scientific research

Blog entry | Jul 16 2015
Science is about focused, objective analysis, independent questions, and nuanced answers. So when science steps out of the lab and into the public dialogue, it can be heartbreaking when it morphs into the opposite: a disorderly swarm of bias,...
Blog entry | Jul 01 2015
The latest headlines could definitely make us panic about having the occasional soda. Because we recently dove into both junk science sins and how studies can get distorted in press releases, we knew we had to dig into the original research. The...
Blog entry | Jun 22 2015
When you see a headline touting exaggerated or unsupported claims, it’s easy to blame the media. While media can be one part of the problem, there are other parts of the process in play. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far beyond the hallowed...
Blog entry | Jun 18 2015
Before we begin, there is something I need to disclose: I am a scientist by training and received my PhD in microbiology and immunology, centered on nutritional immunology. Whew! Real science credentials are not always popular in conversations...
Blog entry | Jan 15 2015
New year, new research. The Journal of the American Medical Association released a new study this week on whole grains. We already knew that studies associate whole grains with a lower risk several chronic diseases. Now, researchers associate whole...
Blog entry | Jan 07 2015
The latest study examining the health effects of sugars has dangled another piece of cheese in front of us. Will you bite? This week, researchers at the University of Utah published a study in The Journal of Nutrition claiming that High-Fructose...
Blog entry | Jan 02 2015
When we read about the latest study on red meat, performed at UC San Diego and published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences,1 we were a bit taken aback. Claims about the safety of red meat based on a laboratory experiment with mice...
Blog entry | Jan 02 2015
Whenever a new study comes out that makes some big health conclusions, we like to put it through the wringer, using the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Study Evaluation Checklist to systematically evaluate the hypothesis, design,...
Blog entry | Jul 21 2014
Consumers have long been aware of the relationship between nutrition and health. With the advent of environmental concerns, rates of organic farming have increased, offering consumers choices of conventional or organic products. As such, there have...