All About the New "Dirty Dozen" List

All About the New "Dirty Dozen" List

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes data about fruits and veggies to create the Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ lists. These lists rank fruits and veggies based on how much -- or how little -- pesticide residue they have. This year, strawberries topped the Dirty Dozen™ list with more than 98% of samples testing positive for pesticide residues. On the other hand, avocados were deemed to be the “cleanest” produce with the least amount of pesticide residues.

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Meet Scott Samuel, Zipongo's Director of Culinary Innovation

Meet Scott Samuel, Zipongo's Director of Culinary Innovation

“I’m most proud of my ability to share the basics of eating well with others.”

Zipongo’s Director of Culinary Innovation Scott Samuel has been in the food industry since he was a teenager. He started his career as a prep cook in Lahaina, Hawaii at the age of 14. Scott spent more than a decade cooking in various fine-dining restaurants, then shifted gears to become a culinary educator with The Culinary Institute of America. At Zipongo, Scott is focused on working with key clients and their culinary communities to help promote a more plant-based diet across their operations.

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How to Eat for Seasonal Allergy Relief

How to Eat for Seasonal Allergy Relief

Birds chirping, flowers blooming, warm air and the smell of fresh cut grass -- is this what your image of spring sounds like? Or, is it more like itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and a scratchy throat? For many people, spring means peak allergy season and unfortunately, quite a bit of suffering.

On the bright side, the choices you make in the kitchen can help alleviate some allergy-related discomfort so you can still enjoy the beauty of spring. Read on for tips to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms by enjoying the right foods and nutrients.

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How to Quit Caffeine in 5 Steps

How to Quit Caffeine in 5 Steps

An average American drinks almost 2 cups of coffee per day, which makes caffeine the most widely used stimulant in the US. Over time, your body can develop tolerance to caffeine and you need to drink more to feel the same effects. If you’d like to cut down on caffeine for good or for the time being, here are five steps to make it happen -- and make it stick.

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Diabetes: A Call to Action for World Health Day 2016

Diabetes: A Call to Action for World Health Day 2016

More than likely, you know someone who has diabetes or is at risk for diabetes. Nearly 30 million Americans have this chronic disease. Another 86 million Americans are prediabetic, which means they are at high risk of developing the full-blown disease. While diabetes is more closely linked to a Western lifestyle, the developing world is also seeing increased rates of the disease. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the global prevalence of diabetes to be 9% among adults. The WHO has responded by dedicating World Health Day 2016, April 7, 2016, to diabetes awareness and prevention. 

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Meet Evan Davis, iOS Engineer

Meet Evan Davis, iOS Engineer

Evan Davis is an iOS engineer at Zipongo. He's been making iOS apps for the last 5 years across a wide range of industries, including an app for a radio station in Virginia, the Washington Post, WWE and even a healthy eating app focused on food journaling. Most recently he was at Twitter working on the MoPub Ads SDK, and he's excited to return to building an app to help people eat healthier. When he's not at a computer, he loves to travel just about everywhere he can, take pictures along the way and hang out with his girlfriend Hannah and crazy Australian Shepherd Dexter.

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Soak Your Beans (And Other Things You Should Know About Pulses)

Soak Your Beans (And Other Things You Should Know About Pulses)

With over 13,000 different species, legumes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Their satisfying, earthy and sometimes sweet flavor add color, texture and nutrients to your plate. Within the legume family, pulses make up a group of high fiber, high protein plants. Pulses refers only to the dried seed portion of the plant, such as dried peas, chickpeas and lentils. While they are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and fiber, these little guys can be rather troublesome at times. In this post, we will talk about the pros and cons to legumes and how to mitigate some of the discomfort associated with their consumption.

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