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Granola cereals on a shelf in Glenview, Ill. "If the FDA were to create a more strict, more comprehensive definition, it would give manufacturers a lot more guidance on whether or not they could use the term 'natural' on their food products," says lawyer Ivan Wasserman. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Freshly cooked Dungeness crab sits on a pot of boiling water at Nick's Lighthouse Restaurant in San Francisco, Nov. 5, 2015. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Microbiologist Mi Kang works to identify a strain of E. coli from a specimen in a lab at the Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday in Shoreline, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers. The company is now sourcing some of its pork from a British supplier that uses antibiotics to treat pigs when ill. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and longtime critic of antibiotic overuse on farms, welcomes this shift in Chipotle's stance on the drugs. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Soda sales have been flattening, but the industry has stepped up marketing and lobbying, according to Marion Nestle in Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (And Winning). Akash Ghai/NPR hide caption

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How many hot dogs are safe to eat? We tackle your questions about an expert panel's conclusion that processed meats are carcinogenic. iStockphoto hide caption

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The World Health Organization has put bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. Anokarina/Flickr hide caption

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Kids and parents often shy away from talking about their struggles at the doctor's office. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is now urging its members to screen kids for food insecurity during well-child visits. iStockphoto hide caption

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A program called Farm To Work is making it easy and affordable for employees in central Texas to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. JoAnn Santangelo/Sustainable Food Center hide caption

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The vast majority of reported cases of norovirus — the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks and illnesses across the country — have been linked to infected food industry workers. iStockphoto hide caption

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Beet juice has a small effect on athletes. "But the difference between not making the podium at the Olympics and standing on the top step is often only a couple percent," says Andrew Coggan of Washington University in St. Louis. Alastair Bland for NPR hide caption

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A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine adds to the evidence that drinking a moderate amount of wine can be good for your health. iStockphoto hide caption

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Modern, domesticated rice comes in a range of colors, usually described as white, red and black. But collectors have never found black grains in more than a thousand samples of wild rice stored in gene banks. Now geneticists have traced this rare grain's origin and spread. Courtesy of Takeshi Ebitani/Takuya Yamaguchi. hide caption

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Longer lines in the cafeteria and shorter lunch periods mean many public school students get just 15 minutes to eat. Yet researchers say when kids get less than 20 minutes for lunch, they eat less of everything on their tray. iStockphoto hide caption

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About 50 percent of the vegetables available today are tomatoes and potatoes, according to new USDA data. Lettuce is the third most available single vegetable. Legumes and all other vegetables make up 41 percent of what's available. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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