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What Is Oktoberfest Beer?

How convenient that Märzen beers appear just in time for Oktoberfest.

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What Is Stevia (and How Do You Use It)?

With the increasing awareness of how unhealthy refined sugar is, plus the surging popularity of sugar-free diets like keto and paleo, you may be searching for an alternative to processed

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What Is Chuseok (aka, Korean Thanksgiving)?

As a Seoul born, Korean American raised on the west coast of the United States, I always felt like I had a foot in both the U.S. and Korea. To

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5 Things You Should Know About Sugar

Sugar is everywhere in our diet. It sneaks into things you may not even realize, including healthy snacks and beverages like juices, smoothies, yogurts, and of course, many flavorful and

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What Is in Pumpkin Spice? Breaking Down Why It Works

You know pumpkin spice is the flavor of fall, but what’s actually in that pumpkin spice blend, and why does it work so well? We break it all down for

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What Is Oktoberfest, Anyway?

This year, from September 21 to October 6, the world is celebrating Oktoberfest. To most (myself included), that means cracking a beer or six for no reason except that, hey,

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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If you’re grilling or guesting at a Labor Day BBQ this weekend, are you reaching for ketchup when it comes time to dress your hot dog? If so, you may

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Where Do Hot Dogs Come From?

Let’s get frank. “Where do hot dogs come from?” may not be a question you find yourself asking often (or ever, tbh), but it’s one asked by millions—yes, millions—of Google

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Should You Buy Your Steak From Costco?

There are a lot of things we love to buy at Costco, but one we waffle on: steaks. Read on to find out why this is such a needling issue,

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Why Do We Give Apples to Teachers?

Giving an apple to the teacher—it’s a strange, random tradition; one that seemingly has existed since the beginning of time. But as the school year starts back up again, we

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Why Do Some People Hate Cilantro?

Frankly, President Donald Trump has nothing on the world’s most polarizing food: cilantro. If you’re not one of those who thinks cilantro has a soapy taste, then you’ve probably wondered:

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What Are CBD Foods and Why Are They Everywhere?

Hemp extract (CBD) has gone mainstream in foods, cocktails, beauty products, and even pet food but what are CBD foods, how are they made, and why are we suddenly seeing them everywhere?

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How Do Vegans and Vegetarians Get Their Protein?

My vegan friend is tired of getting the third-degree about not eating meat. If she had a seed for every time she gets asked the question “How do you get

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This Vegan Mayonnaise Is Even Better Than the Real Thing

As a pescatarian who consumes eggs and dairy far more than fish, I’m always looking for ways to seamlessly swap out these animal byproducts for animal-free equivalents. And “seamlessly” is

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Eat the Rainbow: The Science Behind Brightly Colored Summer Fruit and Why It’s So Good for You

Unicorn trends may come and go, but there will always be something appealing about brightly colored food, especially if the vibrant hues are all-natural. There are plenty of gems studding

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Can You Make Ice Cream Without Eggs?

Even if you’re not vegan, you may have wondered: Can you make good ice cream without eggs? You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, superrich ice cream, the

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Everything You Need to Know About Ube, the Purple Yam

If you’ve been watching Instagram at all for the past couple years, you’ll notice there’s one trend that still seems to be popping up everywhere. From soft serve and pastries

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What Is Oat Milk and Why Has It Become So Popular?

Non-dairy milk choices continue to expand, but oat milk is one of the newest and most popular vegan options. We look at how oat milk is made, how good it

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How Does a Beer Get Skunky?

A different way to end up stinking drunk.

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What Makes Food ‘American?’

What makes food “American?” When I first considered the question, my mind went to the obvious, expected place: burgers and fries, hot dogs, barbecue, fried chicken, chicken wings, meatloaf, biscuits and

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Should You Rinse Meat Before Cooking It?

Should you rinse your steak, chicken, pork, or other meat before you cook it? No! It can be so tempting when you yank your glistening, bloody T-bone from its sealed

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