Tag: Food

In the Wake of Hurricane Florence: How Genetic Tools Can Prevent Ecosystem Damage

In the Wake of Hurricane Florence: How Genetic Tools Can Prevent Ecosystem Damage

Hurricane Florence was devastating to much of the Carolinas. The flooding that ensued destroyed not only homes and livelihoods, but greatly affected animal agriculture. The effects of Florence resulted in the deaths of millions of animals and caused massive overflows or “overtopping” of animal waste,…

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Have you ever read the Nutrition Facts on a diet soda or sugar-free gum? If so, you might have noticed a bolded sentence that reads: PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. In the U.S., this sentence is present on every commercially available medicine, food, or beverage that contains…

No Fermentable Foods? Yes Please!

No Fermentable Foods? Yes Please!

No bread. No sugar. No rice, potatoes, corn, soy, milk, onions, garlic, chocolate, processed meats, or alcohol. Is this a starvation diet or a method of torture? Actually, this is a diet with a 70–86% success rate in relieving the symptoms of a disorder that…

Cinnamon, Bam!

Cinnamon, Bam!

Well the holiday season is upon us. Our calendars and days are now filled with shopping, travel, and social gatherings with friends, family, and loved ones. As the temperature outside turns cold, we turn to many of our favorite treats to fill our bellies and…

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Shrink Your Plastic Footprint!

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Shrink Your Plastic Footprint!

Plastics are nearly unavoidable. From the plastic bottle of water you grab walking into a meeting to the money in your wallet, plastics are ubiquitous. However, evidence is accumulating that heavy plastic use takes a hefty toll on the environment, especially the world’s oceans, which…

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Mirror Images of Molecules Affect Our Daily Lives

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Mirror Images of Molecules Affect Our Daily Lives

All we know around us is constructed of atoms that are connected to form molecules. The types of atoms and their arrangement can change the function and characteristics of these molecules. In some cases, two molecules that are made of the same atoms can have…

Crying Over Spilt Milk Substitutes

Crying Over Spilt Milk Substitutes

Milk is a staple food in the American diet that has been expanding its definition for the past few decades. Cow’s milk has been facing increasing competition from plant-based milk substitutes like almond and soy milk. According to the Department of Agriculture, Americans are drinking…

Should Coconut Oil be in Your Pantry?

Should Coconut Oil be in Your Pantry?

Maybe it reminds us of a warm beach vacation. Or sipping a pina colada. But whatever the reason, many Americans are making coconut oil a part of their diet. But be warned– coconut oil is extremely high in saturated fat. In fact, 92% of the…

Whole Milk, how about that?

Whole Milk, how about that?

Many of us can still remember seeing our favorite pop singers with the perfect milk mustache on commercials for “Got milk?”. Later, in the school cafeteria, we would try to recreate this perfect milk mustache with milk provided by the cafeteria for lunch. Since those…

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

A researcher is looking at preliminary data from the CARET study when he does a double-take.  He thinks: that can’t be right- people who supplemented with vitamin A have higher frequency of lung cancer and death than people not supplementing with vitamin A. But the…