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Top culinary tips for health

Top culinary tips for health

If you stay out of the kitchen, chances are your diet -- and health -- will suffer. Several studies show that dining out often is linked with higher body weight, body fat and obesity. What's the antidote? It's easy: wholesome, home-cooked meals that feature fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, legumes, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. After all, it's much easier to produce meals with more healthful ingredients and cooking techniques when you do the cooking yourself.

Make a pact to do more home cooking of delicious, health-promoting meals by improving your culinary skills. Chef Brendan Walsh, dean of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America, shared some of his essential...