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Whole Foods Is Celebrating Pi Day with the Sweetest Deal
The 14th of March is commonly known as Pi Day around the world — a holiday celebrating the mathematical constant Pi, which is approximately 3.14159 and has 6.4 billion known digits. Lucky for you, you don’t need to be a mathematician to take part in this special day. In fact, Pi Day is really just an excuse to have as much pie and pizza as you can possibly handle. Don’t have time to make your own sweet or savory pie? Whole Foods is here to help you out.
Mar 14, 2017
The Internet Is Freaking Out Over People Dipping Pizza in Milk
Weird food pairings are unique to each person. Some people insist on dipping ruffles in cream cheese, while others loyally stand by eating fries with ranch. But every now and then a pairing comes around that enrages the masses. Right now, the upsetting combination is pizza and milk. Yes, people are dipping their pizza in milk. Munchies reports that Twitter user @hyrulecitizen first shared an image of dunking a slice of pepperoni pizza in milk.
Mar 9, 2017
Global Warming Is Causing a Maple Syrup Shortage
What are pancakes without a generous pour of maple syrup? The mighty kitchen staple adds a touch of sweetness and warmth to every meal — breakfast and beyond. In the last couple years, maple syrup has become even more popular. In fact, GrubStreet reports that in the last 10 years maple syrup imports from Canada have doubled. But the demand might not be able to be kept up with this year (and potentially beyond), thanks to climate change.
Mar 9, 2017
Starburst Is Going to Release Bags Filled Exclusively with Pink Starbursts
Every pack of original Starburst fruit chews comes with an assortment of four colors: red, orange, yellow, and pink. While all flavors offer fruity deliciousness, the pink-flavored fruit chew is hands-down the overwhelming favorite. Do you pick through the bag of Starbursts to find the very best flavor? You’re not alone.
Mar 8, 2017
This Beer-Themed Hotel Will Have Hot Tubs Filled with IPA
Beer enthusiasts who have dreamed of a safe haven where they can relish and bathe in beer now have a destination to visit: Columbus, Ohio. Yes, Ohio’s capital will soon be home to a craft beer-themed hotel called DogHouse. Forget Disneyland — you need to come here instead. Slated to open its doors at the end of 2018, the craft beer hotel will offer its customers some truly unique experiences.
Mar 7, 2017
Calphalon Recalls 2 Million Knives Due to Being More Dangerous Than Usual
Your knives may be more dangerous than usual if you own Calphalon brand products. The company announced a recall of 2 million knives in the United States and 7,100 knives in Canada. The recall took place after more than 3,000 cases of knives breaking and 27 reports of consumers suffering from finger and hand lacerations, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The knives — retailed at stores like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Amazon, and J.C.
Mar 3, 2017
This Is Why Everyone Is Freaking Out Over This Photo of Strawberries
Optical illusions have the power to send the internet into a frenzy. Just think of the dress or the ham picture. Now, a psychology professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan has a new illusion and it’s all about strawberries. Or, at least, their red hue. Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a specialist of optical illusions, shared a picture on Twitter of strawberries. The image does not have red pixels, but viewers can attest that the fruit undeniably looks red.
Mar 3, 2017
Learn Ina Garten’s Smartest Trick for a Gorgeous Cake
Have you ever set out to make the perfect birthday cake or treat for someone you love, only to fall short when it comes to the decorating part? There are so many over-the-top cakes on Instagram and Pinterest that look easy to make when you see the video or photo, but totally fall flat when you try to do it yourself. Well, if you’ve ruined one too many cakes with subpar decorating skills, there’s hope yet. Ina Garten is here to help you.
Feb 28, 2017
Check Your SodaStream Carbonating Bottles ASAP
Your SodaStream bottle that turns plain water into carbonated water may have more in common with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 than you think: they’re both at risk of exploding. On Tuesday, the company issued a voluntary recall for 51,000 bottles. The reason behind the recall is that the brand’s one-liter blue carbonating bottles are a risk, as they “burst under pressure, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystanders.
