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An Inverse series that uses biology, chemistry, and physics to debunk the biggest food myths and assumptions.

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Does smoked meat cause cancer? A dietitian assesses the damage

Your BBQ could come with a side of P.A.H.s and H.C.A.s.

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Should we abandon good pasta? A dietitian digs in on “healthier” alternatives

There’s a place on the plate for all types of pasta.

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Does submerging an avocado in water keep it fresh? The science behind the hack

Read this before you follow that TikTok advice.

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Can you refreeze thawed leftovers? A food safety specialist explains the complicated science

Yes — but there’s a right way.

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Is the raw food diet healthy? A nutritionist debunks the wellness myth

Raw or cooked, just eat some vegetables.

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Molecular chemistry debunks a misguided pasta cooking technique

Salted water is all you need.

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Is dark chocolate good for your heart? A physician reveals the unfortunate truth

Hello, darkness my old friend...

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Is that soapy cilantro taste genetic? A food scientist indulges in the mystery

The explanation that has permeated popular thought is that a gene makes cilantro taste ghastly. Is that true?

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Can apple seeds cause cyanide poisoning? A toxicologist digs into the details

Don’t panic.

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Should you re-wash pre-washed veggies? Science informs a verdict.

If you do wash again, there’s a right way to do it.

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Did Coca-Cola contain cocaine? An anthropologist reveals the complicated truth

Its name comes from somewhere.

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Is red wine actually healthy? A doctor debunks this popular health myth.

“When it comes to harms or potential benefits, ethanol is ethanol.”

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Do avocado pits keep guacamole fresh? A food scientist chips away at the myth

Spoiler: It doesn’t. But there’s an even more bizarre trick that does work, so keep reading.

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Is it safe to microwave plastic containers? The science of reheating leftovers, explained

Ditch the little black box.

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Do plant-based “meats” have enough protein? A sports dietician reveals one overlooked factor

You might want to pay attention to a different nutrient instead.

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Should you wash rice? The scientific answer has nothing to do with texture

Word of advice: Check the label first.

More food science

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Does smoked meat cause cancer? A dietitian assesses the damage

Your BBQ could come with a side of P.A.H.s and H.C.A.s.

Science

Surprise! Biologists find that plants can grow in Moondust returned by Apollo

Thale cress grew in the soil, but maybe not well.

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Should we abandon good pasta? A dietitian digs in on “healthier” alternatives

There’s a place on the plate for all types of pasta.

Of Mice and Men

For mice, fasting at the right time extended lifespans — but can it work for humans?

Studies on animals, usually lab mice, have limited applications to humans.

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Does submerging an avocado in water keep it fresh? The science behind the hack

Read this before you follow that TikTok advice.

Check, please!

Can you refreeze thawed leftovers? A food safety specialist explains the complicated science

Yes — but there’s a right way.

Check, please!

Is the raw food diet healthy? A nutritionist debunks the wellness myth

Raw or cooked, just eat some vegetables.

Oreology

Scientists finally know why Oreo filling always sticks to one side

There’s rheology, and then there’s Oreology.

Bird flu

Everything you need to know about the current bird flu outbreak in the U.S.

As long as you’re not a bird, you’re probably fine.

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Molecular chemistry debunks a misguided pasta cooking technique

Salted water is all you need.

Correlations

Artificial sweeteners cause cancer in mice. Here's worrying data from humans.

Past studies showed a link for lab mice. This one uses data from 102,865 people.

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Is that soapy cilantro taste genetic? A food scientist indulges in the mystery

The explanation that has permeated popular thought is that a gene makes cilantro taste ghastly. Is that true?

Check, please!

Should you re-wash pre-washed veggies? Science informs a verdict.

If you do wash again, there’s a right way to do it.

Count On It

Cutting this many calories may rejuvenate a part of your immune system

Participants rejuvenated an important gland.

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Do avocado pits keep guacamole fresh? A food scientist chips away at the myth

Spoiler: It doesn’t. But there’s an even more bizarre trick that does work, so keep reading.

Check, please!

Is it safe to microwave plastic containers? The science of reheating leftovers, explained

Ditch the little black box.