How about a hearty helping of ugly vegetables?

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Are you a squeezer or a sniffer? Maybe you just eyeball the fruits and vegetables in the store to decide which you want to eat. If you see a blemish on a tomato, do you reject it? How about a bit of brown on the cauliflower?

You already know that the blemished food is just as good for you as the ugly stuff. What you may not know is that psychologists have figured out why we tend to reject damaged goods and how we can change our minds about it. There even businesses sprouting up which will deliver ugly vegetables to your doorstep.

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, but there is a pretty truth about ugly vegetables and some disturbing things about those beautiful apples in the store. In this episode, we’ll peel it all away.

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Halloween candy can give you quite a scare!

When you were a kid, did you ever get something in your Halloween bag that you really didn’t want. You may have tried to swap it with someone else who had something you wanted, but it was so bad that they asked you where you got it so they could avoid that house.
Halloween has a long history, stretching back hundreds of years, but the introduction of candy is a fairly recent innovation.

On this Halloween special we’ll tell you the holiday’s background, the ugly truth about pins and needles nestled in the sweet confines of chocolate bars and which candies are most favored, state by state. This episode is all treat and no tricks … maybe.

Favorite Halloween candy, state by state

Want a better life? Just add yeast

Yeast makes a dandy loaf of bread or a great beer, but there is much more to it than that. Research suggests yeast may help fight cancer. Nutritional yeast provides vitamins and minerals that help build strong muscles and bones. It’s also really tasty on popcorn.

There’s a lot more to yeast than you may think and today we’ll tell you all about it.

This story is going to kill you

Anthony Bourdain used to all kinds of outrageous foods. It’s a good thing he talked with the local folks before picking up a fork because parts of lots of food contain cyanide. In fact, there are lots of foods that will flat out kill you.

Today we skip the exotic killer foods such as the puffer fish and focus on what is probably in your kitchen right now. This episode could mean life or death, so crank up your audio player and prepare yourself to consider an all-water diet.

Dining out of a toilet — there’s a restaurant for that

You’ve been to drive-ins with servers on roller skates, places where the staff yells at you or where you can eat for free if first you choke down a three-pound hamburger – bun and all.

But this week we have a whole list of other restaurants that are much more strange. This is your chance to learn about unusual restaurants. Grab your spoon and enjoy!

You’ll also find links to some of the restaurants at the end of the show notes.

The Modern Toilet

See what The Modern Toilet looks like

The Safe House

The Black Ant

O.Noir

Cabbages and Condoms

Dinner in the sky

Are you a super taster?

If you’re one of those people who regularly sends food back to the kitchen with instructions on how it should be prepared, you might just be a jerk or you could be a Super Taster.

Super Tasters experience food differently than most of us. Listen in to find out all about them and use the links below to tell if you might be a Super Taster.

BBC test on whether you are a Super Taster

Buy a kit to test whether you are a super taster

Smart Cookie: Soybeans – You eat more than you think

You see them everywhere, those bushy green plants in neat rows happily growing in some farmer’s field. Then comes fall when the leaves fall and the plant withers. That’s when it’s harvest time.

We’re talking soybeans. They are your tofu, they are on your newspaper and lots of other places you wouldn’t expect.

Join us for this episode and when it’s done, when it comes to soybeans, you’ll be a smart cookie!

Smart Cookie: Chicken and Waffles

We need to talk about chicken and waffles. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it’s chicken and waffles. That’s all. It’s not rocket science.

But for whatever reason, chicken and waffles has become the rage, so let’s figure out what this dish is all about.