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Understanding Our Bodies: Amino Acids Are Important

20. July 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Amino Acids Are Important

Whether the strategy is to cut carbs or to cut fat or to cut calories in general, just about everyone agrees that protein is good for you. But why? And do the sources make a difference? What about protein makes it so important, and what do you need to include in your diet to reap the benefits? What happens when we don't have it? (Thanks to Flickr user TKnoxB for the image)

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Green Tea Coco Chiller

13. July 2009

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Green Tea Coco Chiller

Recipe makes two drinks

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

7. July 2009

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

Hawaii has some of the lowest rates of heart disease, childhood obesity, cancer, and even deaths by Alzheimer's in the US. While part of this might be due to good health care coverage and availability (Hawaii has the second lowest rate of uninsured individuals in the US), it might also have a lot to do with the food. Thanks to Flickr User Bionic Teaching for the awesome coconut shot!

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Does McDonalds Own Chipotle? – Mailbag

29. June 2009

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Does McDonalds Own Chipotle? – Mailbag

Hi – I was watching Nightline a couple weeks back and they had a special on Chipotle using free-range animals. Then I remembered that Chipotle is owned by McDonalds [America's #1 buyer of factory farm beef -ed]. Is this true? - James, Minneapolis, MN This is an excellent question we have also heard many times. After some research, the short answer is, no, Chipotle is not owned by McDonalds as of 2009 but it once was. The story is quite complicated actually.

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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

26. June 2009

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JBS Swift Beef Recalls 400,000+ Pounds of Beef, E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 13 States

JBS Swift has voluntarily recalled 42,000 pounds of beef packaged in late April from 13 states at the request of the USDA after fears of another e.coli 0157:H7 outbreak. This news comes only one week after last Friday's major Nestle E.coli 0157:H7 outbreak in cookie dough. The USDA has classified the outbreak as a 'Class I Recall' which is the highest level of severity their FSIS division applies to any recall. Follow the read link to get the whole story (thanks to JC Westbrook of Flickr for the nice shot).

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

19. June 2009

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

Nestle USA today tacitly confirmed in a press release early reports that Nestle Toll House brand raw cookie dough was giving many people E.coli 0157:H7 infections by voluntarily recalling their entire line of products. Early reports from Bill Marler, food safety litigator, and a press release from the state of Colorado gave indications that a current rash of E.coli 0157:H7 cases across the country were tied to eating raw cookie dough (but this has still not been confirmed). (Image provided by NestleUSA)

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Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) Advances Out of Committee

18. June 2009

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Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) Advances Out of Committee

June 10th marked a historic day in food safety as the Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) moved out of subcommittee for a vote in the US House. UPDATE: It has now formally also moved out of committee for a real vote on the House floor.

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Brain Food: Berries and Greens! (Part 2)

9. June 2009

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Brain Food: Berries and Greens! (Part 2)

We all know that we should be eating our 5-7 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. But there's good reason to make quite a few of those servings berries and greens.

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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

4. June 2009

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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

Many foods are packed with compounds that help boost memory, concentration, motor skills, and mental clarity but nuts are special. All kinds of nuts have been shown to be great brain boosters and here we review the science behind those claims. Thanks to flickr user Noël Zia Lee for the great shot.

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

28. May 2009

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

One of the most confusing things when it comes to proper nutrition is the role of fats. We're constantly told that fats are evil things which will expand our bellies to the size of hot air balloons. Recent research has found that the low-fat diet trend is simply wrong for us- we're not supposed to have no fat in our diets. you just have to know which is which.

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