Allison Aubrey http://wxpr.org en Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover http://wxpr.org/post/companies-tap-celebrity-power-extreme-vegetable-makeover Marketing to kids may have gotten a bad rap in the past. Especially since children have been the target of so much junk food advertising.<p>But it's a new day.<p>Increasingly, companies are seeing profits pushing ultra-healthy stuff. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 15564 at http://wxpr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://wxpr.org/post/almost-500-foods-contain-yoga-mat-compound-should-we-care That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/release/yoga-mat-chemical-found-nearly-500-foods">report</a> from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.<p>As you may recall, the sandwich chain Subway got a lot of attention a few weeks back when it announced its plans to remove this compound — which is used to improve dough and maintain bread texture — fro Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:39:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 15223 at http://wxpr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says http://wxpr.org/post/eat-plants-and-prosper-longevity-go-easy-meat-study-says Americans who ate a diet rich in animal protein during middle age were significantly more likely to die from cancer and other causes, compared with people who reported going easy on foods such as red meat and cheese, fresh research suggests.<p>The <a href="http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131%2814%2900062-X">study,</a> published Tuesday in the journal <em>Cell Metabolism</em>, was based on an analysis of data from <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm">NHANES</a>, an ongoing federally funded study that surveys Americans about their eating habits and behaviors.<p>In thi Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 15140 at http://wxpr.org Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says With New Food Labels, Back Of The Box Gets A Makeover http://wxpr.org/post/new-food-labels-back-box-gets-makeover Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We've been hearing about the Food and Drug Administration's proposed makeover of the Nutrition Facts Panel, the box on food packages that tells us how much fat, sodium and other things are a product. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14947 at http://wxpr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks http://wxpr.org/post/nutrition-labels-get-long-overdue-tweaks If you're perplexed about how to make healthy choices when you're shopping for food, you're not alone. We've all puzzled over a food label that was confusing and hard to follow.<p>But some help may be on the way, as I <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/25/282589156/new-food-label-aims-to-make-healthy-decisions-easier">reported</a> on <em>All Things Considered</em> Tuesday.<p>The nutrition facts panel, which is required on all packaged foods, is about to get a makeover. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14881 at http://wxpr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks New Food Label Aims To Make Healthy Decisions Easier http://wxpr.org/post/new-food-label-aims-make-healthy-decisions-easier The Food and Drug Administration and the White House are expected to unveil a new food label this week. Changed just once since their adoption, these labels need to be less confusing, advocates say. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14845 at http://wxpr.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://wxpr.org/post/love-oysters-how-kiss-sea-evokes-passion Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, and avocado or a turnip? (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.)<p>One of these, at least, is a gimme. The stories linking oysters and other shellfish to lust go back to at least the ancient Greeks.<p>Think of the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the sea from the half-shell.<p>"There's something primal about eating oysters," says oyster-lover MJ Gimbar. He describes them as creamy and velvety. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14427 at http://wxpr.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard http://wxpr.org/post/long-john-silvers-throws-trans-fats-overboard Long John Silver's has gained some notoriety in the past for serving up what the food police dubbed the most unhealthful meal in America. (aka <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/02/198006557/heart-attack-on-a-hook-meet-americas-worst-restaurant-meal">heart attack on a hook.</a>)<p>But the fast-food chain is out to change its reputation. One step in this new direction: a quick transition from partially hydrogenated oils that contain bedeviled trans fats. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 13426 at http://wxpr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills http://wxpr.org/post/more-signs-mediterranean-diet-helps-prevent-cardiovascular-ills There's fresh evidence that a Mediterranean diet can help cut the risk of <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis/">atherosclerosis</a>, a disease caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. <br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 13422 at http://wxpr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions http://wxpr.org/post/let-them-eat-sandwiches-usda-eases-school-lunch-restrictions After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.<p>Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12733 at http://wxpr.org