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Sweet: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Sweet: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it’s a win for consumers, trees and animals.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, ‘Bitter’ Flavor Can Be Addictive

From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, ‘Bitter’ Flavor Can Be Addictive

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you don’t think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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

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

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey’s north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.

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

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

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco’s Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco’s Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.

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Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

| September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterwards. That’s one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.

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Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that their campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.

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Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.

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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

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

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Real Vanilla Isn’t Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Real Vanilla Isn’t Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you’re talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it’s from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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

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

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry’s fight against the foodborne pathogen.

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