NPR food http://kplu.org en A Thanksgiving menu that goes back to the roots http://kplu.org/post/thanksgiving-menu-goes-back-roots Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:32:43 +0000 NPR Staff 7182 at http://kplu.org A Thanksgiving menu that goes back to the roots Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks http://kplu.org/post/monster-beverage-under-fire-reports-link-deaths-its-energy-drinks 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.<p>But the agency also cautions that these reports do not add up to proof that the beverages actually caused those deaths. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:17:16 +0000 Dan Charles 6805 at http://kplu.org How food and clothing size labels affect what we eat and what we wear http://kplu.org/post/how-food-and-clothing-size-labels-affect-what-we-eat-and-what-we-wear When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you're ordering a small, regular or large sandwich.<p>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?<p>Well, that depends.<p>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.<p><p>The catch? Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:41:18 +0000 6480 at http://kplu.org How food and clothing size labels affect what we eat and what we wear To find truly wild rice, head north to Minnesota http://kplu.org/post/find-truly-wild-rice-head-north-minnesota 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 <a href="http://www.cityofroseville.com/index.aspx?nid=1396">Wild Rice Festival</a> in Roseville, Minn., on Saturday.<p>Wild rice - an aquatic grass that bears a resemblance to the edible grain - has been the center of the Ojibway Indian diet and culture for centuries. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:54:36 +0000 Bonny Wolf 6350 at http://kplu.org To find truly wild rice, head north to Minnesota Five ways to spot a fake online review, restaurant or other http://kplu.org/post/five-ways-spot-fake-online-review-restaurant-or-other Thinking of going to a nice restaurant? Before you decide, you probably go online and read reviews of the place from other customers (or you listen to these actors <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEdXhH97Z7E">read them</a> to you). Online reviews of restaurants, travel deals, apps and just about anything you want to buy have become a powerful driver of consumer behavior. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:38:57 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 6296 at http://kplu.org Five ways to spot a fake online review, restaurant or other Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought http://kplu.org/post/why-we-rarely-feed-animals-food-scraps-even-drought Last month we <a href="http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/ky-state-news/High-price-of-corn-forcing-farmers-to-feed-candy-to-livestock-166004506.html">heard</a> that a farmer in Kentucky was feeding his cattle discarded chocolate because corn was too expensive. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:18:49 +0000 6233 at http://kplu.org Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than everyone else? http://kplu.org/post/do-vegetarians-and-vegans-think-they-are-better-everyone-else Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than the rest of us? Judging from personal experience, a good number of people who <em>aren't </em>vegetarian or vegan would offer a resounding "<em>Yes" </em>to this question.<p><em></em>Those individuals who publicly tout eating no meat, especially when their stated reason has to do with caring about animals, are thought to be telegraphing a message of superiority: <em>My dietary choices make me a better person than you.</em><p>I encounter this sort of thinking frequently in the <em>13.7 </em>community. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:05:30 +0000 6148 at http://kplu.org Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than everyone else? Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch http://kplu.org/post/chewing-chia-packs-superfood-punch When you hear the word chia, you probably think of chia pets. Maybe you even mutter that catchy slogan: "ch-ch-ch-chia."<p>Or maybe not, but lately, chia seed has been getting buzz beyond those terra cotta figurines. It's becoming a popular health food. Rich in fiber, protein and the highest plant source of Omega 3s, the little seeds pack a major nutritional punch.<p>Wayne Coates grows and sells chia seeds and has a book called Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.<p>He's also an ultra-runner. In his free time, he goes on really long runs — some 100 miles long. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 03:04:15 +0000 5589 at http://kplu.org Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch Most Americans are getting enough vitamins, CDC says http://kplu.org/post/most-americans-are-getting-enough-vitamins-cdc-says Here's some good news about Americans' diets: Most of us are getting sufficient amounts of key vitamins and minerals. That's the finding of a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/">nutrition report</a> just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.<p>Vitamins A and D, folate, iron and iodine are just a few of the nutrients assessed in the nationwide survey, which uses data collected between 1999 and 2006. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 23:14:41 +0000 Ted Burnham 4626 at http://kplu.org Most Americans are getting enough vitamins, CDC says What is community supported agriculture? The answer keeps changing http://kplu.org/post/what-community-supported-agriculture-answer-keeps-changing Community supported agriculture sounds so simple. Support a local farm, get to know your farmer, enjoy weekly deliveries of fresh produce, and rest easy knowing that you've voted for the local economy with your food dollars.<p>But as new CSAs spring up nationwide, many farmers are reinterpreting the idea – and that has traditionalists worried. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:42:44 +0000 Ted Burnham 4600 at http://kplu.org What is community supported agriculture? The answer keeps changing Shad are angling to once again be the tasty harbinger of spring http://kplu.org/post/shad-are-angling-once-again-be-tasty-harbinger-spring For most of American history, early spring meant a feast of shad. That tradition has faded, but young chefs are trying to slip the ritual back onto plates.<p>The earliest Americans from from Florida to Nova Scotia caught shad by the basketful as they swam back from the sea to spawn in their home rivers. The fresh, silvery fish was most certainly a delight after winter's dreary fare. The American shad's Latin name is clue to its allure: <em>Alosa</em> <em>sapadissima</em>, or most delicious herring.<p>American shad were a key food source for American Indians and later, colonists. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:46:11 +0000 4570 at http://kplu.org Shad are angling to once again be the tasty harbinger of spring Here's a pie in your eye: A brief history of food fights http://kplu.org/post/heres-pie-your-eye-brief-history-food-fights Last week, 500 tacos appeared at the mayor's office in East Haven, Conn. But they weren't intended for a casual luncheon.<p>Instead, this truckload of tacos was meant to be a symbol of discontent. An immigration reform group <a href="http://www.wfsb.com/story/16600448/immigration-groups-sends-hundreds-of-tacos-to-east-haven-mayors-office">sent the fare</a> in protest to what they said was an insensitive comment from Mayor Joseph Maturo in reference to Latinos and tacos.<p>The Connecticut activists join a long line of protesters who've resorted to food in the name of public humiliation. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 01:04:42 +0000 Kristofor Husted 3982 at http://kplu.org Here's a pie in your eye: A brief history of food fights