Feb 24, 2017
The Weird Reason Why People Are Eating Oranges in the Shower
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating an orange, then you know the juicy deliciousness of the fruit comes with juicy stickiness. Some people don’t mind the mess, while others avoid eating the fruit because of this fact. Well, it turns out there’s a solution for the messy-averse. A subreddit called Shower Orange proposes a simple, but revolutionary, solution to the inconvenience: Enjoy oranges in the shower to ensure you’re staying clean.
Feb 24, 2017
Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza? The President of Iceland Doesn’t Think So.
Pizza can be a very divisive issue. (Just ask New Yorkers and Chicagoans.) If regional styles weren’t dramatic enough, pizza toppings are now under scrutiny by international leaders. Or, at least, a politician from one Nordic island nation. Iceland’s President had some choice words about pineapple as a pizza topping this week. Spoiler alert: He’s not about it.
Feb 24, 2017
Watch These Students Drink Beer from a 5,000-Year-Old Chinese Recipe
Most college students enjoy cheap Budweiser — after turning 21, of course — but students at Stanford University have decided to think beyond the status quo and make their own using a 5,000-year-old recipe. The beer was made under the guidance of Li Liu, a professor in Chinese archaeology at Stanford, as part of the final project for the course Archaeology of Food: Production, Consumption, and Ritual.
Feb 21, 2017
Man Behind Messages in Fortune Cookies Steps Down After 30 Years
Everyone knows the best part about fortune cookies isn’t the actual cookies themselves, but the tiny slip of paper that’s curled up inside the after-dinner treat. In fact, according to Time magazine, an ’80s survey revealed a quarter of people in the United States don’t even eat the cookie.
Feb 17, 2017
First Lady Melania Trump Promises to Preserve Michelle Obama’s Vegetable Garden
Michelle Obama’s platform as First Lady was to get America to eat better. Her childhood obesity campaign entailed an array of projects from school nutrition reform to a cultivating a garden at the White House. Much has been speculated about the fate of the latter — the 2,800-square-foot vegetable garden located on the South Lawn — under a Trump presidency.
Feb 16, 2017
Taco Bell’s Newest Menu Item Costs $600
Engaged couples who share a common love for crunchwraps and cheesy fiesta potatoes have a new venue to consider: Taco Bell! Couples will soon be able to tie the knot at the franchise’s Las Vegas Cantina flagship restaurant, which opened last fall with a wedding chapel inside. (Yes, a wedding chapel! What can we say? It’s Vegas!
Feb 15, 2017
Good News and Bad News for People Who Love Chocolate
Today is Valentine’s Day, a day when 70 percent of Americans give chocolates to their loved ones and the nation spends $1.7 billion on confections for the holiday. Are you one of them? If you’re on the giving end or just an all-around lover of chocolate (no judgment, we heart chocolate too), there’s some good news this year — along with a little bit of bad news as well. Which do you want first?
Feb 14, 2017
Here’s Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About Cabbage in the U.K.
There’s a vegetable shortage in the U.K. that has Brits freaking out and buying a whole lot of seeds. After floods and storms in southern Europe destroyed crops, there’s a deficit for iceberg lettuce, broccoli, courgettes, eggplants, and vegetable of the moment, cabbage. The deficit has U.K. retailers rationing supplies across the country. Experts anticipate the shortage to last until April or May. Lettuce is especially vulnerable since it is sensitive to temperature.
Feb 9, 2017
Amazon’s Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees
Online shopping platform Amazon is working on its first physical convenience store and, according to reports, an automated grocery store could be next. The New York Post reports Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has toyed with the idea of a two-story grocery store equipped with a staff of robots and as little as three human staff members.
Feb 9, 2017
Merriam-Webster Adds 30 New Food-Related Words to Dictionary
Your vocabulary may have been littered with words and phrases like “EVOO” and “food insecurity,” but they weren’t real words until today. Merriam-Webster dictionary added more than 1,000 new words on Tuesday to its database of official words. The new words make reference to pop culture, science, foreign languages, and everything in between.
Feb 8, 2017
North Dakota Lawmaker Defends State’s Blue Laws So Wives Can Make Husbands Breakfast in Bed
Last week, as North Dakota lawmakers debated whether or not to keep the state’s “blue laws,” a precious American meal (and an affiliated gender stereotype) was dragged into the dialogue. Blue laws in America traditionally restrict activities on Sunday, either all day or part of the day. In North Dakota, which Munchies notes has some of the strictest blue laws, retailers end up not opening up shop until noon; violating the rule would be a class-B misdemeanor.
