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.

Hundreds of people took part in Washington, D.C.'s "Grocery Walk" to demonstrate the difficulty of getting fresh food in some areas. Brian Oh /Courtesy of DC Greens hide caption

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Iskashitaa participant Rogita Darji, a refugee from Bhutan, gathers purslane, an edible plant to some, but considered a weed on a farm in Tucson, Ariz. Bill Hatcher hide caption

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Scientists have used a popular gene editing tool called CRISPR to snip out a tiny piece of DNA from one particular gene in a white button mushroom. The resulting mushroom doesn't brown when cut. Adam Fagen/Flickr hide caption

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Amid GMO Strife, Food Industry Vies For Public Trust In CRISPR Technology

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The foods on the left contain naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic in plants. The foods on the right contain isolated fibers, such as chicory root, which are extracted and added to processed foods. The FDA will determine whether added fibers can count as dietary fiber on nutrition facts labels. Carolyn Rogers/NPR hide caption

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The FDA Will Decide Whether 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

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In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration sent an advisory about an outbreak of listeria linked to cantaloupes killed 33 people. Gosia Wozniacka/AP hide caption

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FDA Not Doing Enough To Fix Serious Food Safety Violations, Report Finds

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Panera's CEO has challenged other fast-food CEOs to eat their kids' menus for a week. He's trying to start a conversation about the nutrition in these meals. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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More Healthful Kids Meals? Panera CEO Dishes Out A Challenge

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Food allergies are tricky to diagnose, and many kids can outgrow them, too. A test called an oral food challenge is the gold standard to rule out an allergy. It's performed under medical supervision. Michelle Kondrich for NPR hide caption

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This Test Can Determine Whether You've Outgrown A Food Allergy

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Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that's a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don't risk it. Tim Clayton/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

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For the first time, scientists have carefully analyzed all the critters in a kitchen sponge. There turns out to be a huge number. Despite recent news reports, there is something you can do about it. Joy Ho for NPR hide caption

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So Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Bacteria Hotbed. Here's What To Do

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Lillie Pete sifts the juniper ash before adding it to her blue corn mush. Laurel Morales/KJZZ hide caption

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To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

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Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking. Ann Boyajian/Getty Images/Illustration Works hide caption

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With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

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Your diet can influence your appearance. You knew that. But did you know that what you eat can also affect your body odor and your attractiveness to the opposite sex? Lilli Carré for NPR hide caption

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Men, Listen Up: Women Like The Smell Of Guys Who Eat A Certain Diet

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For 13.1 million American kids, the lack of access to school meals during the summer means they're not sure when they might next eat. perepelova/iStockphoto/Getty Images hide caption

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A study conducted by the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague compared some two dozen products sold in the Czech Republic with their equivalents in Germany. The Iglo brand fish sticks tested by the university contained 7 percent less fish than the same product sold in Germany. Like_the_Grand_Canyon/Flickr hide caption

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Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. The report did not name brand names. Wiktory/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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The proposed Nutrition Facts label (right) has a few subtle differences from the current label, including bolder calorie counts and added sugar information. Food and Drug Administration hide caption

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Susan Morgan, age 5, holds a bunch of bananas in Ponchatoula, La., in 1955. Susan was diagnosed with celiac disease and was prescribed a diet of 200 bananas weekly. AP hide caption

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A depiction of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that create a deadly toxin. The preformed toxin can be found in home-canned foods and some retail products, such as canned cheese, chili sauces and oil infused with garlic. Jennifer Oosthuizen/CDC hide caption

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If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It's A Real Syndrome

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