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Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

A new study adds to the evidence that among everyday coffee drinkers, the old wives' tale that coffee will lead to dehydration is really just that: a tale. Another study found that caffeine may help to consolidate memories in the short term, but may not help retrieve old memories.
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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.
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Sandwich Monday: The Breaded Steak Sandwich

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famous "Breaded Steak Sandwich" from Ricobene's in Chicago. Yes, it's what it sounds like, and no, you're not dreaming.
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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuhggedaboutit

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.
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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.
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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.
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Preserving Cuisine As Cultural Heritage

UNESCO, well-known for its World Heritage sites, also extends its designations to a few of the world's most cherished culinary traditions. We explore what it means to preserve culinary culture.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.
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A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

If you're confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist's in-depth series questioned its faith.
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Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?

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