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From celebrity vegans and fabulous food festivals to what to eat to relieve your allergies, check out our favorite food links from around the web this week.
Eat Across America
Warning: This link may cause extreme hunger and wanderlust. Fox News has a roundup of the best spring food festivals around the country, from the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience to Vegas Uncork'd. We so wish we were there!
All-Natural Allergy Relief
Good news for spring snifflers: It turns out that the foods you choose to eat can affect your seasonal allergy symptoms. Huffington Post has a handy roundup of some of the best -- and worst -- things to consume to keep your seasonal allergies in check. (Spoiler alert: Say yes to apples and red grapes, no to spicy foods and booze. Boo!)
Maybe you knew about Natalie Portman and Ellen and Portia, but did you know that Mike Tyson and rapper Ne-Yo are vegans, too? ABC News has a roundup of 19 vegan celebrities. See who's on the list -- and click here for easy vegan recipes for dinner.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was all set to ban the sale of large-size sodas, but as Yahoo! News reports, a new study shows that restricting drink sizes may actually have the opposite of the desired (healthy) effect. The study, published in PLoS One, reveals that people simply tend to buy more of the smaller drinks.
(Plate) Size Matters
Should little kids have little plates? A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that children who ate meals off of big plates (and who were allowed to serve themselves) ate more food than if the meals were served for them, on smaller plates. The study acknowledged that the difference in calories wasn't large, but when it comes to childhood obesity, every morsel counts.
Eden Foods: Soy Milk, Beans ... And Politics
Eden Foods is well-known among a certain type of shopper for its natural, organic products -- it makes everything from soy milk to kamut pasta to BPA-free canned beans. But as Salon reports, the "organic food company with no shortage of liberal customers... has quietly pursued a decidedly right-wing agenda, suing the Obama administration for exemption from the mandate to cover contraception for its employees under the Affordable Care Act." The company didn't respond to Salon's request for comment, but apparently for CEO and founder Michael Potter, beans and birth control don't mix.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer, iVillage's Chief Lifestyle Blogger, and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.