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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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For Kids With ADHD, Some Foods May Complement Treatment

A review has found that eliminating foods from a child's diet is usually not enough to effectively treat attention deficit disorders. Instead, researchers recommend a healthy diet high in protein and low in processed, sugary foods.
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Why Overpriced Japanese Sushi Is Bad For Bluefin Stocks

A Japanese sushi magnate paid $736,000 this week for one 593-pound bluefin tuna, the highest amount ever paid for a single fish. But environmentalists say this extravagant sale may encourage fishermen to continue to exceed set quotas for catching bluefin.
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Mystery Solved: Why The Cat Craves Mushrooms (And People Do, Too)

Why would a cat crave mushrooms? A scientist says it's the umami. Though cats can't taste sweetness like people can, they are aces at sniffing out the amino acids that signal protein-rich foods.
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What's In That Food? The SuperTracker Knows

Tracking what you eat and how much you exercise seems to work when it comes to weight loss, and the USDA's new SuperTracker wants to help. The new online interactive tool taps into the government's nutritional database. The database, though, doesn't include some popular foods like Pop-Tarts.

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