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!)
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!
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 watching—it’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:
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:
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.