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

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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

Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

In a world where many people are being aware of sustainability issues and are choosing to consume more plant-based proteins, it is the food scientist’s job to find novel strategies in order to look out for alternative plant proteins that can produce similar functionalities to the animal based ones. Let’s look at egg proteins, they are quite challenging to replace. Eggs are used thanks to … Continue reading Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

Food: Novel products and trends

As another season approaches with the beginning of September, it is quite normal to reflect on the past months. As I approach the reflective part of my year, I tend to ask myself what has changed and especially why? These are the same questions that experts and researchers in food science ask themselves and customers in order to understand novel trends and how to improve … Continue reading Food: Novel products and trends

Superfruits, where do they come from and why are they so special: Dragon Fruit and Star fruit

If you are in southern Europe or even in the UK, you are probably enjoying (while dutifully taking care of yourself and the others) this hot summer perhaps with a smoothie or an ice-cream. Speaking of fresh fruity foods, I believe that you have already stumbled upon new exotic fruits such as dragon fruit and star fruit. These exotic fruits are now considered superfruits. This … Continue reading Superfruits, where do they come from and why are they so special: Dragon Fruit and Star fruit

Sweeteners – The curious discovery of saccharine, cyclamate and aspartame

Do you ever stop for a coffee during the day and ask for the waiter or waitress if they have some sugar? They come with their nice smile and place a container with colourful bags of different sugars and sweeteners next to you and they leave you there tormented by the choice – should you go for brown sugar, honey or for some sweeteners? What … Continue reading Sweeteners – The curious discovery of saccharine, cyclamate and aspartame

Three things we would eat if we were living on Mars

Elon Musk’s project of colonising Mars is no secret to anyone as well as his SpaceX company that has the focus and aim of bringing private citizens on the red planet starting from 2024. For humans to stay long term on Mars without relying entirely on supplies from Earth, an ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilisation) approach would be necessary. The main consumables needed to support … Continue reading Three things we would eat if we were living on Mars

Which Oils are best for frying?

There are many questions I am asked as a food scientist and among the many, ‘Can I use olive oil for frying? Is the most popular. I used to start lecturing on saturated fats, smoke points, mono-unsaturation, and poly-unsaturation. Then, I used to dive into the world of minor components, bioactive compounds, antioxidants, and so forth. There isn’t an answer that I can give that … Continue reading Which Oils are best for frying?