Food Science

What Is Vinegar and What Makes It a Good Cleaner? — The Science of Cleaning

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Chances are you probably have at least one type of vinegar, if not more, in your kitchen cabinets right now. From plain ol' distilled white vinegar and apple cider vinegar (or ACV, if you will) to balsamic, red wine, sherry, and Champagne vinegars, vinegar is a staple in our dressings, marinades, and our pickle brines.

And some types of vinegar have a second talent: cleaning! Here's the science behind what makes vinegar so useful as a cleaning agent.

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Why Is Baking Soda Such a Good Cleaner? — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

Baking soda, a mainstay of many baking recipes, has colonized territory way beyond the baking rack. It can be found lurking in the backs of refrigerators, in cleaning kits tucked beneath the sink, and in the list of ingredients for natural deodorants and toothpastes. And while Arm & Hammer is largely responsible for making baking soda the household staple it is today, we've been using baking soda for millennia: Back in 3500 BCE, the Ancient Egyptians used it as a cleaning agent and to dry out bodies for the process of mummification.

So, what makes baking soda so special that we can eat it but also use it to fight rust and tarnish? The answer lies in its unique chemical properties.

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Scientists Have Discovered a Potential “Sixth Taste” and It’s Very Exciting — Food News

In 2009 "umami" snagged the title of "fifth taste," joining the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Since then, scientists have toyed with adding even more tastes including kokumi, a sort of mouthfeel, and oleogustus, the taste of fat. But in the last couple days a new "sixth taste" has garnered a lot of attention, and it might help explain your undying love for pasta and toast.


In 3 Years, Your Meal Will Come Wrapped in Milk Instead of Plastic — Food News

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The plastic wrap that many food items are sold in at the grocery store is not as great as you think. According to Bloomberg, this plastic is hard to recycle, and even adds harmful chemicals to your food. But this could all change in a matter of three short years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been experimenting with a new edible, biodegradable packaging wrapper. The packaging is made out of casein, which is a milk protein. Due to the tighter network of proteins, casein is roughly 500 times better than plastic at keeping oxygen away from food.


Why You Should Drink Hot Stuff When It’s Hot Out (Sometimes) — It’s Getting Hot in Here

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It's sweltering out. Sweat is trickling down your back in a way that is most unappealing. There's little respite from what feels like the inside of an armpit — except a cold drink. A chilled soda, the perfect iced tea, or a frosty beer, perhaps?

But as counterintuitive as it may sound, you may be better off reaching for the hot drink instead.


Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s with This Common Berry — Food News

Eating an apple a day may keep the doctor away, but eating blueberries might do you one better! According to a recent study, consuming just one delicious anthocyanin-rich serving a day may help keep Alzheimer's Disease at bay.


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