You might be surprised to learn you’re not getting the best out of your food. A few simple tweaks can take your meals from good to great. Most people typically eat these common foods the wrong way and usually have no clue. Here’s what they are and how to change your eating habit to make the most of them.

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When eating sushi, avoid mixing wasabi into your soy sauce. Instead, place a small amount directly on the sushi piece and eat it in one bite to enjoy all the flavors.


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Many people discard the artichoke heart and focus on the leaves, but the heart is the most delicious part. Make sure to remove the fibrous choke and savor the heart.


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Don’t over-steep your tea, as it can become bitter. Follow the recommended steeping time and temperature for each type of tea to extract the perfect flavor.


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Allow wine to breathe after opening by decanting it, which helps to enhance its flavor and aroma before drinking.


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After cooking pasta, avoid rinsing it so the starch remains, which helps sauce adhere better. Serve it al dente and mix directly with sauce for the best flavor.


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To avoid burning your coffee, never use boiling water. Instead, use water just off the boil to extract optimal flavor without bitterness.


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Instead of snapping off the stalks of asparagus, which can waste part of the vegetable, peel the lower stalks to use more of it while still getting tender pieces.


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Cook bacon slowly over medium heat instead of high heat to keep it flat and ensure it crisps evenly without burning or curling.


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Rather than using a garlic press, which can make garlic taste bitter, mince it with a knife to retain its natural flavors and juices.


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Cheese should be brought to room temperature before serving to fully appreciate its flavor and texture, rather than serving it straight from the fridge.


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When adding fruit or sweeteners to yogurt, fold them in gently to maintain the texture of the yogurt and prevent it from becoming too runny.


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Chocolate should be eaten at room temperature, as this allows all the subtle flavors and textures to be fully appreciated.

Citrus Fruits

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To maximize juice extraction from citrus fruits without adding bitterness, roll the fruit before cutting rather than just squeezing it into wedges.

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Quinoa might not be the superfood you think it is. While it’s celebrated for its nutritional benefits, there are several downsides from environmental impacts to health drawbacks that often go overlooked. Take a closer look at why you might want to reconsider making quinoa a regular part of your diet.

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10 Hidden Toxins In Everyday Foods To Watch Out For

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Many of us strive to make healthy choices about the food we eat, from fresh fruits and vegetables to whole grains and lean proteins. However, lurking beneath the surface of these everyday options are hidden toxins—substances that can pose serious health risks over time. This article reveals ten shocking toxins found in foods we often consider safe. Understanding what these toxins are, where they’re found, and the risks they carry can help you make better-informed decisions about your diet.

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9 Reasons Why Your Detox Tea Is A Scam

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Detox teas are often touted as a quick fix for weight loss and toxin removal. However, their effectiveness and safety are frequently overestimated by marketers. While they may promise a natural cleansing solution, the reality involves a series of health risks and unsubstantiated claims. Here are several reasons to be skeptical about incorporating detox teas into your routine.

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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