For coffee and tea lovers torn over what to drink in the morning, you may never have to choose again: scientists have brewed a tea made from the leaves of the coffee plant. They're calling it the coffee tea leaf. Behold the future, friends.
Did you know that the UN declared 2013 the "International Year of Quinoa"? It seems like the nutty, nutritious grain is everywhere these days, and the United Nations wants to take it even further, expanding knowledge and production of quinoa in countries suffering from food insecurity.
The latest weight-loss tool to hit the market is staying pretty close to your plate... literally. The HAPIfork ($99) is a "smart fork" that uses sensors to track the number of forkfuls per meal, per minute, and the time intervals between them. If it senses fewer than 10 seconds between forkfuls, it lights up and vibrates, essentially telling the diner to slow down and/or eat less!
On Friday the Food and Drug Administration proposed two new rules in response to recent years' food contamination catastrophes. The new rules aim to help prevent contamination in the first place in both produce and processed foods.
If you really want to experience hot chocolate in all its sweet, warming, chocolatey goodness, don't add more sugar or milk or spices. Just drink it out of an orange mug. What? Yup. Apparently drinking hot chocolate out of an orange or cream cup makes people think it tastes better. Our eyes are playing tricks with our taste buds again!
What's the deal with energy drinks? Are they effective? Are they safe? New studies say the ingredients in energy drinks don't offer much, if anything, besides caffeine and sugar. All those other claims about "proprietary ingredients" and special blends just don't pan out in the lab.
We've all seen those small "Sell by" dates printed on food products. With the holidays over, and the fridge clearing begun, you may find yourself with a few items supposedly past their prime. But how seriously should you take those expiration dates?
There are always a few stories every year that really get people talking, and this year those stories covered a wide range of topics. There was The Great Pumpkin Spice Latte shortage at Starbucks. The Quaker Oats guy got photoshopped. Amazon started selling wine. Martha Stewart's Everyday Food was all but shuttered. Oh, and a lot of people said that food blogs were over. In case you missed 'em, here are the 15 most popular Food News stories from this year:
You know how when you're traveling abroad and eating out a lot, you sometimes crave a homemade meal? Meal Sharing is a new social-networking site that connects you with a home-cooked meal wherever you are. Watch a video of how it works below: