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Fast Food's Breakfast Wars

As fast food companies see their lunch and dinner sales stagnate, the industry’s leaders are turning their focus to the early morning hours. We discuss what’s behind the “breakfast wars” and explore how fast food trends correspond to American lifestyles.


How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Health officials say online restaurant reviews can turn up unreported foodborne illness outbreaks. In New York City, Yelp reviews led officials to three restaurants with food handling problems.

Freed From The Sidewalk Cart, This Sauerkraut Goes Global

Chef Edward Lee was introduced to sauerkraut by New York City's hot dog carts. But when he tried his mother-in-law's recipe, he knew it deserved a better pairing: five-spice-rubbed pork ribs.

Sensitive To Gluten? A Carb In Wheat May Be The Real Culprit

Many people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. But scientists say some gut troubles may come from eating fructans and other FODMAP carbs rather than gluten.

Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

The Pennsylvania Dutch draw tourists — and their money — to Lancaster County. But commercialism and development threaten the Amish lifestyle, so some families are moving to more isolated communities.

In A Coal Town Where Jobs Are Few, Wild Ramps Are Plenty

The annual Ramp Feed, which celebrates the ramp, or wild leek, gives the economically depressed mining town of Richwood, W.Va., a reason to celebrate. And you can smell those alliums for miles.

The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat

Potatoes and tomatoes are nutritious and delicious. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that Americans tend to consume way too many of them in unhealthy ways, like french fries and pizza.

On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.

Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops

Despite heavy spending by agribusiness and potential legal hurdles, voters in two rural Oregon counties approved bans on genetically modified crops on Tuesday.

Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.