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Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?

A British researcher was curious to know whether smell could help fend off temptation. Her study found that the scent of fresh oranges seemed to help remind dieters to eat less chocolate.

'Cronut' Often Imitated, But Can It Be Duplicated?

The cronut — a hybrid of a croissant and doughnut — was invented at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Manhattan. Now, it's inspiring imitators. The doughnut with flaky layers is being made around the world from Japan to Australia and the U.K. Even Dunkin' Donuts is getting into the game. The news site Quartz reports that in South Korea, Dunkin' is offering a version it's calling "New York Pie Donuts."

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Thousands of seasonal workers come to California's Salinas Valley each year to pick crops, and many of them seem destined for a life in the fields. Now, a training program run by ALBA Organics is giving these workers the skills they need to be their own bosses.

Despite Legal Blow, New York To Keep Up Sugary Drink Fight

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the ban on big, sugary drinks was unconstitutional. The decision is a blow for the city's Board of Health, which has argued that regulation is an effective means of changing unhealthful behaviors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his legal team say they will appeal.

Despite The Buzz, Local Food Has A Small Economic Impact

The local food movement has received a lot of attention both for changing diets and buying habits. But has the movement has become a significant economic force?

Is The Way To Tech Workers' Loyalty Through Their Stomachs?

Google's extensive and delectable food offerings have long been part of the company's perks. Now startups in other cities are hiring chefs who prepare fresh, creative food to attract and keep top talent.

Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'

Picketers in seven cities say McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food chains should pay employees $15 an hour. But the restaurant industry says that would force those companies to cut jobs.

Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.

A New App Will Let You Share Your Leftovers With Strangers

As part of a bid to reduce wasted food, two former college roommates have come up with Leftover Swap, an app in which you post photos of leftovers for other users to claim.

Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.