The celebration of Halloween has long been paired with spooky costumes and devilish amounts of candy. But just how much sugar does the average American child eat on Halloween? According to Insider it’s nearly 384 grams, which translates to about 3 cups of sugar. The average American consumes roughly 22.7 teaspoons of sugar each day. That is a third of the Halloween average, but on a daily basis. Why is it that we consume so much? One would think we eat this much candy because it’s Halloween and that’s what you do, but science says that is only part of the reason.Read More
I received lots of passionate feedback about my article on pairing spicy food with IPAs (originally published by CraftBeer.com). In light of this “heated” debate between people who both love and hate spicy food, I thought a follow up on the science behind the sensation would help.Read More
Originally published for CraftBeer.com, awarded in 2017 for the category of Best Beer and Food Articles by the North American Guild of Beer Writers.
My career cultivating a scientific understanding about flavor has prepared me for contributing to beer knowledge, but not “growing up” in the industry means that I often am not aware of the many shared stories, anecdotes and oral histories that have been passed down from one brewing generation to the next. So it’s not surprising that I find myself stumbling into these moments of tension where my grasp on the science behind a phenomenon, like beer calming spice, doesn’t quite match up with the brewing industry’s perspective.Read More