Healthy But Smart

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Who Are We?

HealthyButSmart is a team of academics and health care professionals who examine popular health claims according to current research, then translate their findings into language that’s easy to understand, and easy to act on.

Whether it’s garlic curing the common cold, or water fasting helping with weight loss, we provide clear answers that help you avoid harm, save money… and settle arguments.

Michele BermanMichele Berman M.D.Dr. Berman served as Staff Pediatrician at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Missouri, and as Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Marilia CoutinhoMarilia Coutinho Ph.DMarilia Coutinho is a Brazilian researcher, university professor and technical consultant. She has majored in Biology, holds a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Ecology and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science.

Melissa WaineMelissa Waine B.Sc.Melissa Waine holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Hons (I) in Molecular Biology, from UNSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.).

Nicholas FerraraNicolas Ferrara PT DPTPhysical therapist specializing in orthopedic, neurological, and prosthetics rehab. Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Hofstra university and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook university.

Sonja RistevskiSonja Ristevski B.Sc.Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st class) degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from La Trobe University.

Dr. Ceppie MerryDr. Ceppie MerryDr. Merry is an practising M.D from Ireland. She holds a Ph.D in pharmacology from Trinity College in Dublin, and a fellowship in infectious disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Does Chamomile Have Health Benefits? 29 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Described as ‘herbal aspirin’, chamomile is one of the leading herbal remedies worldwide. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on which foods or supplements to take for the purposes of health. Scientific evidence is an important consideration, along...

Does Rhodiola Have Proven Benefits? 25 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Rhodiola is a traditional medicine and supplement that is used for a wide range of complaints including amenorrhea, depression, insomnia, fatigue, cancer, headaches, schizophrenia, colds and flu, hypertension, and male sexual dysfunction. There is a specific interest...

Is Eating Sauerkraut Good for you? Here’s the Science
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Hippocrates described sauerkraut as 'a health food'. I am guessing that if Hippocrates were alive today that he would be tweeting about sauerkraut with the hashtag #superfood. Or would he? I am equally convinced that if Hippocrates were alive today that he would be a...

The Best Treatments for Fibromyalgia According to Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

I spent an unreasonable amount of time dithering over this particular article. Apologies to my dear editor for missing my deadline (more than once). Here is the dilemma. The logical part of my brain told me to follow the advice of Nike and "Just Write It." I am pretty...

How We Work

To fund our fact checking and research, HealthyButSmart also provides reviews and comparisons of health promoting devices, kitchenware and home gadgets.

Meet the Chefs

If you’re trying to buy the air fryer, or juicer, or blender that’s perfect for you, the ramblings of random reviews just aren’t going to cut it.

Our professional chefs field test the best kitchen gadgets in each category, giving you clear comparisons for simple and speedy decisions.

Paul Kostandin

Paul Kostandin is a Chef and Hospitality Professional from Richmond, Virginia. With over 20 years of professional cooking experience from fine dining to diners and sandwich shops he has amassed a wealth of knowledge on cuisines and culinary traditions from all around the globe.

Margaret Carmen

Margaret Carmen is a chef instructor and freelance writer. She holds a BA in English and a degree in Culinary Arts. She has many years of experience in restaurants and bakeries as a cook and pastry chef. When she isn’t in the classroom or writing food-related articles, she is likely in her home kitchen baking sourdough bread or preparing delicious, locally sourced meals for her family.

4 Insane Juicer Deals I Found for Prime Day [2020]
Elizabeth Martin

If you've been wanting to pick up a new juicer for home, there's no time like the present. Prime day is here and discounts abound! Grabbing a bargain now means less stress as the big sales of the holiday season roll around. And it means you get high-quality juice at...

The Undeniable Best Twin Gear Juicers Money Can Buy
HBS Review Team

If you're here, it's because you give a damn about your juice, and you won't settle for second best. Twin gear juicers (which are technically a type of masticating juicer, more on which below) are the absolute best juicers available in terms of yield, and nutrient...

Hands Down The Best Cold Press Juicer Dollar for Dollar
HBS Review Team

Even if you can get that delicious cold-pressed juice at a store, it's likely to be filled with added sugars and artificial ingredients, and besides, you can save quite a bit of money in the long run if you're making your juice at home. On top of that, it's also...

Breville BJE200XL Review: “For Speed & Value, I Love it”.
HBS Review Team

If you like to have fresh juice in the morning and you don't want all the added sugar that comes with store-bought products, it's worth it for you to invest in a juicer for your kitchen. Breville has become one of the leading brands in kitchen appliances like juicers,...

Nuwave Bravo XL Air Fryer Review: 3 Meals Cooked [10 Photos]
Paul Kostandin

Over the past months, I have had the privilege to take a look at a number of different air fryers. From products branded by Celebrity Chefs to appliances made by some of the most well-known brands in the kitchen appliance industry, I've been incredibly impressed with...

The Best Mini Food Processor That Can Still do Everything
Paul Kostandin

Choosing a mini food processor can be a daunting task. With so many options, from size and materials to cordless options and a whole galaxy of attachment choices, finding the perfect machine can be quite an undertaking. But luckily for you, we've done the heavy...

Let Me Tell You The True Best Baby Food Maker Out There
HBS Review Team

If you or your partner is expecting, there's a lot on your plate and a long list of things you're going to need to buy to make sure your transition into parenthood is as seamless as possible. A baby food maker should definitely be somewhere on that list. A baby food...

Best Air Purifiers for Pets? Pulverize Pet Hair With These 5
HBS Review Team

There are so many wonderful things about having pets, they're a treasured part of the family. But unfortunately, they come with fur... sometimes lots of it, and dander. Dander is the dry skin that sheds along with hair, and it can be a major trigger for allergy...

Air Fryer Tilapia Recipe (AKA Healthy, Easy Fish & Chips)
Paul Kostandin

I don't eat nearly enough fish at home and this has been something I've been working to correct throughout 2021. One of the biggest reasons I think I don't eat enough fish at home is availability. In restaurants, it's easy to keep great, fresh fish on hand because...

Chef’s Falling Off the Bone Air Fryer Ribs Recipe
Paul Kostandin

I love grilling and smoking meats. Some of my favorite cooking memories come from barbecuing on my offset smoker or roasting kebabs over an open fire. Sadly, sometimes lighting the barbecue just isn't the most efficient way to get dinner on the table especially during...

A Chef’s Gooey Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe
Paul Kostandin

Mozzarella sticks are one of the best go-to appetizers especially for an impromptu get-together or a lazy fall afternoon spent watching football with friends. Though I love eating mozzarella sticks at restaurants and have fond memories of devouring mozzarella sticks...

A Chef’s Perfect Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipe
Paul Kostandin

One skill I think all adults should have is the ability to properly cook a whole chicken. Whole roasted chicken is an awesome dish for a small gathering, it is incredibly economical and absolutely delicious. I love roasting a whole chicken. After years of professional...

A Chef’s Perfect Air Fryer Frozen French Fries Recipe
Paul Kostandin

I love frozen french fries. Seriously, they are one of my absolute favorite, go-to snacks or an easy side dish for any weekday dinner, especially now that I have an air fryer handy. As a professional chef, it's a little embarrassing to say, but I really can't do a lot...

A Chef’s 15 Minute Air Fryer Brats Recipe
Paul Kostandin

Cooking fresh brats over a charcoal grill is one of my favorite summer past times. There's something about a delicious, crispy bratwurst on a warm summer evening with the fireflies out and a cool glass of iced tea in my hand that makes everything seem right with the...