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Refrigeration Changed Food in Unexpected Ways
Changed Food
in Unexpected

Refrigeration Changed Food in Unexpected Ways

In the New Yorker , Nicola Twilley looks at how it changed the very flavor

(Newser) - The cheeseburger emerged a century ago, not too long after the dawn of refrigeration, and it's no mere coincidence, writes Nicola Twilley in the New Yorker . If you tried to make one from scratch—harvest grain for the buns, slaughter a cow for the meat, grow some lettuce and...

Ultraprocessed Foods Linked to Early Death
Some Ultraprocessed Foods
Are Worse Than Others

Some Ultraprocessed Foods Are Worse Than Others

Ice cream, processed meat show strong association with mortality risk

(Newser) - A diet high in ultraprocessed foods has been linked to cancer , weight gain , and now early death. A new 30-year study of 115,000 people found those who consumed the most ultraprocessed foods (UPFs)—including frozen meals, processed meat like hot dogs, potato chips, sugary breakfast cereals, and artificially sweetened...

Consumer Reports Warns of Pesticides on Grocery Produce

It found worrisome levels in 20% of US produce

(Newser) - Roughly 20% of the fruits and vegetables in your local grocery store may pose a "significant" health risk because of pesticides, according to a Consumer Reports analysis. Its report is based on USDA routine pesticide testing of nearly 30,000 samples of fresh, frozen, organic, and canned produce collected...

Culinary Diplomacy: What's Janet Yellen Eating in China?

She ate potentially psychedelic mushrooms on her last visit, and all eyes are on this trip

(Newser) - Ever since she ate mushrooms that can have psychedelic effects in Beijing last July, Janet Yellen has united Americans and Chinese in wanting to know what she'll eat next. As the AP reports, now that the US Treasury secretary is back in China this week, having stopped in Guangzhou...

The King of Easter Candy Is No Bunny
The King of Easter
Candy Is No Bunny
in case you missed it

The King of Easter Candy Is No Bunny

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are most popular, according to Instacart and DoorDash

(Newser) - Think Easter candy, and marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies likely come to mind. But that's not primarily what ends up in shoppers' carts. Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs were the top-selling Easter candy in 2023, according to data from both Instacart and DoorDash . The eggs were the top seller...

Scientists Urge French to Cut Down on Frog Legs

French taste for the delicacy was called out by 557 experts as overconsumption

(Newser) - Hundreds of concerned scientists are asking French President Emmanuel Macron to put the brakes on a very French custom: eating frog legs. The open letter , signed by 557 research, veterinary, and conservation professionals, notes that the European Union isn't exactly practicing what it preaches in how native frogs are...

US Food Chain Rides Heavily on Backs of Prison Labor
US Food Chain Rides Heavily
on Backs of Prison Labor

US Food Chain Rides Heavily on Backs of Prison Labor

Major companies are making bank off forced labor: AP

(Newser) - In a sweeping two-year investigation, the AP found that goods linked to the forced labor of US prisoners wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products, from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour and Coca-Cola beverages. They're on the...

He Put Avocado Toast on the Menu—and the Map
Man Who Put
Avocado Toast
on the Map Has Died

Man Who Put Avocado Toast on the Map Has Died

Australian chef Bill Granger was 54

(Newser) - You can find avocado toast on the menus of many, if not most, breakfast joints these days. That was not the case in 1993, when self-taught cook Bill Granger opened his first restaurant, bills. At 21, the Aussie had just dropped out of art school and was keen to share...

Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering
Fruits, Veggies: Just
What the Doctor Is Ordering

Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering

Study finds that giving patients monthly vouchers for fresh food has an impact

(Newser) - The old adage is "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." And some modern doctors would very much like to prescribe that apple a day to their patients. As NPR reports, a new study conducted an interesting experiment: giving "produce prescriptions" to patients who struggled with...

The World Is Getting a New Avocado
The World Is Getting
a New Avocado

The World Is Getting a New Avocado

The Luna aims to challenge the dominant Hass, but probably not for a few years

(Newser) - Look out, Hass, there's a new contender for the guacamole throne. It's the easier-to-harvest Luna, developed, according to Axios , over the course of 50 years at the University of California-Riverside. The university announced the Luna in a release , though it will probably be at least three years before...

