Food Facts & Fun

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


It's not just people with an affinity for hot sauce. The real answer will probably surprise you.

The famed pancake chain is now a burger chain? What is happening?

Lemonade has a long and storied history, from its beginnings in ancient Egypt all the way to current 21st-century pop culture.

More than 230 teams will compete at the 2018 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, also known as Memphis in May.

There are a lot of quirky eaters out there. Are you one of them?

To begin to understand the Coffee Belt, you first have to know what makes for a tasty coffee bean.

A new study finds that, on average, it takes 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of water to make a single chocolate bar. Now that's a hefty footprint.

Little tiny vegetables seem to pop up everywhere these days, but where do they come from?

On a cold winter's day, a hot piece of pizza really satisfies. It works just as well on a hot summer's day with an icy soda too. But who invented pizza? And what did Chuck E. Cheese's have to do with Atari?

Ice cream that won't melt sounds like an impossible idea, but it's available now in Japan.

Whole Foods or Randalls? Cracker Barrel or Au Bon Pain? And what do your answers say about the way you voted, if anything?

One glass of wine might not be a big deal, until you consider how much glass sizes have increased.

What other spice can you name whose specific ingredients may vary?

The high-tech greenhouse will brave frigid temperatures, a long, dark winter and extremely low humidity in order to provide fresh produce to Antarctic residents.

Kids have clamored for toys in their cereal boxes for decades, so how did the two become linked?

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?

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