Eating And Health : The Salt Here you'll find the key nutrition studies, the best reports on the mental and physical effects of food on the body and food safety news you need to know now.

A foal nurses from a mare at the Lindenhof Stud in Brandenburg, Germany. While mare's milk remains a niche product, its reputation as a health elixir is causing trouble for European producers in a more regulated age. Susanna Forrest/for NPR hide caption

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Jana Krocakova and Petra Plankova of Mamma HELP show off their new brew aimed at helping breast cancer patients undergoing chemo to "feel normal" and overcome their impaired sense of taste. Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas hide caption

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The latest study to link coffee and longevity adds to a growing body of evidence that, far from a vice, the brew can be protective of good health. Sutthiwat Srikhrueadam / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too

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Puerto Rican residents received food and water from FEMA after Hurricane Maria, but many complained that some boxes were stuffed with candy and salty snacks, not meals. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A study finds light drinkers have the lowest combined risk of getting cancer and dying prematurely — lower than nondrinkers. Alcohol is estimated to be the third-largest contributor to overall cancer deaths. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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Drinking Alcohol Can Raise Cancer Risk. How Much Is Too Much?

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Rinsing your produce is a good idea, but it won't give you 100 percent protection from bacteria that cause foodborne illness unless you cook it thoroughly. Because we eat lettuce raw, a lot of people got sick in a recent outbreak. StockFood/Getty Images/Foodcollection hide caption

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Want Your Child To Eat (Almost) Everything? There Is A Way

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Doug Brown and his brother Roger, right, operate Slopeside Syrup in Richmond, Vt. They're challenging a proposed federal label that would say maple syrup has "added sugar." John Dillon/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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Scientists find that rice grown under elevated carbon conditions loses substantial amounts of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins, depending on the variety. Maximilian Stock, Ltd./Getty Images/Passage hide caption

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Frozen vegetables are displayed for sale at an Aldi supermarket in Hackensack, N.J. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh

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Swallowing disorders are becoming more common. Some chefs are now whipping up nutritious recipes that are not only easy on the throat, but help restore the joy of eating. Left: Pureed satay chicken with edamame, shaped into the form of a drumstick. Right: Pureed fruit and yogurt set with agar agar — Australian chef Peter Morgan-Jones calls it an ideal finger food for those with dysphagia. Matt Jewell/HammondCare hide caption

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A man shops for vegetables near romaine lettuce for sale at a supermarket in California, where the first death from the E. coli outbreak was reported. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Signs declare the calorie counts for sandwiches and other grab-and-go items at a Starbucks in Washington, D.C. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Now That Calorie Labels Are Federal Law, Will We Eat Less?

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A box of food prepared at a food bank distribution in Petaluma, Calif. The state ranks near the bottom in enrolling people for food assistance. To change that, it's taking lessons from its robust Medi-Cal health insurance program, which targets much the same population. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Probiotics For Babies And Kids? New Research Explores Good Bacteria

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Signs hung up in front of a vacant lot in Weeksville, Brooklyn, in 2014 by members of 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant lots in New York City and advocates for community stewardship of th at land. Murray Spenser Cox hide caption

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Irn Bru is known as Scotland's "other national drink." But the beloved bright orange soft drink is a sugar bomb, so its makers have reformulated it to comply with a new U.K. sugar tax. Andrew Milligan /PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Och, No! Some Scots Cry As Their Beloved Soda Gets A Less Sugary Revamp

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Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache." Maria Dattola Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

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Soda for sale at a supermarket in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. A sticker on the shelves tells customers the items are subject to the city's sugar tax. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Carrageenan is an extract derived from seaweeds like these harvested off Hingutanan Island, Bien Unido, Bohol, Philippines. Farley Baricuatro/Getty Images hide caption

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