Some Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will no longer be so ... orange.
November 1, 2013 Kraft will produce mac and cheese without artificial dyes, the food-processing giant says. But the change affects only a line marketed specifically for children. Aficionados will still be able to purchase the luridly orange "original" version. A petition had asked Kraft to remove dyes from all mac and cheese products.
Pepper is the spice most commonly contaminated with salmonella and other pathogens.
November 1, 2013 Spices get dirty because of the way they're grown, stored and harvested, according to the head spice buyer for McCormick & Company. Because there are so many small farmers and shippers worldwide, that end of the supply chain is hard to control. So spices need to be sterilized before they hit supermarket shelves.
November 1, 2013 With the holidays coming up, is your mind on the menu yet? Well, Rabbi Eli Glaser says that eating well is more than just a health concern for Jews, it's a matter of faith. He talks to host Michel Martin about his non-profit group, Soveya which helps Jewish people tackle issues of obesity and weight loss.
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Cattle crowd inside a feedlot operated by JBS Five Rivers Colorado Beef in Wiley, Colo.
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November 1, 2013 When it comes to antibiotics on the farm, it's not always a win-win. And when there's a fight, veterinarians are right in the middle of it, pushed back and forth by conflicting loyalties.
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A pot of tea sits at the newly opened Teavana tea bar in New York City.
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November 1, 2013 The company recently bought the Teavana chain and has opened its first tea bar in New York City. Some say the beverage giant's move into tea could hurt small tea shops; others say they'll be in a good position to compete the way independent coffee shops compete with Starbucks.
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A test field of sorghum outside Manhattan, Kan., planted by Kansas State University.
October 31, 2013 Consumers in search of novelty are turning to once-obscure grains like quinoa, spelt and sorghum. But sorghum's great virtue for farmers is the fact that it can thrive with so little water.
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Halloween candy is offered for sale at a Walgreens store on September 19, 2013 in Wheeling, Illinois.
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October 31, 2013 The National Confectioners Association says weather was one factor in keeping Halloween candy sales flat for the last two years. But could consumers also be heeding the messages to cut back on sugar and empty calories?
Howard Chandler Christy's painting Halloween, as reproduced in Scribner's in January 1916.
October 31, 2013 A Halloween apple was once a powerful symbol of fertility and immortality. In Europe and the early years of America, girls used apples and apple peels to divine their romantic destiny.
Kids might be more satisfied if they get one good treat instead of one good treat and one lesser treat.
October 31, 2013 In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.
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There are people who'd rather not eat food? Yes. And Silicon Valley investors are betting they'll buy Soylent.
October 30, 2013 Inventor Rob Rhinehart has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for his powdered food alternative. He and his investors say there's a big market for his product: time- and cash-strapped people currently living on takeout.
October 30, 2013 Long before there was an industry supplying athletes with high-tech energy fuel, marathoners had to make due with what they had. And what they had may disgust you.
The amount of water to make the bottle could be up to six or seven times what's inside the bottle, according to the Water Footprint Network.
October 30, 2013 The bottled water industry says it uses water far more efficiently than other beverages. But water activists say that few companies in the beverage industry are calculating their total water footprint.
October 30, 2013 In the U.S., sesame seeds seem to be used for little more than sprinkling atop rolls or loaves of bread. But in many Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, the tiny, nutty seeds are incorporated into both savory and sweet preparations.
For $300, a share from Cheryl Wixon's Kitchen will get you 54 jars of pasta and pizza sauces, cranberry ketchups and fruit jams and butters delivered between November and April.
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October 29, 2013 Farmers and small processors are marketing local canned and dry goods under the CSA model. They call small batch food processing "back-breaking work." But many of them are in it to build their local food economy.
Simply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way.
October 29, 2013 Scentee draws power from an iPhone to blast you with the smell of hearty meat or lavender. But could the synthetic smell of meat trick your brain into thinking you're eating meat instead of plain rice?
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