6 healthy foods that might not be quite so good for you

Glass bottle of banana smoothie and a banana - Westend61
Glass bottle of banana smoothie and a banana – Westend61

Pastel pink and as cute as a button, is there a more recognisable sweet than Percy Pig? Conceived in 1992 and sold by Marks & Spencer, the brand of gummy sweets has come to dominate the confectionery market; in 2018, it was estimated that 10 million bags were sold in the UK every year. 

Hence the national schism caused by Henry Dimbleby, who has accused Percy Pig packaging of being “genuinely misleading”. The Leon co-founder, who has been tasked by the government to lead a review of the British food system, spoke of his “bugbear” about the sweet at the launch of his National Food Strategy, citing it as an example of products whose labels are “increasingly littered with boasts that, if not quite white lies, are at least wilfully misleading.”

In the case of Percy, those include claims

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What It’s Really Like To Live With Anxiety And Depression In A Latinx Household

"We need to try our hardest to set an example of what a healthy and fulfilling life could look like if our communities got the help we desperately need." (Photo: Courtesy of Bianca Silva)
“We need to try our hardest to set an example of what a healthy and fulfilling life could look like if our communities got the help we desperately need.” (Photo: Courtesy of Bianca Silva)

In 2018, I mustered up the courage to tell my mom that I had been secretly seeing a mental health practitioner since 2016. I was seeing my most recent psychologist following suicidal ideation from a multitude of factors — financial instability, lack of full-time prospects in journalism, general and social anxiety, and PTSD after a postgraduate study abroad experience gone wrong, which I still haven’t fully recovered from.

She called me selfish and dismissed my pain and need for professional help. It was the second time that I had told her that I sought therapy to deal with anxiety and depression. The first time I told her was in 2013, months after I stopped going due

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Cooking a Month’s Worth of Healthy Weeknight Dinners Just Got Way Easier

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Good Housekeeping

In a perfect world, you would never be stuck trying to figure out what to make for dinner — and every meal you make would be delicious, healthy, and take less than 35 minutes to get on the table. Because it’s our mission to make your life more beautiful and delicious, we’re here to help by creating a special collection of our Test Kitchen’s favorite light and easy recipes.

This exclusively curated cookbook includes over 40 healthy, simple, and fast recipes that are guaranteed to become your family’s new weeknight staples.

Our Triple-Test Promise

At Good Housekeeping, we aim to make sure that every recipe we print works in any oven, with any brand of ingredient, no matter what. That’s why we test each recipe in our kitchen at least three times — and often several more times after that. So

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Is It Healthy to Cook With Lard? Experts Say It Depends on What You’re Making

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Photo credit: Maximilian Stock Ltd.

From Prevention

Lard brings to mind traditional meals like flaky pie crusts and fresh Mexican tamales. For many people, it’s also associated with negative health effects such as heart disease, which is why lard has fallen out of favor over the last few decades. But what exactly is lard and is it ever the healthier choice?

What is lard and how is it used?

Ever cooked bacon and saved the grease for something else? Well, then, you’re familiar with lard! Lard is rendered pork fat, which has been strained for a smooth, white fat.

Although it’s not unheard of to spread it on toast like butter, lard is mostly used for cooking. Lard is a star ingredient in some regional and cultural cuisines. It’s used in Latin cuisine to give foods like refried beans, tamales, and empanadas a delicious melt-in-your-mouth texture. Lard is also

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