Lots of news this week!

  • A study published in the journal Pediatrics provides evidence that babies in the womb can taste the foods their mothers are eating and help them form food memories. Eating flavorful foods, like garlic, vanilla, or mint while pregnant can affect your child’s food preferences later in life. Babies exposed to a variety of flavors in the womb are more likely to enjoy them later. [NPR]
  • Fruits and vegetables are less nutritious and less flavorful than they were 50 years ago, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. The authors believe that over time, selective breeding for larger produce has diluted the nutrients. The lesson: grow your own fruits and veggies, or buy them from the farmers’ market to avoid the overgrown supermarket varieties. [Grist]
  • Michelle Obama was honored by the James Beard Foundation with a Leadership award for her work with Let’s Move! Alice Waters also received an award, given to “visionaries in the business, government and education sectors responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world.” [Obama Foodorama]
  • It’s National Farmers’ Market Week! Over 1,000 new markets have cropped up in the past year, according to the USDA. Check out the USDA’s list to find the market closest to you.
  • A study by the Harvard School of Public Health provides evidence that eating red meat increases one’s risk for type 2 diabetes substantially. Those who ate one serving per day of unprocessed meats increased their risk by 19%, but those who ate the same amount of processed meats (e.g. hot dogs, lunch meat, etc.) increased their risk by a whopping 51%. The take-home message: eat less red meat, especially of the processed variety. [NY Daily News]
  • One man on Google+ started offering cooking classes via video chat – a great idea! If only more people had Google+ [NYT]

Heading to the beach this weekend, with a picnic.