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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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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 …

New Aerosol Tea = #TeaHeresy

Yes, folks, tea has now joined the dubious list of products available in a spray can. Who's clamoring for this?

Cows Need Not Apply: Synthetic Vegan Lab Milk on the Horizon

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.

Artificial Sweeteners Makes Real Sugar Taste Even Better

And that can be bad news for your waistline.

That Green Stuff at the Sushi Restaurant? Not Really Wasabi

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

Carbon Foam From Burnt Bread Could Save Lots of Dough

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

What's the Deal With Bubblegum Flavor?

Or is the famous flavor simply made up?

One Man, 10 Minutes, 70 Hot Dogs — One New World Record

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut reclaimed the throne at the 2016 Coney Island competitive eating contest, while Miki Sudo defended her crown for the third year.

Mad Scientists Improve Chocolate With Electricity, Defy Nature

What if chocolate could be more delicious and healthier? Sound impossible? Researchers have managed to make the stuff of chocolate dreams a reality.

New Zealanders Deal With Avocado Crime Wave

And this isn't the first time people have committed crimes for "green gold."


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