Topic: Nutrition & Food Science

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.
October 24, 2014 Soda & Telomeres - Sugar-sweetened soda may cause cell damage.
September 8, 2014 Coffee Genome - Scientists decode the complete genome of a popular species of coffee plant.
August 25, 2014 Richard III’s Diet - Isotope analysis is revealing what English King Richard III ate and drank.
August 7, 2014 Delayed Ripening - Naturally occurring soil bacteria can make fruit ripen more slowly – potentially saving a lot of food and money.
August 4, 2014 Feeding Neurons - Scientists have accidentally stumbled upon specific brain cells that turn feeding behavior on and off in mice.
June 11, 2014 Blue Light Dangers - Blue light, abundant in artificial lighting, LED's, and computer screens, may delay sleep and increase nighttime hunger.
June 6, 2014 Promoting Good Fat - The immune system could help keep the body in fat burning mode.
June 5, 2014 Sweetener Pesticide - A low-calorie sweetener could double as an insecticide for fruit flies.
June 3, 2014 Pregnancy Taste Changes - Researchers are identifying molecular changes in taste receptors that occur during pregnancy.
May 20, 2014 Olive Oil vs. Pollution - Olive oil may help protect the cardiovascular system against the ill-effects of air pollution in cities.
April 15, 2014 Glucose & Aggression - A new study suggests it might be a bad idea to argue with your spouse when you’re hungry.
March 24, 2014 Cocoa Benefits - The heart-healthy benefits of dark cocoa are the work of gut bacteria.