Food Science

Food Science: Why Bread Stales

Did you know that bread actually begins staling almost the minute it comes out of the oven? Yes, you can thank a little chemical process called …

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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Chris Newman used to be a software engineering manager, well paid, but he worked long hours, ate fast food, and went to the doctor a lot.<p>Eventually, enough was enough. He and his wife moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Charlottesville, Va., to become farmers. Now he's healthier, has fewer …

Agriculture

This Video Shows How Important Food Choices Are When Tackling Climate Change

The idea of climate change is so overwhelming that it's often difficult to imagine how personal decisions can have any impact - but they do. …

Science

How Layers in a Latte Form

Any good barista will tell you that if you want to make a nice latte you pour milk into the espresso — not the other way around.<p>But there’s another style of latte out there, too — the layered latte, or #layeredlatte as you’ll find on Instagram. Created by accident, or by baristas experimenting with …

Food & Dining

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor

If I spot a blade of interesting-looking grass, my first inclination isn't to wonder what it tastes like. But a group of researchers in Australia recently stumbled upon two new species of grass with a peculiar flavor that some liken to a favorite snacking combo: salt and vinegar chips.<p>"The taste, …

Science

Food, flavours and a foodie

Even as a student, I had always liked to develop new products at home, and that led towards selecting this course. It involves Food Processing and …

Education

Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

When you slice into a salami, you are enjoying the fruits of some very small organisms’ labor.<p>Like other dried sausages, salami is a fermented food. Its production involves a period where manufacturers allow microbes to work on the ground meat filling to create a bouquet of pungent, savory …

Food & Dining

The sound of good champagne

Acoustics researchers suggest that it's possible to hear the quality of champagne just by listening to the bubbles form. According to the University …

Science

What Happens When You Microwave a Boiled Egg

If you’ve ever used a microwave oven in your life, you probably know this already: Do not microwave an egg.<p>Of course, a quick search on YouTube will show that numerous individuals, perhaps with more curiosity than good sense, have gone ahead and done it anyway.<p>In one video, a man heats a peeled …

Food & Dining

Elon Musk and SpaceX Want to Help You Get Drunk on Mars

“To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” Homer Simpson’s comedic toast at the end of “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment” …

Science

Automats, Soylent and How Retro-Futurism Influences How We Eat

There’s just something so cool about retro things coming back in style. Vinyl sales are up when most music sales are down, arcade bars have surged in …

Science

The science is in — why gluten sensitivity is probably fake

Unless you have Celiac Disease, your sensitivity to "gluten" probably has nothing to do with gluten at all. Following is the transcript of the video.<p>Your gluten sensitivity may not be caused by gluten. A recent study shows that the real culprit could be fructan. Fructan is a type of carbohydrate. …

Gluten

In 1964, Popular Science answered 'stupid' questions about what you eat

From the archives: things you're afraid to ask about digestion.<p><i>In November of 1964,</i> Popular Science <i>published "Stupid Questions About What You Eat" because "most [people] have many mistaken notions" about the digestive process. The article sought to answer "fundamental questions about what and why</i> …

Nutrition

Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough

Spoiler alert.<p>If you are already elbow-deep in holiday cake and cookie batter, you may just want to take your chances and stop reading here.<p>But to become wiser and safer, though indisputably annoyed, step away from that bowl and read on.<p>Tasting uncooked foods made with flour can make you …

Food & Dining

Walmart is creating totally new kinds of food in a secret laboratory to compete with Amazon

• <b>Walmart invented a cantaloupe that stays sweet year-round, tomatoes that can ship long distances without rotting, and a yellow-skinned watermelon.</b>• <b><br>The retailer is growing the foods from seeds in a secret laboratory.</b>• <b><br>Walmart is modifying food to differentiate its grocery offering from Amazon.</b><p>Walmart …

Business

Eat All the Turkey You Want, Tryptophan is Not Your Food Coma Culprit

If you somehow manage to steer clear of talking politics or religion or why you still aren’t married while enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with your …

Science

A Helping of Science With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving! You’re about to enjoy one of the most wonderful meals of the year with family and friends. And you’re probably looking forward to a plate full of food that you, or someone you care about, spent a lot of time preparing.<p>Or maybe they ordered it from a caterer. That’s fine, we …

Food & Dining

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Science

Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

Sugar-sweetened drinks are not as popular as they once were.<p>According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent of adults drank a sugary beverage on any given day in 2014, down from 79.7 percent of children and 61.5 percent of adults in …

Food & Dining

Article Review – Create Investigation Networks that Mirror the Criminal Network

[This is an excerpt from one of our recent peer-review scholarly journal articles.]<p>Our article focused on a recommendation for how the Public Private …

Corruption

What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

For about $150 per pound, dedicated carnivores and food connoisseurs alike can get their forks on a luxury: Wagyu beef. Its trademark marbled flesh and soft texture have launched the meat into caviar-like status. And because its fat has a melting point lower than the average human body temperature, …

News (U.S.)

She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — It began with menacing phone calls, strange malfunctions of the office computers, and men in parked cars photographing the entrance to the small consumer advocacy group’s offices.<p>Then at dusk one day last December, Dr. Esperanza Cerón, the head of the organization, said she …

Food & Dining

Wine From Prehistoric Georgia With an 8,000-Year-Old Vintage

Raise a glass to Georgia, which could now be the birthplace of wine.<p>The country, which straddles the fertile valleys of the south Caucasus Mountains between Europe and the Middle East, may have been home to the first humans to conquer the common grape, giving rise to chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon …

Food & Dining

Here’s how to actually remove pesticides from your fruit — including the organic ones

Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Do you rinse your fruits and vegetables before eating? Water can't get rid of all those pesticides.<p>This is because some produce, like apples, soak the chemicals inside, making it impossible to wash off. Some opt for the organic ingredients but produce grown …

Science

A Rare Black Truffle Has Grown Farther North on Our Planet Than Ever Before

Possibly due to climate change.<p>The French Péridord black truffle, <i>Tuber melanosporum</i>, is one of the world's most prized and expensive delicacies - and …

Science

The Most Important Nutrient In Your Diet

<i>Photo: Shutterstock</i><p>Fiber's fuddy-duddy image is getting a makeover, and a well-deserved one. For starters, new research shows fiber is critical for …

Nutrition

Say Hello to Our New Food Science Robot

We've partnered with Skype to build a chat bot that brings our favorite recipes and cooking tips right to you<p><b>What the what is a chatbot and what does</b> …

Life Sciences

Generation Z is creating a $5 billion market for fake meat and seafood

• <b>Generation Z is embracing a food trend that replaces animal products with plant-based alternatives.</b>• <b><br>Startups that make fake meat and seafood are targeting college and university cafeterias for distribution, because it's where they expect to find enthusiastic consumers.</b>• <b><br>Global sales of plant-based</b> …

Business

Mayonnaise is disgusting, and science agrees

Do you side with science on this important issue?<p>For much of the past year, I have fought a one-sided battle with a popular fast casual restaurant chain that we’ll call “Ready.” Unlike most restaurants, Ready doesn't make sandwiches, assemble salads, or otherwise perform acts of cookery upon …

Burgers

What the '2%' actually means in 2% milk — and why the name whole milk is misleading

Skim, 1%, 2%, whole, half and half, cream — what do these different names actually mean? It's all about the fat content. But titles like 1% and 2% are a little misleading.<p>Contrary to popular belief, they don't mean that all but 1% or 2% of the fat has been removed. Rather they refer to what …

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