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The History of Pizza: A Marriage of Bread and Tomato

If you’ve got kids, try saying “pizza” at anything louder than a whisper. If they’re anything like mine, they’ll come running. What is it about this topping-adorned flatbread? Have you ever wondered just how this meal came to be?  The history of pizza will surprise you. It has humble beginnings as a “lower class” food, but …

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Coffee, Tea, and GERD: Does Caffeine Trigger Symptoms?

Americans love their coffee, with over 50% of Americans drinking the beverage every day. (And I won’t sugarcoat it – I’m obsessed with coffee.) However, if you are a part of the 40% of the US adult population living with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may find that drinking this popular beverage might trigger symptoms. I don’t have GERD, but I …

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Caffeine and Athletic Performance: Massive Benefits for Exercise

According to recent statistics, around 165 million 60 kg. (122 lb.) bags of coffee are consumed worldwide annually. That’s a lot of coffee – and that doesn’t take into consideration all the other forms of caffeine we’re taking in: soda, chocolate, energy drinks, tea, and many other niche products. We all know the cognitive benefits of caffeine, …

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The History of Cold Brew Coffee – Trader’s Crutch, Army Boost, and Coffee House Favorite

Cold brew coffee is an exciting phenomenon. Even when you drink it cold it’s much smoother than iced coffee, and the caffeine hits much harder than brewed hot coffee. Yes, cold brew coffee is really in a class of its own. In this post, I’ll take you through the history of cold brew coffee. We’ll look at …

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The History of the Tomato: A Poisonous Reputation and A Big Fruit Fight

The history of your favorite (mainly) red nightshade involves a long and intricate tale that traces back to the Aztecs around 700 AD. Yes, the tomato hails from the Americas, although it took a trip to Europe – and a fight over its reputation as a poisonous killer – before it became the globally embraced veggie …

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Health Effects of Olive Oil: From Lamp Oil to Kitchen Staple

If you’re anything like me, you love your olive oil. It’s such a versatile ingredient – you can drizzle it over a salad, or use it to flavor some bread. It pairs excellently in marinades too. Beyond enhancing the taste of your dishes, olive oil also sports an impressive array of purported health benefits. In this post, …

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