That’s a lot of lost food, globally

February 23, 2017

About 20% actually.  Researchers suggest that nearly 20% of the global food supply is lost to overeating and waste.  This can have a big impact of food security.

Dr. D.


All about sugars

February 19, 2017

A nice review (with a short video) about sugars in food (added and otherwise) from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)….

Dr. D.


Change is coming to those dates you see on food in the grocery stores

February 17, 2017

The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association announced this week new voluntary standards with specific meaning. We tend to assume that any date on a package is the expiration date and indicates that’s when the product should be tossed, when that isn’t really the case. Millions of Americans are tossing perfectly good food in the trash because they think it’s not safe to eat after the date on the package, Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council said about the new guidelines. This is a critical step toward clearing up the confusion and stopping all of that food, money, water and energy from going to waste.  Assuming that all manufacturers follow the guidelines, these are the only labels you’ll see on your food:

Use By: This is a safety designation, and means that you should consume the item before that date.

Best if Used By: This is a quality designation, and means that the item will be fresher and taste better before the date, but won’t harm you after that date.

Between retailers and our own refrigerators and pantries, experts estimate that we throw away about one-third of our food supply.”

Dr. D.


Chemistry at the movies

February 15, 2017

Not all food related but some is, in particular with reference to popcorn…..

Dr. D.


Prebiotics and stress relief

February 12, 2017

“Probiotics are well known to benefit digestive health, but prebiotics are less well understood. Prebiotics are certain types of non-digestible fibers that probiotic bacteria feed on, such as the fibers found in many plant sources like asparagus, oatmeal, and legumes. Certain bacteria also feed on non-fibers such as the protein lactoferrin, which also acts like a prebiotic and is found in breast milk.  According to a new study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience by Professor Monika Fleshner, and her team from the University of Colorado, Boulder, regular intake of prebiotics may promote beneficial gut bacteria and recovery of normal sleep patterns after a stressful episode.”

Dr. D.


Human pheromones

February 12, 2017

Not necessarily food related but related to sensory aspects of life, smell in particular.  This short video is quite interesting and contains a fact about lap dancers you probably didn’t know….

Dr. D.


All about chocolate

February 10, 2017

A nice article about the history, preparation and chemistry of chocolate in many of its variations….

Dr. D.


Whole grains increase metabolism and calorie loss

February 10, 2017

A new study suggests that substituting whole grains for refined grains in the diet increases calorie loss by reducing calories retained during digestion and speeding up metabolism. This research is published in tandem with a study on the effect of whole grains on gut microbiota. Both studies are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Dr. D.


Overeating and national sporting events

February 3, 2017

People who overeat during national holidays and national sporting events – like this weekend’s Super Bowl – are 10 times more likely to need emergency medical attention for food obstruction than any at other time of the year, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher.”  Word to the wise….be careful this weekend…

Dr. D.


Your Mom was right, eat your broccoli, it’s good for you

February 2, 2017

And it’s especially good for helping your gut immune system fight off pathogens…it involves the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and an enzyme called Cyp1a1.  Other crucifers such as kale and cauliflower have similar effects….

Dr. D.