Food Science

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.


Here’s Why Cooking and Baking Make You Feel Good, According to Science — Food Science

People who love to bake really love to bake. They'll jump on any opportunity to whip up a treat to share with others and put their stand mixer to work. But it turns out there might be another reason why baking and cooking make some people feel so good.


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