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Get your antioxidants with popcorn

Popcorn isn't just low in calories and high in fiber; it's chock full of antioxidants, too, reports CNN Health.

Yogurt, energy bars and nut-based butters

Demand for yogurt, energy bars, nut and seed butters and coffee drinks helped fuel a 6.9 percent increase in retail and foodservice sales of specialty foods and beverages last year, according to a survey of retailers conducted by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), reports Supermarket News.

Easter Bunny on a roll

Easter Bunny has been busy this year with innovative chocolate products taking pride of place on supermarket shelves around the globe.

Dude-friendly kitchenwares

Testosterone is becoming a more common ingredient in kitchenware -- figuratively speaking, of course, reports the New York Times. Lifetime Brands, a giant housewares and kitchenwares company, believes that men are "increasingly active in house-outfitting decisions, despite the long-standing sense that the home is a female domain." The company's Savora...

No ban on BPA … yet

The FDA announced on Friday that it will not ban the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in food packaging but said it will continue research on the health effects of the widely used chemical, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Vending machines with a new twist

Tired of the same-old-same-old when it comes to vending machine candy bars and soft drinks? Smartertravel.com reports on the world's 10 most bizarre vending machines, reports NACS Online.

Trends in organic food

According to Darrel Suderman, FastCasual.com, 2012 will be a banner year for Organic Food Product Innovation, and those who sit on the sidelines will miss the opportunity to strike gold in this rapidly growing product segment.

No 'Pink Slime' says Mom

Up in arms about "Pink Slime" in hamburger meat, Moms used their considerable influence to pressure large supermarket chains to remove Lean Finely Textured Beef. Even though the USDA and food industry experts agree that it is safe and wholesome, Safeway, SuperValue, Food Lion and Kroger said they would no...

U.S. warns no food aid to North Korea

The U.S. warned it would not send food aid to North Korea if it goes ahead with a rocket launch next month, reports Associated Press. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. has "grave concerns" about the Feb. 29 agreement that had eased tensions between the long-term adversaries.

Picture worth a thousand words

Simply looking at images of food that appeals to you can make something taste better, according to a new study by scientists at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland. Their findings, published in the journal PloS One, suggest that just looking at food produces brain activity that affects your perception...