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Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our primate ancestors were consuming alcohol 10 million years ago in the form of fermented fruit, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests our relationship with alcohol is ancient.

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Feeling Like A Holiday Glutton? It May Be Time To Try A Fast

Feeling Like A Holiday Glutton? It May Be Time To Try A Fast

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Restricting your calories for short periods of time may be one way to counter seasonal overeating. A few studies make a cautious but encouraging case for the health benefits of regular “mini-fasts.”

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Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

| November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Just because you (or your guests) are gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, especially stuffing. Try this one, you won’t even know the difference.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg’s Cash Didn’t Hurt

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn’t mean the product disappears from the market.

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What’s Really In A Big Mac? McDonald’s Says It’s Ready To Tell All

What’s Really In A Big Mac? McDonald’s Says It’s Ready To Tell All

| October 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pink slime? Eyeballs? Rumors about what goes into McD’s food have dogged it for years. As U.S. sales falter, the firm’s new ad campaign aims to tackle those concerns by inviting consumers’ questions.

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Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

There a big new pot of government money available for programs that boost the buying power of food stamps. But there’s a catch: The cash has to spent on local fruit and vegetables.

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European Activists Say They Don’t Want Any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken’

European Activists Say They Don’t Want Any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken’

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now “chlorinated chickens” are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Smart Pan Creator Hopes to Revolutionize Cooking with “SmartyPans”

Smart Pan Creator Hopes to Revolutionize Cooking with “SmartyPans”

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Recipes are only as good as those using them,” says Rahul Baxi, an Oakland-based software engineer. With his new invention “SmartyPans,” he hopes to harness technology to get more people in the kitchen.

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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

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Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the “good bacteria” known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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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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Fighting Hunger with Food Smarts & Honoring Hunger Action Month

Fighting Hunger with Food Smarts & Honoring Hunger Action Month

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent reports estimate that as many as 225,000 people are food insecure in San Francisco. Learn about the efforts of Leah’s Pantry that provides Food Smarts classes for residents coping with food insecurity. Honor Hunger Action Month by attending events discussing hunger in the Bay Area.

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The Magic of Milk: Preemies, Breastfeeding, and Human Milk Donation

The Magic of Milk: Preemies, Breastfeeding, and Human Milk Donation

| September 16, 2014 | 6 Comments

In my preemie daughter’s 51-day stay at Alta Bates Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I learned the value of human milk.

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