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Breads & Grains

Breads & Grains should be the biggest part of your daily diet according to the new USDA food pyramid. Learn why breads and grains are so important and how they work.

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10 Easy Bread Recipes

It's hard to beat a loaf of freshly baked bread; the aromas that fill your house, the steam rising off the right-out-of-the-oven loaf. Here are some easy recipes to get that yummy goodness from scratch, without the machine.


Carbon Foam From Burnt Bread Could Save Lots of Dough

That loaf of bread could help to reduce the overall cost of space travel. Really. See more »

Is American wheat different than European wheat?

Many diet and health trends today focus on wheat — how much, how little, what kind. Are there really differences between different types of wheat? Gluten, protein — what does it all mean? See more »

What are ancient grains?

These healthy grains can bring new flavors to your plate while providing healthy, whole grain goodness. See more »

Is all of today's wheat technically artificial?

Wheat takes the heat for gut problems, painful joints — even cancer. Has human intervention transformed modern crops into harmful fake food? See more »

How Quinoa Works

A few years ago, hardly anyone could pronounce this product correctly. Now, it's a well-known nutritional superstar, available in almost any supermarket and a common substitute for rice. Why is quinoa so hot? See more »

10 Myths About Gluten

Is gluten the new saccharin – the evil product that must be shunned at all costs if we are to avoid cancer, lose weight and feel better? Not so fast, say the experts. A gluten-free diet could be bad for you. See more »

More than Matzo: 10 Other Yummy Unleavened Breads

Unleavened breads have been around longer than most other foods on the market today, but people don't pay much attention. You may be surprised to learn that many breads you eat are unleavened. See more »

10 Easy Bread Recipes

It's hard to beat a loaf of freshly baked bread; the aromas that fill your house, the steam rising off the right-out-of-the-oven loaf. Here are some easy recipes to get that yummy goodness from scratch, without the machine. See more »

Pretzel Facts

In the 1,400 years since the pretzel was invented, bakers have come up with a wide variety of shapes and flavors. The history of this adaptable snack shows its versatility. See more »

What is Masa Harina?

Masa harina is a type of traditional flour used in Mexican cooking to make tortillas, tamales, and other dishes. Read this article to learn more about this versatile flour. See more »