Food Facts & Fun

Food Facts is a listing of articles that teaches you how all types of foods, drinks and diets work.


The sound and smell of bacon sizzling on the stove sends your taste buds into overdrive. But how bad is it really?

You know that last loaf of bread that no one wants? It could get transformed into microbrews, courtesy of an organization that's passionate about both ending food waste and making delicious beer.

Don't let 'seedless' watermelons fool you — even though they may not prompt constant spitting, they really do have seeds.

Cricket farming is growing in popularity as people learn their nutritional importance, and environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Hunger doesn't always feel like a grumble in the tummy. And a grumble doesn't always mean you're truly hungry, either.

Nondairy milk alternatives are growing in popularity, deemed healthier by many almond and soy milk drinkers. But a new study shows a nondairy milk diet may have an unintended health effect on children.

Homer Simpson's favorite snack was once called 'oily cakes.' Get more on this story and other fun history on doughnuts.

Americans toss nearly 40 percent of the nation's food supply — enough to provide more than two-thirds of the country with a healthy daily diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The United States grows billions of dollars of corn every year. Though little of that goes to feeding its citizens. Is that the best farm policy going forward?

Have you jumped on the bone broth bandwagon? Then the rest of the world has you to thank for driving up the price of the bones that go into making it.

Famine is gripping parts of Africa and millions could be on the verge of starvation. The numbers from a new study show food insecurity is increasing globally. But why?

Champagne may seem simple — bubbly, boozy, bold — but there's a complicated path from vine to glass, as our new FoodStuff podcast explains.

There's definitely an art to making pasta. But knowing the science behind the dough it is how to make truly perfect pasta.

As demand for olive oil is at its peak, production is at its lowest in Southern Europe, which accounts for 70 percent of the world's supply. Is a shortage on the horizon?

Why, when hungry, do we crave warm food more than something cold? It may have something to do with your nose. Or your gut. Or your brain.

Have you been thinking all wrong about the difference in fat content between milk varieties?

A food historian argues against our romanticizing of eating 'fresh, local food, like great-grandma did' while ignoring the toil involved in doing so.

Wine may give the body a little protective boost, a new study finds, but that's still no reason to reach for a smoke.

A chicken nugget that looks like a U.S. President? Meat resembling a certain Sith Lord? Sometimes the eye plays tricks on you, and things get weird.

Research shows that weaving courses of different culinary traditions into the same meal could increase overall satisfaction.

It's not just in your mind – a study showed that pairing cheese with wine made wine taste better. Here's why.

Because that's how much these exclusive Swedish crisps cost. At more than $11 each, they're the world's most expensive. The money's going to charity, but still …

By cutting cows out of the equation entirely, the company Perfect Day looks to create animal-free milk in a lab, benefiting the environment, cows — and the bottom line.

And that can be bad news for your waistline.