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NPR food
10:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:19 am

The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that it received five reports in the past past three years suggesting that people died after drinking caffeinated energy drinks.

But the agency also cautions that these reports do not add up to proof that the beverages actually caused those deaths. These reports — called adverse event reports — are considered unconfirmed allegations, and the FDA doesn't usually release them.

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food and nutrition
4:12 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Do calorie-counts on menus reduce the urge to super-size it?

docpop Flickr

If you tend to ignore the calorie listings on menus, you’re not alone. The extra info at King County restaurants is proving of limited value in the fight against obesity. On the other hand, some restaurant chains are toning down the message to super-size it.

Chain restaurants in King County – that’s mostly fast-food chains, plus some coffee shops such as Starbucks – are something of a test case. Along with New York City, they were the first in the country to be required to post a calorie-count for each item on their menus.

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The Salt
4:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Is that bacon in your cocktail?

Three of Josh Berner's fat-infused cocktails. From left: Play It Sam, United Colors of Basilton and Chile Manteca Y Dulce. Scroll down for the recipes.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 10:03 am

The practice of imparting the flavor of something heavy into a lighter liquid is centuries old. Ancient Indian healers did it with botanicals; early Christian monks did it with bitters. But the process is getting new attention as part of the craze to put all things food into all things drink.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Mile high birthday bash

That's us a mile above the Methow.
Kurt Oakley Morning Glory Balloon Tours

In this week's Food for Thought Nancy Leson and I talk about favorite venues for birthday bashes.  My birthday was double-10 day, October 10th -- a birthday I share with both Thelonious Monk and Dorothy Lamour, who once told me "There ain't room enough in this sarong for the two of us."

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Food
6:20 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Experimental treatment for peanut allergies debated

Josh Kenzer Flickr

Peanut allergies have been rising dramatically – enough so that many elementary classrooms have banned peanuts. About four times as many children have peanut allergies today as 20 years ago.

The severe form of peanut allergies can be deadly, which is why thousands of people must carry around an adrenaline shot (called an epinephrine pen, or "epi-pen").

Now, allergy doctors are debating whether they should offer an experimental allergy treatment. It was a topic this past weekend, at the 2012 Northwest Allergy Forum in Seattle.

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Apples
4:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The shocking truth about Granny Smith

The real Granny Smith (seated).
Wikipedia

Yes, there actually was a Granny Smith.  That's her right above.  But she was not (gasp) an American.

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Health
12:47 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Program aims to make kids more critical of junk food ads

Researchers in Washington state are creating a program to teach kids media literacy skills. Photo by mtsofan via Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 7:17 am

Researchers in Washington are trying a new approach to the growing problem of childhood obesity. They plan to teach kids to be more media savvy -- and less susceptible to all those junk food ads.

Researchers say kids who spend more time in front of the screen are at higher risk of becoming overweight. And it’s not just because they’re sitting on the couch.

“One of the problems is that there’s so much food advertising,” says Erica Austin. She heads Washington State University's Center for Media and Health Promotion Research.

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The Salt
6:54 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Does your gas tank hold enough food to feed 22 people?

Robert Byron iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 7:35 am

Here's a little math problem for you: How many calories go into the ethanol that's in your tank of gas?

Enough to feed 22 people, if you're talking the bare minimum calories needed in a single day, according to researchers at the New England Complex Sciences Institute.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Here's lookin' at you, squid

Nancy says hello to her little friend.
Stein Set design by C. Degroot

Nancy Leson is back in the saddle again. After months spent in lady-of-leisure mode (I can just hear her outraged snort) Nance is back  doing a weekly column for The Times. In this week's FfT she talks about her new job and about a Pink Door recipe for squid she gave her own twist to.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Asian Tofu cookbook a Nguyen/Nguyen deal

Dried tofu sheets for tofu chicharrones.
Stein

This week's Food for Thought is part two of our chat with Andrea Nguyen, author of the terrific new cookbook Asian Tofu, hence the dreadful pun above. Nancy and I usually get a fair number of comments to our Food for Thoughts post. But last week's Part One brought this response.  So it's time to walk on the wild side.

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NPR food
12:41 am
Wed September 26, 2012

How food and clothing size labels affect what we eat and what we wear

There's no industry standard size for food and drink portions, so it's hard to compare a Big Gulp with a McDonald's medium soda.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:35 pm

When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you're ordering a small, regular or large sandwich.

That makes sense.With widening waistlines across the land, many of us want to make a health-conscious choice. But are we really getting a small portion when we order a small sandwich?

Well, that depends.

University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna has studied how labels impact how much we eat. In one experiment, she gave people cookies that were labeled either medium or large, and then measured how much they ate.

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NPR science
7:14 am
Wed September 19, 2012

U.S. Explodes Atomic Bombs Near Beers To See If They Are Safe To Drink

National Technical Information Service via Alex Wellerstein

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:34 pm

So you're minding your own business when all of a sudden, a nuclear bomb goes off, there's a shock wave, fires all around, general destruction and you, having somehow survived, need a drink. What can you do? There is no running water, not where you are. But there is a convenience store. It's been crushed by the shock wave, but there are still bottles of beer, Coke and diet soda intact on the floor.

So you wonder: Can I grab one of those beers and gulp it down? Or is it too radioactive? And what about taste? If I drink it, will it taste OK?

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The definitive tofu cookbook is here

The Tofu Firm of Stein, Nguyen and Leson.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

I blame the hippies. If it weren't for concoctions like Tofu Chili Surprise and other abominations maybe so many Americans wouldn't turn up their noses at tofu. I've always believed that the only legitimate context for the stuff is in Asian cooking.  

In Andrea Nguyen's terrific new cookbook, Asian Tofu, that's right where she puts it. Full disclosure:

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NPR food
11:54 am
Sun September 16, 2012

To find truly wild rice, head north to Minnesota

Joe Hoagland, left, pushes a canoe through a wild rice bed as 14-year-old Chris Salazar learns how to harvest the rice.
Jim Mone AP

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 11:43 am

Harvest season is upon us, but in the U.S.'s northern lakes, it's not just the last tomatoes and first pumpkins. Through the end of this month, canoes will glide into lakes and rivers for the annual gathering of wild rice, kick started with the popular Wild Rice Festival in Roseville, Minn., on Saturday.

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Food for Thought
7:30 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Tricks and tips for home bakers

Time to crank out a few of these
Thefreshloaf.com

Now that the weather is finally cooling off it's time to crank up the oven.  In this week's Food for Thought,  Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and I share a few favorite baking maneuvers.

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