Food and Culture Facts

Food & Culture deals with how we perceive food in our daily lives and how it can affect us in both positive and negative ways.


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

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.

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?

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.

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.

And that can be bad news for your waistline.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut reclaimed the throne at the 2016 Coney Island competitive eating contest, while Miki Sudo defended her crown for the third year.

And this isn't the first time people have committed crimes for "green gold."

The Lone Star state has a small problem with white-tailed deer. Who's hungry for venison?

How does a kudzu salad sound? Or maybe a roasted guinea pig? Both are plentiful, and both don't often appear on U.S. restaurant menus. Should they?

Insect oil is going to waste. It's clean, it's healthy, and we should be using it. Oh, except for roach oil. Apparently that smells disgusting. No surprise there.

Increased production in Asia and Central America may not be enough to offset Brazil's coffee losses due to drought. What does the future hold?

Part salad dressing and part condiment, ranch is so popular in the U.S. that some people might consider it a food group. What in the world is ranch dressing actually?

A recent Austrian study has shown that stroking a calf on its neck during the first two weeks of its life has a positive impact on future growth and milk production.

Why waste time cooking, eating and, um, mixing when you can just glug your nutrients down in a matter of minutes? That's the idea behind Soylent 2.0.