Feb 8, 2017
Here’s Why People Are Freaking Out About White Stripes on Chicken Meat
Raw chicken breast meat is usually a pale shade of lightly translucent pink. But if you’ve been paying attention to the meat you buy, then chances are you’ve occasionally noticed a few extra white stripes on your protein. While seemingly harmless, an animal welfare group is advising consumers to be wary of chicken with “white striping” present, reports Buzzfeed. White striping on chicken meat reflects a muscle disorder.
Feb 8, 2017
This Is Why Eating Noises Make Some People Really, Really Angry
Biting into a crisp apple or chomping on some crunchy chips makes a very distinct sound. For some, eating noises just signal that someone is enjoying their food. For others, though, it’s downright annoying and anger-inducing. Well, there’s a word to go along with this rage — misophonia — and scientists have finally figured out why some people have it.
Feb 7, 2017
Could MSG Help You Eat More Healthy Food?
You probably associate MSG, or Monosodium glutamate, with canned vegetables and soups, condiments, processed meats, and restaurant Chinese food. But what about fresh salads? Or whole-wheat pizza? This one food scientist wants to convince you that MSG might actually help you eat more healthfully. The food additive is the sodium salt from the amino acid glutamic acid, which is also found naturally in our bodies.
Feb 7, 2017
“Sanctuary Restaurants” Are Offering Immigrants a Discrimination-Free Space
Independent restaurateurs are rallying together to create a safe space for immigrant workers amidst President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Trump signed an executive order last week that would pull federal funding from sanctuary cities in America that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities to deport non-violent undocumented immigrants.
Feb 1, 2017
How Scientists Are Bringing Flavor Back to Tomatoes
If you think tomatoes are flavorless and not what they used to be, then you’re not wrong: The taste quota of the fruit, which originated in Central and South America, has been on a steady decline. But all hope — er, taste — is not lost! An international team of researchers from the United States, China, Spain, and Israel have been studying different breeds of tomatoes for a decade and have a solution.
Jan 30, 2017
Starbucks Responds to Trump Immigration Ban by Promising to Hire 10,000 Refugees
Starbucks has responded to Trump’s immigration ban by promising to hire more refugees. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that stops the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States and bans immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days.
Jan 30, 2017
Why Are Sweet Potatoes So Popular Right Now?
Ever since Americans discovered the health perks of eating sweet potatoes, the root vegetable’s popularity has skyrocketed. From 2000 to 2014, consumption increased by 80 percent, with the average American eating around seven-and-a-half pounds of sweet potato a year. But there was once a time in American history when sweet potatoes were grown and consumed at equally high rates.
Jan 26, 2017
Scientists Are Redesigning Grocery Stores to Help You Eat Healthier
What will it take for people to consume more vegetables? Scientists are exploring this exact point in a very specific location: the aisles of grocery stores. Researchers at the University of Oxford are working with British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to see if redesigning the store can nudge consumers to purchase more fruits and vegetables. One proposal is to place vegetarian alternatives to meat products on the same shelves.
Jan 25, 2017
You Haven’t Heard the Weirdest Thing About Cows Eating Skittles
Last Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office in Juneau, Wisconsin, was summoned after hundreds of thousands of red objects were spotted on a rural highway. The objects scattered on County Highway S near Blackbird Road turned out to be strawberry Skittles, which reportedly fell off a flatbed truck in the rain. And then, things got weird.
Jan 24, 2017
Beer Might Be Brewed on the Moon This Year — Here’s Why
The brewing conditions of beer impact taste, so it goes without saying that beer brewed on the moon will, quite literally, be out of this world. And while a batch of beer has yet to be made on the moon, things could change if a group of engineering students from UC San Diego have their way. As part of a competition, students from UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering have created a unique contraption: a vessel that will brew beer on the moon.
Jan 23, 2017
You Could Be Eligible for a Cash Payout If You Bought Milk in the Last 14 Years
One would image the dairy aisle of the grocery store to be drama-free, but that’s not quite the case. The behind-the-scenes action of dairy production includes allegations of price-fixing, premature cow retirement, a class action lawsuit, and now a payout for consumers who have bought dairy products. Have you bought milk in the last 14 years?
