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How to Find Real Maple Syrup

By Lauren David

Fake maple syrup is often made with corn syrup and artificial flavors. Here’s how to ensure your pancakes are drizzled with the real deal.

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How to Find Real Parmesan Cheese

By Lauren David

Look for real “Parmigiano-Reggiano” cheese instead of products labeled as “Parmesan cheese.” Here’s why.

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How to Find Real Olive Oil

By Lauren David

Fake extra-virgin olive oil is often diluted with cheaper oils. Here’s how to find the real deal.

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How to Spot Fake Honey

By Lauren David

One-third of the honey on the market today is adulterated or fake. Here’s how to ensure your honey is the real deal.

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How to Find Real Coffee

By Lauren David

Watch out for imposters when you’re buying ground coffee, and learn how to be sure you’re buying the real deal.

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The Current State of School Lunch

By Katie Dohman

Changes in school cafeterias are afoot. Experts offer an update on the progress being made — and the obstacles that remain.

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Are THC-Infused Drinks Safe?

By Jazz Ward

It may be a bit too soon to know if so-called weed drinks are safe to consume. Learn more.

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Food, People, Community: A Q&A With Chef Yia Vang

By Casie Leigh Lukes

Union Hmong Kitchen chef Yia Vang has been featured in Bon Appetit and competed on The Iron Chef, but his passion lies in using food to foster relationships and community.

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Why We Still Need Cookbooks

By Kaelyn Riley

Our food editor makes the case for setting our devices to the side and going analog in the kitchen — plus, four cookbooks she is loving right now.

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Expert Advice: How Can I Cut Back on Alcohol?

By Molly Kopischke

Whether for dry January or at any other time of the year.

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5 Heritage Diets and Their Health Benefits

By Camille Berry

Our ancestors have a lot to teach us about eating well. These heritage diets provide a guide to healthy living.

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What Does “Cruelty-Free” Really Mean?

By Michael Dregni

The government does not oversee or regulate this term, but other groups have stepped in. Look for the Animal Welfare Approved label and the Certified Humane Raised & Handled labels.

a crate of white eggs with one brown egg labeled as organic

What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

By Michael Dregni

The term is much more regulated than it used to be. Look for the USDA Organic label, which means that at least 95 percent of the ingredients are mostly free of pesticides and fertilizers.

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What Does “Grassfed” Really Mean?

By Michael Dregni

Look for American Grassfed Association certification, which means animals were raised 100 percent on grass and forage — not grain.

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How to Read Misleading Food Labels

By Michael Dregni

Healthwashing, greenwashing, and humanewashing are Big Food marketing trickery. This handy glossary of labeling terms explains what they mean — and don’t mean.

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New USDA “Bioengineered” Food Label: What You Need to Know

By Casie Leigh Lukes

Here are some of the loopholes and exemptions you might know about.

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How to Find Sustainable Seafood

By Heidi Wachter

Fish offers a host of health benefits, but pollution, overfishing, and human-rights abuses have muddied the waters. Learn how to make more sustainable choices.

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13 Global Condiments to Use

By Camille Berry

Explore an array of international condiments and sauces — and get ideas for experimenting with them in your next meal.

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5 Reasons to Opt for a CSA This Summer

By Laurel Kallenbach

Buying a share of a local farm’s harvest offers more than fresh, seasonal produce. It supports your community.

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Are Plant-Based Meats Truly More Sustainable?

By Michael Dregni

The answer, it seems, is complex.

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Sioux Chef Sean Sherman on the Importance of Indigenous Food

By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Native chef Sean Sherman is striving to decolonize America’s idea of food.

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