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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.

Can Spicy Food Really Burn Out Taste Buds?

You may love the burn of food that's triple Thai hot, but do your poor taste buds?

Different Cuisines in One Meal Ups Enjoyment, Study Finds

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

Happy Hour Alert: Cheese Really Improves the Taste of Wine

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

Would You Pay $56 for Five Potato Chips?

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 …

This Ancient Secret for Making Tacos Nutritious and Safe Is Still Used Today

Pre-Columbian civilizations perfected a way of processing corn that's still important.

Ridiculous History: The Civil War's Worst Cup of Coffee

The American Civil War was a time of horror, loss and division. Plus many soldiers had to endure a vile, evaporated coffee sludge known as "The Essence of Coffee."

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