Food Science

Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

SEATTLE — Wandering among the engineers and strategy directors and managers of something called “connected customer experience” at the Smart Kitchen Summit, one had to wonder: Do any of these people actually cook?<p>The conference, now in its third year, brings together people on the front lines of …

Food & Dining

There's a very simple reason why McDonald's hamburgers don't rot

For years, McDonald's customers have been grossing out the internet with testimonials of fresh-looking meals that are days, weeks, even years old. But there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for why McDonald's hamburgers don't rot.<p>McDonald's Canada offered an alternative explanation on its …

Business

We ate the world’s spiciest chip, cried for 45 minutes, then wrote this article about it

Here's why humans love pain.<p>Once upon a time, Tabasco sauce was considered spicy and a jalapeno hit the upper threshold of heat for the American palate. But that was before 2007, when the <i>Bhut jolokia</i>—an Indian chili better known as the ghost pepper—became the first to top a million Scolville Heat …

Science

A former health inspector says restaurant letter grades are bogus

Mark Nealon is president of the SAFE Restaurants Consulting Company and a former health inspector. He tells us why the letter grades in restaurants don't mean too much. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Mark Nealon:</b> A restaurant goes through a cycle inspection at least once a year. On the …

Business

We tried Hampton Creek's elusive ‘scrambled egg’ product that’s been in development for 4 years — here’s the verdict

For food startup Hampton Creek, the egg is ground zero.<p>The San Francisco-based company's mission is to transform the way we eat by replacing the animal products in our food with ingredients that can be made from plants.<p>It all began with a product called "Beyond Eggs," a pea-based egg-replacement …

Business

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.<p>He has an apartment, a car, a smartphone and a long-distance girlfriend he met on a dating …

Food & Dining

Here's The Real Reason Cutting Onions Makes You Cry

And also how to stop it.<p>Mark Anthony in Shakespeare's Cleopatra may have referred to "the tears that live in the onion". But why do onions actually …

Science

The Food Lab's Reading List, Day 5: How to Read a French Fry

<i>Author's Note: I recently built myself a new bookshelf in the kitchen, and in the process of reorganizing my ever-expanding book collection, I ended up blowing the dust off of more than a few majorly dog-eared pages. Old friends that carried me through college, my early days of faking it in fancy</i> …

Life Sciences

Tailgating and cookout hazard: Ice and lemon in drinks can make you sick

Have you ever thought about what might tag along when you add ice or a lemon slice to your drink? When lemons and ice are served in beverages, they not only bring flavor or a flourish. They can also carry bacteria and viruses.<p>Ice can be a nice addition to a beverage, but it also can be contaminated …

News (U.S.)

The Perils of Peanut Butter

<b>Q.</b> In trying to recycle responsibly, is it worth the hot water needed to clean a jar of peanut butter, or should it not be recycled?<p><b>A.</b> Especially for peanut butter jars, it may not be necessary to clean them to laboratory perfection before putting them out for collection, recycling experts …

Food & Dining

Amazon enacted a huge change in the way Whole Foods stores operate — and it could threaten food startups

Three months after Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the e-commerce giant has made several changes to stores across the country. Prices have dropped, Amazon Echos have been put on the shelves, and Whole Foods products have been made available on Amazon.com.<p>In mid-September, The Wall …

Business

The Evolutionary Event That Gave You Pumpkins and Squash

<i>Dear W</i><i>atermelon,</i><p><i>It</i><i>’s been nice hanging out with you over the summer. But the seasons are changing, and it’s time I move on to pumpkins and squash. It’s not you, it’s me. You’re light, and sweet, and perfect for the summer. But as it starts to cool off, I just need the warm spices that go so well</i> …

Food & Dining

How getting a drink can be dirty business

Tailgating can be fun, but watch what goes into your drink<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>Have you ever thought about what might tag along when you add ice or a lemon slice to your drink? When lemons and ice are served in beverages, they not only bring flavor or a flourish. They …

Entertainment

Walmart and Nestlé are spearheading a massive change in food expiration dates

When you pick up a box of cereal or a carton of eggs, it might say any one of these: "Sell by," "Display until," "Best before," or "Use by."<p>The actual expiration date — when the food is no longer safe to eat — is often difficult to figure out.<p>To clear that up, 50 of the world’s biggest food and …

