Nutrition Insight

FDA Proposes a Daily Value Amount for Added Sugars

In March of 2014, the FDA proposed updating the current Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars—a much needed piece of missing information on food packaging. This morning, the FDA took it one step further and announced a proposal to add a Daily Value for Added Sugars on food labels – 10% of daily calories. The proposal comes as a revision to […]

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What Do “Healthy” Food Labels Really Mean?

Today’s grocery store products look more like a NASCAR racecar than a box of food. Across many of the options (at least the healthier ones), you’ll find logos that indicate the food is everything from organic to made in the U.S.A. All of those logos may look super official, but you may be surprised to know some of them are mostly self-appointed terms. Not […]

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Can Clean Eaters Cook with Canola Oil?

Canola oil is a versatile, heart-healthy fat. We utilize it in the Cooking Light Test Kitchen for many reasons: its high smoke point makes it good for sautéing; its neutral flavor and light body make it great as a partial sub for butter in baking. When you break down the fat profile, canola oil has a lower percentage of saturated fats per tablespoon […]

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Is It Clean?: Alcohol

Look: We want badly to tell you that yes, alcohol is clean. But it isn’t. It isn’t exactly dirty (though maybe it is a little dirty when we’re talking frozen daiquiris on Bourbon Street), but it can’t be considered clean. (Go here to catch up on what we mean by clean eating.) One of our core principles to clean eating is […]

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Science Reveals Some Shocking News About Gluten-Free Food

This article originally appeared on MIMI. By Jessie Militare Gluten-free food is necessary for people with celiac disease, but there’s no denying the diet has become a trend. But here’s some shocking news: a recent study by the George Institute for Global Health found hardly any difference between the nutritional value of gluten-free foods and standard products. Bread eaters, rejoice. This […]

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Is Agave Healthy?

The health-forward food community has its darlings: kale, quinoa, coconut oil. All of these foods have had their turn in the healthy foodie spotlight–and in most cases, rightfully so. For years, agave nectar (also called agave or agave syrup) was promoted as the healthy eater’s alternative to regular table sugar and artificial sweeteners. As it turns out, the pro-agave chorus was […]

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Oh Kale Naw! Your Greens Aren’t Going to Kill You (Probably)

I have an unimpassioned relationship with kale. I’ll eat it. Sometimes, I’ll even enjoy it (I’m looking at you, kale salad at Chef Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village). But unlike many of my fellow foodies, I don’t fawn over the leaves of green. In the last day or so, I’ve seen apoplectic friends on social media sharing a […]

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Build Cleaner, Smarter Summer Salads

Salads always seem like the healthy option—a quick way to meet your daily, fruit, and veggie quota. Added bonus: They’re a simple, no-cook approach to summer supper, and most are clean without much effort. But a heavy hand with dressing, combined with calorie-dense toppers like cheese, bacon, and even heart-healthy nuts, can quickly turn those bountiful greens into a 1,000-calorie […]

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How Long Can You Store Fresh-Pressed Juice?

We love to promote make-ahead dinners, lunches, and snacks here at Cooking Light. Using your weekend to boil big batches of whole grains or layer un-dressed salads in adorable mason jars is a great way to get a healthy jumpstart on your week. However, juicing is one make-ahead process you may want to skip. For starters, there’s a reason the bottled juices […]

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How to Make Any Recipe a Clean Recipe

When it comes to eating clean, it’s often much easier than you think. Plus, you rarely have to alter the essence of your favorite dishes to achieve a cleaner plate. The key to turning them into  a “clean” dish is to start from the root—the ingredients. To build a cleaner plate, it first starts in the market where you choose your produce, whole […]

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