Turkey: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Flavor of the Season

This week, many Americans will gather together with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. When the fun is done, you may be left with more turkey than you anticipated. If you are looking for healthy ways to serve leftover turkey, nutritionists offer some ideas that align with the Dietary Guidelines. MyPlate Kitchen recipes have been […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why soap?

We’ve all heard a lot recently about hand washing as an important step in illness prevention. Effective hand washing starts with soap and clean, running water. Either bar soap or liquid soap will work. Wet hands with clean water and apply soap. When we place unclean hands in water, nothing really happens. Add soap and […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: The fun of handwashing

We return today to handwashing since that seems to be such an important response to the coronavirus and COVID-19.  And some good news and fun for a Friday. The good news: so many sources are sharing consistent (and evidence-based) messages about food safety and nutrition.  Many of these messages are ‘old friends’ and practicing food […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Tips on handling fresh produce

In this time of the coronavirus, are fresh fruits and vegetables safe to eat?  Yes! There is no reason to assume that fresh fruits and vegetables are unsafe because there isn’t any evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted by food. And regardless of where fresh produce originates, around the corner or around the world,  fruits […]

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No soap and water? Try hand sanitizers.

Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to people around you. The best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick is by washing your hands with plain soap and clean water, advises the Centers for […]

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Warning: Don’t use honey on pacifiers

Last year health officials reported that four infants in Texas developed botulism poisoning after consuming honey. The children, all less than a year old, had all been given pacifiers containing honey before they became sick. All four babies had to be admitted to hospitals for life-saving treatment. Botulism poisoning attacks the nervous system and often […]

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Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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What does ‘organic’ really mean?

I am old enough that I heard the term ‘organic’ defined in chemistry class long before the term was widely applied to food products. So what does it mean when a food product is ‘organic?’   A recent post by the American Council for Science and Health attempts to address some of the confusion. “Organic” […]

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