This week we start a series looking at what products in our food that are usually labeled "artificial", "additive", or "synthetic". We're starting off looking at something that you can find in almost every restaurant, coffee shop, and in most of your cupboards- artificial sweeteners. We talked to Dr. Richard Mattes, a scientist in the … Continue reading Faking It: Artificial Sweetners
Today we talk to Dr. Robert Britton, a scientist who works at the Baylor College of Medicine. His lab studies how microbes affect health and disease, particularly looking at what microbes might be therapeutic. Since he spends so much time thinking about how these tiny communities affect our health, we had a few questions to … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: The problems and promises of probiotics
Everyday we live with a community of bacteria that outnumber the cells in our bodies! On shelfs in the store you can find yogurt labelled with "live culture" and bottles of pro- and prebiotics, but what does this all mean? We're diving in the microscopic world of our microbiome (biome means a community of living … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: Coexistence is complicated
This is the final episode of our first series. Today we're bringing the story full circle by looking at what happens when we have a genetically engineered plant on our plate. We walk through how our bodies digest and interact with things we eat, like proteins and DNA. We also discuss major concerns, like allergies … Continue reading GMO’s: What’s on the menu?
We're in episode 2 of our first series. In this episode we talked a few people at both ends of how a GMO seed gets from development to field. Wesley Bruce is a scientist at a company that researches how to make improved plants. He told us how all the steps that go into genetically … Continue reading GMO’s: This little seed went to market
"GMO" has become a word that's used all the time. We see "non-GMO" products on boxes in the store and labels above our vegetables. Picture from GMO AwarenessWe see pictures of a mysterious gloved hand poking a needle into a tomato, adding mysterious substances to our food. But do we really understand what this all means, both the term … Continue reading GMO’s: What’s in a name?