Healthy Lifestyle

Is BPA-Free Plastic Safe?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:12

"BPA-free" is the buzzword of choice for water bottles and plastic packaging. Bisphenol A (BPA)—the chemical that hardens plastic food containers and is in the lining of metal cans to prevent corrosion—has gotten bad press for having a harmful estrogen-mimicking effect, which may cause early puberty and lower sperm counts, even raise your risk of obesity, diabetes and some cancers (breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate).

Are There Any DIY Cleaning Solutions That Will Sanitize Kitchen Surfaces?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:09

Warm, soapy water plus some elbow grease is technically the only DIY cleaning solution you need to prevent the growth of most illness-causing bacteria on kitchen surfaces. Before and after food preparation, simply scrub counters, sinks and cutting boards with hot, sudsy water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse well. Wipe dry with a clean towel or let air-dry.

Related: 15 Simple Ways To Clean Up Your Kitchen

Discover Cuba: An Island of Exceptional Food Traditions

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 13:04

With its crumbling mansions, vibrant ­music, friendly people and brilliant colors, Cuba is easy to romanticize. You can't help falling in love with the place—and with the food. Dishes are layered with complex flavors that reflect the various people who have lived on the island: Taíno Indians, Spanish and French colonialists, African slaves and Chinese plantation workers.