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Bottles of Fanta are displayed in a food truck's cooler in 2014 in San Francisco. The city is one of several in California that have a soda tax on the ballot this November. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

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Soda Industry Tries To Woo Public Health Groups With Sponsorship Deals

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PepsiCo, the multinational soda company, just announced that it will cut back the sugar content of its beverages by 2025. The announcement comes after increasing attention on the role of sugar in obesity. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Diet Coke for sale in a Chinese supermarket. A new World Health Organization report recommends that nations adopt fiscal policies, including taxes, that raise the retail price of sugary drinks to fend off obesity and diabetes — and the health care costs that go with them. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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A backyard chicken hangs out in a portable coop in Silver Spring, Md., a close-in suburb of Washington, D.C. Backyard birds have become popular in urban and suburban areas, but a new CDC report documents a record high number of salmonella infections linked to these domestic flocks. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Last year, the Food and Drug Administration told the maker of Kind bars that some of its nut-filled snacks couldn't be labeled as "healthy." Now the agency is rethinking what healthy means, amid evolving science on fat and sugar. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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FDA Is Redefining The Term 'Healthy' On Food Labels

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Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

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Frances Moore Lappe speaks at a Rainforest Action Network event. When she wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose. Rainforest Action Network/Flickr hide caption

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If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

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Berlin has become a vegan mecca, with ice cream shops like Kontor Eismanufaktur Berlin (pictured here), restaurants and even butchers catering to a plant-based diet. Now Germany's nutritionists warn that a vegan diet can't provide all a body needs. Courtesy of Susan Stone hide caption

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Can A Vegan Diet Give You All You Need? German Nutritionists Say 'Nein'

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Organic Gatorade? The artificial colors may be gone, but it's still loaded with sugar. Gatorade hide caption

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Organic Gatorade: It's Still Loaded With Sugar, Folks

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Researchers are recruiting volunteers to participate in a four-year study trial of cocoa extract. Half of the participants will take capsules containing about as much cocoa extract as you'd get from eating about 1,000 calories of dark chocolate. Dennis Gottlieb/Getty Images hide caption

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A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

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Pacific white shrimp raised in Eco Shrimp Garden's indoor aqua farm in New York's Hudson Valley, which owner Jean Claude Frajmund describes as a spa for shrimp. They grow for six months before they're ready for harvest. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Indoor Shrimp Production Opens New Possibilities For Food

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