Grocery store tomato, why do you taste so bad?

March 24, 2017

Here’s the answer….and not surprisingly it involves lots of chemistry and biochemistry….

Dr. D.


Why tea and coffee are brewed differently

March 17, 2017

There are scientific reasons behind the varied approaches to brewing coffee and tea. Much of it boils down to the composition of the plant matter in question—the roasted and ground seeds of the coffee fruit on the one hand, and the processed and dried leaves of Camellia sinensis, or the tea plant, on the other—and the flavors, textures, and aromas we try to coax out of each.  This article will explain it all….more or less….

Dr. D.


The 5 second rule

March 16, 2017

Recently there was a study about the 5 second rule that showed it was false….here’s the other side of the coin

Dr. D.


Cocoa bean shortage? No problem….

March 9, 2017

“Chocolate lovers could soon have a harder time satisfying their sweet tooth. Worldwide demand for this mouth-watering treat is outstripping the production of cocoa beans, its primary ingredient.  But in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, scientists report that compounds found in jackfruit seeds produce many of the same aromas as processed cocoa beans and are a potentially cheap, abundant substitute for use in chocolate manufacturing.”

Dr. D.


Turning food waste into tires

March 9, 2017

“Tomorrow’s tires could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.”

Dr. D.


Here’s what you are eating wrong…

March 9, 2017

Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.  Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study suggests.  “Good” foods that were under-eaten include: nuts and seeds, seafood rich in omega-3 fats including salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and whole grains.  “Bad” foods or nutrients that were over-eaten include salt and salty foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna and hot dogs; red meat including steaks and hamburgers; and sugary drinks.”

Dr. D.


Eating 5 a day of fruits and vegetables?

March 2, 2017

It’s not enough….this study suggests even greater protective effects from eating 10 serving a day.  Compared to eating no fruits and vegetables here are the risk reductions…

Eating up to 800g fruit and vegetables a day, or 10 portions, was associated with:

  •     24 per cent reduced risk of heart disease
  •     33 per cent reduced risk of stroke
  •     28 per cent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  •     13 per cent reduced risk of total cancer
  •     31 per cent reduction in dying prematurely

Dr. D.