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  • Is Milk Good for You?

    Don't be cowed by what you hear at the gym or read on the Internet. The latest myths-and the truth.

    Whole milk has more calcium than fat-free.
    Actually, the opposite is true. A cup of whole milk has slightly less (276 mg) than fat-free (299 mg). But what you'll see on the carton label for either type is that a cup delivers 30 percent of your Daily Value for calcium, which is based on a rounded-off figure of 300 mg.

    Related: The Healthier Milk?

    Raw milk is better for you than pasteurized.
    Devotees credit raw milk with curing eczema, IBS, and many other ills. But science is lacking, and unless you want to risk food poisoning, the FDA says, buy milk that has undergone pasteurization, which kills harmful bacteria while leaving nutrients intact.

    Related: Calcium-Rich Recipes

    Regular milk has the most vitamin D.
    Nope. The FDA limits the amount of D that can be added to cow's milk to 100 IU per cup, so it provides less of your Daily Value (25 percent) than soy milk (30 percent), which

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  • Gluten-Free Diets: More Harm Than Good?

    Gwyneth Paltrow has done it as part of her famous cleanses.The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck touts its benefits, too. And thousands of other women have hopped on this latest dietary bandwagon, which calls for avoiding all products that contain gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Between 2006 and 2010, the sale of gluten-free foods in supermarkets rose 54 percent. But are gluten shunners really helping their health? Here, the lowdown.

    Related: The New 'Miracle Foods'

    Gluten-Free? Definitely: You've seen a doctor and tested positive for celiac disease
    For those who have this serious condition, avoiding gluten is anything but a fad: Eating even the tiniest amount sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine, explains Tricia Thompson, M.S., R.D., author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide. That damage can lead to nutrient deficiencies and cause a range of mysterious-seeming symptoms, including diarrhea, skin rash, and

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  • Is Your Child's Raincoat Toxic?

    Even past toddlerhood, many children chew or suck on their clothing - and rainwear, with its rubbery texture, can be irresistible. But is it safe for kids to put in their mouths?

    We Tested: 13 boys' and girls' slickers in sizes for school-age children at an independent lab to find out if cuffs, collars, and other parts of the garment that could be chewed met the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's (CPSIA) limits for lead and phthalates. Although CPSIA's phthalates rule doesn't cover clothing for kids over age 3, because the chemicals are considered potential developmental toxins if ingested, GHRI believes they shouldn't be present in any product designed for children.

    Related: Are Fast Food Toys Safe for Kids?

    We Found:
    Three rain jackets exceeded a CPSIA limit. More than 15.5 percent of the vinyl we tested in the Wippette Kids jacket style 33-YEL (top left) is made of one type of phthalate - over 155 times the level listed in the CPSIA. The cuffs and neckline of Kidorable's

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  • Lean Cuisine Recall Alert

    Think twice before you head home to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave this evening. Nestle Prepared Foods Company is recalling 10,260 pounds of Lean Cuisine frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees due to the possible presence of foreign materials. The company announced the recall today after consumers in the Midwest came upon hard plastic in their meals.

    Related: How Safe Is Your Kitchen?

    The entrees were packaged on October 25, 2010 and have a best before date of November 2011 printed on the side of the package underneath the ingredient listing. Check your freezer for any packages with the establishment number "P-7991" and the case code "0298595519P".

    If you're still hankering for a hearty bowl of spaghetti and meatballs tonight, try making our easy oven-roasted meatballs with spaghetti. Freeze your leftovers for up to a month in single portions and have a quick weeknight dinner on hand - without having to think twice about checking any labels!

    -By Jennifer Sweenie

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  • 5 Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen

    There are lots of hiding spots for germs in the kitchen. We all know they can lurk on countertops and cutting boards and in trash cans, but have you ever thought about what could be lurking on the controls of your microwave? Here are 5 germy spots that you should put on your weekly cleaning list.

    1. Kitchen Sink: Dishes left in the sink can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. After you've cleaned them, germs can linger in the sink and simply rinsing it won't disinfect it. Pre-wash the sink with soap and water and mix 3/4 cup of bleach into one gallon water or use an all-purpose cleaner with bleach. Wipe the sink with the solution or the cleaner and wait at least 5 minutes. If you made the bleach solution, pour it down the sink to clean the drain. Rinse the sink well with hot water.

