The Checkup: Pretty Much All Hamburger Meat Has Poop in It, New Report Says

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• If you plan on grilling up a hamburger this weekend, one thing you should know beforehand: A new Consumer Reports investigation found that pretty much all store-bought hamburger meat “contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination.” Yeah, there’s poop in your hamburger meat. But, if you’re going to buy it anyway, you’re better off going with grass-fed. [Mother Jones]
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MAKE: Gluten-Free Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

The concept of gluten-free diets has been a hot topic for years now, but I’ve never never needed to pay attention to it until recently. See, I’m a firm believer in the fact that going gluten-free is only something one needs to do out of medical necessity. It isn’t a weight-loss diet, so I’ve never seen the need to wade into the gluten-free waters. Besides, I’ve eaten pretty much the same way for at least the past 10 years.

But when my husband started eating gluten-free about a month ago in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms of an autoimmune disease, the cook in the family — i.e. me — had to change her wheat-loving ways — and quickly.  Read more »

Surprise: Gluten-Free Products Aren’t Any Healthier Than Their Gluten-Filled Counterparts

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We’ve said it before: A gluten-free diet doesn’t necessarily benefit those who do not have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and it certainly isn’t a weight-loss diet, despite what many people tend to think. And now, there’s even more scientific evidence to show that opting for a gluten-free product at the grocery store — unless you have celiac disease  or are gluten intolerant — isn’t the healthier choice, no matter how you swing it.

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Pure Fare Just Debuted the Best On-the-Go Breakfast Ever: Breakfast Popsicles

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Photo via Instagram | @pure_fare

Can you think of a better way to start your day than with a popsicle? Because I can’t. And thanks to the good people over at Pure Fare, you can do just that and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it (for real!): The gluten-free, mostly-organic spot just started whipping up breakfast popsicles, and the first concoction — made with hemp milk, coconut milk, blueberries, granola and maple syrup — is basically your morning bowl of granola made better. Who else is drooling?

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Taste Test: Our First Impression of the New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Farmer’s Keep

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Rittenhouse’s newest restaurant addition, Farmer’s Keep, is kind of like the fast, casual restaurant version of a Whole Foods salad bar: The menu offerings are all over the place (On my plate, I had scoops of eggplant caponata, soy rice noodles, quinoa tabbouleh, Greek salad with tofu, and much more), they aim to use local and seasonal ingredients, and you are charged by the pound. And like Whole Foods, it’s easy to fork over way more money than you thought you would. To wit: I walked away with what was, I’ll admit, a pretty full plate, that weighed 1.8 pounds and cost me $20.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Gluten-Free Meals That Will Make You Drool

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It’s no secret: Giving up wheat-heavy foods like bread, pasta and pizza for a few days every now and then can do the body some good. But if the term gluten-free is just so unappealing to you (because why eat gluten-free pizza when you could eat real pizza?) you’re not alone. That’s where this week’s recipes come in: These five delicious (and gluten-free!) recipes — from zucchini noodles with pesto to a seriously drool-worthy sushi bowl — are here to change your mind. Check them out below.  Read more »

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