Food

Chocolate lovers tend to weigh less: report

Packets of M&M's chocolates are seen at the production line of candy and chocolate maker Mars Chocolate France's plant
27 Nov 2014
In a new study, people who ate chocolate a few times per week or more weighed less than those who rarely indulged in the sweet. The finding doesn't prove that adding a candy bar to your daily diet will help you shed pounds. But...
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Heritage turkey breeders preserve Thanksgiving bird tradition

1 OF 14. A group of Beltsville Small White turkeys spend time in a field at the farm of Julie Gauthier in Wake Forest, North Carolina, November 20, 2014.
27 Nov 2014
 A tiny but growing number of the 46 million turkeys destined to be eaten in American this Thanksgiving can trace their lineage to the birds that graced the tables of the country's early settlers. Cheaper, big-breasted turkeys...
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Downtown Cairo restaurant turns pasta into a favorite breakfast

A worker at Abdel Dayem's pasta restaurant in Abdeen, Cairo
26 Nov 2014
Many believe that fava beans, falafel and cheese are the routine breakfast of average Egyptians, but a 62-year-old downtown Cairo restaurant challenges that belief with morning servings of pasta.   Abdel Dayem’s restaurant in...
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Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

 Yellow and green zucchini are seen on sale at Chino Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California May 15, 2012.
CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE
26 Nov 2014
Growing up among rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been one of the best-fed kids in America. He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice...
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Swedish Merlot, anyone? Warmer world boosts Nordic tipples

Grapes hang on a vine during harvest at the Lerkekasa vineyard in Norway, one of the world's northernmost wine producers, September 25, 2014.
25 Nov 2014
On one of the world's northernmost frontiers, grapevines are growing on hillsides and talk among some farmers is about terroir and aroma as global warming and new technology push the boundaries of wine growing. "Maybe a touch of...
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Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study

Getty/AFP/File | Carbohydrates are associated with heightened levels of a fatty acid linked to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, Ohio State University study shows
22 Nov 2014
Long-derided saturated fats -- associated with an array of health problems such as heart disease -- caught a break when research revealed their intake could be doubled or even nearly tripled without driving up their level in a person's...
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Lebanese food scandal leaves bitter taste

AFP/File | A Lebanese chef wraps a chicken Shawarma sandwich at a restaurant in Jounieh
15 Nov 2014
Lebanon, a nation fiercely proud of its cuisine, has been left with a case of severe indigestion after a scandal over restaurants and supermarkets selling tainted food. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has won plaudits but also faced harsh...
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Fast food targeting kids in middle class and rural areas in US

AFP/File | French fries are prepared in a fryer in Washington, DC on February 25, 2014
15 Nov 2014
Fast-food restaurants in the United States are "disproportionately" targeting black children and kids in middle-income and rural areas, according to a newly published study. Researchers at Arizona State University and University...
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Egypt present at Dubai’s world chefs contest

Luncheon meat
01 Nov 2014
A portrait of a dark Nubian girl drawn with grilled rice, sesame and flour is one of many introduced by chef Samy Fayez, a member of the Egyptian team contesting in the second tournament of Dubai World Hospitality Championship.   This...
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In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

A man prepares a kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille, 9 October 2014. 
30 Oct 2014
In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "Islamisation."   Four kebab houses opened last month in...
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