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7 Gadgets That Prep Produce in No Time

7 Gadgets That Prep Produce in No Time

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Tired of wasting precious time slicing, dicing, and carving fruits and veggies every time you’re in the mood for a salad? Stripping down dark leafy greens, picking the tiny leaves out of strawberries, pitting and slicing avocados and mangos—all that prep can get so tiring that you have no energy left to actually cook your meal, and might leave you running for less healthy convenience foods. Forget the drama: try these cool new kitchen tools that will seriously cut your prep time—and your fresh produce.OXO Mango Pitter, $ 13.95; Amazon.comOXO Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer, $ 19.95; Amazon.comChef’n Strawberry Huller, $ 7.99; Amazon.comMastrad Deco Veggie Slicer, $ 14.95; Amazon.comOXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, $ 8.49; Amazon.comChef’n Looseleaf Kale and Herb Stripper, $ 7.95; Ama
Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential

Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential

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A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is a mystery. Fifth-grader Alton Banks died June 23 after a visit to the pool in the city's Overtown section. He began vomiting at home, was found unconscious that evening and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Preliminary toxicology tests showed he had fentanyl in his system, authorities said. "We don't believe he got it at his home," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Tuesday. "It could be as simple as touching it. It could have been a towel at the pool." She added: "We just don't know." The case has underscored how frigh...
'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses

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President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the law. In a head-spinning series of developments, rank-and-file Republican senators turned on McConnell and Trump for the third time in a row, denying the votes to move forward with a plan for a straight-up repeal of "Obamacare." This time, it was three GOP women — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia — who delivered the death blow. All had been shut out of McConnell's initial all-male working group on health care. McConnell, who could afford to lose only two votes in the
This Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Side Dish Will Make You Want to Eat Your Greens

This Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Side Dish Will Make You Want to Eat Your Greens

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We admit that steamed Brussels sprouts aren’t anyone’s first pick of a side dish. But they don’t deserve the bad rap they so often get, if you ask us. To prove the haters wrong, we cooked up this tasty dish that pairs the fiber-rich veggie with sweet potatoes for a whole lot of good-for-you flavor. Instead of boiling Brussels sprouts, this recipe roasts the nutrient-packed vegetable along with sweet potatoes until both get golden and crisp. The result? A healthy side dish that’s just a little crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and not at all bland. And just so you know, there’s a reason why your mom would load your plate with Brussels sprouts when you were younger. These green spheres of goodness are packed with fiber, folate, and vitamin C, making them a great choice during cold
Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain over time, analysis says

Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain over time, analysis says

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Consuming too much sugar, we know, is linked to obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. And people who are watching their weight may choose artificial sweeteners to fight back — products like aspartame, sucralose and steviocide (brand names: Equal, Splenda and Stevia, respectively). But a new analysis of studies in The Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at the long-term heart health, weight, stroke incidence and blood pressure levels of more than 406,000 people who said they use artificial sweeteners in place of sugar and found that the effects weren't on the positive side. "We found that consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners was associated with modest long-term weight gain in observational studies," the study authors found. "Our results also extend previous meta-analyses t