Passenger's Rage Over Meal Leads to Unscheduled Stop

Business-class customer reportedly wasn't happy with the options available; United flight is diverted

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight had to divert just two hours into what should have been a 9.5-hour journey Sunday after a business-class passenger became enraged over meal options. According to the Guardian , the passenger, who would've paid around $7,000 for the upgraded seat, caused a fuss after...

Heinz Talks Refrigerating Ketchup, and a Red Storm Rises

Despite legions who say otherwise, the company wants you to refrigerate after opening

(Newser) - For decades, Americans have been plagued by this burning question: Do you need to refrigerate ketchup or not? In a Newsday food column published in May 1977, columnist Marie Bianco cited Heinz in her answer, writing that the longtime ketchup maker said "you must refrigerate the ketchup unless you...

Gen Z Seems To Be Into Cottage Cheese

Apparently it's not even an ironic interest, with recipes going viral and sales surging

(Newser) - For reasons that parents from older generations will likely be unable to comprehend, it appears that Gen Z is down with ... cottage cheese. The Wall Street Journal reports that people born between the late '90s and early '00s, as well as older millennials, have been "tossing tubs...

West's 'Lunch of Suffering' Is Going Viral in China

Images of plain, Western-style lunches are popular, either in ridicule or admiration

(Newser) - A trend has emerged on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo and Xiaohongshu—users re-creating and reviewing Western-style packed lunches. The Guardian reports these lunches are called "bairen fan," or "white people food." The trend appears to be a way to understand or, often, satirize...

This Cuisine Is the World's Favorite

Korean takes the top spot, with Italian coming in second in Bucket List Company's ranking

(Newser) - It's the weekend, which means you might consider getting a little more adventurous with your meal choices than workweek PB&Js. With dishes and recipes from all over the globe readily available at local restaurants and on the internet, you likely already have a top choice in mind. Adventure...

Could North Korea See Another 'Arduous March'?

Nation is mired in its worst food shortage since its mid-'90s famine

(Newser) - As North Korea continues to launch ICBMs and lob threats , it's also contending with a familiar problem: a food shortage, though this time experts say it's particularly bad. Per Fox News , South Korea's Unification Ministry says the food situation "seems to have deteriorated" in its northern...

You Won't Believe How Long Folks Will Wait for This Delicacy

Place your order now, get the Kobe beef delicacies in 2052

(Newser) - If you're looking to hold a party in 2052 and would like to serve what the Mirror says are "arguably the most famous croquettes in the world," you'd better order now. That's because there's a 30-year-plus waiting list for the "Extreme" Kobe beef...

Afghans Sell Daughters, Kidneys to Stave Off Hunger

Some parents are drugging their hungry children instead

(Newser) - It's no wonder Afghanistan is the world's unhappiest country . Afghans struggling to survive amid Taliban rule are selling their daughters and kidneys just to feed their families, and that isn't always enough. Amidst an economic crisis spurred in part by a freeze on foreign funds, one of...

Wimbledon to Players, Coaches: Don't Buy 27 Yogurts on Us

All England Club emails request that everyone be more 'judicious' in how they spend food allowance

(Newser) - Playing on the professional tennis circuit surely must work up an appetite, and at Wimbledon, the players there are allotted nearly $110 a day for fare to fill their grumbling tummies. Some have apparently been using their food allowance to the max, however, and a warning has now been issued,...

The 'Naughty Way' to Eat Caviar: in 'Bumps'
Foodies Go Crazy
for Caviar 'Bumps'

Foodies Go Crazy for Caviar 'Bumps'

It's the traditional way to sample roe, but with an illicit-sounding name

(Newser) - You don't need some fancy cheese board or crudite to enjoy a spoonful of caviar, also known as roe from sturgeon fish. As Alyson Krueger writes at the New York Times , "caviar bumps"—in which a spoonful of caviar is licked off of one's fist between...

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