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Taste Your Words

And eat your eggs - Can you TASTE your words? When different sensatory experiences blend together, it's called "synesthesia." Only about 1% of the population does this, but some researchers think we ALL do it at times. A chef who writes menus for his restaurant has learned that lower-pitched sounds are associated by most people...

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Is it Safe to Nuke our Lettuce?

The verdict is still out - A controversy if brewing that reminds us of the arguments about genetically-modified foods: The Food and Drug Administration's new (Aug. 22nd) regulation that will allow irradiation pasteurization to be used on fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to kill illness-causing bacteria.

Food safety...

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Why Spicy Food is So Hot

It's BUGS! - If you're a fan of spicy food, you owe a lot to bugs, both the crawling kind and ones you can see only with a microscope. New research shows they are the ones responsible for the heat in chili peppers.

The spiciness is a defense mechanism that some peppers develop to suppress a fungus that invades through...

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Food or Fuel?

It's evil corn at work again: A secret World Bank report says that the production of biofuels is using up land that used to produce food, leading to a 75% increase in global food prices despite the US government's allegation that biofuel production has only increased food prices by 3%.

The World Bank report, which was completed in April...

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Skyscraper Farms

Now that the food shortage problem has reached the West, many people are considering growing their own vegetables in their back yards. But what can people in cities do? The answer: grow skyscraper gardens!

In the July 15th edition of the New York Times, Bina Venkataraman writes: "What if 'eating local' in Shanghai or New York meant...

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It's either almost worthless or downright dangerous?and we STILL eat too much of it! - Global warming isn't the only reason that food isn't as nutritious as it used to be, and some things, like popcorn, may be downright dangerous. Many of the foods we eat every day, including eggs and bacon, used to be full of essential nutrients...
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Food Shortages in the Future

We're all used to seeing images of famine in Third World countries, but this is usually because of local farming conditions or because war has disrupted the distribution of food supplies. However, worldwide food shortages are predicted for the future, and not just because of global warming.
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Dangerous Snacks

We are ingesting dangerous chemicals in ordinary foods and no, they DON'T all come from China! Studies have shown that some workers making chemically-flavored "buttered" microwave popcorn made with a chemical called diacetyl have come down with lung disease. Now it turns out it may also be dangerous to EAT it, because we inhale the fumes when...

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If You Eat & Run?Better Be Messy

Not everyone gets supersized on a fast food diet?what about the ancient Romans who lived in Pompeii? Since the city was buried beneath a volcano in 70 AD, we can only understand how they lived by studying the artifacts they left behind. Some of these show that the residents were fans of fast food as well?at least they liked to eat on the run....

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Eating to Cure Disease

There is compelling evidence that the herbs and spices found in many popular dishes can help ward off disease, but do we get enough of these valuable ingredients just by eating food that contains them?

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Pet Food Poison in Our Pork?

UPDATE - Dogs recently became sick (and some died) after eating dog food containing a toxic substance called melamine, which was imported from China. Now CNN reports that the Food and Drug Administration says that the same toxic substance may be in chicken and pork produced here in the US. The FDA has discovered that the...
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Comfort Food

Scientific studies of why broccoli and Brussels sprouts taste too bitter to some people but are liked by others have revealed that it's all in our genes: being wary of bitterness enabled the ancestors of some of us to survive.

Researcher Stephen Wooding says that the ability to taste or not taste bitter foods might have played a role...
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What Our Gov. is Trying to Get Us to Eat, and WHY

Our government pushes certain foods, even if they're not the ones we should be eating. Does "Got Milk?" sound familiar? How about "Pork. The other white meat?" These advertising campaigns are the result of government-sanctioned promotion programs. It doesn't mean that these foods are necessarily good for you (although they may be). What it...

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In the Night Restaurant

We recently wrote about how some people taste their words. The French, however, are concerned that diners no longer adequately taste their food, so they have invented a restaurant in which patron eat in the dark, in order to block out all the other distracting senses, where complete strangers share the same table, where they don't know what...

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Why Do We Love Some Foods & Hate Others?

We all have tastes we love, and tastes we hate. And yet, our preferences for certain flavors and foods can change over time, as we get older or we get tired of eating the same old thing.

Scientists have long assumed that our antipathy towards bitter tastes evolved as a defense mechanism to detect potentially harmful toxins in plants. Our...

