Kiera Butler

9 Ways to Eat Better Without Really Trying

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Why You Should Stop Eating Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off?

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Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?

Every time you eat, you're rolling the germ dice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Pathogens from meat kill more people than those from any other food group. A CDC study found that between 1998 and 2008, contaminated meat was responsible for 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness (23 percent of deaths were from produce, 15 percent from dairy and eggs, and 6.4 percent from fish and shellfish).

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The Ailments Bacon Can Cure

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Raw Sugar Is Hyped as a Healthier Alternative to Refined, But It's Exactly the Same

Along with plain white refined sugar, most hip coffee shops now offer "raw" sugar. I usually go with raw: The golden crystals and brown paper packets somehow make me think it's more wholesome than the conventional white stuff, which, as highlighted in a previous Mother Jones investigation, many scientists now believe is far worse for you than the industry would have us think.

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How the USDA Helps McDonald's, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Sell Junk Food

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Why We're Fat: I Went to the Nutritionists' Annual Confab and It Was Catered by McDonald's

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10 Most Horrifically Unhealthy Cereals

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Which Veggie Burgers Were Made With a Neurotoxin?

This is about the time of year when I start keeping packages of veggie burgers in the freezer, just in case of an impromptu barbecue. In the past, I haven't had much fake meat brand loyalty: I've found that once I smother my hunk of textured vegetable protein in barbeque sauce, all soy patties are pretty much created equal. But after reading a recent investigation by the Cornucopia Institute, I'm going to be a lot more picky: The food and agriculture nonprofit found that most non-organic veggie burgers currently on the market are made with the chemical hexane, an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin.

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