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5 Supermarkets Share the Secret Store Policies You Should Be Taking Advantage Of

5 Supermarkets Share the Secret Store Policies You Should Be Taking Advantage Of

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Almost every week, you can find me zipping through the aisles of my local Trader Joe's as I look for the healthiest food to pile into my cart.Given the unending crowds that Trader Joe's is famous for, I often whiz right past the new products that the retailer puts out (like those butternut fries). But recently, an employee saw me eyeing some sliced oven-roasted turkey that I hadn't seen before, and he asked if I wanted to try it.I was shocked when he ripped open the package right on the spot and offered me a slice. Then he explained that Trader Joe's customers can actually try most products before buying them. For free. I was floored. This is on a whole other level than those sad samples they plop into paper cups at most stores.Before you go hog-wild: The policy doesn't apply to alcoholic ...
5 All-Natural Sweeteners That Are (Somewhat) Healthier Than Sugar

5 All-Natural Sweeteners That Are (Somewhat) Healthier Than Sugar

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Have you noticed just how many foods at your local market are now labeled “natural”? According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, 73% of shoppers seek out labels with this term (despite the fact that there’s no FDA standard to define it). All of this means that artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup are out—and a whole slew of natural alternatives have popped up in their place. Some are old-school favorites, like maple syrup; while others, like coconut sugar, are derived from familiar foods. Here’s the lowdown on five such sweeteners—including what’s unique about each one, and the best ways to use them in your kitchen.Maple syrupMaple syrup is still made the same way it has been for decades: by boiling sap from maple trees. The syrup can then be 
AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

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Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama's health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books. An Associated Press count found that nationwide enrollment was about 3 percent lower than last year. California, with more than 1.5 million sign-ups, was the last state to report, announcing its numbers on Wednesday. Sixteen states increased their enrollment from last year, according to AP's analysis. Six of those were carried by President Donald Trump in 2016, while 10 went for Democrat Hillary Clinton. However, of the total number of people signed up this year about 6 in 10 live in states that went for Trump, according to the AP's analysis. "If you had asked me a year ago ...
Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

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A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least four more deaths have been reported in the past few days, including three children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded. In New York City, health officials confirmed Tuesday that two children had died. One was identified as 8-year-old Amely Baez of Queens, who died Monday shortly after she was rushed to a hospital with flu symptoms, health officials said. Dr. Mary Bassett, the New York City health commissioner, said 6.5 percent of all patients seen at hospitals in the city in the past few days were for flu-related symptoms. "That's the highe...
Study: Vitamin B3 variant could help Alzheimer's patients

Study: Vitamin B3 variant could help Alzheimer's patients

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Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A form of Vitamin B3 improved cognitive and physical function in mice with Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms in experiments, the National Institutes of Health report in a new study.The effects of the supplement nicotinamide riboside, a form of Vitamin B3, when given to mice suggests a new method for treating Alzheimer's disease, researchers at the National Institute on Aging, a NIH agency, reported on Tuesday.In Alzheimer's disease, the brain's usual DNA repair activity is impaired, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, lower neuron production and increased neuronal dysfunction and inflammation. Nicotinamide riboside, or NR, normalizes levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a metabolite vital to cellular energy, stem cell self-renewal, resistance to neuronal stress an...