December 30, 2010 Beginning in 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will require food labels on 40 of the most common cuts of raw beef and poultry. Everything from hamburger to chicken patties would include information about calories, cholesterol and fat. For more, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Steve Kay, editor and publisher of the trade publication Cattle Buyers Weekly.
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December 30, 2010 A good way to beat back lionfish, voracious predators that are causing trouble in American waters, is to eat them. Now there's a cookbook to help.
Here's the sort of label you can expect to see on meat in about a year.
December 29, 2010 In about a year poultry and meat sold in supermarkets will have to carry nutrition labels like the ones already on packaged foods. For the first time consumers will be able to see at a glance how much and what kinds of fat are inside.
Go easy on the sprouts, especially if they haven't been cooked.
December 29, 2010 Salmonella has turned up again in the nation's food supply. This time people have fallen ill after eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts. Tests have also found salmonella in parsley and cilantro sold by a Texas company.
December 29, 2010 The practice of yoga, which began about 5,000 years ago in India, has become a booming industry in the U.S., with more than 15 million followers. But for commentator Sandip Roy, there is nothing distinctly Indian about his experience at a San Francisco yoga class.
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Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
December 28, 2010 If you know how many calories are in a hamburger, will that knowledge influence your decision to order it? Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, says most likely not. But you may order less of the side dish -- especially if you're asked.
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Bundled up against the cold, military police trainees exercise early in the morning at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In a radical shift, the Army is overhauling the way it trains, cares for and feeds new soldiers.
December 28, 2010 Young Army recruits reflect society at large: They're in terrible shape. So the top brass has revamped basic training to focus on core strengthening and mastering simple, precise movements. The mess hall fare has also been overhauled -- in place of deep-fried foods there are whole grains, low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit.
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Knock knock. Who's there? Staph aureaus.
December 27, 2010 Gingerbread houses and a whole bunch of other treats from a Chicago bakery have been recalled. Several outbreaks of food poisoning point to a problem with staph bacteria.
Talk to the doc about free wellness exams.
December 23, 2010 The new health law lets seniors get free wellness check ups, starting in 2011. But there are a lot of questions about whether they'll take advantage of them, or what role doctors will play in promoting them.
Bees sample an echinacea flower.
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December 21, 2010 Echinacea may shave a half a day from a typical weeklong cold, researchers found. But the evidence isn't very strong. Even in the best case, they conclude, echinacea's effects on colds are probably of little benefit.
A chunk of bread drips with melted cheese.
December 16, 2010 Wine does not help people digest cheese, Swiss and British research say, dispelling folk wisdom for fondue eaters. To the contrary, they found it slows the process down. A little black tea might be a better choice to go with your fondue.
Salmonella like these are a leading cause of foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.
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December 16, 2010 Each year about 1 in 6 of Americans get sick from a bug carried by some sort of food they eat. Norovirus, which causes the stomach flu, and salmonella are the most common culprit for illness.
December 15, 2010 Dannon has agreed to pay the government $21 million in a settlement after the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint about misleading ads for yogurt. The company won't
The EPA dropped saccharin from its official list of hazardous substances.
December 15, 2010 Decades after cancer worries landed saccharin on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of hazardous chemicals, the regulators have said it's not a risk. More research showed the original fears were unfounded.
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