Edible Innovations

From the deceptive simplicity of bread to the fascinating world of molecular gastronomy, learn all about the food you eat with these articles about edible innovations.


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Top 5 Eco-friendly Foods

Your mouthwatering cheeseburger and perfectly salted fries may be part of a larger and much less palatable negative effect on Mother Earth. How do you know which foods are friendliest to our environment?

How Champagne Works

Hosting a swank celebration? You should consider serving champagne. Why is it so famous -- and expensive? What sets it apart from sparkling wine?

How Yogurt Works

It's been part of people's diets around the world for centuries, but has recently become a health-food staple. Are you one of the people who seek a little culture every day?

How to Make Chocolate

Chocolate seems like a magical creation (of elves, perhaps), but actually, it's a painstaking process. Want to try it out for yourself?

Chocolate Quirks: Unusual Chocolate Products

Even in its simplest form, chocolate is a pleasure to eat. But these days, there are some truly quirky chocolate products out there that’ll blow your mind – and your taste buds. Click your way through this chocolaty gallery (and try not to drool too much).

Is chocolate really good for me?

Does a chocolate a day keep the doctor away? Before you stock your fruit bowl with chocolate bars, you might want to read this article first.

Is Chocolate an Aphrodisiac?

Chocolates are a sweet staple of Valentine's Day, but can they really amp up your love life? We'll investigate chocolate's sexy reputation in this article.

What's this white stuff on my chocolate?

You're about to bite into a luscious chunk of chocolate when you notice its pale, spotty appearance. What's that white stuff -- and is your sweet treat a goner?

How Cotton Candy Works

Cotton candy is a fluffy mass of sugary delight and a popular carnival treat that's been exciting children for more than a century. But how does cotton candy get its fine, downy texture?

Will Drinking Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?

Will slipping some java into a child's sippy cup result in an undersized tyke? An old wives' tale would have you believe so. Does coffee affect your measurements -- or does it just help you stay awake?

How Steak Works

For the backyard chef and the experienced foodie alike, nothing means luxury like a fine steak, with melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and rich flavor.

How Sugar Works

Whether it's providing us with a quick dose of energy or satisfying a sweet tooth, we love sugar. But is sugar a good fuel for us and our cars?

How Molecular Gastronomy Works

Are you hungry for some nitro-scrambled egg-and-bacon ice cream? Did you want a little fried mayo on that sandwich? Molecular gastronomy has cast cooking in a new light and created some seemingly bizarre, but shockingly delicious dishes.

How Food Cravings Work

As you surf the Web, your mind is distracted by the thought of warm cookies floating in cold milk. Will this craving ever subside, or do you need chocolaty satisfaction ASAP?

Why do pineapple enzymes tenderize steak -- and your tongue?

Some cooks like to pound their steak with a mallet. Other adventurous souls have tenderized meat with explosives. Why does a pineapple work just as well?

How Can Sugar Explode?

A February 2008 blast at a sugar refining plant near Savannah, Ga., killed at least six people. Investigators believe the accident occurred when sugar dust exploded.

How Pizza Works

People have strong opinions about pizza -- in terms of passion, it ranks right up there with politics and religion. How did this Italian peasant food become a diet staple?

How Salt Works

Not only do we need to consume salt, we also need it for a variety of nonfood uses. But if it's so important, why do health organizations recommend that we closely watch our intake? Apparently, there can be too much of a good thing. Learn what happens when we overload on salt or get too little of it.

Is There Something in Turkey That Makes You Sleepy?

It's Thanksgiving Day and your waistband is groaning, and you're heavy-lidded as you lift one more forkful of pumpkin pie to your mouth. Some say that tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is the reason you want a nap after Thanksgiving dinner.

How Cheese Works

Cheese is everywhere. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from, how is it made -- and why is some of it so stinky?

How Spam Works

Spam has been inspiring obsession and revulsion since the Great Depression. What exactly makes people so passionate about it?

How Twinkies Work

In an age of health-conscious consumers, low-carb diets and bottled water, one snack has stood the test of time. Twinkies are an icon of junk-food snacks and guilty pleasures, nutritionally worthless yet irresistibly yummy.

How Vitaminwater Works

Water and vitamins help keep us alive and healthy. So if you put the vitamins in the water, wouldn't you be even healthier? Check out Glaceau's Vitaminwater and see if it really does what it claims to do.

How Tea Works

Tea, the second-most consumed beverage in the world, has its own culture and customs. Learn more about different kinds of tea and how the process of preparing tea works.

Can humans survive on air alone?

If you had the perfect cure for world hunger, wouldn't you want to share it? A group called the Breatharians claims to have the answer: Stop eating.