“Best By” Dates

894Every year, 40% of the U.S. food supply is thrown out uneaten because of expired dates. In a lot of cases, food is still safe even after it has passed its “Best By” date. While these dates are there for your safety, how you store your food is actually more important. Bacteria won’t grow on food that is stored at temperatures colder than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 120 degrees Fahrenheit; the temperatures in between cause food to fall into the “Danger Zone.”*

Make an effort to get food from the store to your fridge as quickly as possible. Also be mindful of bad habits (like leaving milk out on the counter while you eat breakfast) that could put your perishable foods and your health at risk.

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Dr. Kim

*http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/aa102102a.htm
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Store Avocados Smartly

1322It’s OK to keep avocados on the counter if you are going to eat them soon, but putting them in the fridge will make them last a lot longer. Storing avocados in the fridge stops the ripening process, and can make them last up to two weeks! For optimal results, store your avocados with the pit in and coat them with olive oil before putting them in an airtight container inside of the fridge.*

If you take an avocado out of the fridge and find that it still needs ripening, just leave it on the counter. When storing cut avocados, be sure to add an onion chunk to the container to help prevent browning.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.thekitchn.com/best-place-to-store-avocados-i-150613
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Tips for Tip-Top Tomatoes

tomatoVolatiles are the substances in food that give it its flavor. When you store your tomatoes in the refrigerator, it causes the tomatoes’ volatiles to break down, robbing you of that “freshly picked” taste. However, when storing your tomatoes at room temperature (68 degrees F) they are able to maintain the existing volatiles, and even produce more.*

To bring your tomatoes to ripeness, store them at room temperature inside of a brown paper bag. Remember to store them stem-down to prevent air from getting in and affecting their shelf life.

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*http://www.homefamily.net/tips-for-storing-tomatoes/
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Reduce Body Fat to Reduce Toxins

fatYou might think that toxins are stored in your blood, but the truth is that toxins are stored in your fat too. In fact, when compared to your blood, your fat can store 10 to 100 times more toxins! A healthy diet and exercise will help rid your body of fat and promote detoxification.*

Don’t feel overwhelmed just feel empowered! You can start by taking walks and trading artificial treats for natural fruits and veggies. By consistently making small changes you can start to reduce your body fat and toxins today!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/detox-tips_b_1289488.html
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