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Exposure to visual food cues like food ads can influence eating behavior and contribute to weight gain, a study published in the journal Obesity Reviews found. Nick Amoscato/Flickr hide caption

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The Super Food Express bus travels to schools in Mobile County, Ala., to ensure children are fed healthy meals when school is out of session. The bus is part of the USDA's summer food program, which President Obama says needs additional funding. USDA/Flickr hide caption

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health advise against eating any fish from the Lower Passaic because it may be contaminated with toxic chemicals. But Owaldo Avad says he's been catching and consuming fish like these from the river for eight years. Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC hide caption

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Dole has voluntarily withdrawn from the market all of its Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at a Springfield, Ohio plant because the plant has been linked to a Listeria outbreak. iStockphoto hide caption

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Studies show that kids' household income seems to be a more important predictor of their risk of becoming overweight and obese than their race or ethnicity. Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton walks past the peppers at the El Rey grocery store in Milwaukee, Wis., during a campaign stop in 2008. Clinton tells NPR that she eats a fresh hot pepper a day to stay healthy on the campaign trail. She may be on to something. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Students at Doherty Middle School in Andover, Mass., choose items from the salad bar in the school cafeteria, June 2012. Among other things, a Senate compromise on school nutrition standards calls for the USDA and the CDC to establish new guidance that would encourage the use of salad bars. Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty hide caption

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A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates in 2015. California Center for Public Health Advocacy hide caption

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The MyPlate icon is the visual centerpiece of the USDA's advice for healthy eating aimed at the general public. Scientists and other public health advocates had called for adding a water symbol to the icon, but that didn't happen. USDA hide caption

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Extra-high amounts of sodium can be hidden in savory snacks like popcorn served at movie theaters and other concession stands. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Eat This, Not That: The U.S. government's latest Dietary Guidelines call on Americans to eat more vegetables and fruits, more seafood and whole grains, and to cool it on foods high in sugar, refined grains, sodium and saturated fats. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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The FDA worries that the same alkaline treatment that gives corn masa its distinctive aroma and flavor might also prevent folic acid from remaining stable in masa. The agency is currently reviewing test results looking at the question of stability. Verónica Zaragovia for NPR hide caption

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Ingredients at a Sweetgreen restaurant in Washington, D.C. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Eating And Health

Vegetables Likely To Take More Of Your Plate In 2016

Will we still be eating kale? What's changing in food as we begin 2016, and what can we expect?

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Jean Kristeller's 10-week program in The Joy of Half A Cookie is designed to curb overeating, help you feel your hunger and trust your taste buds. iStockphoto hide caption

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