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For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

Monday, November 24, 2014

If you're giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.

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All Things Considered

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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A Glimmer Of Hope In The Fight Against Hunger In America

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be starting to get back on track for some.

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How Much Sugar Is Too Much? A New Tool Sheds Some Light

Monday, November 10, 2014

SugarScience, a website created by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, distills the findings of 8,000 scientific studies on the health effects of sugar. The takeaway? Eat less.

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All Things Considered

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Monday, November 10, 2014

The federal government is putting $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of federal food benefits when people use them to buy fresh produce. This idea started small but became a hit.

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How To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy: Cold, Hard Cash

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

After the costumes and candy comes the hard part: the fights and negotiations that go along with trying to limit kids' sugar intake. Why not skip the ordeal by paying kids to give up their treats?

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Morning Edition

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

Friday, October 31, 2014

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.

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Reality Check: To Burn Off A Soda, You'll Have To Run 50 Minutes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What might make us pay attention to calorie information on menus? Researchers think that including how many miles of walking or minutes of running it takes to burn off the calories ordered would help.

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Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When a friend and I rode bicycles 738 miles up the spine of Texas, we were burning up to 5,500 calories a day. So we got to eat the way a calorie-counting cubicle dweller can only dream of.

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Morning Edition

Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

New menu items introduced by chain restaurants in 2013 contained 60 fewer calories, on average, than items on the menu in 2012. And that could be enough to make an impact on the obesity epidemic.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It's tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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Morning Edition

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Friday, September 19, 2014

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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All Things Considered

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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Healthy Food? Huddle House Won't Be Serving That Anytime Soon

Monday, September 08, 2014

Huddle House says its customers don't want healthy options or calorie counts. But by defying healthy trends, the chain seems increasingly — and unapologetically — out of step with the competition.

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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Perdue Farms, one of the country's largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it "a big step" forward.

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Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

Monday, September 01, 2014

A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.

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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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