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Superfoods and Superhype

The term “Superfood” has become part of our vocabulary. Such foods are the supposed antitheses of “junk foods” with the implication that if we gorge on them we can delay our earthly departure. The label “superfood” is usually backed by reference to some research that has little bearing on human consumption. There may have been something interesting noted in a laboratory experiment or in some animal feeding study in which rodents consumed... [To read more click on Title.]

Many Scientists Smell a Rat in French GMO Rat Study

A recent French study that purports to show a link between the consumption of genetically modified corn and a variety of ailments, including cancer, was just the tasty morsel that critics of genetically modified foods (GMOs) hungered for. For many scientists, however, the study proved to be a source of indigestion. To be sure, GMOs are a hot button issue, especially with the looming prospect of California’s Proposition 37 that would require labeling of foods [To read more click on Title.]

From Twitching Worms to Nonbrowning Apples

The tiny worm’s twitch was hardly noticeable, but with that slight shudder science took a giant leap! A leap big enough to lead to a Nobel Prize that would pave the way to apples that will not brown, onions that will not make you cry, cotton seeds that you can eat and diseases that you can treat. [To read more click on Title.]

Arthritis: Profiteering from Pain

According to the magazine article, Lucy was forty-eight when the pain of rheumatoid arthritis struck. She didn’t take it lying down. The usual regimen of non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs, cortisone and methotrexate provided temporary relief but the side effects were bothersome. So she decided to go the “alternative” route. Whole hog. The first practitioner she saw told her to cut that out. The hog that is. [To read more click on Title.]

Blame the Bagel

I’m grumpy now. Maybe it’s because I had a bagel for breakfast. Or maybe it’s because I just read an excerpt from a book that claims that eating a bagel can make one grumpy. The book is called “The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body.” What is that wondrous prescription? It seems simple enough. [To read more click on Title.]

Chaga-The Not-So-Magical Mushroom

If you wanted to find some “Chaga” mushroom you would tromp through a forest looking for a birch tree with an unusual growth on its trunk. Although it is classified as a mushroom, Chaga doesn’t look like one. Instead of having gills, this mushroom is permeated with numerous pores. Under pressure it crumbles readily, revealing a brownish inside with cream coloured veins. Why would anyone seek out this ugly parasite [To read more click on Title]

Taking a Look At Randomized Controlled Trials and Observational Studies

Your grandmother, if you were lucky enough to have one, probably told you to eat your fruits and veggies. And now it seems that those grandmothers who meddled with our dietary habits and urged kids to eat their peas and carrots were bang on. Grandmas have been joined by a plethora of scientists who tell us that we should be eating anywhere between five and ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Grandmothers went by instinct, but science progresses through [To read more click on Title.]

Cranberries and Urinary Tract Infections

Mention cranberry juice and “urinary tract infection” springs to mind. Most women and many men are familiar with the frequent urination and accompanying burning sensation that signals a bacterial invasion of the urinary tract. Today antibiotics solve the problem, but what did people do before? “Flushing the system” seemed a logical approach. All sorts of beverages were tried, but by the mid-1800s books on folkloric medicine were suggesting the use of cranberry juice[To read more click on Title.]

Polyglycerol polyricinoleate

Don’t get scared just because you can’t pronounce it. If you like chocolate you’ve probably eaten it. Let me fill you in on the story. I think the first medicine I ever heard of was “Ricinus,” a liquidy concoction that came in a brown bottle. My mother would ply me with it when she suspected I was constipated. Although I can’t imagine why as a child I would have had such a problem since our diet in Hungary back then included generous doses of goose fat[To read more click on Title.]

Paradoxe blanc - Mon dieu!

If you take a look at all the literature put out by the French wine industry, you'll start to wonder whether you should replace wine drinking by intravenous infusions of red wine. They make a case for wine being virtually a drug to prevent heart disease. They offer reams of scientific evidence about neutralizing free radicals and preventing cholesterol from damaging the walls of arteries. Of course, that doesn't prove that wine is responsible [To read more click on Title.]

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