Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

NPR | April 18, 2014 7:38 a.m.

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

NPR | April 15, 2014 5:06 a.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, our non-Jewish colleagues get an introduction to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.

A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

NPR | April 14, 2014 10:57 a.m.

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

Tasting French Fries For A Living Can Be A Pain In The Mouth

NPR | April 10, 2014 5:18 a.m.

Food industry "sensory panelists" spend hours chewing, swishing and analyzing food, sometimes to the point of pain. These tests ensure the mass-produced products like frozen french fries hit the spot.

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

NPR | April 07, 2014 1:44 p.m.

The government has reported 42 percent fewer foodborne illness cases in the last decade and solved less than half of them, a report finds. But that doesn't necessarily mean the food supply is safer.

Do Girl Scout Cookies Still Make The World A Better Place?

NPR | April 07, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Obesity docs say it's time for the Girl Scouts to ditch the processed, sugary cookies and find another way to raise money. But the tradition is deeply ingrained and has been around for a century.

Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast

NPR | April 03, 2014 3:50 p.m.

A new study suggests that when it comes to the optimal amount of salt intake, there may be more leeway than we thought. But some doctors say we still need to lower sodium to control blood pressure.

It's Official: Americans Are Floating In A Pool Of Ranch Dressing

NPR | April 01, 2014 3:37 p.m.

What the heck did we put on salad, wings, chips and pizza crust before ranch flavor was invented? If you were born after the 1970s, you probably don't remember.

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

NPR | March 31, 2014 12:47 p.m.

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

NPR | March 31, 2014 12:10 p.m.

There's new thinking about the effects of fat on our waistlines, and our hearts. And consensus is building that saturated fat isn't the demon we were once told to fear, especially compared to carbs.

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