Michoacan, where slow-roasting meat is an art form, is the carnitas capital of the world. In the late spring, after a long stretch of Lenten fasting and Easter lamb, roasted pork and chicken return to the menu. This meat isn't like typical American offerings because its flavor comes from mesquite smoke and bubbling fat-basted meat cooked low and slow for the perfect combination of a moist interior and crispy skin. And the dish is topped with a fresh chile manzano and sour orange table salsa that relies on Mexican fruit and the manzano chile, which resembles a large habanero. Read more.
Individuals who ate sweets at least every other day were no more likely to gain excess weight and did not have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who consumed sweets once a week or less, according to a study in Nutrition Journal. However, the results do not mean that people should overindulge in such items, researchers said.
A study on the website of the International Journal of Obesity found that obese men ate larger portions of coleslaw when they were labeled as "healthy" compared with the "standard" coleslaw, even when the two items had similar calorie contents. Researchers said people tend to feel less guilty when eating foods labeled as healthy, resulting in excessive intake.
Registered dietitian Julie Upton writes that when she eats at chain restaurants, she tries to keep her meal under 500 calories, while making sure it includes protein, fiber or vegetables. Upton writes that the good news is that most restaurant chains are listing calorie content on menus and will customize orders so fattening add-ons can be excluded. She cites other RDs who shared their go-to meals at fast-food chains.
Your caffeine ritual can say a lot about your finances, personal happiness and social connections, experts say. Chatting with co-workers over a cup of coffee can improve productivity and collaboration, while interacting with a friendly coffee vendor can provide social support and boost morale, research finds.