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The Allure of Allulose

11 Mar 2022

My first meeting with (3R,4R,5R)-1,3,4,5,6-pentahydroxyhexan-2-one, less formally known as “psicose” or “allulose,” was way back in my graduate school days. I was studying the molecular structure...

Cancer’s Sweet Tooth

17 Dec 2021

To the surprise of many, however, cancer cells are defective at producing the very fuel they need to grow and spread, but manage to overcome the innate “disability” and out-compete normal healthy...

The Sweet and Sticky Science of Sugar

3 Dec 2021

Sugar is sweet and sticky.  That’s a fact.  In fact, during the reign of Edward the Confessor in the early eleventh century, "ale tasters" were employed to check on the work of brewers.  They would...

Fake Tans Came About Due to an Incidental Finding

20 Feb 2020

Glycogen storage disease is a rare genetic condition characterized by deficiencies of particular enzymes. These enzymes are involved in converting glucose into glycogen, the form in which sugars...

Here's How Some Diabetics Can Save their Money

5 Feb 2019

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

Fingerprick Blood Sugar Tests: How They Work and Why We Still Use Them

17 Jul 2018

We are living in the future. We have robotic personal assistants, watches that replace credit cards, phones that recognize our faces, and self driving cars are just around the corner. But for all...

Thinking About Coconut Oil

20 Mar 2017

Think about this.  What has no mass, doesn’t occupy space, has no mobility, cannot be touched and yet exists?  A thought!  And what a mysterious thing it is!  Just about all we know for sure is...

Is there any reason to drink coconut water?

20 Mar 2017

Yes. If you like the taste and don’t mind unloading your wallet, drink it by all means. But if you are thinking of making coconut water a part of your life for some perceived health benefit or as...

Lipozene and Weight Loss

20 Mar 2017

The "active" ingredient in Lipozene is glucomannan, a form of dietary fiber that is extracted from the root of the konjac plant. Fiber, by definition, is any type of food component that cannot be...

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