Pile of black rice with a spoon on a wooden table
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Have You Tried Black Rice?

January 26, 2018 Monica Reinagel

Like brown rice, black rice is a whole grain, with all of the fiber-rich bran and nutritious germ intact. In fact, black rice has even more fiber and protein than brown rice!

September-October 2017

The 411 on Hydroponics

October 19, 2017 Monica Reinagel

Hydroponic produce is grown with the roots submerged in nutrient-fortified water. Here’s a closer look at this emerging method of produce production.

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Brewed Cacao: Your New Afternoon Pick-Me-Up?

February 13, 2017 Monica Reinagel

The health benefits of chocolate are widely celebrated, but there’s always that pesky asterisk attached. Although chocolate contains flavonoids and other antioxidants that may benefit your heart and buoy your mood, it also can be

March-April 2016

Who Is Affected by Hyponatremia?

February 26, 2016 Monica Reinagel

Hyponatremia is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when there is too little sodium in the blood. Early signs may include fatigue, headaches, confusion and nausea. If not quickly resolved, hyponatremia can lead to seizures,

January-February 2015

Co-Op Comeback: What the New Co-Ops Do Different

December 29, 2014 Monica Reinagel

With approximately 300 food co-ops in the U.S. today, cooperative grocers represent fewer than 1 percent of American grocery stores. But food co-ops — which are owned and directed by customers rather than corporations —

July-August 2014

Kefir: From Russia with Love

June 30, 2014 Monica Reinagel

Fermented foods are having a big moment, prompted in part by a flood of new research on the human microbiome — the ecological community of microorganisms living in the human body — and the benefits

November-December 2013

Sugar and the Science of Addiction

October 28, 2013 Monica Reinagel

When we say that a dessert is addictive, we usually mean it’s very delicious. To those who study the physiological and neurochemical aspects of substance abuse, however, “addictive” is a term with serious health implications.

September-October 2013

Are Bugs the New Beef?

August 26, 2013 Monica Reinagel

I once opened a container of rolled oats that had gotten lost in the back of my pantry and was horrified to find a few mealworms wriggling in it. Not only did the oats go straight

Winter 2012

Today’s Contemporary Spice Cabinet

February 15, 2012 Monica Reinagel

When I was a child, my mother (who was—and still is—a wonderful cook) had a small wooden spice rack with two rows of stoppered glass bottles. Those 16 little vials contained pretty much everything she