Food Science

Here’s Why Science Says A Crackly Crust Is Essential To The Identity Of A French Baguette — Food Science

There's nothing like getting a baguette straight out of the oven from your local bakery. It's perfect to eat by itself or as the bookends to a wonderful sandwich. Why is it just so delicious? It turns out the secret may be in the crust. According to research published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the crackly crust is a non-negotiable, as it gives the bread its aroma and, in turn, its perceived flavor.

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Sparkling Water Might Be Making You Hungry, but Here’s Why You Don’t Need to Panic — Food News

Sparkling water is often considered to be a healthy (and delicious) alternative to sodas and high-sugar drinks, but a new study has made some troubling findings about how healthy sparkling water really is. Spoiler alert: It might not be as good for you as you may think.

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Your Body Can Handle More Caffeine than You Think, Says Study — Food News

Americans drink a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. Roughly 80 to 85 percent of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis, according to the American Psychological Association, and the average daily intake is somewhere around 300 milligrams. That's about three (eight-ounce) cups of plain coffee, if you're wondering.

But when it comes to how much coffee is recommended per day, the jury has been back and forth for a while. The 2012 recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration warns adults from exceeding 300 milligrams of coffee a day. As does the recommendation from the International Food Information Council.

Now, a new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology reviewed 15 years of data to find that consumers can actually safely exceed 300 milligrams a day. Specifically, the average healthy adult can go up to 400 milligrams of caffeine without doing any damage, while pregnant women should stay within 300 milligrams.

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It Turns Out That Salty Foods Don’t Actually Make You Thirsty — Food News

Remember that age-old piece of nutritional advice that salty foods make you thirsty? It's wrong.

Scientists have long believed that eating more salt results in urinating more, which causes one to drink more to refuel. But no long-term study has ever looked into the matter to verify the seemingly logical assumption. Now an international team of scientists found evidence suggesting the contrary: Those who ate more salt retained more water, were less thirsty, and were hungrier.

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The Science of Weird Food Pairings (and Why They Work) — Food Science

Weird food pairing are counterintuitive: How can a person possibly enjoy two conflicting flavor profiles like chocolate-covered salmon or pizza dipped in sugary icing? One possibility is that said person is a masochist. Or they have low-functioning taste buds.

But odds are (because science says so!) it has a thing or two to do with flavor perception.

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Ice Cream Brain Freezes Have Nothing to Do with Your Brain — Food News

Brain freezes are nuisances that come in between you and your ability to eat a pint of gelato or down an ice-cold treat. But the fleeting headache has nothing to do with your brain. Instead, it's how these cold items mess with your arteries.

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