Food & Food Culture

12:29pm

Wed June 5, 2013
The Salt

Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

Frozen berries have been implicated in a hepatitis A outbreak.
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The news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that at least 49 people in seven states have gotten hepatitis A from eating organic frozen berries has given our smoothie-making some pause.

Frozen berries are full of health-promoting compounds; plus, they're convenient and delicious. So we wondered: Is there a way to keep all those positives, and hold the virus? We checked with food safety experts to find out.

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9:14am

Wed June 5, 2013
The Salt

Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:52 pm

Scientists have figured out out how to turn cellulose from wood, bushes and grasses into edible starch.
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For Percival Zhang, growing up in China meant learning to appreciate just how critical a stable food supply is to avoiding social unrest and disasters like famine.

When he became an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, he got to thinking just how risky growing food has become because of the finite resources it requires: land, water, seeds and fertilizer.

Plenty of other plants on Earth, on the other hand, aren't so demanding.

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2:20pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 8:18 am

PETA members hold placards on the street in Johannesburg.
Themba Hadebe AP

If you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarians, this may not be it.

New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that vegetarian diets are linked to a slightly lower risk of early death — about 12 percent lower over a period of about six years of follow-up. But the link to longevity was more significant in men compared with women.

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1:18pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

Coronation Chicken: A Lowly Sandwich Filling With A Royal Pedigree

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:46 am

Sixty years on, this retro dish is still a favorite with Her Majesty.
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If you want to eat like a queen, maybe it's time to break out the cold chicken, curry and cream sauce.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation in a ceremony Tuesday at Westminster Abbey. But the event also marks the anniversary of a dish as resilient as the British monarch herself: Coronation Chicken.

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10:40am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

In Philly, Lo Mein Is Going Low Sodium

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 10:53 am

Philadelphia is training owners of Chinese takeout restaurants to cut some of the salt in menu items like lo mein.
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Philadelphia is training owners of Chinese takeout restaurants to cut some of the salt in their menu items.

The city is working with about 200 takeout restaurants, providing free cooking lessons and tips on adding flavor without salt. None of the restaurant owners were paid to participate in the program, which offers advice such as how to find suppliers who sell low-sodium ingredients at a reasonable price. Participants are also encouraged to limit the number of soy sauce packets they hand to customers.

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