Science of Thanksgiving
A collection of articles about food and Thanksgiving.

A collection by MsLW
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Understanding the Science of Thanksgiving

Understanding the Science of Thanksgiving

How much turkey would you have to eat for it to actually make you sleepy? How does a pop-up thermometer know when the bird is fully cooked? Get answers to those Turkey Day questions and more. More...

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NPR
Did Your Thanksgiving Turkey Take Any Antibiotics?

Did Your Thanksgiving Turkey Take Any Antibiotics?

An astonishing 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving, many of which get antibiotics in their feed. Livestock producers often claim it’s for health, not to promote growth. Get the whole story. More...

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NPR
Gallery: Happy Genetically Modified Thanksgiving

Gallery: Happy Genetically Modified Thanksgiving

From stuffing and sweet corn to pumpkin pie and turkey, see how genetically modified products can show up at your Thanksgiving dinner. More...

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Popular Science
Savory Science: Jelly Bean Taste Test

Savory Science: Jelly Bean Taste Test

When it comes to tasting a feast of flavors, what role does your nose play? Find out with this "scent-sational" experiment. More...

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Scientific American
The Myth of Tryptophan Debunked

The Myth of Tryptophan Debunked

Think turkey is what makes you sleepy after your Thanksgiving feast? Think again: Chicken has more tryptophan. Watch the myth put to rest. More...

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BitesizeScience
The Chemistry of Cookies

The Chemistry of Cookies

Explore the series of chemical reactions that transform dough into warm, gooey cookies — and find out why 310° is key to the rich brown color of cookies AND Thanksgiving turkeys. More...

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TED-Ed/Stephanie Warren
How Not to Deep-Fry a Turkey

How Not to Deep-Fry a Turkey

You've heard that oil and water don't mix, right? Now see why. When a frozen (icy!) turkey goes into an extra hot deep fryer, it becomes a fireball in seconds. Another reason to roast your Thanksgiving bird! More...

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Popular Science
Game Birds of North America

Game Birds of North America

Hunted for sport or food, many game birds are heavy-bodied, ground-feeding birds that resemble domestic fowl. More...

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CCNAB