Food and Culture Facts

Food & Culture deals with how we perceive food in our daily lives and how it can affect us in both positive and negative ways.


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.

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.

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?

When you see the increasingly popular label on food products, does that mean you're getting a sugar-free product?

Most of us eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day without stopping to think about it. So why do we eat three meals a day — is there a biological reason, or is it a societal construct?

People have always had a thing for sparkling water, but it wasn't easy to reproduce the effervescence found naturally in some springs. Why was it so hard to create carbonated water and how did the product gave birth to the soda fountain?

Stuffed full of vitamins and minerals — not to mention fats, carbs and proteins — Soylent can replace all those meals you're tired of making. But would you want it to?

Figuring out how many people a farmer's work feeds is more complicated than you may think. Agriculture has many variables that affect farm output – what are they?

If fears of botulism have scared you away from home canning, you may also be hesitant to whip up your own fermented cabbage. Is it worth the worry?

Healthy food fads come and go. Smoothies, however, stand the test of time. The latest variation for 2014? One you don't sip with a straw.

That microwavable Panang curry and sack of frozen corn dogs didn't become possible overnight. Check out these 10 game-changers from the epic history of the TV dinner.

Sure, you could go out to dinner for Valentine's Day like every other couple. But why not surprise your man with a fantastic dish that'll knock his socks off?

The face of hunger isn't just homeless people on the street, inner city youth or the dispossessed. You may be surprised just how far-reaching -- and possibly close to home -- hunger really is in the United States.

When people want to help feed the hungry, most will donate food, time or even money. And those things are always needed and appreciated. But if you want to get more involved, we have a list of things you can do.

Have you ever left the theater after a food-centric film with your mouth watering for the onscreen delights? What are 10 movies that have left us wanting more -- or left us seriously questioning what's stocked in the pantry?

Liver in your strudel? Sure, 3-year-olds are picky eaters, but sometimes full-grown taste buds have some strong opinions, too, like no organ-filled pastries. What are 10 foods we love to hate, and how can we get past our culinary prejudices?

Today, there are vast culinary realms to explore, and the route is as clear as your Internet connection. We've got five foods you should give a chance -- some you might recognize, some you might read about for the first time, others could have you holding your nose.

Hectic days and sleepless nights make for exhausted moms who can barely remember to eat. Instead of giving her another pale yellow onesie for the little one, do her a favor and feed her.

Christopher Columbus' travel food was a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand: sailors' hardtack. On the other: the delicious spices and fresh vegetables of the New World. What are five things Columbus would have eaten on the journey?

If your exuberance for raw oysters, black coffee and moldy cheese makes your friends gag, then you've acquired a taste they haven't yet learned to like. Which foods don't make the best first impression?

Have you ever made gelatin with bits of turkey suspended in it? Or drunk Tang because it was space-aged? If so, then you've embraced a food fad. Let's take a look at yesterday's and today's greatest food crazes.

Choosing tailgate party treats can be tough -- you want to please the crowd, but you don't want anyone getting sick. What should you avoid if you want to keep your partygoers safe?

The word "foodie" may be somewhat new to our lexicon. But it's no new phenomenon. You'll be amazed who makes this list.