News Bites: Food Labels Affect Metabolism, Beef Prices Rise and More

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Mind Over Metabolism

New research has found that food labels impact the way we eat and enjoy food. Alia Crum, a clinical psychologist, poured the same milkshake into two containers. One label suggested the milkshake was healthy and the other claimed it was an indulgent treat. Researchers then measured the ghrelin -- a hormone associated with increasing and decreasing appetite -- response in the subjects. The study found that the participants who thought they were drinking an indulgent drink had a ghrelin response that suggested they were consuming much more.

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Beef Prices Rising

A long drought in Texas has impacted the price of America's beef supply. Drought raises the price of feed, which means farmers raise fewer cows. Since grilling season is around the corner, NPR spoke with the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly who says that cheap cuts of beef are just as delicious, but might require a little more cooking. Cuts like beef chuck short ribs, beef back ribs and a "less tender shoulder cut" are very tasty as long as you cook them on low heat for a long time.

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Clean Those Cutting Boards!

A new study has found drug resistant bacteria on cutting boards in homes and a hospital. Researchers analyzed 154 cutting boards from the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland and 44 cutting boards from homes. The cutting boards were used to prepare fish, pork, beef/veal, lamb or game. The researchers found that 6.5 percent of the hospital cutting boards that had been used for poultry tested positive for E. coli bacteria that was resistant to several drugs. They also found that 3.5 percent of the cutting boards used in the homes were contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

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A Visual Feast

California photographer, Lawrie Brown, has taken photos of everyday meals in her newest series, but there's one catch. Each meal has been dyed an unusual color. Brown was appalled by the amount of additives she noticed going in typical grocery store food, so she decided to play around with the concept. Brown is onto something, since it's true that food appeals to our eyes first, but would you like a bright blue chicken for dinner?

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Food Texture and Calorie Content

According to a new study, people perceive hard or rough-textured foods as having fewer calories. This could be an important finding for food companies to understand how their customers perceive their products.

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Ever wish you didn't know how many calories were in your favorite snack? As it turns out, food labels have a big impact on the way we eat. New research has found that when subjects thought they were eating an indulgent dessert, their metabolisms sped up in response.

Grilling season might be around the corner, but with beef prices rising you might want to go for the cheaper cuts of meat.

In other news, research has found that kitchen cutting boards harbor drug resistant bacteria, an artist demonstrates the visual importance of food and food texture affects calorie perception.

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