food and nutrition

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For decades, vegetarians have used a variety of nut and bean patties as a substitute for one of America's most popular menu items: the hamburger.  But now, a handful of California-based companies are using science to shake things up.  The results are so similar to ground beef, that cattle ranchers are taking action.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has the story.

Thanksgiving: Yam or Not

Nov 22, 2017

It's Yam time, also known as Thanksgiving, when family cooks start dusting off their favorite candied yam recipes. Meanwhile, California sweet potato growers are cooking up a way to rebrand this sector of the holiday tradition. Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

A system in California that helps low-income people eat more state-grown fruits and vegetables is getting nearly $4 million from the federal government to expand.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has more.

Convenience Stores Could Stop Taking Food Stamps

May 13, 2016

A proposed new rule from the USDA may force convenience stores across the nation to stop accepting SNAP benefits, also known as Food Stamps.  The curtailment of the benefits at mini-marts could affect both businesses and people living in so-called food deserts.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

The already-crowded field of supermarkets in the Inland Empire is about to get a little more crowded, with the opening of several stores from the European-based grocery chain ALDI.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Food Waste Author to Visit UCR

Feb 15, 2016

American Wasteland is a book about unneccesary food waste in America. KVCR's Natalya Estrada contacted author Jonathan Bloom ahead of a speaking engagement this week at The University of California, Riverside. So how much food do you waste every day?

Matt Guilhem

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching.  Chances are the table of party food will not only include wings and 7-layer bean dip, but also guacamole.  The creamy avocado spread is synonymous with California -- and the big game.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem recently went to UC Riverside laboratory trying to build a better avocado.

Natalya Estrada

For two years, Huerta Del Valle, a community garden set in the middle of an airport, a freeway, and several plastic manufacturing plants, has thrived. 

It's not an ideal location to pick up fresh produce, but for community organizer Maria Alonso it's perfect for people living on the outskirts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties... people who don't have access to organic produce.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has more.

Now that a World Health Organization agency has classified them as carcinogenic, bacon, ham, and other processed meats could require warning labels in California,  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Should We Cut Back On Fruit To Cut Down On Sugar?

Oct 14, 2015

It's not news that we're eating too much sugar, and a number of low-carb diets like Atkins and South Beach suggest cutting sugar intake by eating less fruit.  Capital Public Radio's Leslie McClurg asks whether berries and melon and peaches and the like should be casualties of the war on sugar.

A new study finds childhood obesity rates are going down in Southern California.  While parents making smarter nutrition choices is a factor, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports local wellness programs are also taking some credit.

UCR Finds Sugar Not As Bad As We Think For Obesity

Aug 3, 2015

A new study out of UC Riverside finds that sugar might not be as bad as we think. Like most everything, moderation is key, but the UCR research suggests sugar intake might not lead to increased obesity rates as much as other dietary staples. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

Raley's Supermarkets -- a chain with stores in Northern and Central California and Nevada --  is experimenting with a new way to reduce food waste.  It's selling "imperfect" produce near areas where many residents can't afford or don't usually have access to fresh produce.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg has more.

The IE city of Ontario's effort to improve access to health and nutrition has won federal recognition... and some extra funding.  More in this item from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Calif. Researchers Find Link Between Sugar And Disease

Apr 1, 2015

Research out of San Francisco Bay Area universities suggests large amounts of sugar in your food could lead to disease, even if you're controlling your portions.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more.