Posts Tagged: food

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What are they? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This term refers to organisms (almost exclusively crops and livestock, in this context) that have had their genome manually altered in some way in order to produce some desired effect. These end goals are usually rather modest, but nutritionally convenient things such as increasing the protein… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Genetically Edited Foods: The Next GMO?

Genetically Edited Foods: The Next GMO?

We are currently engaged in ongoing debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While the consensus of the scientific community states that these organisms are safe for consumption, many want foodstuffs containing these organisms labeled. However, the GMO vs. conventional food debate is about to become much more complicated. The introduction of genetically edited foods may… Read more

Food Portion Sizes and Brain Activation

Food Portion Sizes and Brain Activation

A growing number of children and adolescents are being diagnosed with obesity in the United States. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat, and it says that being “overweight” includes excess body weight from a number of factors. Additionally, food portion sizes have been increasing in recent… Read more

Artificial Sweeteners Increase Appetite

Artificial Sweeteners Increase Appetite

For quite some time, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners as a means to satisfy their cravings for sweetness without adding a significant number of calories to their diets. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney has shown that artificial sweeteners may actually cause increased appetite among users— the exact… Read more

Bees’ Behavior Affected by Air Pollution

Bees’ Behavior Affected by Air Pollution

The bee population in the United States has been on the decline since the early 2010’s. Even in the last year, the population has seen a 44 percent decrease. This is a major issue that can have detrimental effects on future crop yields around the country. The current honeybee population is beginning to experience difficulty locating food… Read more

Food Allergies on the Rise?

Food Allergies on the Rise?

There is a common misconception that food allergies, especially in children, have been on the rise in recent years. From signs in classrooms warning of students with severe peanut allergies, to commercials for epinephrine injecting pens, it is easy to see why allergies seem to be affecting more and more people. The number of children… Read more