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An Inverse series that uses biology, chemistry, and physics to debunk the biggest food myths and assumptions.

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Is soft-serve healthier than ice cream? Chemistry debunks a common myth

A chemist explains how to make the creamiest ice cream and how secret ingredients like air and time are essential for the perfect treat.

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Science debunks the biggest myth about coffee and growth

The answer lies in old ad campaigns and scientific studies.

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Science debunks a deadly summer food myth

Can you swim after eating? An emergency doctor and drowning expert debunks the science and explains what you need to know about safe swimming this summer.

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The best way to prepare raw chicken, according to science

Plus: Richard Branson triumphs in Virgin Galactic flight and scientists discover a fresh link between diet, the gut microbiome, and disease.

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Food scientist debunks a dangerous myth about chicken

Leave your chicken slime alone.

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What's in the tuna salad? Fact-checking the Subway fish sandwich scandal

Is Subway really serving tuna? It's hard to know for sure says a scientist, but knowing could shed light on the pervasive, dangerous issue of mislabeled fish.

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Science debunks a wasteful myth about frozen food

Let’s talk freezer burn.

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The scary real science behind Snow White’s poison apple

A strange fact is like something out of a fairy tale.

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“No MSG Added”: The racist history of the MSG myth

“The start of the MSG myth was... a tacitly racist game of telephone.”

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Which milk is best for Earth? Science explains why your fave is problematic

Dairy milk is an environmental disaster, but which plant-based milk should take its place? Scientists help answer that question and say diversity is key.

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Doctor debunks the stomach-churning myth about an “indestructible” food

Can gum really stay in your stomach for 7 years?

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Science debunks food myth that stretches back to Gengis Khan

Just how scientific is this superstition?

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Check, Please!

Is soft-serve healthier than ice cream? Chemistry debunks a common myth

A chemist explains how to make the creamiest ice cream and how secret ingredients like air and time are essential for the perfect treat.

Check, please!

Food scientist debunks a dangerous myth about chicken

Leave your chicken slime alone.

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Science debunks a wasteful myth about frozen food

Let’s talk freezer burn.

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What did Italians eat 2,000 years ago? New discoveries reveal a diverse menu

We are what we eat, in more ways than one.

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The scary real science behind Snow White’s poison apple

A strange fact is like something out of a fairy tale.

Plastic Problems

“Vegan spider silk” and 4 other sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics

Goodbye, plastic straws.

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Which milk is best for Earth? Science explains why your fave is problematic

Dairy milk is an environmental disaster, but which plant-based milk should take its place? Scientists help answer that question and say diversity is key.

Culture

Ancient table scraps offer a fresh twist on Jewish culinary heritage

How we eat reflects how we live — now and in the past.

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Doctor debunks the stomach-churning myth about an “indestructible” food

Can gum really stay in your stomach for 7 years?

Hot Melon Summer

The hidden, ancient history of summer’s favorite fruit

Here’s how the watermelon got its groove.

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Bon appétit! How to eat cicadas in 5 easy steps

Dine on summer's biggest insect delicacy!

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Science debunks food myth that stretches back to Gengis Khan

Just how scientific is this superstition?