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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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?

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

And a simple biscuit recipe to go along with it.

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

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.

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?