Food Science

There’s a Very Specific Reason Why You Hate Cilantro — Food News

For an herb, cilantro is very divisive. People either love it or can't stand the taste. Julia Child famously validated a hatred for cilantro in a 2002 interview with Larry King when she admitted she detested cilantro, saying it has a "dead taste" to her. Others say it leaves a soap-like aftertaste in their mouths, and some have even likened the taste to crushed bugs.

But there's more to a repulsion of cilantro than picky taste buds: it's biological.

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The Answer to Beating Stress Might Be in Your Crisper — Food News

Sources of stress are everywhere around us. For some, it's their workload or just life's responsibilities. For others, it's not being able to pick the best boozy brunch spot for the weekend. They are all valid.

But a new study has found a way to eat your way out of the psychological pressure. Scientists from the University of Sydney in Australia have found eating three to four servings of veggies a day can significantly lower psychological stress levels. (Which is seemingly counterintuitive, considering the notion of having to eat more vegetables is stress-inducing to many.)

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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