Food Facts & Fun

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


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.

Come again? Here's what's really inside the typical restaurant 'wasabi'.

That loaf of bread could help to reduce the overall cost of space travel. Really.

Or is the famous flavor simply made up?

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."

Might we one day see a Burgundy region sans pinot noir or a Bordeaux without cabernets? A new study shows how global warming temperatures affect grape harvests.

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.

Pass the cellulose! A Norwegian company is using renewable logging waste to replace saturated fat in hot dogs. It could help your health and the planet.

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.

Many diet and health trends today focus on wheat — how much, how little, what kind. Are there really differences between different types of wheat? Gluten, protein — what does it all mean?

Unlike more commonly known taste aspects like bitter or sweet, umami is tough to pin down. But the savory sensation gives rich dishes undeniable oomph. Learn what gives a food its umami nature and how our tongues taste it.

When the sweet stuff is mixed with water, it suddenly wants to bond with everything it encounters. Why so clingy, sugar?

The same compounds responsible for ginger's potent taste and smell offer relief to gurgling digestive systems.

The practice has ancient roots — but GMOs as we know them really started taking off after some key discoveries about DNA.

See your friends rolling their eyes when you tell them you've gone gluten-free? Find out why the gluten-free diet craze is meeting resistance from the masses.

To a food lover, the idea of trading pizza for a pill isn't exactly appetizing. But in a world where many of us struggle with getting daily nourishment, being a foodie is a luxury. Is a cure for world hunger on the horizon?

These healthy grains can bring new flavors to your plate while providing healthy, whole grain goodness.