Allison Aubrey http://wrti.org en USDA To Give Schools More Ground Beef Choices After Outcry Over 'Pink Slime' http://wrti.org/post/usda-give-schools-more-ground-beef-choices-after-outcry-over-pink-slime The U.S. Department of Agriculture has weighed in on the use of so-called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/03/09/148298678/is-it-safe-to-eat-pink-slime">pink slime</a> in beef served in the government's free and reduced-price school lunch program.<p>Today the agency <a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-334e83">confirmed</a> that it believes the beef product — known in the industry as Lean Finely Textured Beef — is safe. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:37:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 1484 at http://wrti.org USDA To Give Schools More Ground Beef Choices After Outcry Over 'Pink Slime' To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal, Add Spice http://wrti.org/post/cut-risk-high-fat-meal-add-spice No need to be stingy with spices. <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21697300">Research </a>from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.<p>"Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease," explains researcher Sheila West.<p>Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.<p>In fact, she documented a decrease of triglycerides by about one-third. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 1327 at http://wrti.org To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal, Add Spice Inhalable Caffeine Maker Gets Warning Letter From FDA http://wrti.org/post/inhalable-caffeine-maker-gets-warning-letter-fda The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2012/ucm294774.htm">warning letter</a> to the maker of a caffeine inhaler that's marketed around college campuses. The agency says it's concerned about misleading claims about the product and its safety.<p>When the inhalable caffeine product, known as <a href="aeroshots.com/">AeroShot</a>, hit college campus stores back in January, it caused a buzz, not all of it euphoric. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:35:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 1204 at http://wrti.org Inhalable Caffeine Maker Gets Warning Letter From FDA Most Of Us Just Can't Taste The Nuances In High-Priced Wines http://wrti.org/post/most-us-just-cant-taste-nuances-high-priced-wines Have you ever splurged on a highly rated bottle of Burgundy or pinot noir, only to wonder whether a $10 or $15 bottle of red would have been just as good? The answer may depend on your biology.<p>A new<a href="http://ajevonline.org/content/63/1/80.abstract)"> study</a> by researchers at Penn State and Brock University in Canada finds that when it comes to appreciating the subtleties of wine, experts can taste things many of us can't. "What we found is that the fundamental taste ability of an expert is different," says John Hayes of Penn State.<p>So what explains this? Tue, 06 Mar 2012 07:56:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 1138 at http://wrti.org Most Of Us Just Can't Taste The Nuances In High-Priced Wines Hey Locavores, Are You Creating Jobs? http://wrti.org/post/hey-locavores-are-you-creating-jobs When we think of the farmers we know, we can count a lot of locally-produced food we've reported on, from unusual <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/31/140057840/some-u-s-farms-trade-tobacco-for-a-taste-of-africa">greens</a> to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/09/29/140894570/the-pawpaw-foraging-for-americas-forgotten-fruit">pawpaws.</a><p>And when the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, what do they count? Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:01:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 961 at http://wrti.org Hey Locavores, Are You Creating Jobs? George Washington's Ice Cream Recipe: First, Cut Ice From River http://wrti.org/post/george-washingtons-ice-cream-recipe-first-cut-ice-river This year would not be a good year for ice cream. In fact, there would be none at all if we relied on the technique George Washington used at Mount Vernon, his Virginia estate that's perched on the banks of the Potomac River.<p>His source of ice was the frozen river. Given the warm winter we've had here in D.C. , there's no chance. Seems the weather is nothing like it was on Jan. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 596 at http://wrti.org George Washington's Ice Cream Recipe: First, Cut Ice From River