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If you had to write an ode to any spice or seasoning in your pantry, which one would you choose? Would it be a poem to your favorite taco seasoning blend? A love sonnet to the everything bagel seasoning? After cooking many recipes—and developing quite a few myself—there is one spice that I absolutely adore, and that's paprika. I love this spice so much that I'm convinced it is the best spice for any recipe.Let me tell you why. And if you're curious about more cooking tips, check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.What is paprika?If you're not familiar, paprika is a spice made of different dried fruits and peppers that come from the plant Capsicum annum. The types of peppers that come from the Capsicum annum are chili peppers, capsicums, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapenos, and many more. While it sounds like the paprika should be spicy, it's actually surprisingly sweet—given that there are numerous sweeter varieties of the plant that are used in paprika.Paprika is a spice that originates back generations—all the way back to the Iberian Peninsula. It soon reached Central America and became popular in Spain and Portugal in the 16th century. Because paprika has a bright red color, the color is used for all kinds of dishes.What are the different kinds of paprika?While paprika can be found as its own entity, there are also numerous versions of the spice. You can actually find versions of hot paprika and sweet paprika and is used to flavor all kinds of dishes—like a sweet or spicy curry. Sweet paprikas are made when the pepper's inner seed and veins are removed before the pepper is ground, which is where the spiciness naturally comes from a pepper.There are also different paprika blends based on different locations. The Spice House sells a Hungarian Paprika (which features the Hungarian paprika peppers) as well as the Spanish Paprika (which features their paprika peppers called the pimentón, a smaller bell-shaped pepper). You can even get both of those spices in different flavor profiles, like the Hungarian Sweet Paprika or the Spanish Smoked Hot Paprika.What are some ways to cook with paprika?Here's a great way to think about it: Black pepper, or even fresh ground peppercorns, give your dish that extra dash of taste—and sometimes even extra spice—to really bring out the flavor profile of the dish. So why wouldn't a little kick of spicy or sweet from a dash of paprika do the same thing?While it may sound a little unconventional, there are actually a lot of great recipes you can cook that use paprika in it. It's the main spice used in this roasted chicken, a prominent flavor in this Spanish garlic shrimp, and even the star spice on top of these cheese fries. Plus, you can't go wrong with topping your deviled eggs with a dash.Paprika can also work as the key player in a meat dry rub, like this blackening spice. It can give your potato salad a little pizzaz, elevates the flavor of a lot of your slow cooker chicken meals, and turns your baked crispy chicken from blah to yum. It can flavor your hummus, give extra flavor to your favorite pizza, and yes, can even work well sprinkled on a decadent chocolate dessert.Shall I keep going? The list truly can go on-and-on. It's by far the best spice for any recipe and the one item in your kitchen that you need to start adding to your dishes ASAP.
Since late in the summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institutes of Health, has been warning the country of the importance of keeping the coronavirus infection rate at a minimum before the fall and winter months. Why? Once the temperatures drop, people tend to head indoors, offering the highly infectious virus the perfect environment to spread. Now, just less than a month into the fall season, his predictions are coming true. During an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists on Tuesday, Dr. Fauci revealed that one key metric in predicting future infections is on the rise—and sooner rather than later the death toll will follow. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus."We're Seeing an Uptick"Dr. Fauci explained that coronavirus test positivity is increasing in many parts of the country—specifically the Midwest, upper Northwest, and states above the Sunbelt—which is a grim sign of what is to come. "We're seeing an uptick in what's called test positivity – namely, the percentage of tests that you do in a community surveillance that turn out to be positive," he revealed. "You'd like to see them less than 3%, optimally 1% or less." "The higher the percent positive is, the more concerning it is," Johns Hopkins University explains on their website. "As a rule of thumb, however, one threshold for the percent positive being 'too high' is 5%." Ultimately, the number of positive tests is followed by other, devastating surges. Currently, 25 states are reporting rising positivity rates for two consecutive weeks and a whopping 31 have percent positivity rates over 5%. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to GetIdaho Has the Highest Positivity RateIdaho currently boasts the highest positivity rate in the country with 22.9%, while South Dakota and Wisconsin are close behind with rates above 20%. "We're starting to see a number of states well above that, which is often – in fact, invariably – highly predictive of a resurgence of cases, which historically we know leads to an increase in hospitalizations and then ultimately an increase in deaths," he said.In August, Dr. Fauci explained to Dr. Ashish Jha and the Brown School of Public Health that Dr. Deborah Birx, also on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, had been paying close attention to how the positivity rate could be turned around. "She went back and started analyzing, and she found out that if you really look carefully, when you have a percent positive that clicks up even a couple of percentage points, it almost never turns around spontaneously, unless you do something different than you're doing," he said, explaining that surges usually could be linked back to changes in the positivity rate from two weeks prior.""So when you see that little tick going up, that means that you were doing something not particularly good. So what you need to do is to change what you're doing," he added. