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From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World

Cumin has been popular since the dawn of written history: It's the only English word that can be traced directly back to Sumerian. Since then it has insinuated itself into cuisines around the world.
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How Big Sugar Steered Research On A 'Tooth Decay Vaccine'

Though it never panned out, the sugar industry backed research to develop a vaccine to fight tooth decay, old industry documents reveal. Researchers say the goal was to deflect efforts to limit sugar.
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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.
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'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.
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The Accidental Hunter: For One Outdoorsman, Roadkill Is His Only Red Meat

When a car hits and kills a deer or other creature, Jeff Potter swoops in and recovers the meat, then feeds it to friends and family. No one has ever gotten sick, he says.
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Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies. But living against the clock — eating late at night or working overnight — may set the stage for weight gain and chronic disease.
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Pigeon, Parakeet And Pony: Amsterdam Food Truck Serves Maligned Meat

The Kitchen Of The Unwanted Animal, a food truck and specialty food provider, is trying to change attitudes toward "edible" animals in Holland. They're doing it one My Little Pony Burger at a time.
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Sandwich Monday: Pizza-Flavored Salad Dressing

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Funagrette "Cheesy Pizza" flavored salad dressing. We never thought a salad could make us feel so bad about our eating habits.
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FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren't supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.
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McDonald's Is Limiting Use Of Antibiotics In Its Chicken

McDonald's announced that its U.S. restaurants will stop selling chicken raised with human antibiotics. Could hamburgers be next? Maryn McKenna, who writes for Wired, talks about the decision.

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