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Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It's Complicated

It may be possible to cultivate a healthier community of bacteria on and inside us by modifying our diet. For starters, eating more vegetables probably won't hurt.
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Hunger Games: What's Behind Yelp's Fake Restaurant Reviews?

Restaurants with a "weak" reputation are more likely to write fake positive reviews, a study finds. But chain restaurants, which do not benefit greatly from Yelp, are less likely to commit review fraud.
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2 Finalists Vie To Be 'Master Chef Junior'

It's a big night for two of the youngest and best chefs in the country. The reality cooking show, Master Chef Junior, crowns its first champion on the show's season finale. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to the two finalists and celebrity chef judge Joe Bastianich.
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A Live Chat About God And Beer

The Salt will host a live chat with two people who are trying to build community around God and craft beer. Join our one-hour chat, which begins at 1 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 8.
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How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese

Kraft says it's ditching two artificial dyes in some of its macaroni and cheese products. But why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turn's out there's a curious history here.
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FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply

The agency says trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated oils, raise the risk of heart disease. Even though food companies have drastically reduced their use of the oils, you can still find trans fat in microwavable popcorn, Crisco and all kinds of mass-produced baked goods.
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Roy Choi's Tacos Channel LA And The Immigrant Experience

The Los Angeles chef says the Korean taco was "like a lint roller," pulling its chefs' backgrounds into one food truck offering. Choi's new book, L.A. Son, tells his story of addiction, culinary success and growing up Korean in Orange Country, Calif.
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Washington State Says 'No' To GMO Labels

The "no" campaign appears to have an insurmountable lead in early counts with 54 percent of votes. The ballot initiative in favor of labeling had strong public support two months ago. But food companies spent millions to persuade voters that the labels would increase the cost of groceries.
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Taking A Bite Of Shaw's Restaurant Boom

In September, Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut the ribbon on three brand new restaurants in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood... all in the same day. Those three eateries were the vanguard of nearly two dozen new bars and restaurants slated to open this fall and winter, with more on the way.
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Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.

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