Food Science

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.


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.


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.


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.


Science Says Microwaving Your Tea Makes It Healthier — Food News

Ask a tea aficionado how tea should be prepared and you can bet a microwave will not be involved. But ask a food scientist from University of Newcastle in Australia and they'll make a compelling case for using a microwave. Research shows preparing tea in a microwave might actually make it healthier for you.


A Scientist Tried to Teach a Computer How to Write a Recipe and the Results Are Hilarious — On Trend

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Research scientist Janelle Shane conducts quirky experiments during her free time and shares them with her Tumblr following. One such experiment involves neural networks; she provides the program with hundreds of pages of cookbooks so it can generate recipe titles.

In theory, this sounds like an amazing way to create new recipe ideas or, at the very least, come up with cool names. But the outcome from Shane's program has resulted with the strangest ideas you've ever heard of.


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