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Aug 29 2014

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese : The Salt : NPR

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese : The Salt : NPR

The unique browning patterns on mozzarella come from the way it bubbles, James says. Since it’s made by repeatedly stretching and molding fresh curds, “mozzarella has a lot of elasticity,” she explains. “If you look at it under a microscope, you see it has these channels of fat surrounded by protein.”

In the oven, the water in the cheese evaporates to create of steam, which causes it to bubble.…

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Aug 15 2014
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Relearning How to Eat Fish – NYTimes.com

On a recent weeklong cruise along the shores of southeast Alaska, the dining room menu included wild salmon, Dungeness crab and sablefish.

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Aug 14 2014

Obese preschoolers already show signs of health problems | Fox News

Obese preschoolers already show signs of health problems | Fox News

Obese preschoolers already show signs of health problems | Fox News

Some overweight and obese preschoolers may already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, a new study from Italy suggests.

The study involved more than 5,700 healthy children ages 2 to 6 who visited pediatricians in Rome between 2011 and 2012. Of these children, about 600 (about 10 percent) had become overweight or obese within the last year, and the researchers ran detailed blood…

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Aug 13 2014

Lower meat consumption will help water scarcity issues, say researchers

Lower meat consumption will help water scarcity issues, say researchers

According to the new study, reducing use of animal products can have a considerable impact on areas suffering scarce water resources, as meat production requires more water than other agricultural products.

This dietary change, together with other actions such as reductions of food losses and waste, could also tackle the future challenges of food security, says lead author Mika Jalava from Aalto…

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Aug 12 2014

This Supermarket Came Up With A Brilliant Way To Keep Food From Going To Waste

This Supermarket Came Up With A Brilliant Way To Keep Food From Going To Waste

People don’t really think of starvation when they’re about to toss a perfectly fine batch of vegetables into the trash after dinner.

Furthermore, people don’t think about all of the food being wasted when they sort through their refrigerators.

Perhaps what’s even more frightening, is the fact that no one thinks about the fact that “spoiled” fruits and vegetables found at supermarkets can be used…

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Aug 11 2014

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe - ElizabethRider.com

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe – ElizabethRider.com

Been making my own granola the last month. It’s so much better than packaged. Here are some good tips -

Homemade granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients.

Whipping up your own at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the…

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Aug 08 2014

Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar Is in That?

Sugar Stacks – How Much Sugar Is in That?

Check out this site if you’d like a visual of all the sugar you eat.

Would you eat a stack of 16 sugar cubes?     A label can tell you there are 39 grams of sugar in your soda, but what does that much sugar look like?

Yikes! That’s a lot of sugar!We’ve used regular sugar cubes 4 grams of sugar each to show how the sugars in your favorite foods literally stack up, gram for gram.

via Sugar Stacks…

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Aug 07 2014

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget : The Salt : NPR

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget : The Salt : NPR

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master’s in food studies at New York University, she couldn’t help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

“It really bothered me,” she says. “The 47 million people on food stamps — and that’s a big chunk of the population — don’t have the same choices everyone else does.”

Brown…

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Aug 06 2014

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate : The Salt : NPR

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate : The Salt : NPR

If you haven’t seen this yet …

A bittersweet YouTube video is making the rounds this week showing cacao farmers — some of the most impoverished in the world — enjoying chocolate for the very first time.

“Frankly, I do not know what one makes from cocoa beans,” farmer N’Da Alphonse tells Selay Marius Kouassi, a reporter for Metropolis, an international news website. He’s heard it’s turned into…

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Aug 05 2014

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits - NYTimes.com

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits – NYTimes.com

Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed.

In recent years, moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, has been the focus of a great deal of…

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Jul 28 2014
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Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients : The Salt : NPR

A tour of the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the “Flavor Graveyard,” where ice cream combinations that didn’t make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company’s best-sellers.

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Jul 25 2014

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future : The Salt : NPR

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future : The Salt : NPR

Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to market research, but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it’s such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

But recently, General Electric cell…

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Jul 24 2014

Stress-Busting Diet: 8 Foods That May Boost Resilience : The Salt : NPR

Stress-Busting Diet: 8 Foods That May Boost Resilience : The Salt : NPR

Eat more when you’re stressed? You’re not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times.And many of us are quick to turn to either sugary foods or highly refined carbohydrates such as bagels or white pasta when the stress hits.

“Ther…

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Jul 23 2014

Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings - NYTimes.com

Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings – NYTimes.com

By JANE E. BRODY

JULY 21, 2014 10:27 AM  The label on my bottle of Nature’s Bounty Advanced Probiotic 10 says it contains 10 probiotic strains and 20 billion live cultures in each two-capsule dose. The supplement provides “advanced support for digestive and intestinal health” and “healthy immune function.”

I have no way to know if any of this is true. Like all over-the-counter dietary…

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Jul 22 2014

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? : The Salt : NPR

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? : The Salt : NPR

There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new study is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.

It’s a scientific reply to an analysis that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. That paper, which generated lots of media coverage and…

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