the U.S. This is great news!

The messag...

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Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity


Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity


The decisions you make before your baby is born have a significant impact on his or her health for years to come. It's only been recently that researchers have begun to fully understand the complexity behind the human...

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What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?

What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?

You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes, and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added "flavor."

But that's not all. It's also hidden in some be...

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What Is Wasabi Good For?

What Is Wasabi Good For?


Wasabi Nutrition Facts

It’s the kick that fans of Japanese cuisine crave– the taste of wasabi, consumed fresh in green paste form for sushi or mixed as powder in everyday treats. A member of the Brassicaceae family (which includes cabbage, horseradish, and ...

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What Are Yams Good For?

What Are Yams Good For?


Yam Nutrition Facts


While yams appear very similar to sweet potatoes, they're quite different. In fact, they're not even related. Yams belong to the Dioscoreae or morning glory family, while sweet potatoes are from the genus Convolvulaceae. Yams (from th...

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What Are Tomatillos Good For?

What Are Tomatillos Good For?



Tomatillos Nutrition Facts


It's ironic that even though the Aztecs probably used them as one of their staple crops, it may have been Spanish conquistadors who introduced tomatillos (which translates to "little tomatoes" in Spanish) to the New ...

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What Are Sprouts Good For?

What Are Sprouts Good For?



Sprouts Nutrition Facts


You may have seen them in a gourmet sandwich shop or the produce aisle, looking like loose tangles of little pale threads with tiny unopened peas at the top. You may even have tasted them and decided "Not bad," because of t...

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What is Spinach Good For?

What is Spinach Good For?

Spinach Nutrition Facts


Obscurely referred to for years in England as "the Spanish vegetable," the name of this leafy green veggie was later shortened to the name we call it today. It’s thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach cultivation spre...

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What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For?

What Are Shiitake Mushrooms Good For?


Shiitake Mushrooms Nutrition Facts

Translated from Japanese, "shii" refers to the tree on which these mushrooms originally grew, while "také" simply means mushroom. These little beauties are venerated not just because of their primordial origi...

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