A round-up of VT editors’ favorite newsworthy links.
New research finds that eating half an avocado at lunchtime helps overweight people feel more satisfied. Our favorite way to get a daily dose of the good-for-you fruit? Avocado-Mango Smoothie! [EurekAlert]
Happy New Year! Los Angeles banned plastic grocery bags as of Jan. 1, making it the largest U.S. city to do so. The ban is expected to keep billions of marine-life-threatening plastic bags from winding up in the ocean. [Los Angeles Times]
Waste not, want not: NYC launches program that uses discarded food to heat city homes instead of sending it to the landfill. [Mother Nature Network]
In an effort to cut down on cholesterol, a Slate editor who slathers mayo on everything tries Vegenaise and loves it. "Pleasantly smooth and airy, and much less goopy than store-bought mayo." [Slate]