Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

NPR |Sept. 18, 2014 1:33 p.m.

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say its a win for consumers, trees and animals.

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 2:53 p.m.

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco's Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

NPR |Sept. 09, 2014 3:03 p.m.

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.

Better With Butter? Here's Why Americans Are Consuming More

NPR |Sept. 08, 2014 8:05 a.m.

Cholesterol worries have waned as margarine's trans-fats became the new bogeyman, leading more Americans back to the real deal.

A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision of Vanilla

NPR |Aug. 29, 2014 8:28 a.m.

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 2:09 p.m.

One in 10 packaged foods still contain trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 6:37 a.m.

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.

Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 10:19 a.m.

India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 4:31 a.m.

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

NPR |Aug. 25, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

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