Let it Brie

Ah, gay Par-ee! The smell of fresh baguettes, coffee, and… CHEESE!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, oui, oui! In France, cheese gets its yummy taste from a special fungus called Penicillium camemberti. It’s had hundreds of years to hone its cheesy qualities. But

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Yelp Department

Does trying out a new restaurant give you butterflies? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hopefully the butterflies mean excitement — not food poisoning! Health departments can’t monitor all eateries all the time. Who can we trust to keep restauranteurs in line? Maybe Yelp can

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Bitter or Sweet?

Kale again? Yuck! I hate bitter greens! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I know, I know – eating greens is healthy. But my taste buds disagree! What’s the secret to eating those bitter greens happily? Meet Laura Martin and colleagues from the University of

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Keto Cheatin’

Are those cookies? Wait!! Aren’t you on keto? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Trying to shed those extra pounds? Try the keto diet! This low carb, high fat diet deprives your body of glucose. So your body starts burning its fat reserves. Let’s be

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Binge-Eating Mind

In the immortal words of Homer, “mmmm… donuts!” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What’s today’s most common eating disorder? Binge eating! And it’s a major health crisis—more prevalent than breast cancer and HIV. Scientists are hard at work trying to find a solution. Enter

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Pretty Lemur

Was the leafy green diet invented by. . . lemurs? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Tasty fruit grows on Madagascar, where lemurs roam. Yet, their diets are far less fruity than other primate diets – they prefer their leafy greens. This LEAVES scientists baffled.

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Mind Control

I’ve got burgers on the brain – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do I want fries with that double-double? Of course!! Sure, it messes with my waistline. But is it also messing with my BRAIN? Meet Garret Stuber from the University of North

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Deadly Donuts

Donuts, mayonnaise, gin – worst martini ever? Or just the most unhealthy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Breakfast on the fly? Croissan-wich and coffee. For lunch? Pizza and a coke. Hey, it’s not the most nutritious diet, but what’s the worst that could happen?

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Salt Fix

Salt free potato chip? No thanks! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Salt is in almost all foods, from soup to nuts! But too much causes high blood pressure. So how can we reduce salt intake without sacrificing taste? Healthier salts! Which have potassium or

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Happy Weight

Can Happy Meals help us lose weight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We Americans love super-sized fast food, even though that’s not particularly healthy. Can we curb this habit? University of Arizona psychologist Martin Reimann thinks maybe so. He researched serving incentives along with

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