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    Do you ever wonder about the science behind your food? We do, too.

    Our group of writers serves up juicy topics like genetic engineering, gut bacteria and the chemical reactions that occur during cooking.

    Together, we’ll peer inside factory farms, dark jungles, cafeterias, laboratories and those trendy molecular gastronomy spots. Grab a bite, and sit down at the table to learn why Food Matters.

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    Julianne Wyrick, Kathleen Raven, Kevin Bonham, Layla Eplett, Pamela Ronald, Patrick Mustain and See Arr Oh
  • Preventing food allergies: Finding the why behind the when

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    Nearly four out of every 100 children in the U.S. have a food allergy, according to CDC data from 2007. Avoiding common food allergens, such as peanuts, eggs, tree nuts and fish, for the first few years of life was the prescription for prevention for many years, but in 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics [...]

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    Attn Boston Area Readers: Milk as Medicine – Free Science Lectures

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    One of my favorite parts of graduate school was participating in an outreach-oriented organization called Science in the News. SITN (as we lovingly call it) has a number of great outreach arms, including regular articles about current science topics written by grad students called Signal to Noise (fomerly The Flash), hands-on events like the model [...]

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    Beyond medicine: Delivering on the promise of food security in the context of the AIDS epidemic

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    The relationship between HIV/AIDS and food security is incredibly complex. For this guest post, I invited two experts on this issue to share their knowledge, insight, and experience. I’m delighted to introduce the article’s two authors. Suneetha Kadiyala is a Senior Lecturer in nutrition-sensitive development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), in [...]

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    Fear, Uncertainty and Bias, a Year after the Boston Marathon Bombing

    I’m signed up for this social network analytic tool called “ThinkUp,” and one of the things it does is to remind you what you were talking about a year ago on the same day. Last week, this is what appeared on my dashboard: A few days later: If you’re an American, I probably don’t have [...]

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    The Doctor Is In

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    I’ve been pretty quiet in this space for the last several months. In the 6 months since we started Food Matters, I’ve been absent for three of them. I’m sorry about that, but I had a good reason, I swear… I published a paper, wrote my thesis, and yesterday I successfully defended my dissertation, and have now officially [...]

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    Science, technology and the chef

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    Chef Richie Farina is no stranger to scientific technology, yet he also has an eye for art. He’s executive chef of the Chicago molecular gastronomy eatery, Moto, which means he often uses high-tech scientific equipment and processes in making his dishes. But Farina employs these techniques for purposes beyond the “wow” factor, as he explains [...]

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    The Hunger Game Meat: How Hippos Nearly Invaded American Cuisine

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    Don’t have a cow but, at one point in history, it could have been that Americans weren’t having cows at all. Had the country’s cuisine gone on a different trajectory, Americans may have all been eating hippo meat instead. In American Hippopotamus, author Jon Mooallem recounts this fascinating and altogether quirky time in history. The [...]

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    Serving size swaps: a research perspective

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    Last month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed changing Nutrition Facts labels to make serving sizes reflect what people actually eat. Several studies support the changes, though some research suggests it’s going to take more for the public to make healthy choices. Serving sizes have always been intended to represent what people actually eat, not [...]

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    A Tired Game of Telephone: Scientists, Reporters, Pundits and Politics

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      In going after CDC study, Reuters report misrepresents WIC experts, their research. The Press Release That Started it All In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on obesity prevalence that concluded: “Overall, there have been no significant changes in obesity [...]

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    How Alcohol Makes A Flakier Pie Crust: The “Proof” Is In The Pie

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    Happy 3.14, a day some are celebrating using proofs with pi but I’m opting to observe it instead with proofs in pie–80 proof to be exact. There’s a whole science to pie crust and the secret to making a good one lies in achieving the right ratio of flour, liquid and fat. Variation in type [...]

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