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articles by: Melissa Breyer

12 Top Vegan Iron Sources

If you are a vegan, what is the first argument you hear from meat-eating advocates? Well the sarcastic ones might say something about plants having feelings too, but the most popular rebuttal usually …

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5 Marinades for Grilled Vegetables

Who says non-meat eaters can't have any fun with a grill? The culture of barbecue may be obsessively carne-centric, but I've known many a vegetarian who can perform magic with hot coals, some sauce an…

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What Not To Put Down Your Drain

Our trash that goes in the can or recycling is waste we have no choice but to face. Whether it's hauling the trash cans to the sidewalk, bringing recycling to a center--it's a mass of garbage that we …

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Top 7 Dirtiest Surfaces

Did someone say cold and flu season? Just as sniffling and sneezing is beginning to invade schools and offices across the land, a new series of tests in six major U.S. cities reveals the dirtiest surf…

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4 Spices for Your Brain

Scientists used to think that you were born with all the neurons you'd ever have. If you drank alcohol and killed brain cells, well, good luck. Then in 1998 researchers discovered the birth of new neu…

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9 Surprising Uses for Beer

Beer. It refreshes and relaxes, it fuels sociability and cools the burn of spicy food. It is the most-widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, and the third most common beverage overall. It is…

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51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

I don't mean to sound seditious here, but I have a rebellious plan to combat the ills that many corporations are perpetrating in the name of fighting grime and germs. My main gripe is about the enviro…

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Brilliant Tip to Cut Down Mindless Snacking

In a new paper by USC researchers, bad eating habits were shown to persist even when the food didn't taste very good; but the best nugget of the study, perhaps, is the revelation of a surprisingly eas…

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Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

Most of us know about the importance of iron and calcium for our bodies, but what about magnesium? It is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charge…

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Pancake Tuesday

You probably know that Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, as well as Shrove Tuesday--but what about Pancake Tuesday?! Pancake Tuesday is the way carnival season is topped off in the United Kingd…

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about Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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