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Noun: Samara (SAM-uh-ruh) Definition: A dry, usually one-seeded winged fruit as of an ash or elm tree. Sample sentence: The samara looks much like a tiny green round ravioli, or those dots of explosive caps for toy guns of the past.

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The Associated Press asked a panel of nutrition scientists to examine six major brands of cereal that advertise reduced-sugar versions of their products. Their verdict: The new products have less sugar content, but in terms of nutrition they’re virtually the same because the cereals contain more refined carbohydrates. Why are there more carbs? To make […]

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Verb: Assay (a-SAY) Definition: 1. Try or attempt 2. To analyze (as an ore) for one or more specific components or to prove to be of a particular nature by means of analysis 3. To judge the worth of, estimate Sample sentence: A certified laboratory will assay the samples of gold and silver to determine […]

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. When the dietary habits of more than 34,000 women were recorded, apples were one of the three foods that had the highest correlation with reduction of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. The other two […]

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Noun: Coiffure (kwah-FYUR) Definition: A style or manner of arranging the hair. Sample sentence: Linda almost didn’t recognize her daughter when she got off the bus with a stylish, new coiffure.

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Upper body strength is harder to achieve than lower body strength because we use our legs more in everyday living. Have patience when trying to increase upper body strength: increase slowly–both resistance and duration. Using weights that are too heavy can cause injury and hinder your training objectives. If you try to take two or […]

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Adjective: Fungible (FUHN-juh-buhl) Definition: Freely exchangeable for or replaceable by another of like nature or kind in the satisfaction of an obligation: interchangeable. Sample sentence: There is nothing fun about taxes, but those tax monies are certainly fungible as the funds get raided all the time.

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Another reason to eat your fruits and vegetables has been found. New research from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan suggests that natural antioxidant compounds like flavonoids and phenolic acids could inhibit the formation of fat cells. Foods high in flavonoids are: red grapes, white onions, green and black teas and blackeye cowpeas. Foods high […]

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Noun: Acolyte (AK-uh-lyte) Definition: One who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties: one who attends or assists : follower Sample sentence: The lawyer arrived in court with an acolyte in tow, an eager young attorney who looked at her with obvious admiration.

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The B complex is an extremely essential group of nutrients that the body must get through diet or produce in intestinal flora to enable it to: (1) transform food into energy, (2) maintain a strong immune system, (3) balance many of the body’s hormones, and (4) perform a wide variety of other tasks. The B […]

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