Clarissa A. León

If You Stop Eating Beef, But Still Eat a Lot of Dairy, You Won't Help Climate Change

If you’ve switched from meat to dairy to get your protein, in the name of eating healthy, you’re still not looking at climate change. According to a new report in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, eating less meat and more vegetables won’t help greenhouse gas emissions if you’re still slicing into that cheese block.

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The Ballot Initiative That Could Spell the End of Big Soda

Big Soda is getting nervous. The city of Berkeley, Calif. has a proposed measure charging a big tax on soda distributors. Big Soda has poured $800,000 so far into defeating the measure, which has been receiving wide support from community members and elected officials.

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McDonald's Wants to Re-Brand? Fast Food Needs to Rethink Everything

Starting this year McDonald’s will begin the process of an 18-month rebrand. The need for a total makeover stems from a number of dismal sales months. A new report surveying 3,000 consumers also found that baby boomers, Gen-Xers and millennials are just not lovin’ fast food.

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Do We Even Need Breakfast? 5 Ways the Morning Meal Is Rapidly Changing

The first meal of the day just isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it's becoming downright overrated, according to Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times. We used to love waking up in the morning to a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee. But breakfast as we know it is changing, for a number of reasons.

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In America, Healthy Eating Is for the Privileged

Although kale salad is making its way to some family dinners, the fact remains that eating healthy is often thought of as something for the rich to entertain, and for the bottom rung to struggle with. According to new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors give credence to this gap, finding that the rich are eating healthier and the poor are still eating worse.

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Babies 'R' Expensive: U.S Tops the Charts In Childbirth Costs

Having a baby has always been costly. No matter how penny-pinching you try to be, the bills for diapers and toys add up, especially if you’re in the United States. According to a new report from the International Federation of Health Plans, the cost of childbirth in the United States is more expensive than anywhere else in the world. IFHP, a group monitoring healthcare financing in 28 countries, reports that the cost of a cesarean birth in the United States averages about $15,240, slightly up from $15,041 in 2013. A delivery costs $10,002, up from $9,775 in 2013. 

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The New Super Food: Why Microgreens Are All the Rage

You may have seen microgreens delicately adorning a fancy entrée in a restaurant, but maybe hadn't heard the name before. Tiny greens, mini-lettuces and baby kales aren't just garnish anymore; they are one of the hot, new superfoods. Thanks to their robust nutritional benefits, microgreens have been steadily increasing in popularity for growers and consumers alike, and we've only begun to understand how these tiny-leafed plants can pack so much energy and nutrients in each leaf.

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Rest Easy, There Are Now Tests to Make Sure Your Cup of Coffee Isn't Loaded with Dirt

Coffee purists might be surprised at the news of how impure their coffee might be these days with reports that coffee frequently contains dirt, bean husks, soybeans, corn, wheat, brown sugar, barley, sticks and twigs -- some of which could potentially cause allergic reactions. According to Time, Grist, USA Today and more, there’s dirt lurking somewhere in your coffee and it’s often left there as a way to bulk up the weight of your coffee bag, much in the way that poultry producers pump water in the chicken to get more bang for the buck. 

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If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France

The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. While some schools have completely overhauled their school menus to contain fresh vegetables and grains, others still struggle with meeting nutritional guidelines. But for students in France, it appears that school lunches are the least of their concerns.

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Disturbing New Chemical Found in Fetuses

A recent study has found a disturbing exposure of the germ-killing chemical triclosan to the fetuses of pregnant women in Brooklyn.

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