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Food and health, chemicals and science, all intertwine. Food is made up of chemicals, and chemistry is a branch of science. All of it is quirky. Why not join me as we discuss what we put into our bodies and its effects on us? It might prove enlightening. And who knows? It might help you safeguard your health?
Food and Health
Eat Onion Grass
What is Grappa?
Yum! Cicada Stir Fry
What is Carrageenan?
Alcohol is Yeast Urine
The History of Aspirin
Oxalic Acid in Your Food
Wilted Cherry Leaves Kill
Is Fish Really Brain Food?
Disturbing Things in Food
Gather Morel Mushrooms
Chemicals to Peel Tomatoes?
Cochineal Red Dye From Bugs
Rigor Mortis – Not a Lucky Stiff
Chopping Onions Makes You Cry
Purines and Gout and Our Joints
Facelift Surgery: Endotine Ribbon
Food Chemistry: What is a Glycol?
Thimerosal in Vaccines? What is It?
The Dreaded Potato Leaf Roll Virus
Pituitary Gigantism and Acromegaly
The Chocolate Alkaloid Theobromine
Some Bananas Sweeter than Others?
Warning: Do Not Touch an Armadillo!
Instant Pudding Thickening Chemistry
Why Some Boiled Eggs Don’t Peel Right
Leaded Gas: Any Ongoing Health Issue?
Yeast and Baking Powder Bread Dough
Fat, Fatty Acids, and Omega Fatty Acids
Potato Varieties: Nutritional Differences
Seed Potatoes: Plant Only Seed Potatoes
Carbs or Carbohydrates – What are They?
Vanilla and Vanillin: What’s the Difference?
Cooking Onions: Flavor Chemistry Changes
Orange Oranges is an Historic Controversy
Acromegaly Can Turn into Diabetes – How?
How Coffee Aroma Relates to Skunk Stench
BHA and BHT in Your Food – What are They?
Ennui: The Historic Illness of Wealthy Ladies
Lemon Chemistry: Flavor and Aroma Profiles
Cane Syrup, Regular and Blackstrap Molasses
Cooked Blueberries Taste Different from Raw
Convert Milligrams Sodium to Teaspoons Salt
Difference Between Table Salt and Other Salts
Why is My Potato Salad Mushy? Heat Capacity
Shampoo – Is It Soap, Is It Detergent, or What?
Why Do My Fingernails Split Down the Middle?
What is Canola Oil? Does It Pose a Health Risk?
The Difference between Sucrose and Sucralose
Why Chocolate Truffle Centers Cool the Tongue
What Drove Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible Mad?
How the Tear Ingredient Lysozyme Fights Bacteria
Guar Gum – Uses, Contraindications, and Diversity
Human Consumption, Respiration, and Elimination
Have Boxelder Maple Trees? Make Boxelder Syrup!
Detergent in My Toothpaste? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Guadeloupe or Creeping Cucumber – Weed or Food?
What is the Difference between Soap and Detergent?
Super Health Foods Most Health Food Nuts Don’t Eat
Should You Use Ordinary Soap or Antibacterial Soap?
Does Lone Star Tick Saliva Cause Allergy to Red Meat?
Cyanides How Toxic Are They? Are All Cyanides Deadly?
Sulforaphane in Poor Man’s Pepper or Shepherd’s Purse
Olive Oil and Peanut Oil Fat Composition and Percentages
Mistletoe Tree Parasite – the Beautiful Herb of Wintertime
Carbon Monoxide is More Dangerous than Carbon Dioxide
What is Hydrogenation? How Does It Affect Vegetable Oils?
What Gives Boiled Eggs Sulfur Smell? Is Sulfur Bad for You?
White Wheat Bread is Different from Ordinary White Bread
Difference between Warts and Moles, Boils, Corns, Bunions
Dangerous Chemistry of Jimson Weed – Watch Your Children!
I See Double! The Birefringence or Double Refraction of Calcite
Dangerous Medicine Including Foot Fluoroscope (X-ray) Machines
Short, Medium, and Long Grain Rice Vary in Use and Starch Profile
Hydrogen Sulfide or Hydrogen Cyanide: Which is More Dangerous?
The Deadly Morning Sickness Medication Thalidomide – Still in Use Today?