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    Feb 22, 2018

    16 Food Facts That Will Make You Feel Better About Eating Healthy

    If you eat spicy food, you'll live longer.

    1. Stickers on fruit are edible.

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    Although the logical thing to do is to take them off, they are made of edible paper and even the glue is food grade, just in case you eat a sticker without noticing.

    2. People who eat spicy food tend to live longer.

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    According to a study from the Harvard Medical School, eating spicy dishes once daily (compared to once a week or less) can reduce the risk of death by 14%. This is thought to be due to bioactive ingredients that help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

    3. Tomatoes shouldn't be stored in the fridge because they lose their flavor.

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    Anyone who works in a kitchen already knows this one, but now they can back it up with a study that says that tomatoes lose the ability to fully develop their flavor when in cold temperatures.

    4. A lemon has more sugar than a strawberry.

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    But they have so much citric acid that we don't notice how sweet they are.

    5. Cooking in the microwave is the best way to preserve the minerals and nutrients in food.

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    Steaming vegetables in the microwave with a cup of water is more beneficial than other cooking techniques.

    6. The egg yolks have way more nutrients than the whites.

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    Don't be fooled, yolks contain all the good vitamins and minerals. Sure, whites have much more protein, which is why they're good for dieting, but if you're looking for lots of nutrients, yolks are the solution.

    7. In France, unlimited refills are banned.

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    In an effort to fight obesity, France has banned free refills on sugary drinks. If want more soda, sugar, and calories, you have to pay for it.

    8. Just smelling chocolate can help you relax.

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    The smell of chocolate (and only the real stuff, not synthetic) reduces attentiveness, which creates a sense of calm.

    9. Cucumbers are 96% water.

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    As are butterhead lettuce, crisp-head lettuce, and zucchini.

    10. Frozen vegetables are are even more nutritious than non-frozen veggies.

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    You think that vegetables lose all their power when they're frozen solid? Think again. They're usually frozen shortly after being picked, at the height of ripeness. Non-frozen veggies or off-season veggies are usually picked before they're ripe and can lose a lot of nutrients on the way to the grocery store because of heat and light exposure.

    11. In Seattle, throwing food in the trash is illegal.

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    In fact, doing so will get you fined. Residents in Seattle are responsible for composting their food waste.

    12. There are about 10,000 different types of apple in the world.

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    They vary in size, shape, flavor and color. Some can be sweeter, larger, or crunchier than others.

    13. Honey never expires.

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    In fact, honey from over 5,000 years ago has been found in edible condition.

    14. Sea salt is not more or less healthy than regular salt.

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    In fact, they're basically the same, nutritionally, and have the same amount of sodium by weight.

    15. Chocolate is an effective remedy against constant coughing.

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    It can be even more effective than cough medicine.

    16. Leftovers taste better.

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    After storing leftovers, certain chemical reactions continue to take place, and new flavor molecules can develop.

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    This post was translated from Spanish.