If you've seen black foods pop up in your instagram feed or wondered what flavor that black lemonade was, it's charcoal. Activated charcoal is popping up in foods like juices, ciders and ice cream and also in supplement forms. Not to be confused with a briquette you throw on the barbecue—that you should never eat—this charcoal claims benefits for detoxing, easing gas and whitening teeth. But do they have merit? And is activated charcoal even safe?
Seems like everyone is talking about coconut oil—and how it's no longer amazing for you and doesn't deserve its healthy halo—because of a new American Heart Association (AHA) advisory report. But was it ever really super-healthy, and did the AHA ever say so? Not really. So what's all the fuss about?
Have you ever lovingly created a meal for your kids, convinced that they'd be thankful for the food on their plates, only to hear groans instead? If you are a parent, this probably sounds familiar. But if you have a few extra minutes to make healthy food fun, you might discover that your children will try out healthy foods—and actually enjoy them.
Grilling shouldn't feel intimidating. Before you get going, here are some essentials to help you get you get ready to grill everything from burgers and chicken to veggies, salads and even dessert.
Recipe to Try: Spatchcocked Chicken Under a Brick
Grilled chicken is a summer staple. This time of year is all about finding inspiration for chicken on the grill. Here we compiled tips from expert chefs, as well as how to shop for the best chicken and a handy chart that tells you how to prep and cook time for different types of chicken. Plus, get inpired with some of our favorite recipes and marinades to take your grilled chicken from basic to fabulous.
Summer homes line Lake Champlain in Addison County, Vermont. For every square mile of lake, 18 square miles of land drain into it. Much of it is forested and about 20% is farmland, in particular dairy. The area's farms contribute the lion's share of the phosphorus that ends up in the lake each year. Excess phosphorus leads to algae blooms, a big problem for anyone hoping to enjoy the lake. Photo credit: Flirite Aviation LLC
Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat, among other things. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu), and used other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flax seed.
Energize your day the right way with this healthy meal plan, tailored to meet your daily nutrition needs as you age. With plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, this plan provides adequate amounts of protein, fiber and calcium (nutrients you need more of as you age), and keeps the sodium low (below 1,500 mg).