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The case for coffee consumption

[podcast]http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2012/12/The-Case-for-Coffee-Consumption_01.mp3[/podcast]I first wrote about coffee in a science column back in the dawn of time, so long ago that it began, “Let’s get one thing straight.  I don’t drink coffee...” Since as I type this I am on my second...or maybe third... good-sized cup (oh, all right, mug) of the stuff, something has clearly changed in the intervening years. And guess what? Apparently that’s all to the good of my health. Oh, I know, anyone of adult years remembers news stories about coffee drinking being bad for you, but as more research is done, quite the contrary has emerged as the scientific consensus: drinking coffee is good for you. To the extent that ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:02, December 3rd, 2012 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »

Pop! goes nutrition

[podcast]http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2012/03/Popcorn-Nutrition.mp3[/podcast] There’s nothing quite like the smell of popcorn. It makes you think of movie theatres, the circus, the midway. It makes you long for a handful. Or two. Or better yet, a whole bucket. And best of all, just this week some research results were released that indicate popcorn is also a very healthy food! I’ll get to that in a minute, but first, some background. Nobody knows who first popped popcorn, which is thought to have originated in Mexico. Ears found in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico were dated to some 5,600 years ago, and 1,000-year-old grains of popcorn found in tombs along the east coast of Peru were ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:31, March 26th, 2012 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »

Children’s tastes in food

When I was a kid, my mother will confirm, I was a picky eater, the sort of kid who ordered a hamburger and fries at a Chinese restaurant, hated to have different kinds of food touching each other on the plate, and wouldn’t touch spinach, broccoli or Brussels sprouts with a ten-foot fork.My own daughter is a tad on the fussy side herself, preferring pasta-and-cheese-hold-the-tomato-sauce over anything else. (Although unlike her father at her age, she also loves veggies--even broccoli.)We all have anecdotes of what we as children or our own children did, didn’t, will or will not eat. Anecdotes don’t help much when it comes to understanding children’s food preferences scientifically, however. For that you ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:47, January 5th, 2009 under Science Columns | Comment now »

Break out the bubbly…the bubbly diet soda, that is

I was recently chided for drinking too much Diet Coke. "It may not have sugar, but it has aspertame, which is just as bad if not worse!"Well, "Pbbbbbbt!":"A sweeping review of research studies of aspartame says there is no evidence that the non-nutritive sweetener causes cancer, neurological damage or other health problems in humans."

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:08, September 11th, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Nutrition

Considering the number of books written on the subject, the stacks of pamphlets available at any doctor's office, and the fact that a column concerning it already appears in weekly newspapers across the province (I used to edit a weekly newspaper, so I know), you could consider it an act of hubris that this week I have chosen to write about--nutrition. (Thought I'd never get to the point, didn't you?) However, I had to do all this research on nutrition for a new exhibit at the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and in the interest of conservation of brain power... It's not really surprising nutrition is a topic about which information bombards us. After all, name the three ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:24, July 24th, 1991 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »