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Essay question words explained

*downloadable checklist at the end of the post* It is this time of the academic year. Semester one is slowly coming to an end and you are writing your end-of-semester assignments, perhaps an essay-type of assignment. One of the things I struggled the most when I was a student dealing with a written assignment was understanding the exact wording of the assignment or essay title, … Continue reading Essay question words explained

Who are the supertasters and why is food so bitter to them

Have you ever guessed what is the secret behind the science of taste and flavour? Do you know if you are a supertaster? Supertaster is not the name of a new superhero and for sure –or maybe not– it will not be featured in the next Marvel movie but you should know that the supertasters are hiding among us, you might be one as well. … Continue reading Who are the supertasters and why is food so bitter to them

Grasshopper Pasta: Why insect-based food is the future, and how do western countries adapt?

When we think about insects we have in mind the horrible creature that Kafka described in his Metamorphosis, or the unpleasant “guest” we sometimes host in our kitchens during warm summers. If you go and tell an Italian grandma that soon we will produce pasta with insect flour she would probably have a heart attack. Well, get ready foodies because this is already happening! It … Continue reading Grasshopper Pasta: Why insect-based food is the future, and how do western countries adapt?

Superfoods, egg and fat replacers: meet Chia Seeds

Everyone of us has used chia seeds at least once in their lifetime. We can use chia seeds during our breakfast, when making bread, or making cereal bars. Chia seeds are native of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala and they were once used as a medicinal from Mayas and Aztecs. The word ‘chia’ means ‘strenght’ in Mayan and ancient warriors use to eat Chia seeds … Continue reading Superfoods, egg and fat replacers: meet Chia Seeds

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4 more things you can do with coffee by-products

As most of us know, coffee is definitely among the most consumed commodity around the world and many people are drawn to it thanks to its peculiar flavour and taste which may range between woody and/or caramelised. 75% of the coffee that is produced around the worlds consist in Arabica (Coffea Arabica) while for its 25% it consists of Robusta (Coffea Canephora) (Mussatto et al., … Continue reading 4 more things you can do with coffee by-products

4 things you don’t know about 3D food printing

*check our new podcast episode at the end of the post* Did you ever consider eating a 3D printed pizza? Can you imagine having a 3D printer for food next to your microwave oven? Well, dear foodies, get ready, the revolution is happening. In fact, also NASA has recently funded a Small Business Innovation Research in order to pursue this technology for the on demand … Continue reading 4 things you don’t know about 3D food printing

Ice-cream texture and ingredients’ wonders

Have you ever wondered how is an ice-cream made and why some ice-creams are better than others? Did you ever wonder about the functionalities of the ingredients in an ice-cream? Well, to start from the basis, let’s say that the ice-cream belongs to the family of “aerated” foods that have the peculiarity of being made of both solids and air as in form of air … Continue reading Ice-cream texture and ingredients’ wonders

The roles of a Food Scientist

Being a Teaching Fellow in Food Science, I get asked quite a lot of times from students during our Open Days about what are the possible professional careers of people studying Food Science. I do really enjoy answering to that question because I have a lot to say about it and sometimes I ask directly to students what do they think a Food Scientist is. … Continue reading The roles of a Food Scientist

How to: Critical Thinking

*Freebie checklist to download at the end of the blog post* Here you are, you have just started your semester and if you are scrolling down the pages of your assessment briefs, you are finding many mentions to the fact that you are supposed to demonstrate critical thinking skills. You are asked to critically assess a specific aspect of a topic. It might be difficult … Continue reading How to: Critical Thinking

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How to treat alcohol side effects with Asparagus

Have you ever had more than a glass of wine during a lively dinner and felt quite dizzy and tired the day after? I believe that everyone is quite familiar with the unpleasant effects of alcohol, especially the young ones with the so-called hangover. When I was a young Erasmus student in Spain I didn’t properly know that determined foods (other than kebab and french … Continue reading How to treat alcohol side effects with Asparagus