A reader asked how a food expiration date is determined. What a great question! The answer is both simple and oddly complex. Basically, we get expiration dates by storing a food and waiting to see when the quality starts to go down. That's right, just let the food sit for a long time and see… Continue reading How are food expiration dates determined?
Nutrition labels, or nutrition facts panels, are included on nearly all food products. To find the nutrition label, pick up the product from a grocery store shelf and rotate it to the right. The only time the nutrition label is not on the right of the principle display panel is when there is no right… Continue reading How to Read a Nutrition Label
Everybody knows what a chef is. It is right up there with astronaut and doctor on the list of jobs that kids learn about and want to be when they grow up. But no one knows what a food scientist is. The most common reaction I get when I say I'm a food scientist is:… Continue reading Food Science vs Culinary Arts
A food scientist works in the food industry, typically in product development, quality control, sensory evaluation, or research.