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Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Papaya

Papaya is a polarizing fruit. You either love the creamy cross between a mango and a squash or are totally grossed out by the flavor. It may not be the world's most popular tropical fruit, but it's definitely giving mango and pineapple a run for their money.

FDA Finally Seeks to Limit Arsenic in Infant Food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to reduce arsenic exposure in infants, and has proposed guidelines for infant feeding to reduce arsenic in babies' diets. Good news for parents!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Lentils

Will this week's Real Food bring you good luck in the new year? Italians, Brazilians and Germans think so! This much we know for sure: lentils are totally ancient and ridiculously good for you.

Top 3 Things to Know About the WHO's Meat and Cancer Report

Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Amaranth

Although its nutty, delicious seeds can be found year-round in health food and some larger grocery stores, amaranth is only in season in the summer through mid-fall. The Today Show has called amaranth greens the next kale, and there are numerous recipes pairing the striking plant's seeds with more common ingredients.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Quince

In the US, quince trees were once common in colonial home gardens and on farms. These days, you may have to hunt around for quince - they are not a common fruit, after all - but certainly the hunt is worth it simply for their fragrance. Oh, and they taste pretty good too!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cow's Milk

The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Sage

Originally used medicinally to treat symptoms ranging from insomnia to venereal disease, sage has since made its way - over hundreds of years - into a range of savory dishes. And scientific studies support the old-timey idea that sage is linked to wisdom (or at least, memory and cognitive function).

The Bacteria in Our Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. They also compared conventionally produced beef to more sustainably produced beef, revealing significant differences.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Tomatillos

Herbal, tangy, citrus-y, and a little bit sweet, tomatillos are like no other fruit. While green tomatillo sauce can be spooned onto just about everything (tacos, enchiladas, fish, meat, veggies), this week's Real Food profile includes some ways to bust out of the salsa verde rut.

How We Can All Tackle Food Insecurity in America

You've probably heard the statistic that nearly 15 percent of households experience food insecurity in the US - a percentage that may make you wonder what you can do to help. Read on for our top picks on how you (and our government, too!) can make a difference.

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

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