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Why We Feel Hungry … Even When We're Not

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

Drinking Noncow’s Milk May Stunt Children's Growth

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.

How Cakes Work

Whether it's a sheet cake from the grocery store or an elaborate chocolate gateau, cakes are the go-to treat when there's a celebration going on. But how did that start — and what's the chemistry behind your favorite creation?

How Ketchup Works

Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in the U.S. and the world. But as people begin to prefer spicier sauces, what's the future of ketchup?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Doughnuts

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

Wasted Food in the U.S. Could Feed Much of Population

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.

Why the U.S. Cares So Much About Corn ... Is Complicated

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?

Can Science Explain Why Microwaved Coffee Tastes So Terrible?

People are passionate about coffee, and every connoisseur has an opinion about what to do when hot coffee goes cold. Reheating coffee's complicated.

Trendy Broth Driving Up Prices of Bones

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.

28 Million More People Became Food Insecure in 2016. Here's Why

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 Science: There's a Lot Going on in That Bottle of Bubbly

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

Extra 3-D Printed Cheese, Please

First researchers used a 3-D printer to make a pizza for NASA. Now scientists in Ireland have used the same technology to print cheese.

Why Pistachios Are Sold in Their Shells — Unlike Most Nuts

Walnuts, cashews, almonds and other nuts usually sell removed from their shell, but not pistachios — that's due to an event that happens during the growing process.

A Worldwide Olive Oil Shortage May Be Looming

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?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cocktails and Bartending

Whether you're into craft cocktails, or just like Jack and Coke, you're sure to be stimulated by our list.

Why Hot Food Always Seems So Much More Satisfying Than Cold Food

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.

What 'Percentage' Is Whole Milk?

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

If Hens Lay Eggs Anyway, Why Wouldn't Vegans Eat Them?

A female chicken lays eggs, regardless of whether they're fertilized by a rooster. If egg-laying doesn't harm the animal, why don't vegans fry up a few?

How Processed Food Saved the World

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

Why Is It So Hard to Give a Great Gift?

Pro tip: Don't give people presents they wouldn't actually use.

Cuneiform Cookies Just in Time for the Holidays!

Tired of those same old sugar cookies pressed into the same old snowman shape? Why not do some old-school baking this year? As in Sumerian old school.

Wine Before a Cigarette Could Mitigate Some Harmful Effects of Smoking

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

7 Weird Instances of Food That Looks Like Something Else

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.

Why Turkey Fryers Explode

Thanksgiving Day is No. 1 for cooking fire accidents, and turkey fryers are a big part of the problem. Here's why, scientifically speaking.


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