Chuck Shelton in the cold room at Albemarle CiderWorks in Virginia, which makes sparkling alcoholic cider with some of the same apple varieties used by Thomas Jefferson. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Graduate student Zach Dunseth carefully excavates wine jugs found in the ruins of a Canaanite palace that dates back to about 1700 B.C. Eric H. Cline/Courtesy of Eric H. Cline/George Washington University hide caption

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Regular nut consumers had about a 20 percent reduction in all-cause mortality, including lower death rates from heart disease and cancer, a study found. iStockphoto hide caption

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French fries: There are probably other reasons besides acrylamide to avoid these tasty snacks. iStockphoto hide caption

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The beef rib mummy that the researchers tested came from the tomb of Yuya and Tjuiu (sometimes spelled Tuyu). Seen here is a mask of Tjuiu, made out of gilded cartonnage, that was also found in their tomb. Andreas F. Voegelin/AP/Museum Of Antiquities Basel hide caption

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Parallel processing: Couscous cooks in the coffee maker's carafe while broccoli and cauliflower steam in the basket. Morgan Walker/ NPR hide caption

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According to legend, Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda discovered the food additive monosodium glutamate in 1908 after contemplating the meaty flavor of seaweed soup. Jung K Oh/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Coffee can help cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes, fresh research shows. Other foods, such as oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits, nuts and beans can also help. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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It's not the prettiest dessert, but it is delicious. Katherine Perry/NPR hide caption

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The first taste of an olive can be a bit shocking. But eventually, many of us start to enjoy bitter fruits, nuts and beverages. Screenshot from TEDxTalks/Youtube.com hide caption

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The brewers at Scratch Brewing Company add wild plants like spicebush, goldenseal, wild ginger, chanterelles and wild rose root to their beer to give it the flavor of the Illinois woods. Aaron Kleidon/Scratch Brewing Company hide caption

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