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Bring on the Fiery Foods

The science behind why some like it hot Read more

A tale of two food environments: Differences in food availability and food shopping behaviors between food insecure and food secure households

Newly published paper from FIC funded food mapping project Read more

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Consider going green and reducing waste

featuring FIC member Brian Roe Read more

Ohio State Mansfield Professor Helps Fight Food Insecurity

First stakeholder meeting for the RUSS Garden Planning Process held October 12, 2017. Read more

NCI Spotlight Investigator: Dr. Yael Vodovotz

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Who to trust for the truth about food

Go ahead, eat those fried eggs. And add a slice of buttered toast and a side of bacon. Read more

Growing Food and Harvesting Hope for Cancer Survivors

The Garden of Hope at the OSU Waterman Farm is a complimentary community garden for cancer survivors and their primary caregivers. Read more

Why Do We Crave the Pain of Spice?

We’re no strangers to seeking heat. And we’re not talking about the playful tingle of a jalapeño but the ugly, nose-drippy, sweating from your temples kind of heat you get from Szechuanese cuisine or Nashville-style hot chicken. In Flavor, science writer Bob Holmes, dedicates a whole chapter to why we avidly chase the pain of spice, how the Scoville scale works and what really is the best remedy for a burning mouth. Holmes, in the name of science and research, samples a jalapeño, Thai bird eye chili and habanero pepper. Read the excerpt below to find out how he fairs against the heat. Read more

Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity featuring FIC member Charles Emery

Those who eat more fish, plant proteins less likely to suffer, study finds Read more

Why McDonald's Big Mac Sauce Tastes Like Tomato Sauce featuring FIC member Devin Peterson

FIC member and director of the Flavor Research Education Center Devin Peterson tells us why McDonald's Big Mac sauce tastes like tomato sauce...even though it contains no tomatoes! Read more