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Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #15: Cause and Effect

21 Mar 2017

Studies are the heart of science. But which studies do we take to heart? That is becoming more and more of a critical question as studies are being cranked out at a frenetic pace exploring every...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #14: No, silly putty is not hiding in our food

21 Mar 2017

“You Won’t Believe Where Silly Putty Is Hiding In Your Food.” So begins one of the Food Babe’s attempts to shock us about how the food industry is poisoning us. This time the target of the wild...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #17: The Carnation Tragedy of the '30s

17 Feb 2017

Back in the 1930s a flower merchant with a greenhouse full of carnations got worried when the weather forecast called for extremely cold temperatures. So he placed a kerosene burner in the...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #16: Vitamin History

17 Feb 2017

To take or not to take, that is the question often asked about vitamin supplements. Some experts suggest that a balanced diet provides all the vitamins we need, while others claim that a daily...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #11: Randomized, controlled, and double-blind studies

15 Feb 2017

The gold standard in science is the randomized, controlled, double-blind trial. If you want to know whether Garcinia cambogia causes weight loss, or whether glucosamine helps with arthritic pain,...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #9: SLS, the synthetic detergent

15 Feb 2017

“Syndets” were originally developed by chemists to eliminate a problem commonly found with soap, namely “scum” formation. Soaps, unlike detergents, react with dissolved minerals in water to form an...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #8: Aspirin

15 Feb 2017

I wonder if Ms. Hari would ever consider taking aspirin. If she found out that it is made from petroleum, probably not. For some reason she considers petroleum to be a substance that comes from...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #7: The difference between hazard and risk

15 Feb 2017

We know that Ms. Food Babe’s scientific knowledge is negligible. Especially when it comes to understanding the difference between hazard and risk. This is important especially when it come to...

The Many Many Chemicals in Honey

15 Feb 2017

We live in a fascinating, complex chemical world. Smell that cup of coffee and you are sniffing hundreds of compounds! A whiff in the bathroom will add about three hundred, many of them such as...

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