Topic: Nutrition & Food Science

August 13, 2018 Edible Crickets & Gut Health - Edible crickets could improve gut health.
March 22, 2018 Healthier Smoke - A new filter keeps carcinogens out of smoked foods.
March 15, 2018 Wasabi vs. Chili Peppers - A listener asks: Why does wasabi's kick disappear so quickly while the heat of chili peppers can last much longer?
January 5, 2018 Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches - A listener asks: Why do I get a headache if I go without coffee?
December 19, 2017 Yogurt Fuel - The byproducts of Greek yogurt could be turned into jet fuel.
September 13, 2017 Plant Hormones - Our gut microbes may respond to hormones in the plants we eat.
August 28, 2017 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
August 22, 2017 Worms, Microbes and Healthspan - Gut microbes may turn broccoli chemicals into age-defying compounds.
July 24, 2017 Whale Diet & Genetics - A genetic difference between the two types of whales that could partially explain why some became so gigantic.
July 21, 2017 Salt & Sour Taste Receptors - Identifying receptors for salty and sour tastes could have a positive impact on health.
June 28, 2017 Taste Cell Regeneration - Research into how taste cells regenerate could help cancer patients and the elderly enjoy food again.
May 26, 2017 Binge-Eating Brain Cells - Activating neurons in the subthalamus region of the brain caused mice to binge eat.
March 7, 2017 Saliva Communication - How sensors in the mouth help orchestrate digestion and metabolism.
February 20, 2017 The Body’s Sense of Taste - Taste receptors are actually located all over the body, not just in the mouth.
January 27, 2017 Crowd-sourcing Better Tomatoes - Researchers turn to panels of taste testers to identify key flavor chemicals lost during the past 100 years of commercial tomato breeding.
January 25, 2017 Cooking Spray Calories - How can companies claim that cooking sprays are “fat-free” if the first ingredient is oil?
November 24, 2016 Pricey WIne - The price of a wine arbitrarily influences how pleasurable it is to drink.
October 13, 2016 Chewing Gum Myth - Does it really take seven years to digest chewing gum?
September 15, 2016 Tree-Climbing People - The Twa people of Uganda climb trees with ease. A new study suggests that the trait may be the result of practical necessity.
September 7, 2016 Caffeine Genetics - A gene variant makes some people feel a buzz from very little caffeine.
July 25, 2016 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
June 24, 2016 Gluten-Free Foods - Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but only a small percentage of the population is truly sensitive to the wheat protein.
June 14, 2016 Monopoly, Status, & Food - Our perception of our social status, even during a brief board game, may be powerful enough to affect our food choices.
May 11, 2016 Calorie-Burning Fat - Bioengineers design nanoparticles that convert white fat storage cells to brown, calorie-burning ones.
May 3, 2016 Neandertal vs. Human Diets - By using more sophisticated technology to deal with a harsh and unpredictable Ice Age climate, modern humans may have been more successful at finding food than Neandertals.
April 5, 2016 Fisheries Recovery - A new report finds that global fisheries could boost both sustainability and annual catch.
March 14, 2016 Disease Fighting Beer Hops - Scientists are isolating and synthesizing the chemical compounds that make hops bitter, and studying their medicinal properties.
February 12, 2016 Food Security & Climate Change - Limited growing regions make staple crops like corn, wheat and soy more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
January 28, 2016 Exercise & Weight Loss - Intense exercisers may burn no more calories per day than people who don’t exercise regularly.
December 24, 2015 Kids & Sugar - Some children are much better at detecting sugar in food and drink than others.
December 21, 2015 2016: The Year of the Bean - Increasing bean consumption can make both people and soils healthier.
December 18, 2015 Cocoa & Cardio Health - Compounds from cocoa beans may help fight cardiovascular disease.
November 26, 2015 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
October 21, 2015 Buzzing Bees - Plants turn honeybees into caffeine addicts.
September 14, 2015 6,000 Calorie Diet - Volunteers go on diets of 6,000 calories per day diet to help scientists figure out the link between excess calories and diabetes.
August 28, 2015 Beating Bitterness - How do certain foods banish the bitter aftertaste of some medications?
August 24, 2015 Human Superpredators - Our unique predatory behavior puts other predators, as well as entire ecosystems, at risk.
July 30, 2015 Diabetic Dolphins - Dolphin diets provide insight about preventing diabetes.
July 3, 2015 Brains & Bacteria - Growing evidence that populations of gut microbes may affect our brains.
May 20, 2015 Bacteria & Stomach Cancer - Bacteria that increase the risk of cancer hide out in the stomach.
May 12, 2015 Whale Contortionists - Baleen whales have rubbery nerves that allow them to stretch to twice their length when they feed.
April 30, 2015 Sugar vs. Stress - Do people use sugar to deal with stress?
April 29, 2015 Natural Frankenfoods - Sweet potatoes are a naturally transgenic crop.
April 23, 2015 Vitamin Supplement Risks - Research shows that vitamin pills are no replacement for vitamins in healthful food, and taking too many supplements can even have health risks.
December 19, 2014 Re-Wilding Crops - Can genetic engineering help “re-wild” our grains, fruits and vegetables?
December 12, 2014 Senescent Cells - Researchers make new inroads into preventing age-related diseases.
December 11, 2014 Fructose and Hunger - Does the sugar fructose fool us into eating more calories than we need?
December 1, 2014 Yaupon Tea - Can you get a caffeine fix without growing your carbon footprint?
November 26, 2014 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
November 3, 2014 Lactose Intolerance Genes - Central Europeans developed a dairying culture at least 4,000 years before they evolved the ability to digest milk.