Allison Aubrey http://kplu.org en Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover http://kplu.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 20:42:12 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14877 at http://kplu.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://kplu.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 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:28:30 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14512 at http://kplu.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://kplu.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 17:35:33 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14443 at http://kplu.org Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks http://kplu.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 17:56:49 +0000 Allison Aubrey 14129 at http://kplu.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://kplu.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. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:49:25 +0000 Allison Aubrey 13675 at http://kplu.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard http://kplu.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 18:25:20 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12771 at http://kplu.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills http://kplu.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 17:14:13 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12753 at http://kplu.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions http://kplu.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 21:25:43 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12258 at http://kplu.org More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before http://kplu.org/post/more-children-are-being-medicated-adhd The number of children being diagnosed with <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/attentiondeficithyperactivitydisorder.html">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a> is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.<p>ADHD is marked by attention problems and impulsive behavior. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:28:40 +0000 Allison Aubrey 11244 at http://kplu.org More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese http://kplu.org/post/how-17th-century-fraud-gave-rise-bright-orange-cheese The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/01/242412024/kraft-dims-that-mac-and-cheese-artificially-orange-glow">news</a> from Kraft last week that the company is ditching two artificial dyes in some versions of its macaroni and cheese products left me with a question.<p>Why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turns out there's a curious history here.<p>In theory, cheese should be whitish — similar to the color of milk, right?<p>Well, not really. Centuries ago in England, lots of cheeses had a natural yellowish-orange pigment. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:59:22 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10912 at http://kplu.org How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security http://kplu.org/post/buffett-family-puts-money-where-their-mouth-food-security Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's pace) to steer the most vulnerable people on Earth towards a future where food production is efficient, plentiful and affordable.<p>Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, and grandson Howard W. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:26:39 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10673 at http://kplu.org Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs http://kplu.org/post/why-bill-gates-investing-chicken-less-eggs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDTBcmOj0qU</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:36:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 9069 at http://kplu.org Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal? http://kplu.org/post/family-dinner-treasured-tradition-or-bygone-ideal When we asked you (via our Facebook page) to tell us about the weekday challenges your families face, given the competing demands of work, commutes, schoolwork and activities, you didn't hold back. Especially on the subject of squeezing in a family dinner.<p>"This topic hit my central core," wrote <a href="http://timelymatters.com/">Moschel Kadokura</a>. "It's amazingly hard," says mom Samantha Kolber of Plainfield, Vt. "Lots of balls in the air," says Katherine Hennessy of Boston. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:29:24 +0000 Allison Aubrey 7864 at http://kplu.org Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal? Research: A Little Extra Fat May Help You Live Longer http://kplu.org/post/research-little-extra-fat-may-help-you-live-longer Being a little overweight may tip the odds in favor of living a long life, according to a new analysis. Researchers say there may be some benefit to having a little extra body fat.<p>This isn't the first time researchers have raised questions about the link between body weight and how long someone will live. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:03:21 +0000 Allison Aubrey 7476 at http://kplu.org Research: A Little Extra Fat May Help You Live Longer Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You http://kplu.org/post/study-questions-whether-organic-food-healthier-you Yes, organics is a $29 billion <a href="http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2011/04/us_organic_industry_valued_at.html">industry</a> and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.<p>But if you're thinking that organic produce will help you stay healthier, a new finding may come as a surprise. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:08:57 +0000 Allison Aubrey 6189 at http://kplu.org Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You