Allison Aubrey http://hppr.org en If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow http://hppr.org/post/if-exercise-work-mindless-snacking-may-follow If we hit the gym, don't we deserve a little extra something, maybe something sinfully sweet? The idea that sacrifice begets reward is embedded in our collective thinking.<p>But a fascinating new study from the folks at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab shows how this thinking might backfire. Thinking of exercise as work can lure us into mindlessly devouring calorie bombs, such as a big helping of pudding or extra handfuls of M&M's. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:21:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 34421 at http://hppr.org If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation http://hppr.org/post/doughnut-day-downer-palm-oil-pastries-drives-deforestation On National Doughnut Day, it's hard to imagine how our love of doughnuts might be contributing to deforestation halfway around the globe.<p>But here's the connection: You know that oily smudge left on your fingers after you polish off a doughnut? That's not just sugar. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 32886 at http://hppr.org Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover http://hppr.org/post/companies-tap-celebrity-power-extreme-vegetable-makeover Marketing to kids may have gotten a bad rap in the past. Especially since children have been the target of so much junk food advertising.<p>But it's a new day.<p>Increasingly, companies are seeing profits pushing ultra-healthy stuff. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 29105 at http://hppr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://hppr.org/post/almost-500-foods-contain-yoga-mat-compound-should-we-care That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/release/yoga-mat-chemical-found-nearly-500-foods">report</a> from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.<p>As you may recall, the sandwich chain Subway got a lot of attention a few weeks back when it announced its plans to remove this compound — which is used to improve dough and maintain bread texture — fro Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28770 at http://hppr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says http://hppr.org/post/eat-plants-and-prosper-longevity-go-easy-meat-study-says Americans who ate a diet rich in animal protein during middle age were significantly more likely to die from cancer and other causes, compared with people who reported going easy on foods such as red meat and cheese, fresh research suggests.<p>The <a href="http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131%2814%2900062-X">study,</a> published Tuesday in the journal <em>Cell Metabolism</em>, was based on an analysis of data from <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm">NHANES</a>, an ongoing federally funded study that surveys Americans about their eating habits and behaviors.<p>In thi Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28697 at http://hppr.org Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says With New Food Labels, Back Of The Box Gets A Makeover http://hppr.org/post/new-food-labels-back-box-gets-makeover Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We've been hearing about the Food and Drug Administration's proposed makeover of the Nutrition Facts Panel, the box on food packages that tells us how much fat, sodium and other things are a product. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28508 at http://hppr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks http://hppr.org/post/nutrition-labels-get-long-overdue-tweaks If you're perplexed about how to make healthy choices when you're shopping for food, you're not alone. We've all puzzled over a food label that was confusing and hard to follow.<p>But some help may be on the way, as I <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/25/282589156/new-food-label-aims-to-make-healthy-decisions-easier">reported</a> on <em>All Things Considered</em> Tuesday.<p>The nutrition facts panel, which is required on all packaged foods, is about to get a makeover. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28448 at http://hppr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks New Food Label Aims To Make Healthy Decisions Easier http://hppr.org/post/new-food-label-aims-make-healthy-decisions-easier The Food and Drug Administration and the White House are expected to unveil a new food label this week. Changed just once since their adoption, these labels need to be less confusing, advocates say. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28420 at http://hppr.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://hppr.org/post/love-oysters-how-kiss-sea-evokes-passion Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, and avocado or a turnip? (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.)<p>One of these, at least, is a gimme. The stories linking oysters and other shellfish to lust go back to at least the ancient Greeks.<p>Think of the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the sea from the half-shell.<p>"There's something primal about eating oysters," says oyster-lover MJ Gimbar. He describes them as creamy and velvety. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28019 at http://hppr.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard http://hppr.org/post/long-john-silvers-throws-trans-fats-overboard Long John Silver's has gained some notoriety in the past for serving up what the food police dubbed the most unhealthful meal in America. (aka <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/02/198006557/heart-attack-on-a-hook-meet-americas-worst-restaurant-meal">heart attack on a hook.</a>)<p>But the fast-food chain is out to change its reputation. One step in this new direction: a quick transition from partially hydrogenated oils that contain bedeviled trans fats. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 27038 at http://hppr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills http://hppr.org/post/more-signs-mediterranean-diet-helps-prevent-cardiovascular-ills There's fresh evidence that a Mediterranean diet can help cut the risk of <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis/">atherosclerosis</a>, a disease caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. <br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 27029 at http://hppr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions http://hppr.org/post/let-them-eat-sandwiches-usda-eases-school-lunch-restrictions After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.<p>Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 26341 at http://hppr.org Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s http://hppr.org/post/fresh-research-finds-organic-milk-packs-omega-3s While milk consumption <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1118789/err149.pdf">continues to fall</a> in the U.S., sales of organic milk are on the rise. And now organic milk accounts for about 4 percent of total fluid milk consumption.<p>For years, organic producers have claimed their milk is nutritionally superior to regular milk. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 25382 at http://hppr.org Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust http://hppr.org/post/easy-pie-master-art-perfect-crust Those of us slaving over pecan and pumpkin pies ahead of Thanksgiving already know that pie-making season is decidedly in full swing. And on a segment for <em>Morning Edition </em>airing Thursday, host David Greene and I discuss the best advice for pie-making newbies. Really, it comes down to this:<p>Baking is not like cooking a stew or soup. Bakers can't take as many liberties — adding a pinch of this or that.<p>Baking requires more precision. And perhaps it's a pursuit better suited for the rule-followers of the world, who are happy to simply follow the recipe. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 24894 at http://hppr.org Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before http://hppr.org/post/more-children-are-being-medicated-adhd The number of children being diagnosed with <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/attentiondeficithyperactivitydisorder.html">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a> is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.<p>ADHD is marked by attention problems and impulsive behavior. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 24681 at http://hppr.org More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life http://hppr.org/post/nuts-longevity-daily-handful-linked-longer-life Americans have not always been in love with nuts.<p>Think about it: They're loaded with calories and fat. Plus, they can be expensive.<p>But Americans' views — and eating habits — when it comes to nuts are changing. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:11:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 24641 at http://hppr.org Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese http://hppr.org/post/how-17th-century-fraud-gave-rise-bright-orange-cheese The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/01/242412024/kraft-dims-that-mac-and-cheese-artificially-orange-glow">news</a> from Kraft last week that the company is ditching two artificial dyes in some versions of its macaroni and cheese products left me with a question.<p>Why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turns out there's a curious history here.<p>In theory, cheese should be whitish — similar to the color of milk, right?<p>Well, not really. Centuries ago in England, lots of cheeses had a natural yellowish-orange pigment. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:12:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 24031 at http://hppr.org How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both http://hppr.org/post/mind-body-study-finds-mediterranean-diet-boosts-both For all of us nearing middle age, or slogging through it, yes, there is a benefit in eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit.<p>A new study published in the <em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em> finds that women who followed this pattern of eating in their 50s were about 40 percent more likely to reach the later decades without developing chronic diseases and memory or physical problems, compared to women who didn't eat as well.<p>Researchers tracked the dietary habits and lifestyles of more than 10,000 women, beginning in late middle age. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 23881 at http://hppr.org For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security http://hppr.org/post/buffett-family-puts-money-where-their-mouth-food-security Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's pace) to steer the most vulnerable people on Earth towards a future where food production is efficient, plentiful and affordable.<p>Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, and grandson Howard W. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 23525 at http://hppr.org Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security Day 2 Of Government Shutdown Affects Variety Of Workers http://hppr.org/post/day-2-government-shutdown-affects-variety-workers Some federal employees have to work despite the closure, while others have been told not to report to work. On<em> Morning Edition</em>, we hear some voices of folks who have already felt the impact of the shutdown. They say they feel "frustrated," and think the partial shutdown is "ridiculous."<p>And, many states are scrambling to figure out a way to keep the doors open at the clinics that administer food assistance to 9 million women, infants and children. They are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and children, known as WIC. As the U.S. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:52:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 22401 at http://hppr.org To Get The Benefits Of Olive Oil, Fresh May Be Best http://hppr.org/post/get-benefits-olive-oil-fresh-may-be-best The Mediterranean diet is a pattern of eating that lately has become a darling of medical researchers. It includes vegetables and grains, not so much meat and, of course, generous portions of olive oil.<p>Mary Flynn, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University, says the evidence that olive oil is good for your heart has never been more clear. "Olive oil is a very healthy food," she says. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 22280 at http://hppr.org To Get The Benefits Of Olive Oil, Fresh May Be Best No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies http://hppr.org/post/no-bitter-pill-doctors-prescribe-fruits-and-veggies It was the Greeks who first counseled to let food be thy medicine. And, it seems, some doctors are taking this age-old advice to heart.<p>In New York City physicians are writing prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 21556 at http://hppr.org No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease http://hppr.org/post/why-skipping-breakfast-might-raise-risk-heart-disease Breakfast has long gotten a good rap for everything from <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Does+skipping+breakfast+lead+to+weight+gain">aiding weight loss</a> to improving <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Does+skipping+breakfast+lead+to+weight+gain">focus in the classroom</a>.<p>And ever since the <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477675/">Alameda County study</a> in California back in the 1960s linked breakfast — along with a host of other habits — to a longer lifespan, there's been a societal push towards breaking the fast.<p>"It's such a Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 19178 at http://hppr.org Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs http://hppr.org/post/why-bill-gates-investing-chicken-less-eggs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDTBcmOj0qU</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 17377 at http://hppr.org Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee http://hppr.org/post/step-aside-gents-witness-rise-women-coffee The inspiration for NPR's Coffee Week arrived in an email last summer. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:28:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 15153 at http://hppr.org Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas http://hppr.org/post/judge-overturns-new-york-city-ban-big-sugary-sodas A New York state judge has knocked down New York City's landmark new ban on big, sugary drinks, just one day before it was set to take effect.<p>Calling them "arbitrary and capricious," state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling on Monday invalidated regulations that would have banned New York City restaurants, movie theaters and other food service establishments from serving sugary drinks in sizes bigger than 16 ounces. The ban would have covered not just sodas but a wide array of other sugar-sweetened drinks, from smoothies to coffee. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:17:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey & Maria Godoy 13372 at http://hppr.org Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas If Caffeine Can Boost The Memory Of Bees, Can It Help Us, Too? http://hppr.org/post/if-caffeine-can-boost-memory-bees-can-it-help-us-too Who knew that the flower nectar of citrus plants — including some varieties of grapefruit, lemon and oranges — contains caffeine? Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 13236 at http://hppr.org If Caffeine Can Boost The Memory Of Bees, Can It Help Us, Too? Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents http://hppr.org/post/sacrificing-sleep-makes-run-down-teens-and-parents When NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health asked parents and caregivers in our new <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/feb/Children%20and%20Weight_Summary.pdf">poll</a> whether getting a good night's sleep is important, families overwhelmingly told us that sleep is a high priority.<p>But almost all said that it's difficult to pull off. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:56:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12949 at http://hppr.org Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal? http://hppr.org/post/family-dinner-treasured-tradition-or-bygone-ideal When we asked you (via our Facebook page) to tell us about the weekday challenges your families face, given the competing demands of work, commutes, schoolwork and activities, you didn't hold back. Especially on the subject of squeezing in a family dinner.<p>"This topic hit my central core," wrote <a href="http://timelymatters.com/">Moschel Kadokura</a>. "It's amazingly hard," says mom Samantha Kolber of Plainfield, Vt. "Lots of balls in the air," says Katherine Hennessy of Boston. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12822 at http://hppr.org Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal? Women With A Berry-Snacking Habit May Have Healthier Hearts http://hppr.org/post/women-berry-snacking-habit-may-have-healthier-hearts When it comes to supernutritious foods, the blueberry has long had a health halo floating over it.<p>Going back to Colonial times when Native Americans and English settlers ground up blueberries and added them to porridge, in both dried and <a href="http://usda.gov/documents/Results-Research.pdf">fresh forms</a>, there have been hints of health-promoting effects.<p>In recent years, regular consumption of berries has been linked to better <a href="http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/22215/PDF">brain health</a> and a decreased risk of <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=pan%20diabete Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 11087 at http://hppr.org Women With A Berry-Snacking Habit May Have Healthier Hearts