How are marshmallows made and why do they have so much sugar? Take a look at the food chemistry behind these tasty treats!
How Fermentation Makes Food Delicious
Fermentation has been used to preserve food for ages. It also allows us to create unique flavors and textures. Learn about the microorganisms and chemistry that make it possible.
Food Chemistry of Nitrates, Nitrites, and Cured Meat
Red meat and processed meats have been implicated as cancer causing, dangerous ingredients. What’s the real story? Should you stop eating bacon?
Be in the Know on GMOs
GMOs are a highly debatable topic and there are lots of resources out there on both sides of the argument. But, what exactly are GMOs and what might be the benefits?
The Future of Food is 3D
You’re probably familiar with 3-D printing. If you’re like me, you think of plastics and engineering. However, did you know that scientists are working on creating 3-D printers for food?! Sounds pretty cool, right? But why do we need this new technology?
Food Safety for the Holidays (and beyond)
Learn the importance of food safety to keep your friends and family safe this holiday season.
The Trouble with Salt
We all know we eat a lot of salt, probably even too much salt. So, why don’t we just reduce or remove it from our food? The trouble is, it’s much easier said than done. Salt has many functions in food, from flavor to preservation to tenderizing to controlling yeast. And of course, we do need salt in our diet, just not as much as we’re currently consuming. Read on to see the latest experiment that explains exactly why salt reduction is so difficult for food scientists in the cereal industry.
What is Xanthan Gum?
The second installment of the ingredient spotlight series discusses the facts about xanthan gum. What it is, where it comes from, and why it’s important.
Melts in your mouth, not your hand! But, why?
Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get prepared than with a little candy science! M&M’s have always been one of my favorite candies. Let’s take a look into the magic behind the chocolate. Why do M&M’s melt in your mouth but not your hand? The answer is actually a lot simpler […]
Refined Grain Versus Whole Grain Nutrition
Debates regarding nutrition and recommended foods abound throughout the US and the world. Even as we become more interested in the foods we eat and the effects those foods have on our bodies, there is still a great amount of confusion among most. One such argument is the consumption of refined grains versus whole grains. […]