Researchers say some compounds in cocoa may help us fend off fat.
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March 26, 2012 New research suggests that frequent chocolate consumption may favorably influence metabolism. It adds to the growing evidence that our bodies may not treat all calories the same way.
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Beef on display at a new Wal-Mart store in Chicago. The retailer announced it will offer consumers meat that does not contain lean finely textured beef.
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March 22, 2012 Wal-Mart has become the latest food retailer to announce that it's making changes after listening to customer concerns about lean finely textured beef, known by detractors as "pink slime."
March 16, 2012 An estimated 70 percent of the ground beef supply contains these lean bits of meat derived from muscle and connective tissue. The industry calls the trimmings Lean Finely Textured Beef.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will give schools alternatives to ground beef made with what critics have called "pink slime."
March 15, 2012 The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it believes beef trimmings known officially as "Lean Finely Textured Beef" are safe to eat. Nonetheless, it announced that owing to "customer demand" it will give schools the chance to opt out of it in the next school year.
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This would be considered a "once in a while" food.
March 12, 2012 People who consumed about one serving of red meat (beef, pork or lamb) per day had a 13 percent increased risk of death, compared with those who were eating very little meat, a study found.
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Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
March 12, 2012 Researchers have found that a meal loaded with spices like turmeric and cinnamon helps cut fat levels in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.
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A woman holds an AeroShot inhalable caffeine device in Boston.
March 7, 2012 When the inhalable caffeine product, known as AeroShot, hit college campus stores back in January, it caused a buzz, not all of it euphoric. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the company that makes it about the labeling and safety of its product.
Coca-Cola says the caramel coloring in its signature soda has always been safe.
March 7, 2012 California recently listed a compound found in caramel color used to make colas as a carcinogen — a claim the industry denies. But to avoid cancer warning labels on soda cans, manufacturers like Coca-Cola are now switching to a new formulation of the coloring.
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Research suggests that most of us don't or can't taste the subtleties of fine wines.
March 6, 2012 Do you buy that $100 Malbec, or will the $15 bottle fit the bill just as nicely? New research suggests your biology may help determine whether you can really taste a difference.
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The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011.
February 29, 2012 Obama appointees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say grants and loans supported by its Know Your Farmer initiative are a win-win that create new jobs and more locally produced food. Critics say the program serves the foodie elite and urban locavores at the expense of conventional farmers in rural America.
February 22, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has questions about the safety and legality of AeroShot, the inhalable caffeine product released last month. So does the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Actress portraying Martha Washington
February 20, 2012 George Washington had a powerful yen for coffee, according to records at his Mount Vernon home. A new exhibition reveals just how the Washington family cooked and ate.
By the end of 2013, Mars says it will shave 30 calories, or about 11 percent (approximated here), off the current version of the Snickers bar.
February 15, 2012 Candy-maker Mars says it's setting a 250-calorie limit for all of its candy bars. That means a regular Snickers bar will lose 30 calories and the king-size bar will be no more.
If that Hershey's Kiss is your last, researchers say it's likely to taste better.
February 14, 2012 In a recent study, people were three times more likely to favor the last chocolate when they were told no more were coming. Researchers say this built-in bias for endings might also have implications in the world of online dating.
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A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Chicago.
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February 7, 2012 Walmart has introduced an easy way for shoppers to quickly identify healthier foods with a new front-of-package icon. But the announcement raises the question: Can choosing healthful food really be reduced to a simple yes-no decision?
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