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Consumer Reports March 2020: Leafy Greens

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We usually consider a salad a healthy meal choice. However, E. coli bacteria outbreaks are becoming more and more frequent. Salad greens can be exposed to the bacteria at any time during the growing, harvesting or packaging process. This month’s cover article, “Leafy Greens Safety Guide,” explains how greens may become contaminated, how to read lettuce labels (organic, pesticide-free, etc.), and has tips on safe ways to eat greens such as cooking them until wilted or soaking them in vinegar. An added section on “The Health Benefits of Leafy Greens” discusses nine types of greens (from Arugula to Swiss Chard) and the vitamins and other nutrients each contains.

Looking to replace your old dishwasher? The latest dishwasher models have a number of improved features–they’re quieter, cost less to run, have new drying tech, and with some models, you can even check their progress via a smartphone app. See “6 Surprising Reasons to Buy a New Dishwasher” for reviews of over 50 dishwasher models, organized by price category.

Do you use a wireless router at home? If you do, check out the article “End Your WiFi Woes” for information on how routers work, why a router may seem sluggish, and what might be the best placement for one in a home. Helpful reviews for wireless routers and mesh routers (a set with multiple units for more WiFi coverage) are also included.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Pasta
  • Fabric stain removers
  • “Clause for Concern” (consumer’s right to sue)
  • “The Hidden Cost of Safety Features” (in vehicles)
  • Ratings for subcompact, midsized, and sports cars, and luxury large SUVs

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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