Some of The Salt's most popular posts of 2012 included coffee, pink slime and Downton Abbey. Daniel Acker/Landov; Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011/Masterpiece; Adam Cole/NPR; Robyn Mackenzie/iStockphoto.com; Lass/Getty Images hide caption

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Food companies have begun quietly reducing salt in regular foods because low-salt items like these don't sell as well. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Older women on a diet don't need to stop eating out; they just may need to make wiser food choices to keep weight off. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Laurel Fontaine, 16, (left) and her twin sister Heather. When Laurel was 11 years old, she suffered a stroke that destroyed 80 percent of the left side of her brain. The singing therapy helped her regain the ability to speak. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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