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Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

America is in the midst of a rye whiskey renaissance. Lovers of the spirit say it's spicier, edgier and less sweet than bourbons. But when scientists look at the flavor signatures of American whiskeys, what matters the most isn't always the grain in the bottle.

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Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

Consumers are demanding "natural" food dyes, and scientists say the purple sweet potato is the most promising source of pigments to make them. But it may be a while before your red Popsicle is made with this kind of vegetable-based dye.
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Sandwich Monday: The Burger King French Fry Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the newest addition to the Burger King menu: a burger topped with french fries. It's the latest stage in the march toward Total Menu Integration.
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Craft Beer's Success Makes Sam Adams Founder A Billionaire

The Boston Beer Co., which brews Sam Adams, has seen its stock soar. The brewer reported net revenue of $181.3 million in the second quarter of 2013.
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Hunger In The U.S.

Food insecurity remains at near-record levels for the fifth straight year, with one in five American children at risk of hunger.

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Chobani Issues All-Clear After Yogurt Recall

After concerns over its product led the Chobani Greek yogurt company to issue a voluntary recall of some packages earlier this week, the food maker now says the mold that was identified as the culprit is not dangerous.
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Skipping Breakfast Makes You Fat? Not So Fast

There's a mountain of myths and assumptions about what makes us fat. One researcher is interested in understanding where these ideas come from and why scientists continue to recycle them. In a new study, he homes in on the presumption that skipping breakfast has a direct effect on obesity.
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Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

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Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

The USDA has quietly ended a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The products won't require a country-of-origin label — which means there's no way to know whether those chicken nuggets in the freezer aisle came from a country with a spotty food safety reputation.
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Japanese Whiskey Teases U.S. Consumers By Playing Hard To Get

Japanese whiskey-makers are protective of their product and want the prized spirit to be consumed a certain way. In Japan, that means serving it with particular foods and diluting it with pure water.

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