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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A new study of obesity predictors in children has found that a poor diet and weight gain are intertwined in a vicious cycle, where the more unhealthy food that is consumed the greater the cravings are for even more unhealthy food. And all of this can be read from an MRI scan of your brain. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)The Yale-led study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, had examined the long-known but poorly understood connection between inflammation and obesity. Researchers analyzed a set of data collected from over 11,000 children, using a highly specialized brain-imaging technique to analyze cell density in a region of the brain that's involved in reward motivation and eating behavior. What they found was that the greater concentration of these cells—which is understood to represent inflammation in the brain—the larger the waist circumference of the child.And not only was the cell density aka neuroinflammation correlated to the waist circumference, which is an indicator of obesity, but it could also predict the child's future weight gain. "An even more impressive finding was that the density of cells in this region predicted increases in waist circumference and body mass index one year later," said Kristina Rapuano, a psychology postdoctoral fellow at Yale and first author on the study.This means that obesity may be causing an inflammatory response in the brain, which in turn causes more overeating and even poorer eating habits. And while this study was conducted on children, childhood obesity has been shown to be a strong predictor of obesity later in life.According to BJ Casey, one of the co-authors of the study, rates of childhood obesity worldwide have quadrupled over the past 40 years, and these findings may bring us closer to understanding and preventing it. "This study is a step towards better understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying childhood weight gain, which will be critically important to inform early intervention and obesity prevention strategies," Casey said.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest weight loss news delivered straight to your inbox.
Getting your steps in each day provides many benefits, mentally and physically. While any movement throughout the day, walking or otherwise, can be helpful for weight loss, there is research that suggests walking after a meal may provide additional benefits. Let's take a look at how exercise can influence weight loss, how much you need to walk each day, how to maximize the benefits of exercise, and why this is ultimately the best time to walk to lose weight. And for more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.How walking can lead to weight lossWe each have a base amount of calories we burn in a day. This is often referred to as your resting metabolism, and while that number stays relatively stable, the amount of movement we do each day through walking around the house, running errands, and intentional exercise can significantly increase your total calorie burn.Weight loss is not always a straightforward calorie equation, but energy in versus energy out plays a major role in weight loss. Adding more movement each day is likely to be helpful in that calorie equation and aid in a weight loss goal. Additionally, exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, another benefit aiding in weight loss. A 2016 study found walking for 10 minutes after each meal helps to lower blood sugar levels in those with Type 2 diabetes more than walking for 30 consecutive minutes at any other time throughout the day. While this study focused on those with diabetes, it is reasonable to expect similar outcomes in those with prediabetes, according to this study from 2013.Walking helps your blood sugar levels.What is the mechanism behind exercise helping manage blood sugar levels? It is pretty simple. As your heart rate increases during moderate-intensity exercise, your muscles start to prefer carbohydrate, or sugar, as a primary energy source. When you eat carbohydrates at a meal, your blood sugar naturally starts to rise and it is the job of insulin to help pull that sugar out of the blood and deliver it to the different tissues of the body. Walking increases the amount of sugar your muscles require and helps to make use of the excess sugar that may be in your bloodstream following a meal.Managing blood sugar levels is extremely important for cardiovascular health and may also make weight loss easier. Post-meal exercise serves two major benefits for weight management: It increases calorie burn to encourage your body to use fat as an energy source, and it helps manage blood sugar levels that support overall health and alleviate the pancreas of additional work trying to manage blood sugar with insulin.While there are many recommendations that exist for the amount and type of exercise you should be getting, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, like walking, each week. Walking just 21 minutes per day at a moderate speed may reduce the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, which is especially important for the 34.5% all US adults who have prediabetes and can support better bone health and promote less weight gain.Why you should walk after a meal.Walking at any time during the day can be beneficial for physical and mental well-being, however, walking after meals may be particularly helpful for those with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes as the increased movement is able to remove some of the excess sugar in the blood and put it to work in muscle tissue. For those without any health conditions who are aiming to lose weight or use exercise to prevent future health complications, walking can be a valuable component in your daily routine.To get started today, here are 30 Tips When You're Walking for Weight Loss.
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Pies are an American staple. The impressive dessert makes appearances on dinner tables, at holiday parties, at backyard cookouts and more. There’s a pie designated for every season, and the treat is always guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. But one way to take your pie to the next level is by...