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The stuff we eat and drink is part daily necessity and part cultural identity. Every mouthful represents millennia of human collaboration and innovation. On FoodStuff, Anney and Lauren bite into the juicy stories – and science – behind everything that nourishes us.

A Spork by Any Other Name

How has the spork captured so much attention? Who designed such a questionably useful utensil? Anney and Lauren explore the surprisingly rich history of the spork. See more »

The Troubled, Tasty Story of Fried Chicken

Physics makes fried chicken delicious, and human prejudice makes its connotations problematic. We delve into the history and science behind (specifically southern-American-style) fried chicken. See more »

The (Non)Science Behind Juice Cleanses

Do juice cleanses actually deliver on their promises? How did commercial juices become a thing anyway? Anney and Lauren extract the truth from the myths about juicing. See more »

Much Ado About Brunch

Brunch has always been a meal of excess and leisure, and it's therefore associated with some ugly classist, racist, and sexist ideals. But waffles are nice! We break down the problematic yet delicious history of brunch. See more »

FoodStuff Is Moving to Fridays

This is not a full episode, but a quick notice: FoodStuff will be publishing on Fridays from now on! Yes. See you Friday! See more »

Bloody Marys: Dubious Historically and Hangoverly

History is as unsure about where the Bloody Mary came from and how it came to be named as science is about its status as a hangover cure. Anney and Lauren uncover the fascinating possibilities in this FoodStuff: Cocktail Hour. See more »

Yogurt: More Than Just Bacteria Poop

Humans have been enjoying yogurt and its health benefits for millennia. From prehistory to bizarre sanitarium treatments to modern marketing campaigns, we explore the culture of yogurt. See more »

Defrosting Frozen Food

What technologies have brought us the convenience of frozen foods? Is frozen really as nutritious as fresh? Learn what it takes scientifically to bring that bag of vegetables from the farm to your freezer. See more »

The Unsweetened History and Technology of Sugar

The demand for sugar has driven over a thousand years of greed, tragedy, political power shifts, and technological innovation. We won't sugarcoat it. See more »

Sugar and Your Health

You may have heard that it's good to cut back on sugar, but what does that really mean? And why? We explore the latest research into sugar's health effects -- and pry into the shady history of how the sugar industry has shaped medical advice for decades. See more »