Round. Red. Good in salads and great on a BLT. Tomatoes are a typical find in the kitchens of families in the United States, so popular we are the world’s third largest producer of them. Though some people like to engage in the “tuh-MAY-toh” versus “tuh-MAH-toh” debate, the more popular question when it comes to tomatoes has to do with their classification. Are the circular plants vegetables or fruits? We're going to answer that once and for all. Maybe. Because science, history, and law create a lot of confusion.
Food & Nutrition
Take one article that shows sitting may be bad for you, although it is not clinically or statistically significant; multiply by very large numbers, and you have the beginning of a health meme. Spoiler alert, sitting is not the new cancer.
More than a third of kids are using dietary supplements. Due to the many preventable, adverse drug reactions they cause – such as arrhythmias and cardiovascular events – researchers set out to quantify pediatric and adolescent intake.
Despite the intentionally misleading title, soaking your nuts in chlorine isn't such a bad idea in this case. If you read about the "hygienic practices" of the Orangeburg Pecan Company, chlorine sounds pretty good. Hope you have a strong stomach.
A study of the dietary preferences of dogs and cats show distinct differences when palatability is constant. Are there lessons for us about our eating choices?
Some people claim that dairy products promote excess weight gain and even increase appetite. Obviously, there is no biological basis for this belief. Add to that, a review recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity found that dairy is not causing kids, or anyone else, to put on the pounds.
A new paper published in the journal Intelligence adds to the body of literature that characterizes how intelligent people differ from others. Mimicking the behaviors of intelligent people will not make a person intelligent, but it could provide a health boost.
The departure of Soup CEO Denise Morrison is the fifteenth CEO change at a large packaged food company in the last two-and-a-half years. What do they all share in common? They apologized for being in business and chased a vocal consumer segment that hates them - the "nocebo" community that seeks out products based on what they claim not to have on the label.
GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety received a positive food safety evaluation from the FDA regarding its safety and nutrition. GR2E is the first nutritionally enhanced genetically-modified rice to receive regulatory approval for use in food.
New research concludes that the poorest people in the world will be affected the most by higher CO2 levels, which may decrease the nutritional quality of rice. This conclusion, however, is based on at least two flawed assumptions.
The American food supply is safer and more nutritious today than at any point in history. And this decade the CDC found that 8 out of 10 Americans were not even at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Despite this, millions of Americans still fear the safety of their food. Why?
There's a dramatic flip-flop going on. The World Health Organization is now claiming that trans fats, which are found in margarine and donuts, are responsible for 500,000 deaths annually. Compare that to when partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil was saving us from butter and meat fat, which were also linked to cardiovascular disease. What changed? Not much – other than a hold on logic.