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Nutritionist Carrie Dennett answers questions on meatless meals, coffee, hydration and more

Dripped coffee is prepared at Vigilante Coffee, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in College Park, Md. A confluence of supply chain problems, drought, frost and inflation all point to the price of your cup of morning coffee going up. The tricky part is trying to figure when — and how much. A sustained drought followed by two July frosts blew a hole in Brazil’s coffee output, sending futures contract prices for the popular Arabica bean to near seven-year highs. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) MDJC209 MDJC209

On Nutrition writer Carrie Dennett’s inbox often fills up with questions that other readers are likely wondering about as well. This week, Dennett answers reader questions about meatless meals and veganism, coffee’s relationship with hydration and more.

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