Food Science

What Causes Food Comas? It’s More than Just Overeating. — Food News

At some point or another, everyone has experienced the classic symptoms of a food coma. You know what I'm talking about. It's that overwhelming feeling of fullness after a buffet binge or too many servings of mashed potatoes at a family dinner. We laymen call it a food coma, but medical professionals have a name for the phenomenon: postprandial somnolence.


What Is Bee Pollen (and Should You Care)? — Medicine vs. Myth

Gwyneth Paltrow has promoted it as an "energy kick" on her lifestyle website, Goop; former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham counts it among the 60 supplements she takes daily; and "preppers," people who stockpile supplies and hone their survival skills in preparation for the end-of-days, are hoarding the stuff, believing in its potency as a compact nutritional powerhouse.

If anecdotes are to be believed, we've got a magic bullet in bee pollen. Seasonal allergies? The perfect remedy. Suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy? Try pollen on for size. Looking to step up your athletic game? Get a boost from the bees. Low libido? This will get things buzzing again.

But is the hype real? What is bee pollen, and what can it do for you?


How Quinoa Could Help Fight the Global Food Shortage — Food News

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Whether you're a die-hard fan or you could live without it, chances are you've at least heard of quinoa. The grain-like gluten-free seed, pronounced KEEN-wah, is touted for being a "protein-packed texture goddess."

Now, in addition to its health perks, the native Amazonian super-seed has a new claim to fame: it could play an instrumental part in combating the world's impending food shortage.


This Is Why Eating Noises Make Some People Really, Really Angry — Food News

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.


How Scientists Are Bringing Flavor Back to Tomatoes — Food News

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.


Scientists Are Redesigning Grocery Stores to Help You Eat Healthier — Food News

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.


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