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How You're Cooking Your Eggs Wrong

Turn down that heat: Michael Ruhlman

(Newser) - Scrambling some eggs for breakfast? Be warned: They're "one of the most overcooked dishes in America," food writer Michael Ruhlman tells NPR . "We kill our eggs with heat." What we should really be doing, he says, is cooking them "very slowly over very gentle... More »

Welcome Back, Butter, We Missed You

Our misguided fat-is-evil thinking is finally going away: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - Go ahead, spread butter on your toast without guilt. And don't be so obsessed about removing every last bit of fat from that pork chop. At long last, the nation's misguided notion that all fat is evil is losing its credibility, writes Mark Bittman in the New York ... More »

India's Famine Solution: We'll Eat Bugs

FAO discusses farming insects for food

(Newser) - Hopefully people in India like munching on crickets and other, um, delicacies. As the country's Food and Agriculture Organization warns a global famine will strike in 50 years, scientists are experimenting with an interesting source of alternative protein: bugs. "We are now doing a lot of work on... More »

There's Some Science Behind the 5-Second Rule

You're safest if carpet was involved, says study

(Newser) - The five-second rule: old wives' tale or science? According to a professor of microbiology at Birmingham, England's Aston University , the answer is ... it depends on whether you're in your bedroom or kitchen. Anthony Hilton and his biology students looked at two types of bacteria (E. coli and Staphylococcus... More »

Why Americans Eat the Same Boring Meat Over and Over

Squirrel, rabbit, venison: It's what's never for dinner

(Newser) - Sure, Americans chow down on about 280 pounds of meat each per year, compared to the 181 pounds in your average developed country. But chances are those 280 pounds come from the same three or four meat-producing animals: Chicken, beef, pork, and maybe a little turkey. While North America has... More »

Top French Chefs: Let's Stop Food Porn

They ask diners to stop photographing, start eating

(Newser) - Food porn—the incessant taking and sharing of photos of meals—has been around for a while now, as have complaints against it, notes the Eater blog . But a story by Francetv info and AFP is catching some attention because it features two top chefs, from France no less, who... More »

How a Bipolar Woman Invented the $4 Toast Trend

San Francisco cafe owner started new 'artisanal' craze

(Newser) - These days, certain San Francisco cafes are offering "artisanal toast": Lathered with yummy stuff like almond butter or apricot marmalade, it tastes good ... and costs about $4. But what screams "waste of money" actually has an inspiring story behind it, writes John Gravois at Pacific Standard . Enter Giulietta... More »

Butter Up: Consumption in US Highest in 40 Years

People have been shifting away from processed margarine: LA Times

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times takes note of a healthier-eating stat that may not sound like one at first blush: Americans are eating more butter now than at any time over the last 40 years. As in, 5.6 pounds a year per person, up from the low over that span... More »

Disney's Hot Attraction: Jumbo Turkey Legs?

'Caveman pops' have become part of the park experience

(Newser) - Sure, there are the rides, sights, and costumed characters—but a decidedly low-tech wonder has become all the rage at North American Disney parks: turkey legs. "It’s a chance to channel my inner cave woman," one visitor tells the New York Times , which reports that by year'... More »

Oreos Are as Addictive as Cocaine

At least when it comes to lab rats

(Newser) - You may feel downright criminal the next time you eat an Oreo, and you have a Connecticut College student to thank for that. Neuroscience major Jamie Honohan came up with the idea for a study, which dug into the effects of high-fat and high-sugar foods on the brain. The conclusions:... More »

Instagram Could Help You Lose Weight

Or ruin your meal

(Newser) - The next new big diet fad could be Instagram and Pinterest, thanks to a new study that found just looking at photos of food can make eating less appealing. Researchers at Brigham Young University showed 232 people photos of food—half salty, and half sweet—and asked them to rate... More »

Americans Waste 40% of Food Over Label Confusion: Study

Expiration dates taken too literally, say researchers

(Newser) - Confusion about expiration dates on foods has become an expensive problem, leading to millions of pounds of perfectly good products going to waste. According to a new study from Harvard University and the National Resources Defense Council, misconceptions about food labels lead to about 40% of the nation’s food... More »

Don't Hate on Airplane Food —It's 'a Minor Miracle'

Considering how planes mess with our senses of taste and smell, writes Matt Goulding

(Newser) - Airplane food may be the butt of many, many jokes, but Matt Goulding admits to craving "the plastic tray of overcooked veggies, insipid sauces, and industrial condiments." And no, he's not joking. But he's quick to point out that context matters. "I've only eaten... More »

This May Be the Internet's Most Popular Recipe

A lasagna from salesman and father-of-two, John Chandler

(Newser) - What's more popular than pancakes, banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies? With 12 million views in the last five years alone, it appears the answer is John Chandler's lasagna . The dish, with its nearly two pounds of meat and more than two pounds of cheese, is appropriately called... More »

Why You Should Brown-Bag It

Mark Bittman recommends you bring your lunch to work

(Newser) - It may not be the "hip" thing to do, but Mark Bittman thinks you should start bringing your own lunch to work. "What happens when you bring your lunch is that you start to see it as primary, and the restaurants and fast-food joints and company cafeterias as... More »

FDA Cracks Down on Arsenic in Apple Juice

Must meet standards for drinking water

(Newser) - Warnings of low levels of arsenic in apple juice have parents worried, but the FDA is taking action. Though the agency has insisted the amounts found in the juice aren't hazardous, it will now require that arsenic levels in apple juice be no higher than those allowed in drinking... More »

Worker Video: Golden Corral Hides Food by Dumpster

Scandal explodes on Reddit

(Newser) - Food chains around the country must rue the day someone decided to add cameras to phones. Golden Corral is the latest to have its dirty ground beef aired online, as Reddit exploded this morning in reaction to a video from one employee showing all manner of meat camped out near... More »

Where to Get 'America's Worst Meal'

Long John Silver's dinner packed with trans fat

(Newser) - Looking to get all your trans fat for the next two weeks—in one meal? Then head to Long John Silver's, where the Big Catch provides 33 grams of the stuff, or 16 times the American Heart Association's recommended daily maximum. The meal, which consists of fried haddock,... More »

Twinkies Will Return in 3 Weeks

New tag line: 'The sweetest comeback In the history of ever'

(Newser) - Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for its Twinkies snack cakes when they return to store shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it... More »

Pope Thinks You're Stealing, Basically

'Throwing away food is stealing from... those who are poor and hungry'

(Newser) - If you've ever thrown out good food, Pope Francis says you're a thief. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry," he said during an audience at the Vatican this week, in which he blamed a "culture... More »

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