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September 9, 2020
The History of Candy Corn – Chicken Feed to Controversial Autumn Treat

Few candies are as polarizing as candy corn. As it begins to appear on shelves each October, most people have one of two reactions:  Some have been waiting all year for this moment and will eagerly grab bags of candy corn greedily.  Others will reflexively shake their heads in disgust before finding their preferred treat.  […]

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September 9, 2020
History of Pumpkin Pie – from Savory, to Sweet, to Thanksgiving Staple

Pumpkin pie occupies a prominent place in America's culinary heritage. Upon their (re-)introduction to the pumpkin, the New World colonists discovered its versatility in savory dishes, from pies cooked inside pumpkins to pumpkin bread.  And pumpkins are undoubtedly versatile! While it has a bland taste on its own, a pumpkin's orange flesh could easily feature in a […]

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September 9, 2020
The History of Pumpkin Spice – From Spice Wars to Lattes

Nowadays oft-associated with Ugg Boots and the autumn season, the longer history of pumpkin spice reveals the evolution of pumpkin and spice combinations used throughout the past – and, let's face it, into the future. This seasonal spice combination evokes thoughts of our past and present – and gives the nod to our future.  Whenever […]

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August 22, 2020
The History of Yogurt – From Accidental Discovery to A Favorite Breakfast

Yogurt is an incredibly versatile food, and many (including my daughters!) have made it a tasty staple of their diet. But, did you know that yogurt has actually been around for thousands of years and has a complex, rich history? Grab a spoon, and let's dig in—it's time to learn everything you didn't know you needed to […]

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August 22, 2020
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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August 21, 2020
Antioxidants in Honey – Why Might it "Bee" Healthy?

Sometimes, it takes a deep dive into a food's health properties to satisfy the craving for knowledge for a food lover like me. Honey is an exciting food and worthy of in-depth study. For starters, it's a proven antibacterial. Honey has been used in medicine for centuries, for example, to help heal pressure sores in hospitals. In modern […]

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July 21, 2020
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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July 21, 2020
Coffee on an Empty Stomach: Is it a Good Idea?

My breakfast is never complete without coffee. In fact, a majority of the time, a cup of coffee is my breakfast. Can you blame me? Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world after water. According to a 2019 survey of US coffee drinkers, 29% reported they consumed – on average – at least two cups of […]

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July 21, 2020
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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July 9, 2020
The History of Bread – From Ancient Flatbread to Sliced Bread

If you ask me one thing that my daughters would drop anything to eat – it's fresh bread. Sourdough, white bread, whole grain bread – it almost doesn't matter the type in their eyes. But isn't bread fascinating? Like you, I wondered about the history of bread – so I set out to trace this […]

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