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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Let’s Do Lunch

Business dispute? Break bread, not heads! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you have a disagreement with someone, it can help to hash it out over a meal. But does WHAT you’re eating make a difference? Kaitlin Woolley from University of Chicago set up

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Souped-Up Taters

Hmmmm… broccoli or tater tots? What does science say? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Don’t let BIOFORTIFICATION scare you! It’s when nutritionists add additional micronutrients to everyday food for healthier meals. Think potatoes coated with beta carotene, providing vitamin A. Biofortifying is extremely important

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Real Pig-World

This little piggy had roast beef. This little piggy had none. Which one stopped to smell the roses? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The common domestic pig has moods like we do. Lisa Collins and colleagues from the University of Lincoln wondered: how much

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Finicky Felines

Dogs have masters, but CATS have…staff? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cats are notoriously picky eaters. What makes our feline friends so finicky? Adrian Hewson-Hughes at England’s Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition decided to find out. Scientists presented cats with three food options. The

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NUT-ricious Chocolate

Healthy milk chocolate. Sound nuts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unlike its more sophisticated cousin dark chocolate, milk chocolate isn’t known for its health benefits. But what if we could change that? Scientists at the USDA and North Carolina State University may have found

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Diversity from Within

Variety is the spice of life – especially in your tummy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A diverse diet is a healthy diet! But what about the health of the bacteria in our gut? At Rutgers University, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello studies lifestyle and gut

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Musical Menu

Is the key to eating healthier. . . Kenny G? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science The mealtime choices we make are influenced by our environment. Bright lights, colorful restaurants, sticky icky menus, … even how loud the music is! Courtney Szocs and colleagues studied

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Nap Time

In after-lunch meetings, when people drone on and you doze off, don’t blame bad Powerpoints. Blame food coma! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on food coma—the unbearable sleepiness that sets in about a half an hour after you’ve finished a big meal. According

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Rice Cooker

Rice is delicious! But no longer nutritious? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change can really bring the heat! But, ocean levels aren’t the only thing on the rise. Carbon dioxide levels are also increasing. How does this change in the atmosphere affect our

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