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Insects: Food of the Past - Bugs May Have Built Our Brains!

Last week on Unknown Country we ran a story which put forward a theory that, if food supplies run short in the future, we could turn to the insect world to provide a source of protein for our nutritional needs.

Subscribers had mixed views on the subject, but for...
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Insects As Food Of The Future?

As the human population grows, it is critical that the drain on the planet’s resources be lessened by decreasing consumption of animal protein. According to two panel discussions on June 23 and 24 at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, insects are a promising, economically viable...
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If You're a Fussy Eater

If you don't like vegetables, you may be missing out on nutrition, especially if you're dieting. You could even be part Neanderthal!
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Dangerous Particles in Our Food

Molecule-size particles are entering the food chain through processed foods and their packaging. Nanotechnology can help make products creamier without additional fat, as well as intensify and improve flavors and brighten colors.

Their small size allows nanoparticles to go places in the body that larger particles can't reach--they...
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Beware the FOODover

If you have get a hangover after New Year's Eve parties, it may not just be what you drank--it could be what those canapés you ate as well (and if you ate TOO MUCH, you need Anne Strieber's famous diet book!) Foods that give some people a headache...
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Why We Evolved

There are lots of theories about what caused human evolution. Here's a new one: cooking!

When humans invented cooking, it increased the number of calories they consumed, since heat breaks down cellulose in plants, making them more digestible and releasing...
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Combinations That Work

Some foods just seem to go together naturally, like red wine and steak, soda and hamburgers, pickles and pastrami sandwiches, chocolate cake and milk (or coffee!). Researchers are studying our taste buds to try to figure out why.

One theory...
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Mood Food

A new study has discovered that our mood for food can be changed by a restaurant’s choice of music and lighting, leading to increased satisfaction and REDUCED calorie intake (NOTE: The PRICE has now been reduced too!) Can't afford a restaurant?...
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Don't Eat It, Recycle It!

With concerns about the possible health and environmental effects of oil dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon disaster still fresh in mind, scientists have created a new dispersant made from edible ingredients that both...
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Salt Has a Bad Reputation

Sugar can make you stupid and margarine makes you aggressive and salt gives you high blood pressure, right? Wrong.

Nutritionists used to tell us that salt would raise our blood pressure, cause...
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Reservations About Restaurants

When you go to a restaurant, do you really know what you're getting? Restaurant insiders, such as cooks and waiters, warn us about a whole list of things, such as the fact that they often put sugar in kids' meals (even the pizza crust) and serve...
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UN Calls US Ethanol Evil Corn

Evil Corn? They don't put it that way, but they HAVE called for an immediate suspension of government-mandated US ethanol production, saying that this is creating a worldwide food shortage. Corn (the main ingredient...
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The Five Second Rule

The hot dog that rolls off the plate, the baby’s cookie that falls on the floor, the candy bar that slides across the table--we're told we have five seconds to pick it up before it's contaminated. Is this true?

Researcher Jorge Parada says, "A dropped item is...
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US Drought Means World May Starve

The US is going through the worst drought in half a century. Since we feed the world, this could lead to a global crisis as crop shortages push food prices up. The US supplies half the world's corn exports and a large amount of its soybeans and wheat. We even sell Texas-grown rice to Asian countries.

In the July 20th edition of the...
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What You'll Eat in the Future

In the future (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), it's predicted that the population of the world will swell to 2.5 billion--how will we feed them all? Certainly not with the conventional...
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The Secret Behind the Arab Spring

Riots in the Middle East are inspiring similar riots in the West. Last February in his online journal, Whitley Strieber offered the opinion that the Arab world was exploding not because of a...
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Don't Eat Off Your Desk!

First we found out that business travel is dangerous, then we found out that staying in your office and inhaling the dust on your desk is dangerous too! Now we learn that trying to save money by eating at...
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Will We Run Out of Food in the Future?

Due to Hurricane Irene, we're mostly hearing about flooding in the US at the moment, but there is a drought of historic proportions going on in Texas right now. Climate change will lead to even more weather extremes in the future.
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Poop Burgers

If you thought China had strange food, listen to this: Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces. It's being called the "poop burger." Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create...
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What Are We REALLY Eating?

The Japanese may be ingesting radiation with their milk, but in general, they have a MUCH healthier diet than Americans do. Are we eating too much...
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YOU May Be an Addict

You say, "What, me? I don't use drugs," but FOOD be just as addictive, and people DO get "hooked" on certain foods. Psychiatrist Ashley Gerhardt examined the links between food addiction symptoms and neural activation in 48 young women ranging from lean to obese...
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What about OUR Food?

Milk may be dangerous in Japan, but are fish and chicken safe for US to eat? They're great diet foods, and fish is usually very healthy (...
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An Addiction YOU May Have

You may pride yourself on the fact that you stay away from drugs, but if you eat too much, you may be an addict--to FOOD. Sweets and high-fat foods affect the brain the same way drugs do--and like drugs,...
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To Eat Less, Work Harder

If you work hard cooking that Thanksgiving dinner, you'll not only enjoy it more, you're likely to eat less of it. It's commonly accepted that we appreciate something more if we have to work hard to get it, and a new study bears that out, at least when it comes to food. It seems to suggest that hard work can even enhance our appreciation for fare...
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Be Careful How You Cook It

It's not just what you eat--what you COOK it in can affect your health too. Children and teens with higher blood levels of the chemicals used non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics...
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Finicky Eaters

Do you have a finicky eater at your house? Scientists are studying some of them, trying to figure out what it is that's driving them so crazy. But almost EVERYTHING tastes better grilled, and on holidays like Labor Day, we tend to do more of this.

When we not using propane, we use charcoal, and it turns out that charcoal is one of the...

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Food Stores Inferior in Poor Neighborhoods

Poor can't eat well if they can't buy good food - Even if they stick to the center, people in poor neighborhoods often have trouble buying healthy food, just like they have problems buying safe cars. No one wants a mixed salad tossed with extra bacteria, mold and yeast, but those are just what you might find when you try to eat...

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Can Sushi Alter Your Genes?

It turns out that there are more problems with dining on sushi than just the fear of eating an endangered mammal. According to scientists, eating hot dogs can lead to genetic changes, but can it be the same for a healthy food like sushi?

Sushi can transfer specific genes into the human intestines, but ONLY if it is wrapped in seaweed,...

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Avoid the Center

(And we're not talking politics here). We all know what we shouldn't eat, but how to we find out what kind of diet is best for us? Take a DNA test and see! And once you know the answer, figure out the RIGHT WAY to perambulate through the grocery store (hint: avoid the middle). And a little booze occasionally doesn't hurt either.

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We Waste Food While Others Go Hungry

Is there a way to solve this problem? - It's one of those conundrums that lurks in the shadows. We already send lots of money, and sometimes even surplus food, to starving people in Third World countries. Maybe we SHOULD eat less, but how would that help them? But government officials have the answer to that: They think that...

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