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Posts Tagged ‘science’

Sugar, Fructose, and Fructophobia

A bowl of sugar and a diabetes tester

We’ve always known that if you sit around all day eating candy, you will get fat. Conversely,  cutting down on sugar, which is a carbohydrate, will contribute to weight loss and other benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet. However, the extent to which sugar, that is, sucrose, or its component fructose, contributes to obesity and other…

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The Medical Literature: A Guide to Flawed Studies

Old, weathered newspaper with the text Propaganda Mill on top

We’ve all seen multiple iterations of food pyramids highlighting key food groups; read hundreds of articles about the next big thing to avoid if we want to follow a healthy diet; tried to practice better eating habits and yet, we’re still feeling lost. All of the information is conflicting. It changes all the time. And…

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How Beavers Can Save the World from Environmental Ruin

Beaver on a plank above water

If you’re a loyal Chelsea Green customer, and haven’t been living in a dam for the last year, the likelihood that you’ve heard about Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb is high. But if you’re still not sure what all the hype is about, let us enlighten you.…

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Miracle Brew: The Science and Magic of Beer

beer

Think back to science class… remember those lessons on photosynthesis? We sure don’t, which is unfortunate as we now know that it is crucial to the beer-making process. Perhaps if we realized that simple biochemistry could turn barley into brews, we would have paid better attention. The following excerpt is from  Miracle Brew by Pete Brown. It…

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