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11 Food Additives You’re Probably Eating Every Day (and What They Do)

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Flickr/Michelle Tribe

My grandparents grew up in a time and place when they knew exactly where their food came from: their own backyard. That kind of transparency seems almost unimaginable to me.

The carton of milk I buy might have been sourced from hundreds — or even thousands — of animals. The apples I carefully select tell me only the country or state in which they were grown. Even the fresh bread from my favorite local bakery is suspect; I know nothing about the flour, the seeds, or the hands that bring it to life. And I haven’t even gotten to processed food.

But let’s be honest: It’s pretty hard to avoid processed food entirely. Whether you’re talking about technicolored junk food or just canned veggies, it all contains additives that, at best, are unnecessary and, at worst, are downright harmful. Check out 11 common food additives many of us probably ingest quite often — and what they could mean for your health – in my new post on WiseBread.

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10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding

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There’s something going down in the yogurt aisle at the grocery store, and I don’t like it one bit. First it was low-fat yogurt. Then nonfat. Then fat free. Now, labels are trumpeting “0% fat!” and “only 35 calories per serving!”. Next up: an empty carton?

I find it a little sad, actually. “Calorie” has become such a bad word that we’ve forgotten that we actually need calories to live. The same goes for fat.

Yes, you heard me. You need to eat fat. At least some fat. Probably more than you think. In fact, evidence is mounting that a diet with relatively high levels of the right fat is healthier than the typical alternative — one with more sugar and starch. Even the highly-publicized Mediterranean diet is 30% fat.

Want to add more fat to your diet? Check out 10 fat-filled foods you should be eating in my new post on WiseBread.

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Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits

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In the United States, men can expect to live 76 years on average, while women tend to live for 81 years. Of course, both those numbers are just averages. In practical terms, what that means is that some people will live well in into their nineties, while others barely make it to their sixties.

I doubt I need to ask you which group you’d prefer to fall into. The good news is, we all have some measure of control over our lifespans, and we have a whole lot of control over our health. You can’t live forever, but how you choose to live day-to-day will determine whether you live as long as possible — and whether you’re fit and healthy enough to have a good time while you’re here. Check out 15 tiny changes that can make a big difference in my new post on WiseBread.com.

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