Mysteries of Eating and Drinking

Feb 24, 2020, 05:00 AM
Is it safe to drink blood? What would happen if you ate an entire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili Pepper? And why do delicious french fries taste so bad when they’re cold? All these food and drink related questions (and a whole lot more) are answered by our intrepid science reporters, Jeanna and Mindy.
 
Below you can find links to further reading on the topics discussed in this episode.

 

Interview with Denise Tieman of the Plant Innovation Center at University of Florida in Gainesville, discusses her research aimed at creating a more flavorful tomato. 
 
  • Chili peppers have their very own rating scale: the Scoville scale, which indicates amount of capsaicin is present..and how hot they are! 
  • A Ghost pepper is among hottest and has 1 million Scoville units!


Guest editor report with Live Science senior writer, Rachel Rettner: How a Piece of Popcorn Stuck in a Man's Teeth Led to Open-Heart Surgery
  • Blood drinking or eating congealed blood, usually combined with meat, is common in cultures around the world 
  • Drinking cattle blood is part of the traditional Maasai diet in Kenya and Tanzania

 
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Music by Chad Crouch - Algorithms