Jan 20, 2017
Cheap Coffee Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive
Few people drink instant coffee for its high-brow taste — the beverage is largely consumed for its convenience and affordability — but those addicted to their cheap coffee fix should know that it’s going to start costing more. Instant coffee is made of lower-quality, bitter-tasting coffee beans called robusta, which grows in Brazil, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Jan 20, 2017
Researchers Find Japanese Tapeworm in Alaskan Salmon
If you have a penchant for consuming raw salmon, it might be time to take a break. A new study has found wild salmon caught in Alaska to be infected with a parasite. The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, has identified four species of Pacific salmon to be infected by the Japanese Broad Tapeworm — a parasite discovered in 1986 that can grow up to 30 feet long in your digestive tract.
Jan 19, 2017
New USDA Program Makes It Easier for Farmers to Farm Organically
Organic produce is generally more expensive — according to Consumer Reports, it’s 47 percent more expensive than conventional produce — which is why it can be a bit of a head-scratcher as to why more farmers are not jumping on the organic bandwagon. Sure, the cost and time is higher than traditional farming, but so are the financial rewards. So, what gives?
Jan 19, 2017
New Sustainable Seafood Guidelines Elevate Tuna Ranking
Seafood consumption comes with a handful of health benefits, but it can be challenging to determine which seafood items are good to eat and which are destroying the health of the ocean. To help navigate, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program offers assistance to businesses and consumers looking to make sustainable choices. Recently Seafood Watch released their recommendations for January and through June of 2017 by state.
Jan 18, 2017
The Science Behind Why Alcohol Makes You Eat More
There’s really nothing better than a slice of cheap pizza after you’ve had a little too much to drink. And the anecdotal evidence is strong: Anyone who has had too much alcohol can vouch for the desire to nosh on some snacks. It turns out that scientists even have a name for this specific desire: the apéritif effect. While you might accredit increased hunger on diminished self-restraint that comes with drinking booze, science has a different answer that might surprise you.
Jan 12, 2017
Should Soy Milk Really Be Considered “Milk”?
When you have your morning coffee or cereal, what kind of milk do you normally add to each? Do you reach for regular cow’s milk, or do you go for one of the many (many) different kinds of plant-based milks now available? A few years ago most people might have answered cow’s milk, but the popularity of plant-based milk — like almond and soy — has changed the tide.
Jan 5, 2017
A Restaurant Dedicated to Avocado Is Opening in Amsterdam This Year (Because, Of Course)
Avocado toast enthusiasts, rejoice! A delicious eatery dedicated exclusively to the creamy fruit is opening in Amsterdam in the near future. Fittingly called The Avocado Show, the restaurant will open its doors to customers in 2017, reports Metro. Sure, you could just take a trip to one of the many restaurants obsessed with avocado in California, but The Avocado Show promises to go even further in its devotion.
Jan 4, 2017
People Have Been Overcooking Veggies for 10,000 Years, Says Archeology
Vegetables need cooking, right? Your massaged kale salad tastes better with cubes of roasted sweet potato, and those delicious cooked collard greens are probably easier on your stomach than in their raw form. While we can sometimes blame our stove or faulty oven for overcooking said recipes, we can actually trace back our problems to our distant (very distant) ancestors.
Jan 4, 2017
Scientists Are Trying To Make Kale Taste Better
Kale may be a celebrated superfood, but it’s not as popular as you might think. According to Zagat’s 2015 National Dining Trends Survey, only 27 percent of diners in America reported liking the plant. For the remaining 73 percent, there’s some good news in store: Plant researchers at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science are working on creating a version that is more appealing to American palates.
Nov 30, 2016
Here’s What NASA’s Mars-Bound Astronauts Will Eat for Breakfast
After decades of research and dispatching exploration spacecrafts to Mars, NASA has an ambitious goal of sending humans to the planet sometime in the 2030s. The voyage to the Red Planet will be the first of its kind and, if successful, it will take astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft further than humans have ever gone before. A journey of this nature has many obstacles, one of which is the issue of food.
Nov 30, 2016