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Do We Really Need Probiotics In Our Coffee, Granola And Nut Butter?

It's not just kombucha and yogurt: Probiotics are now showing up in dozens of packaged foods. But what exactly do these designer foods with friendly flora actually offer — besides a high price tag?
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In Shakespeare's Plays, Mealtimes Were A Recipe For Drama

It's difficult to name a play in which Shakespeare doesn't cook up a bit of conflict around the table. The juiciest plot twists often happened when characters gathered for a meal.
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The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk

The new findings add to the evidence suggesting that full-fat dairy may have protective effects — both in cutting the risk of diabetes and in helping people control body weight.
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#NPRreads: 3 Great Reads To Contemplate This Weekend

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.
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Study Finds Climate Change Could Be Leading To Better Wine

Winemakers know grapes are sensitive to temperature and drought. A recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change looks at how weather plays a role in determining the quality of wine produced.
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Mexican Chef Pati Jinich Wants To Change How You Think About Enchiladas

Pati Jinich is a Mexican chef whose life in the U.S. has influenced her cooking. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with her about her latest cookbook, Mexican Today.
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Coming Soon To A Tortilla Near You: A Vitamin To Prevent Birth Defects

The FDA says tacos, tamales and other foods made with corn masa flour can now be fortified with folic acid. The move is aimed at reducing severe brain defects in babies born to Hispanic women.
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Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.
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Coffee Workers' Concerns Brew Over Chemical's Link To Lung Disease

A chemical called diacetyl, which is released as a natural byproduct of the coffee roasting process, has been linked to lung disease. A CDC group advises coffee plants to take precautions.
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This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

Together We Bake in Alexandria, Va., supplies granola, cookies and kale chips to local eateries. It's also a job-training program for women — many of whom have criminal records.

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