Food

Soda Companies, Artificial Sweeteners And The Fight Against Obesity

September 25, 2014

The three largest soda companies pledged to cut the number of calories in their sugary drinks. The announcement comes as the rate of diabetes is leveling off. But there are new concerns about artificial sweeteners. Diane and her guests discuss the latest on the fight against obesity.

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

September 18, 2014

More than 9,000 additives are in the food supply, ranging from seaweed extract to chemical flavorings. But in many cases, companies certify that these substances are safe without FDA oversight. A discussion about food additives, health concerns and new pressure for a better federal review process.

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

July 16, 2014

Sixty-eight percent of Americans use dietary supplements. But critics say unknown hazards lurk in the pills, powders and capsules we turn to for health and well being. We discuss concerns about the safety and regulation of the supplement industry.

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

July 10, 2014

Why the overuse of antibiotics may be linked to asthma and obesity.

Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics is disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. Why some diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we are killing off beneficial microbes.

Medical researchers are worried that the overuse of antibiotics has disturbed the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. A discussion of the new studies indicating that diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we have upset the delicate equilibrium of microbes.

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

July 1, 2014

Many environmental scientists say producing livestock for food leaves a heavy carbon footprint, but critics argue harm to the environment is minimal. For this month's Environmental Outlook, how eating meat affects the planet.

The Environmental Outlook: Sustainable Seafood

June 3, 2014

For this month Environmental Outlook: A growing percentage of fish and seafood sold in markets around the world are being produced on seafood farms. We get an update on challenge of developing large scale sustainable ways to meet the world's demand for seafood.

The Latest Research On Intermittent Fasting

The Latest Research On Intermittent Fasting

January 9, 2014

Intermittent fasting is the latest diet craze. But some experts say the benefits extend well beyond weight loss. The latest research behind this feast and famine approach to eating.

The Politics Of Food Stamps

September 23, 2013

House Republicans pass a bill to cut $39 billion from food stamp programs. We explore the politics of food stamp spending.

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

September 10, 2013

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

Concerns About Caffeinated Energy Drinks, Candy And Snacks

Concerns About Caffeinated Energy Drinks, Candy And Snacks

June 27, 2013

Debate over the health effects of caffeinated energy drinks, candy and snacks. Companies argue they are safe, but critics say they shouldn't be marketed to children.

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