preservatives

Vani Hari, the infamous "Food Babe" who says that we shouldn't eat anything that we can't pronounce, has a new emulator: Panera Bread.

It pains me to write this article because I love Panera Bread. They know me by my name at the restaurant at which I typically eat. However, their management and marketing team have decided that mocking science is the best way to sell food, and this loyal customer is going to fight back.

A few years ago, Panera launched a "clean food" campaign. That sounds innocent, but the implication is clear: Our food is clean, and their food is dirty. Scaring people about the safety of our food supply is a dishonest tactic...

The thoroughly debunked myth that the world is overpopulated is still pervasive. A corollary to that myth is the belief that, as the population continues growing, we will not be able to provide enough food for everybody. In fact, the exact opposite is the case.

In wealthy parts of the world, we produce too much food, in part because we reject ugly food and in part due to government policies that have distorted the market. As a result, we end up throwing away much of it. The numbers vary, with The Guardian reporting that the U.S. wastes about half of its food, while...

Silkworm cocoon. (Krish Dulal/Wikipedia) Silkworm cocoon. (Krish Dulal/Wikipedia)

 

Unlike draping yourself in velvet, which is not socially acceptable, silk remains perfectly fashionable. In fact, it is all the rage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University, where a research group led by David Kaplan is literally wrapping silk around everything it can get its hands on. In 2012, I reported on a...

CalinAs the farcical organic/back-to-nature movement continues to erode brains in this country, George Carlin's seven-word list needs to be updated. You know the first seven. I'm going to add the eighth: Preservatives.BLEEP

                            The Graduate if filmed today?

So, how did we get to the point where, if a mother buys a cereal with a preservative in it, child protective services will be waiting...

School Food - Chicken Nuggets

Kudos are due to a small NBC-affiliate radio station in Montgomery, Alabama, for soliciting expert opinion on a variety of common food scares or myths. We don t often see mainstream media responsibly providing listeners with science-based information instead of opting for sensationalism and fear-mongering to attract attention.

The segment, entitled Food Fears: Separating fact from fiction about...

The latest in health news: Chipotle, Kraft, 7 PepsiCo ditch GMOs and aspartame in the name of marketing, not public health, and Alex Berezow [from RealClearScience] tells it like it is in his open letter to Dr. Oz- don't miss it!

1039791_85503515Parabens are commonly used in foods and cosmetics as preservatives. Back in 2004, Dr. Philippa Darbre of the University of Reading published a study reporting that many breast cancer tumors contained parabens. This study resulted in an unwarranted fear of parabens based on the claim by Dr. Darbre that these preservatives have estrogen-like activity which has been linked to breast cancer. However, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University s Office for Science and Society in Montreal, and ACSH friend,...

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 2.37.20 PMThere are chemical scares and there are chemical scares. Some are valid, some are not. Some are just plain ridiculous. Today we look at ridiculous.

Parabens (derivatives of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, thus the name) have been used forever as preservatives. And they have been the target of consumer and environmental groups for almost as long.

Which is almost comical, considering it would be difficult to find a safer groups of chemicals.

ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom addresses some of...