Dinner Party Tips and Tricks – Powered by Science

Have you been looking for a way to up your dinner party game? IFT Food Facts compiled results from some recent peer-reviewed studies to help you do just that – by incorporating science into your meal.

If you’re planning on serving wine, accompany it with a cheese board, as researchers found eating cheese while drinking wines may improve the taste of the wine.

For the main course, serve a garlic pasta with asparagus. Asparagus has shown potential to alleviate hangover symptoms when consumed with alcohol. You can then remedy the garlic breath by providing fresh mint leaves or an apple before dessert, because compounds in mint and apples combat the volatiles in garlic that cause bad breath.

For dessert, a Ceylon gooseberry tart will provide an antioxidant-rich, delicious close to your meal. Follow with an offer for coffee, as a review article found that moderate coffee drinking has beneficial effects on overall health than risks.

If you have any leftovers, be sure to let the food cool to 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit before placing in the refrigerator and if you are not going to polish them off in 3-4 days, freezing is your best option for keeping the food safe.

All studies mentioned were published in either the Journal of Food Science or Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. All sound science is based on a body of research, most the information cited was pulled from individual peer-reviewed studies.
Deodorization of Garlic Breath by Foods, and the Role of Polyphenol Oxidase and Phenolic Compounds
Use of Multi-Intake Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS) to Evaluate the Influence of Cheese on Wine Perception
Biochemical Characterization of Dovyalis hebecarpa Fruits: A Source of Anthocyanins with High Antioxidant Capacity
Effects of Asparagus officinalis Extracts on Liver Cell Toxicity and Ethanol Metabolism
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