Food & Recipes

  • Elimination Round

    For more years than she cares to remember, La Vaughn Kemnow, 73, of Chiloquin, Oregon, was plagued by unrelenting stomach ailments—heartburn, bloating, sharp pain—along with extreme mental and physical fatigue. Whatever virus or bug happened to be floating around, Kemnow would catch.

    Identify food intolerances with this easy diet.
    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Health By Chocolate

    If you think steamed spinach is the most mouthwatering health food, you may want to reconsider. A candy bar’s worth of dark chocolate, or 100 grams, has just as many antioxidants as 100 grams each of spinach, prunes, raisins, kale, and Brussels sprouts, combined.

    Cacao is the new broccoli. Find out why.
    By Emily Stone
  • Clued In: An Interview With Alicia Silverstone

    In a world where image often trumps integrity, 33-year-old Alicia Silverstone is a breath of fresh air. The actress, best known for her starring role in Clueless, is a devoted vegan, environmentalist, and animal-rights activist—and has been for 11 years.

    Interview by Sarah Toland
  • Detox the Right Way

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of using a juice fast to lose your love handles or compensate for holiday excesses. You’re not alone. Between October 2008 and October 2009, Americans spent more than $100 million on cleansing and detoxifying products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, or purify themselves of harmful toxins, according to market research firm Spins.

    Extreme cleanses can deplete your body. Here are three safer ways to lose weight, gain energy, and flush out toxins.
    By Katie Arnold
  • The Acid-Alkaline Diet

    You had low-fat yogurt, mango, and a cup of black tea with honey for breakfast. Lunch was a turkey-breast sandwich, and you snacked on grapes and organic peanuts. You’re trying to eat healthy, so why don’t you feel healthy? Why are you fatigued, sick, or unable to lose those last 10 pounds?

    Balancing your body's pH for better health
    By Lisa Turner
  • In Season: Sunchokes

    Also called Jerusalem artichokes—although they’re not from the Holy Land and are nothing like artichokes—sunchokes resemble portly ginger covered in bumps. But what these small tubers lack in aesthetics, they make up for with a bright flavor reminiscent of jicama and water chestnuts with a whisper of apple.

    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • The Blood Type Diet

    Fad diets come and go as assuredly as the seasons. But when a nutritional approach persists for more than several years, chances are it has dietary merit—or, at the very least, warrants a little investigating.

    Designed just for you
    By Khyber Oser
  • Hot Stuff

    Whether fresh, dried, ground, or roasted, chili peppers add unrivaled pop to meals while delivering countless medicinal benefits to the body. Capsaicin, the compound responsible for chilies’ pungency and spice, has been credited with a host of health advantages, from killing cancerous cells to lowering blood pressure, preventing obesity, and reducing the risk of diabetes.

    How peppers can fire up your health.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Take Care of Your Kisser

    From a distance, it could pass for smudged lipstick, but up close, it looks painful— and even a little embarrassing. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and are spread by exchanging saliva with someone who’s infected.

    Cuer and prevent unsightly cold sores, naturally.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Three Cheers for Organic

    Your wine rack could practically earn the USDA Organic seal, but what about your liquor cabinet? Organic liquors made from ingredients grown without synthetic chemicals or pesticides abound these days. Plus, many organic brands implement ethical and environmentally friendly business practices that make buying their booze a no-brainer.

    By O'Rya Hyde-Keller