Allison Aubrey http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:31:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 36799 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://news.stlpublicradio.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 33740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31799 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both Day 2 Of Government Shutdown Affects Variety Of Workers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/day-2-government-shutdown-affects-variety-workers Some federal employees have to work despite the closure, while others have been told not to report to work. On<em> Morning Edition</em>, we hear some voices of folks who have already felt the impact of the shutdown. They say they feel "frustrated," and think the partial shutdown is "ridiculous."<p>And, many states are scrambling to figure out a way to keep the doors open at the clinics that administer food assistance to 9 million women, infants and children. They are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and children, known as WIC. As the U.S. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:52:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 30343 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-bitter-pill-doctors-prescribe-fruits-and-veggies It was the Greeks who first counseled to let food be thy medicine. And, it seems, some doctors are taking this age-old advice to heart.<p>In New York City physicians are writing prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 29862 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-skipping-breakfast-might-raise-risk-heart-disease Breakfast has long gotten a good rap for everything from <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Does+skipping+breakfast+lead+to+weight+gain">aiding weight loss</a> to improving <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Does+skipping+breakfast+lead+to+weight+gain">focus in the classroom</a>.<p>And ever since the <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477675/">Alameda County study</a> in California back in the 1960s linked breakfast — along with a host of other habits — to a longer lifespan, there's been a societal push towards breaking the fast.<p>"It's such a Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 28466 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-bill-gates-investing-chicken-less-eggs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDTBcmOj0qU</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 27354 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs