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Healthy Baking Substitutes

When it comes to baking, calories and fats are your biggest concerns. Almost no sweet recipe tastes good without these two ingredients. However, we can substitute unhealthy fats, sugars and other sources of calories with better options and still have a tasty recipe that is healthier.

Cookware and Health Concerns

Which types of cookware are safe and healthy, and which should you avoid? Check this comprehensive list of cookware types to learn the health benefits of cooking with cast iron and ceramic cookware, to the reasons you should be concerned about using aluminum and Teflon products.

Is sugar addiction a myth?

Can people be addicted to sugar? This is a question that the scientific community has been researching for years, and there is still no general consensus. Sugar intake can be linked to some of the criteria for addiction, but not all of them. However, it is clear that there are benefits of reducing the amount of sugar you eat. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews the diagnostic criteria for addiction and explains how you can reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.

The Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Hummus

The chickpea is one of the world’s most popular legumes, and the second most widely grown after soybeans. People in the Middle East have been eating chickpeas for more than 10,000 years, and it has grown in popularity in recent years in Western countries. Chickpeas are made into many popular dishes including hummus, and are an excellent source of fiber, plant protein, potassium, and antioxidants.

The Dangers of Air Fresheners

Fragrances have been used to mask odors since ancient times, and now come in a wide variety of options - scented candles, sprays, and solid gels. However, these commercial products often contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals that can be easily inhaled, absorbed into the skin, or accidentally ingested. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen discusses the hazards of long-term exposure to these chemicals and how to incorporate natural alternatives to toxic air fresheners.

All about COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that limits airflow through either inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (bronchitis) or destruction of alveoli (emphysema). Frequently, both conditions coexist as part of this disorder. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, treatment options, and recommendations for how to increase your caloric intake to prevent malnutrition when living with COPD.

The Benefits of Gardening for Cancer Survivors

Gardening is a relaxing, fun activity with multiple long-term benefits for your health. Not only do you incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, you also have access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Learn about community gardens and gardens for cancer survivors in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is legal in most countries around the world and it is easy to buy and consume. For most people, moderate alcohol consumption isn’t harmful. For others, drinking becomes a severe problem and is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the questions to ask if you are worried that you or a loved one may be alcohol dependent.

Are you ready for summer grilling season?

Grilling meat is a spring and summer tradition in America. However, this cooking method may not be as safe as it is tasty. In fact, it may increase your risk of developing cancer, due to chemical reactions that produce carcinogenic compounds in meats that can act as toxic chemicals. This week, I will discuss how to safely grill meats so you can enjoy this summer pastime while staying healthy.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

In recent years, researchers, the market and the media have given much attention to the terms “antioxidant” and “free radical”. In this bulletin, we are going to discuss the basic principles of these two concepts, the beneficial properties of antioxidants and how they help protect the body against damaging free radicals.

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