Mind Control

I’ve got burgers on the brain – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do I want fries with that double-double? Of course!! Sure, it messes with my waistline. But is it also messing with my BRAIN? Meet Garret Stuber from the University of North

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Salt Fix

Salt free potato chip? No thanks! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Salt is in almost all foods, from soup to nuts! But too much causes high blood pressure. So how can we reduce salt intake without sacrificing taste? Healthier salts! Which have potassium or

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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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Bugburger

Hungry? Pass the crickets, please! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. And the newest buzz on healthy eating! Edible bugs may not be on the menu for most Westerners. But, they are used as a food source in many other parts of the world. Scientists

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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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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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Caffeine Fix

Hey! Before you reload that Starbucks card–is there such a thing as TOO MUCH coffee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Coffee is often, and controversially, associated with good health. But some people have trouble metabolizing caffeine. Could a coffee habit spell danger for them?

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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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Gorilla Gourmet

Digestive health for me and you. Is the answer: gorilla POO? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science on why waste-matter…matters! For centuries, scientists have looked for answers on the evolution of human gut health. Specifically, our microbiomes – all the bacteria that make up our

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Slim-Fast Mice

Oh look! A piece of yummy cheese! But…could this be a trap? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Everyone wants to lose weight, scientists just as much as anyone else! And some are looking for answers by studying… mice! At the University of Copenhagen, Karen

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