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In this photo taken April 3, 2013, nutrition scholar Professor Barry Popkin, who heads the University of North Carolina Food Research Program, poses for a photo in his Chapel Hill, N.C., office. Popkin and researchers he leads are creating a gargantuan map of what foods Americans are purchasing in stores and eating, something he calls "mapping the food genome." "The country needs something like this, given all of the questions about our food supply," he says. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

What do we eat? New food map will tell us

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought.

Same goes for soda.

Until now, the only way to find out what people in the United States eat and how many calories they consume has been government data, which can lag behind the rapidly expanding and changing food marketplace.

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