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December 29, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
An area that just a week ago was lush habitat on the Sepulveda Basin's wild side, home to one of the most diverse bird populations in Southern California, has been reduced to dirt and broken limbs - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Audubon Society members stumbled upon the barren landscape last weekend during their annual Christmas bird count. Now, they are calling for an investigation into the loss of about 43 acres of cottonwood and willow groves, undergrowth and marshes that had maintained a rich inventory of mammals, reptiles and 250 species of birds.
December 19, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Think your children will snack only on chips? Researchers found otherwise - and kids who were served vegetables and cheese ate 72% fewer calories than the kids offered chips. Moreover, the effects were more pronounced among overweight or obese children, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers from Cornell University randomly sorted 201 children from the Chicago area in grades three to six into four groups: just chips, just cheese, just vegetables, cheese and vegetables.
November 9, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Pull up a chair and settle in for our 50 Shades of Food series, where we introduce you to mouthwatering, shiver-inducing, hot, sexy food porn. It's safe-for-work browsing, sure to get your heart racing and your palms a little sweaty , and the only drawback is a possible hunger pang or two after viewing. Food porn doesn't always hit all the nutrition groups, but as we gear up for the holidays, we thought it might be fun to show the more healthful side of food porn. Being bad when it comes to fried chicken, doughnuts, mac 'n' cheese and burgers always feels good, but there is definitely a sexy side to vegetables, too. We can all agree that there is nothing attractive about a boiled or steamed vegetable.
November 6, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Basically nothing more than rice cooked in a lot of water until it has a softened, almost porridge-like consistency, congee is a simple meal to fix and an excellent way to use up other leftovers in the kitchen. Flavor the dish with whatever you have on hand -- garlic, vegetables, meat or fish, spices, even nuts -- turning it into a meal fit for any time of day. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
October 29, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Fresh vegetables simmered with barley in a hearty broth, this vegetable soup makes for a perfect one-dish meal. What's more, you might not even notice that it's vegetarian. (Of course, you can add some meat or doctor the ingredients to suit your taste.) The whole dish comes together in about an hour. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes that take an hour or less.
October 27, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Yeah, yeah, I know -- Brussels sprouts? Some vegetables are magnets for abuse, and the Brussels sprout is certainly one of the kings of that. But given proper respect, it is one of the finest of the cool-weather vegetables. Cooked properly, Brussels sprouts have all the delicate sweetness of great cabbage, but with a more complex vegetable flavor as well. If you really want to stun people, use them as a centerpiece--they come dozens to a single thick stalk, looking like a vegetable from Mars.
October 27, 2012 | By Emily Sohn
After years of telling us to eat our fruits and vegetables, companies are increasingly suggesting that we also put produce on our faces. From apple eye cream to raspberry serum, skin-care products contain whole-food ingredients - along with claims that they reduce puffiness, erase redness or smooth wrinkles. In theory, adding plant ingredients to creams and moisturizers makes sense, experts say. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidant compounds that afford them natural protection from sun, pollution, smoking, insects and other damage - and if they work for plants, why not for us?
October 17, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
African American adults who were counseled to eat more produce and get more exercise as ways to reduce their chances of getting cancer and heart disease ate more fruit over the course of a month, researchers said. But they didn't exercise or up their consumption of vegetables, according to the work presented Wednesday at the American Assn. for Cancer Research meeting in Anaheim. The work was looking at the notion that a greater effect could be achieved if people understood that one risky behavior - a poor diet, for instance - is associated with the chance of developing multiple diseases, said Melanie Jefferson of the Medical University of South Carolina, the lead researcher.
October 2, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern California since the invasive flies turned up in Pasadena in 2010. Slightly larger than a housefly and marked by a black "T" on its yellow abdomen, the fly is typically found in Hawaii and Micronesia. It poses a threat to scores of fruits and vegetables here, including dates, avocados, tomatoes and peppers.
October 1, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Cornell University researchers recently reported that kids are more likely to eat apples with Elmo stickers on them than without. A group of entrepreneurs in California came to a similar conclusion and started selling edible stickers for produce. There has been a great deal of hand-wringing over how to get children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and nutrition advocates - mindful of kids' propensity to buy things with their favorite characters on them - have suggested the same strategy for healthful foods.
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