Allison Aubrey http://nhpr.org en Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing http://nhpr.org/post/grocers-lead-kids-produce-aisle-junk-food-style-marketing Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 54314 at http://nhpr.org Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer http://nhpr.org/post/death-salt-new-study-finds-too-much-sodium-global-killer Americans are accustomed to being nagged about salt. We're told we consume too much — particularly from processed foods. And that all this salt can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.<p>Turns out it's the same story most places around the globe. Worldwide, people consume an average of 3,950 milligrams of sodium a day, according to a <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1304127">new study</a> published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 53706 at http://nhpr.org Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow http://nhpr.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 51763 at http://nhpr.org If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake? http://nhpr.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 50026 at http://nhpr.org School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake? Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation http://nhpr.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 49845 at http://nhpr.org Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation Why All Fat Is Not Created Equal http://nhpr.org/post/why-all-fat-not-created-equal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, that story on that came to us from NPR's Allison Aubrey who joins us in the studio now. And, Allison, Elizabeth, right there at the end sounded very relieved to be eating fat again, a burger.<p>ALLISON AUBREY, BYLINE: That's right. She did.<p>GREENE: And, yeah, and I'm wondering does this mean that we can bring back the burgers? Bring back the bacon? Would make me very happy.<p>AUBREY: Ah-ha. That's what you're looking for here. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 45895 at http://nhpr.org Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover http://nhpr.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 45099 at http://nhpr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://nhpr.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 23:56:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 44662 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 44558 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 44279 at http://nhpr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks http://nhpr.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 44181 at http://nhpr.org Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://nhpr.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 43613 at http://nhpr.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion You May Be Eating More Sugar Than You Realize And That's Bad http://nhpr.org/post/you-may-be-eating-more-sugar-you-realize-and-thats-bad Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Sugar, we all know from early childhood that it's not the best thing to eat, although most of us love it. But a new study hits home why researchers have found that too much of a sweet tooth can be really bad for our hearts. Still, limiting sugar is sometimes easier said than done, because it's added to so many foods we eat. And some of us, even without realizing it, eat an entire day's worth of sugar before we ever leave the house in the morning.<p>NPR's Allison Aubrey joins us to talk about how much sugar can creep into our breakfast. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 43015 at http://nhpr.org Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard http://nhpr.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 42257 at http://nhpr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills http://nhpr.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 42250 at http://nhpr.org More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills