Look at all those Chemicals in a Banana!

Look at all those Chemicals in a Banana!

James Kennedy is a high-school chemistry teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He feels that chemistry and chemicals are viewed upon negatively. So he decided to do something about it: “Chemistry has suffered in recent years from a negative image. Pesticides, poisons, … Continue reading

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A Holiday Plea: Let’s Be Kinder on Facebook

A Holiday Plea: Let’s Be Kinder on Facebook

This is a guest blog post by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD All I want for Christmas is for people on Facebook to stop accusing each other of eating “chemicals”. Lately, comments like “Sorry, but that muffin is full of chemicals” … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Bias in Nutrition Research

Reflecting on Bias in Nutrition Research

This is a guest post from John Coupland, Ph.D. It originally appeared here. Academic food scientists (like me) are sometimes accused of being entirely in the pocket of the food industry and thus our opinions and expertise are easily dismissed. … Continue reading

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What are Phthalates, and Why are They in Our Food?

What are Phthalates, and Why are They in Our Food?

Phthalates are a type of chemical, easily released into its surroundings, that have been linked with all sorts of health problems – most notably breast cancer, endocrine disruption and obesity. They’re found in plastics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, toys, packaging … Continue reading

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BPA Update: Alternatives May Be Just as Bad

BPA Update: Alternatives May Be Just as Bad

A gloomy editorial by Dominique Browning in the New York Times this week touches upon a recent trend : I’m struck by how many signs on the shelves advertise BPA-free bottles, BPA-free sippy cups. It breaks my heart. Manufacturers might … Continue reading

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Just Say NO to Canned Frosting and Box Cake

Just Say NO to Canned Frosting and Box Cake

This is a guest post by Catherine Delett. Birthdays rock. Ask any kid what their favorite day of the year is and chances are, the answer is “My birthday!” And birthdays almost always mean birthday cake. It may seem like … Continue reading

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Kraft Macaroni ‘N Cheese Dinner Cheddar Explosion (of chemicals)

Kraft Macaroni ‘N Cheese Dinner Cheddar Explosion (of chemicals)

Social media is the hot buzzword for all major brands these days. A good viral video on youtube, a contest on twitter, or a campaign on facebook connect brands with a new generation of consumers. How unfortunate that various food … Continue reading

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11 Quick Facts about Phosphoric Acid (Yes, that Chemical in Coca Cola)

11 Quick Facts about Phosphoric Acid (Yes, that Chemical in Coca Cola)

1. Phosphoric acid is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a syrupy consistency. 2. Phosphoric acid is used as an acidifying agent to give colas their tangy flavor. 3. Due to the use of phosphoric acid, cola is a actually … Continue reading

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