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12 Steps for Spotting Bad Science

The volume of science that's out there on food and nutrition is staggering, and living in a Google-based world is a blessing and a curse. Every time I've had a question about food, I've instantly been able to find dozens of sources...all saying conflicting things. They're constantly telling me 'Ten Cups of Coffee Could Save Your Life!' or (below) that becoming tangled in my bedsheets is impacting skiing revenue (ok, those guys were being ironic, but there are definitely real-life reporting parallels!) 

Worried about your coffee habit?

Been hearing some crazy news about caffeine lately? So have we! That's why we were keen to check out this infographic by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. It shows just how much coffee, water, and alcohol would be 'potentially toxic' at high doses – and it's pretty surprising! It really puts caffeine concerns into perspective to see that, in high quantities, water could do us in before caffeine!


3 Things We Learned about Nutrition from the NFL

When I sit down to watch the Packers and Seahawks tonight, I’m betting I won’t be a model of nutritional excellence. In fact, during football season, Sundays rank at the top of my (mostly sensible) splurge days. But in the new NFL, food isn’t just a big part of my watchingit’s a big part of the habits of the guys on the field. Here are three things that this NFL preseason taught me about nutrition:

The Art of Science: Emmys Celebrate Fascination with Science Fact and Fiction

Last night, the TV-lovers among us celebrated some of the more popular potrayals of science on the small screen:

More Than Quackery

Last week, Cliff Weathers at Alternet gave us a tutorial on 4 of the Biggest Quacks Plaguing America with False Claims About Science. “In short,” Weathers says, “quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives.”

Carb-free: If King James does it, should you?

Basketball fans were buzzing this week over LeBron’s reduced-carb diet and reported weight loss (because, hey, what else can you cover in the off-season?)

Many of us non-sports stars are now asking, if the Sports Illustrated fittest athlete in the world  is cutting carbs, should we be rethinking our diet mix?

What Should I Eat? There’s an App for That

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Nutrino, an app that keeps diet advice simple by telling you what food you should eat based on your needs, goal and lifestyle. 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Biotech

Neil deGrasse Tyson, speaker of some of our favorite science quotes (especially the one above!), shared his take on "the attention that genetically modified foods are receiving," "artificial selection" of crops, and the "fear factor" with science. The video has already sparked hundreds of comments within less than a day. Check it out and see what you think:


Engaging in Respectful Dialogues: How to Elevate the Food Conversation

Last week, a "hit list" site emerged calling for violent attacks on both journalists and scientists who write about benefits of biotechnology. For many of us who communicate the science of food and nutrition, it was a pretty frightening turn in what has certainly been a heated discussion on “GMOs” (a commonly although inaccurately used term) and other food technology.

5 Food Takeaways from Weird Al Lyrics


1. “I deal with fungal rot, bacterial formation, microbes, enzymes, mold and oxidation”: He’s got a point. These things are bad for leftovers.

2. “I never bother with baggies, glass jars, Tupperware containers, plastic cling wrap”: Don’t fear these! They all make great food storage options, as long as they’re air tight.