Megan Meyer's blog

Better Know a Nutrition Expert: Meet Megan

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Every day, we at FoodInsight are working hard to bring you great content by qualified experts. But who are these experts toiling away? In our series, "Better Know a Nutrition Expert," we introduce you to the smart folks who make sure that you've got the very best information in food safety and nutrition. 

 

Press Offices Gone Wild

When you see a headline touting exaggerated or unsupported claims, it’s easy to blame the media. While media can be one part of the problem, there are other parts of the process in play. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far beyond the hallowed halls of academic institutions.

Press offices, we are looking at you.bad-science-press-releases

The Seven Deadly Sins of Junk Science

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Before we begin, there is something I need to disclose: I am a scientist by training and received my PhD in microbiology and immunology, centered on nutritional immunology.

Whew! Real science credentials are not always popular in conversations about food, so I’m relieved to get that off my chest. Now that the cat is out of the bag, let’s dive into the real meat and potatoes: junk science.

Busting Open the 'Bulletproof Coffee' Trend

From baby shower banter to podcast episodes, we’ve been hearing about the ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ trend everywhere. We’ve heard our fair share of anecdotes touting health benefits from the strange breakfast substitute. Because everyone out there is Googling it, we figured we would dig into the science.

First, let’s take a look at what ‘bulletproof coffee’ is supposed to mean.  You’re supposed to replace your breakfast with:

Misinterpretation and Mousetraps: Breaking Down the Latest Sugars Study

The latest study examining the health effects of sugars has dangled another piece of cheese in front of us. Will you bite?

The Impacts of Biotechnology: A Close Look at the Latest Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

In 1983, the first scientific report on the development of genetically engineered (GE or food biotechnology, also inaccurately referred to as GMOs) plant cells was published (1). Since then, agricultural biotechnology farming has dramatically increased. The 2013 International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications report found that more 4 billion people live in countries that plant GE crops.

Organic vs. Conventional Crops: Analyzing a Meta-Analysis

Consumers have long been aware of the relationship between nutrition and health. With the advent of environmental concerns, rates of organic farming have increased, offering consumers choices of conventional or organic products. As such, there have been efforts to compare the nutrition content of organic and conventionally grown crops.

Fortified Foods, Friend or Foe?

By: Megan Meyer, Microbiology and Immunology Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report titled “How Much is Too Much? Excess Vitamins and Minerals in Food Can Harm Kids’ Health.” The report claimed:

Can You Be in Favor of Both Sustainable Foods and Biotechnology? Millennials Say You Can

Health and nutrition related information are two important topics for US consumers, but recently there has been an increasing interest in food production and sustainability. This year, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) recently conducted its biannual Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology Survey to gauge American consumers’ knowledge, opinions, perceptions, and behaviors in the context of plant and animal biotechnology, food production, and sustainability.

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