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Drinking Cola is Bad for Your Bones

Drinking sodas, instead of water, with meals and in between meals, is one of the primary causes of obesity in the US. Since these sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup made from corn, they may even lead to Alzheimer's disease. Now it's been discovered that cola contributes to osteoporosis, the disease that causes brittle bones,...

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More on Evil Corn

We have too much corn in this country, and we're subsidizing farmers to grow even more of it. Europe doesn't use it and South Americans grow their own. If we didn't feed it to cattle, but let them graze instead, eating meat would not raise our cholesterol levels. Corn, which seems so benign, could actually be considered evil. In the form of...

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Eating Hot Dogs Leads to Genetic Changes

Bad news for the Labor Day weekend: hot dogs may be even MORE unhealthy than you suspected they were. But here's the good news: lobsters DO NOT feel pain when cooked. reports that hot dogs may contain compounds that cause mutations in your DNA that could increase your risk of developing cancer. There is a huge variation...

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Food Shortages Ahead

World food crops are in trouble, and continued drought across much of the US is causing harvests to decline and food prices to rise. Is there a food shortage in the world's future, even in the affluent West?

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What was Bad is Now Good (and Vice-Versa)

OK, hold on to your hats: the American Medical Association says that drinking coffee is good, eating eggs is good but eating margarine, which they once touted as a way to prevent heart attacks, is BAD.

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Funny Bread in Your Future

We recently warned you not to eat like an African. It's better to eat a diet that emphasizes whole grains, and you'll hear many messages urging you to do just that in the near future. But the government is not just concerned about our health...

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After a long stagnant period under Communism, the Chinese are again striding ahead and may eventually even start inventing things once more. The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, silk and porcelain and now they claim to have invented noodles?and archeologists have found evidence to back them up.

Steve Connor writes in the Independent...

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That First Thanksgiving Dinner

Newswise - Today we mostly remember the forced removal of Native Americans from their traditional lands to reservations, but what we don't know is that they were very sharp when it came to the manipulation of 17th-century English power structures in order to combat English authority over them.

As Americans preparing for...

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High Carb or Low Carb? How to Eat

We get so much conflicting advice about the right way to eat these days, and here?s more of it: some researchers say we should forget Atkins and return to a high-carb diet, while others says that a high-protein diet helps us to avoid the dreaded Alzheimer's disease. What's the truth?

Nutritionist Olga Raz is becoming as famous in Israel...

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How Safe is That Barbecue?

Meat sizzling on the grill may tempt your taste buds, but all that barbecuing may be cooking up cancer-causing chemicals. Should you substitute sandwiches? Nope, lunch meat can cause cancer. But scientists have found that a touch of rosemary makes hamburgers less carcinogenic. What about the hamburger bun? Whole wheat is better for us and...

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Can We Live on Sunlight Alone?

German cancer researcher Dr. Michael Werner claims to have eaten nothing but small amounts of fruit juice mixed with water for four years. He says that, like a plant, he gets his nutrients from sunlight. In the past, some gurus in India have claimed to receive nourishment from their breathing alone. Dr. Helmut Oberritter says, "It is not...

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How to Eat Steaks in Space

Environmentalists say that cattle ranching should become athing of the past, since cows passing gas (methane) are amajor source of global warming and farming cows is also awasteful use of land. At least we now know that cattle donot need antibiotics if they're grass fed, since it's thefeedlot corn that causes their infections. But how...

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New Reasons to Eat Raisins

Newswise - You may not realize this, but your saliva fights toothdecay. It can also be used to diagnose diseases, and notonly diseases of the mouth. This is good news for those ofus who hate blood tests and can't afford expensive CT scansand MRIs. Dental expert David T. Wong says, "?We're lookingat the possibility of...

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Huge Red Tide Means No Sexy Shellfish

Newswise - With shellfish beds from Maine to Cape Cod coast closed fromthe largest algae outbreak in 12 years in Massachusetts Bay,scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution(WHOI) are studying the algae that causes these "red tides."Red tides are caused by overgrowth of an algae that isnaturally present in the...

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A Yogurt a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Newswise - The Mayo Clinic reports that yogurt is surprisingly goodfor you. One 8-ounce cup of plain low-fat yogurt providesaround 400 mg of calcium, more than the 300 mg in an 8-ounceglass of milk. Yogurt also has as much potassium as a bananaand as much protein as an egg or ounce of meat. To makeyogurt, warm milk is...

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