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Safer Alternatives to Fabric Softeners

Everyone loves the smell of clothes fresh out of the dryer, and fabric softeners give clothes a great, fresh scent. But would you still use fabric softener and dryer sheets if you knew about the chemicals they include?

How skipping breakfast can affect your health

Everyone has heard the old saying: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But do you know why?

Can chocolate improve your heart health?

Can chocolate provide you with health benefits? Studies show that eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and heart-related death.

The Nutritional Properties of Dates

Dates are a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet. They are full of fiber and many other vitamins and minerals, and have been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve immune health. Learn more about this delicious fruit in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

Trans Fats & Your Health

Trans fats lead to clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and even cardiovascular disease. Learn how to reduce the amount of trans fat in your diet to improve your diet and live a healthier life.

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.

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