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Water Is Free. Why Do Americans Spend Billions on the Bottled Stuff?

In 2017, bottled water surpassed soda as Americans' favorite drink. How did water, something we get for free, become a multi-billion-dollar business?

Tiny Traces of Fukushima Found in Limited California Wines

Chernobyl affected European wines. Fukushima seems to have affected at least a small slice of California wines. The question is how much?

Who's Eating These Hot-as-Hellfire Peppers?

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

Who the Heck Orders a Burger at IHOP?

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

The Fascinating History of Lemonade

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

Barbecue Kings Are Crowned at Memphis in May

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

How You Eat May Reveal Who You Are

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

The Coffee Belt and Your Morning Joe

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

Chocolate: Big Cravings and an Even Bigger Carbon Footprint

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.

So That's Where Baby Veggies Come From!

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza

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?

Japanese Scientists Invent Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

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

Do Our Food Choices Demonstrate Our Political Preferences?

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

Wine Glasses Have Doubled in Size Since the '90s

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

Chinese Five-spice Powder: Tasty and Not Necessarily Five Spices

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

Antarctic Farm Could One Day Journey to Mars

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.

Why Toys and Breakfast Cereals Have Been Linked for Decades

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bacon

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

Wasted Bread Is Being Brewed Into Craft Beer

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.

Calling a Watermelon 'Seedless' Is Kind of False Advertising

Don't let 'seedless' watermelons fool you — even though they may not prompt constant spitting, they really do have seeds.

How Cricket Farming Works

Cricket farming is growing in popularity as people learn their nutritional importance, and environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Doughnuts

Homer Simpson's favorite snack was once called 'oily cakes.' Find out more about this and other fun facts 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.


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