Science

A Battle to Save the World’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate

TURRIALBA, Costa Rica — The trees of the International Cacao Collection grow here in an astonishing diversity of forms, bearing skinny cacao pods with scorpion-stinger protrusions, spherical green pods that could be mistaken for tomatillos, oblong pods with bumpy skin resembling that of the horned …

Food & Dining

Food safety myths - Nightlife - ABC Radio

Is it a bad idea to eat something off the floor? Is it ok to leave butter at room temperature? And how long do we wait before we can chuck out stale …

Australian News

Deadly herpes virus threatens oysters around the world

A strain of herpes is threatening Pacific oysters worldwide, according to Smithsonian Magazine.<p>Humans cannot contract the virus, Ostreid herpesvirus …

Science

Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.

MARINA di GINOSA, Italy — As a small boat loaded with wet suits, lab equipment and empty coolers drifted into the warm turquoise sea, Stefano Piraino looked back at the sunbathers on the beach and explained why none of them set foot in the water.<p>“They know the jellyfish are here,” said Dr. Piraino, …

Food & Dining

New type of chocolate looks and tastes like no other

It was approximately 80 years ago that white chocolate was created, joining the existing dark chocolate and milk chocolate to form a sort of holy …

Chocolate

Photos show how different family meals look in busy homes across America

Studies have repeatedly shown the benefits of having a set family meal time every day. Research has shown that the benefits are especially pronounced in children, who often show higher achievement scores and are generally more physically fit when they reguarly eat a daily meal with their …

Business

How to keep food safe if your power goes out during a storm

Hurricane Irma is currently barreling toward Florida, and is expected to make landfall there early Sunday morning. The storm's strong winds, however, could start hitting the state on Saturday, and power outages are a major risk —even in areas that aren't under mandatory evacuation orders.<p>Irma's …

Business

Attention Chocoholics: Science Says Cocoa May Delay Type 2 Diabetes

This might surprise you, but eating chocolate isn’t one of the worst eating habits for diabetes. In fact, it might actually help prevent and treat …

Diabetes

Why Onions Make You Cry

Trying to figure out why humans cry is exhausting. We cry about death, violence, breakups, abandoned puppies, sweet kisses and words charged with all kinds of meanings. We don’t cry when we should, and we cry for no reason. But let’s take a moment to appreciate the clarity of crying while cutting …

Food & Dining

In Case of an Apocalypse, Here Are 8 Foods That Last Nearly Forever

Here's what we'll be eating in our nuclear bunkers.<p>The news that, after 106 years, Captain Scott's fruitcake was found by the Antarctic Heritage …

Science

Ants, Seaweed, Chocolate Beer And (Maybe) Less Meat: The Future Of Food

Over the millennia, our ancestors continuously developed new techniques and technologies that enabled them to find, eat, and cook meat and plants — and in coastal populations, marine resources, too.<p>At the same time, archaeologists tell us that our species has had at least a "9,000-year-old love …

News (U.S.)

Eight health benefits of gelatin

When someone thinks of healthful food, gelatin may not be one of the first things that come to mind. But gelatin is more than just a jiggly childhood …

Nutrition

Compound found primarily in cocoa helps cells release more insulin

What if eating chocolate helped prevent and treat diabetes? It's crazy enough to laugh off.

Diabetes

Microbes compete for nutrients, affect metabolism, development in mice

MADISON, Wis. -- "Gut bacteria get to use a lot of our food before we do," says Federico Rey, a professor of bacteriology at the University of …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry

OSLO — When I was 23, my Norwegian relatives taught me how to sit still. During the long sunlit evenings in the summer of 1992, my cousins would lead me across the farm to the edge of the forest, each of us lugging a folding chair. There, in a scraggly bramble of wild blueberries, we would set them …

Food & Dining

In Italy’s Drought-Hit Vineyards, the Harvest of a Changing Climate

LA MORRA, Italy — On a road winding through the heart of Barolo country, Michele Reverdito pulled his car over and stepped onto a sloping and sickly vineyard.<p>“Look at the wilting leaves and how small and shriveled the grapes are,” he said, holding a sad bunch of nebbiolo grapes in his hand on yet …

Food & Dining