Mistakes to Avoid When You Want to Lose Weight

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Whole melons

The fridge can cut the number of antioxidants in half. A USDA study found that watermelons at room temperature develop nearly double the levels of compounds like beta-carotene (which promotes healthy skin and eyesight) than do refrigerated melons.

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Basil

If this tropical plant is stored below 40 degrees F, it turns black quickly. Keep on the counter in a shady place, and mimic placing flowers in a vase: Fill a glass with water and submerge the stems

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Potatoes

Cold temperatures convert potato starch into sugar. This results in a gritty texture and a slightly sweet flavor. Potatoes do best at 45° F (most refrigerators are set from 35° F to 38° F). Store them in a paper bag in the cool pantry.

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers should come out of the fridge. The common mistake of keeping them in the fridge leads to watery and pitted cukes.

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Onions

These vegetables need air circulation to stay fresh. Store whole onions in a hole-punched paper bag in the pantry.

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Tomatoes

Cool air alters chemical pathways in tomatoes, slowing those that contribute to fresh flavor and accelerating others that dull flavor. Store whole tomatoes on the counter for more delicious taste

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Coffee

The moisture in your fridge causes the beans to deteriorate, meaning you aren't getting the fresh, bold flavor you want from your morning brew.

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Garlic

Garlic cloves fare best in temperatures between 60 and 65° F. Put your bulbs in a ventilated container to allow moisture in and stash it in a cool place.

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Hot sauce

The vinegar and preservatives in store-bought hot sauce keep it from going bad in the pantry. In the fridge, the spicy peppers might lose some of their heat.

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Honey

This sticky, sweet stuff should not go in the fridge. Honey is known to seize up and crystallize in cold temperatures. Room-temperature is the ideal temperature level for this sweetener

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Sliced bread

Although keeping bread in the fridge keeps mold at bay, it also dries out the loaf. Instead, store extra bread in the freezer and bring to room temperature when you are ready to eat them.

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