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It's not just kombucha and yogurt: Probiotics are now showing up in dozens of packaged foods. But what exactly do these designer foods with friendly flora actually offer — besides a high price tag? Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There's a growing body of evidence challenging the notion that low-fat dairy is best. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk
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The FDA says tortillas and other foods made with corn masa flour can now be fortified with folic acid. The move is aimed at reducing severe brain and spinal cord defects in babies born to Hispanic women. Verónica Zaragovia for NPR hide caption

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Khadija Sabir of Lovie Lee's Stars of Tomorrow preschool in Philadelphia attends a soda tax rally with three of her charges. The proposed tax promises to pay for universal pre-K, parks and recreation centers. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

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Philly Wants To Tax Soda To Raise Money For Schools
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A view of the lush Samoan vegetation in American Samoa, Tutuila Island. LCDR Eric Johnson/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hide caption

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A sign at the Westside Diner in Flint, Mich., reassures customers that it serves uncontaminated water pulled from Detroit's drinking supply. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images hide caption

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Tests Say The Water Is Safe. But Flint's Restaurants Still Struggle
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A second big study affirms new thinking: Exposing high-risk kids to peanuts beginning in infancy greatly reduces the chance of developing a peanut allergy. And this peanut tolerance holds up as kids get older. iStockphoto hide caption

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Peanut Mush In Infancy Cuts Allergy Risk. New Study Adds To Evidence
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Sleep Munchies: Why It's Harder To Resist Snacks When We're Tired
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We know eating more produce is good for your heart. Now computer models suggest slashing the price by about a third could result in dramatically lower death rates from heart disease and stroke. iStockphoto hide caption

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Ashara Manns says she has to plan her meals around how much bottled water she has. Rebecca Kruth for NPR hide caption

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Doctors In Flint, Mich., Push A Healthy Diet To Fight Lead Exposure
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A New York judge has ruled that items like Panera's Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich on Tomato Basil bread, which contains 2,850 milligrams of sodium, require a warning label. Jesse Grant/Getty Images for IMG hide caption

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Judge Rules NYC Can Require Sodium Warnings On Restaurant Menus
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When the Flint Farmers' Market moved downtown, closer to public transportation, more low-income customers started shopping there for all their grocery needs, a new study finds. G.L. Kohuth/Courtesy of Michigan State University hide caption

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Heat lamps warm fresh pizza in the food line at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Amazon Cafe in the Rainforest. The dining area has increased offerings of healthful foods such as salads, but pizza, fries and corn dogs remain popular choices among visitors. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN hide caption

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An assortment of organic vegetables are seen on display. A growing body of evidence documents how farming methods can influence the nutritional content of foods. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Cluttered Kitchen Can Nudge Us To Overeat, Study Finds
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Food writer Bee Wilson says that babies are most open to trying new flavors between the ages of 4 and 7 months. Duane Ellison/iStock hide caption

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In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste
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The USDA has found salmonella on about a quarter of all cut-up chicken parts heading for supermarket shelves. It's a good reason to handle raw chicken carefully, wash your hands afterward, and cook the meat well. Sandor Weisz/Flickr hide caption

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USDA Imposes Stricter Limit On Salmonella Bacteria In Poultry Products
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These fiber-rich foods altogether offer about 28.5 grams, or a woman's daily recommended intake. Clockwise from top left: one pear, 6 grams of fiber; medium artichoke, 7 grams; 1 ounce of popcorn, 3.5 grams; 1 medium sweet potato, 4 grams; 1 cup edamame, 8 grams. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer
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