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Hostess, Maker Of Twinkies, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc., is again seeking protection from its creditors, blaming high debt and rising costs of labor and raw materials. Sales of Twinkies are down, despite its prime product placement in the 2009 film Zombieland.
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Reusable Grocery Bags Can Be Health Threat

The 5-cent bag tax is less than a month old in Montgomery County, and while residents embrace the reusable alternative, a report warns that those bags have issues of their own to keep in mind.

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Sushi, Smoothies, Manicures: Walgreens Goes Upscale

The drugstore chain's new 27,000-square-foot location in the heart of Chicago has a fresh bakery, a sushi bar and a cigar humidor, among other amenities. "Anything of this size in today's economy is a risk," says one analyst, but it seems to be a calculated one to distinguish the chain's brand.
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How To Eat Out Without Putting On The Pounds

A mindful eating program helped women eat less and lose weight while dining out at restaurants, a study found. The secret? A researcher says eating slowly and savoring each bite is key.
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How To Get Kids To Eat Apples? Make Them Taste Like Grape Candy

A Washington apple grower wants kids to eat apples, especially his grape-flavored apples. But why take a perfectly good fruit, with its very own complex flavor and aroma, and douse it with something associated with Dimetapp and lollypops?
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X-Rays Scan Foods For The Secret Ingredient That Could Break A Tooth

Metal detectors just don't cut it when it comes to keeping shards of bone or plastic and other nasty stuff out of food. Enter the X-ray. Costco and other big retailers now require food processors to X-ray food to screen for foreign objects. The process is more automated than airport baggage screening.
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The Forgotten, Fascinating Saga Of Crisco

In the 1980's, health activists actually promoted oils — like Crisco — that contain trans fats. The history of Crisco is full of such surprising twists, right up to the present day.

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