Allison Aubrey http://publicradioeast.org en If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow http://publicradioeast.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 46149 at http://publicradioeast.org If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake? http://publicradioeast.org/post/schools-want-congress-relax-healthy-meal-act-standards School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about <a href="http://febp.newamerica.net/background-analysis/federal-school-nutrition-programs">31 million kids</a> every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.<p>In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program<a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Meal_Pattern_USDA_Foods_Chart_Sept2013.pdf"> a nutrition make-over</a>. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey & Allison Aubrey and Jessica Pupovac 43652 at http://publicradioeast.org School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake? Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation http://publicradioeast.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 21:32:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 43348 at http://publicradioeast.org Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover http://publicradioeast.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 36479 at http://publicradioeast.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://publicradioeast.org/post/yoga-mats-your-loaf-bread-chemicals-not-so-bad 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 21:16:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 35849 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 35719 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 35324 at http://publicradioeast.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks http://publicradioeast.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 35197 at http://publicradioeast.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks New Food Label Aims To Make Healthy Decisions Easier http://publicradioeast.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 21:05:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 35145 at http://publicradioeast.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://publicradioeast.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. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:28:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 34396 at http://publicradioeast.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard http://publicradioeast.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 32587 at http://publicradioeast.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills http://publicradioeast.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 32574 at http://publicradioeast.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions http://publicradioeast.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 31235 at http://publicradioeast.org Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s http://publicradioeast.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 29498 at http://publicradioeast.org Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s Fast Food Workers Rally Across Country For Better Pay http://publicradioeast.org/post/fast-food-workers-rally-across-country-better-pay Workers rallied in 100 cities on Thursday to raise awareness for increasing pressure to raise wages. The push comes as 19 cities and states already raised minimum wages. A report from Berkeley economists finds the low-wage fast food jobs are costing taxpayer billions of dollars in public assistance — everything from food stamps to Medicaid. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:47:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 29205 at http://publicradioeast.org Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust http://publicradioeast.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 28674 at http://publicradioeast.org Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before http://publicradioeast.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 22:53:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28360 at http://publicradioeast.org More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life http://publicradioeast.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 22:55:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28279 at http://publicradioeast.org Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese http://publicradioeast.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 27269 at http://publicradioeast.org How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both http://publicradioeast.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 27020 at http://publicradioeast.org For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both