Check, Please!

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

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Check, Please!

Can you drink too much water? A hydration scientist explains the myth

“If you catch yourself going to the bathroom every 15 to 20 minutes, you’re overdoing it.”

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Scientists reveal the true danger of eating too many carrots

Strange as it seems, eating too many carrots or other beta-carotene containing foods really can turn your skin orange. Scientists explain what to look out for.

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Is reheating coffee bad for you? A scientist reveals the pros and cons

We're all guilty of letting our coffees go cold now and again, but does that mean we should just throw it out? A chemist explains the science of reheating.

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Are hot dogs bad for you? The truth behind the controversial report

A study looked at over 5,000 foods to determine how they might positively or negatively impact health and the environment. The news isn't good for hot dogs.

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Are brown eggs healthier? Science debunks a pervasive myth

You may have always heard that brown eggs are healthier than white, but egg scientists disagree and say these eggs have essentially the same nutritional value.

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Hangover cure: Scientist debunks a popular drinking myth

It was too good to be true.

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Scientists debunk the “soy boys” food myth

Don’t blame your “moobs” on soy.

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Is celery a negative-calorie food? A dietician debunks a dangerous myth

Don’t believe the hype.

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Is soft-serve healthier than ice cream? Chemistry debunks a common myth

A chemist explains how to make the creamiest ice cream and how secret ingredients like air and time are essential for the perfect treat.

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Science debunks the biggest myth about coffee and growth

The answer lies in old ad campaigns and scientific studies.

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Science debunks a deadly summer food myth

Can you swim after eating? An emergency doctor and drowning expert debunks the science and explains what you need to know about safe swimming this summer.

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The best way to prepare raw chicken, according to science

Plus: Richard Branson triumphs in Virgin Galactic flight and scientists discover a fresh link between diet, the gut microbiome, and disease.

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Food scientist debunks a dangerous myth about chicken

Leave your chicken slime alone.

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What's in the tuna salad? Fact-checking the Subway fish sandwich scandal

Is Subway really serving tuna? It's hard to know for sure says a scientist, but knowing could shed light on the pervasive, dangerous issue of mislabeled fish.

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Science debunks a wasteful myth about frozen food

Let’s talk freezer burn.

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The scary real science behind Snow White’s poison apple

A strange fact is like something out of a fairy tale.

More food science

Check, Please!

Can you drink too much water? A hydration scientist explains the myth

“If you catch yourself going to the bathroom every 15 to 20 minutes, you’re overdoing it.”

Check, Please!

Scientists reveal the true danger of eating too many carrots

Strange as it seems, eating too many carrots or other beta-carotene containing foods really can turn your skin orange. Scientists explain what to look out for.

Check, please!

Is reheating coffee bad for you? A scientist reveals the pros and cons

We're all guilty of letting our coffees go cold now and again, but does that mean we should just throw it out? A chemist explains the science of reheating.

Check, Please!

Are hot dogs bad for you? The truth behind the controversial report

A study looked at over 5,000 foods to determine how they might positively or negatively impact health and the environment. The news isn't good for hot dogs.

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Chemists use a novel hack to invent better chocolate

The delicious chemistry of chocolate is often exact and tedious, but scientists have just created a shortcut to achieve beautiful chocolate in record time.

Mind and Body

Why Steve Jobs’ favorite diet is actually bad for you

Plant-based diets have become increasingly popular — but be wary of mostly-fruit diets.

Cup 'o joe

Chemistry explains why the most underrated part of coffee is so important

It all comes back to the “mouthfeel.”

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Hangover cure: Scientist debunks a popular drinking myth

It was too good to be true.

Check, Please!

Scientists debunk the “soy boys” food myth

Don’t blame your “moobs” on soy.

Check, Please!

Is celery a negative-calorie food? A dietician debunks a dangerous myth

Don’t believe the hype.

Check, Please!

Is soft-serve healthier than ice cream? Chemistry debunks a common myth

A chemist explains how to make the creamiest ice cream and how secret ingredients like air and time are essential for the perfect treat.

Check, please!

Food scientist debunks a dangerous myth about chicken

Leave your chicken slime alone.

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Science debunks a wasteful myth about frozen food

Let’s talk freezer burn.

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What did Italians eat 2,000 years ago? New discoveries reveal a diverse menu

We are what we eat, in more ways than one.

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The scary real science behind Snow White’s poison apple

A strange fact is like something out of a fairy tale.

Plastic Problems

“Vegan spider silk” and 4 other sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics

Goodbye, plastic straws.