Food news we’re reading this week: Jan. 6, 2016

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When PBJ isn’t just PBJ. “Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my favorite eatable food,” writes Chris Mohney, chief content officer for Serious Eats. “They give me comfort.” Tune in to all the entries in the Comfort Food Diaries.

Cutting down on food waste. It’s now a law in France that unsold supermarket food is given to charities, used for compost or turned into animal feed. Read more from Upworthy.

Sugar smart. Download the new “sugar smart app” from Public Health England, scan the barcode of a drink or food and the app will tell you how much sugar is in the product. It’s an effort to combat common health problems like tooth decay and type two diabetes. Via BBC.

SNAP pricey, but working. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is best at doing what it’s intended to do: keep people from going hungry. But it also reduces poverty overall. SNAP kept close to 5 million people out of poverty, 2 million of them children. From NPR.

Ewww! The office coffee is safe to drink, but the machine drip tray could stand to be cleaned. Research in Spain studied 10 Nespresso machines in both office and home settings and found “significant bacterial diversity” in the inner drip tray. If you can stomach it, read more from Fast Company.

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