    Related: 10 Dirtiest Spots in Your Home

    2. Sink Faucet: Most of us don't have sensor faucets like the ones in the airport, so dirty hands can definitely contaminate the faucet and handles.

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  • Dr. Oz's One-Day Diet

    A one-day diet? Ah, you're thinking, there's a trick to this. And you're right. But it's one that you're going to want to play on yourself.

    Of course, we all know that in one day you won't fit into Angelina Jolie's castoffs. But you will have proved to yourself that you can do it - which will give you the confidence and courage to try it for one more day. So often we lose sight of our goals, particularly when we catch sight of a slab of cheesecake that reminds us how "deprived" we've been. On the One-Day Diet, every day is the first day.

    Now, here's your first dose of motivation: You can lose up to two inches and 10 pounds in four weeks by following our meal plan. Just as important: Follow these simple rules that will help you zero in on key risk factors for weight gain - and conquer them once and for all.

    Related: See the full One-Day Diet plan

    Rule 1: Renew Your Vows Daily

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  • Diet Tips for Busy Moms

    You're not just Mom - you're chauffeur, waitress, counselor, cook, homework assistant, medic, and about a thousand other things. And that's before you even suit up for the job that comes with the paycheck. It's hard to pay attention to what you eat (let alone measure, count calories, and keep a food diary) when your main form of exercise is running errands. So you eat whatever, whenever - and over time, that can add up to major pounds. Yet there are actually simple solutions to busy women's diet dilemmas.

    Related: Lose Weight Fast

    7:00 A.M. You get up early to make sure your kids have a nourishing breakfast, but while they're eating, you're making their lunches or getting ready for work, so you don't have breakfast yourself.

    • Have breakfast - a real one:
    Pay attention to the habits of people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off: Seventy-eight percent of them start the day with breakfast. Those are the findings of the National Weight Control Registry, an ongoing study of

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  • Top 3 Trends from the Housewares Show

    Believe it or not, one of the biggest thrills of the year for me is being at the Housewares Show in Chicago and seeing what will be new in cooking, storing, and serving gear for the next year. Here's a quick rundown of the trends I've already seen.

    1. It's all about color. Expect to see everything from gadgets to toasters in bright shades of orange, blue, red, and purple.

    Related: Best Household Tools of All Time

    2. Manufacturers are really thinking about solving problems for you, from organizing your drawers, to preventing spills on the countertop, to helping you manage portion size. I even saw a salt shaker that will keep you from overpouring.

    3. Kids are cooking! Cooking tools and cookbooks for kids continue to be a big trend. Also seen at the show: innovative dinnerware for little ones, including glass dishes and bowls that the manufacturer claims just can't be broken. You know we'll be testing that one at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI).


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  • Are Keratin Hair Treatments Dangerous?

    Keratin hair treatments, known for making kinky locks straight, sleek, and frizz-free, are a pricey but very popular process in many beauty salons. Concerns have been raised, however, that the formulas may contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen. This issue is of particular interest not just to salon customers but also to hair stylists who have applied these treatments and complained of nosebleeds and eye irritation. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) decided to conduct its own analysis.

    Our Test
    GHRI tested four salon brands-Brazilian Blowout, Marcia Teixeira, Keratin Complex by Coppola, and Global Keratin Light Wave-at an outside lab for the presence of formaldehyde. We found the toxic chemical in all four products, at levels exceeding the Cosmetic Ingredient Review's 0.2 percent recommended threshold.

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    A Heated Controversy
    After Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a study in September 2010

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  • 5 Best Anti-Aging Makeup Products

    The blush of youth is one thing. But can makeup with retinol, antioxidants, soy, and other anti-agers turn back the clock? "It's a good way to round out what you're already doing with your skin-care routine," says Chicago dermatologist Amy Derick, M.D. In other words, pair an anti-aging cosmetic with your favorite serum or cream, and you'll be delivering a one-two punch to your wrinkles, age spots, and more. Dr. Derick is quick to note the best age fighter around is sunscreen, common in many of the latest cosmetics. And while it takes consistent, prolonged use of almost any treatment product (at least four weeks, derms agree) to produce results, most multitasking makeup delivers an instant youth-restorer as well: reflective particles that bounce and scatter light so fine lines and imperfections look less obvious (call it the candlelight effect). Here are the best choices for your personal complexion concerns.

    Related: Get the Full List of Best Anti-Aging Makeup


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