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Shaun Chavis

Shaun Chavis is a freelance writer specializing in food issues. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a culinary arts degree, and master’s degree in gastronomy from Boston University. She’s worked as a newscast producer and online news producer for television stations in Oklahoma City, Durham and Boston. She wrote an award-winning weight loss blog as a diet editor for Health magazine, and edited cookbooks for Cooking Light, Southern Living, and other brands. Shaun grew up the daughter of a U.S. Army officer and still loves travel. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Contributions

Why Are Certain Foods Eaten Mainly at Breakfast?

Americans have come to expect certain foods for breakfast. But why did these particular foods end up as morning meals?

Is Raw Milk Better For You Than Pasteurized Milk?

Raw milk is actually blamed for foodborne illnesses across the United States, and it's illegal to sell in several. But is it really warranted?

Does Canned Food Really Deserve a Bad Rap?

Canned foods are super convenient, but there's often a stigma attached to serving them. Is that warranted?

The Quest to Fix the Grocery Store Tomato

Grocery store tomatoes are all but flavorless anymore. A group of scientists is out to bring the ripe, red taste of summer back.

The Keto Craze: Does the Diet Live Up to the Hype?

The keto diet is high in fat and low in carbs — ideal for quick weight loss, but not necessarily for keeping it off.

All Salt Is Not the Same

Salt is something most of us use without thinking about it. But with so many options available, how do we know what's best?

Your Sushi May Not Be as Healthy as You Think

Fresh fish can pack a punch in the good nutrients department. But when it comes to sushi, that punch can be good or bad, and it all depends on what you order.

4 Steps to Safely Ship Holiday Cookies

Everyone loves getting holiday cookie care packages. But nobody loves getting packages of cookie crumbles.

8 Awesome Uses for Your Instant Pot

Instant Pot is all the rage. But what's the big deal? What makes this pressure cooker so great?

5 Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are a sign that the holidays are in full swing. But what are some simple ways to utilize with this tiny tart fruit?

The Humble History of Pumpkin Pie

It's a pie. Filled with squash. Who in the world decided that was a good idea?

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Deep frying a turkey can be risky business. But if you know how to do it right, you'll be rewarded with a succulent and juicy taste you simply can't get from roasting.

These Grapes Really Do Taste Like Cotton Candy

Craving some sugary sweet cotton candy? Then reach for these grapes instead. You'll be shocked at how much they taste just like the spun stuff.

Your Yogurt Is Probably Loaded With Sugar

Your favorite yogurt could have more sugar than a 12-ounce can of soda. So, is it even healthy?

Does Caffeine Increase — or Decrease — Appetite?

Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a sweet cupcake. But do you crave the two together or does that cup of joe actually make you hungry?

Why Is Lobster So Expensive, and Will it Stay That Way?

Lobster has long been associated with luxury and fine dining. But could newly imposed Chinese tariffs change that?

The Light and Fluffy History of Southern Biscuits

And a simple biscuit recipe to go along with it.

Water Is Free. Why Do Americans Spend Billions on the Bottled Stuff?

In 2017, bottled water surpassed soda as Americans' favorite drink. How did water, something we get for free, become a multi-billion-dollar business?

17.6 Million Americans Still Lack Access to Healthy Food

The number of Americans living in food deserts has decreased, but there's still a long way to go before everyone has access to healthy food.

Is Juice Really Better for You Than Soda?

Unless it's fresh-squeezed (and even then) juice is loaded with sugar, often as much as a can of Coca-Cola. So why do we still tout it as healthy?

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