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Quickies: GMO Labeling, the Science of Sports Bras, and Fermented Foods

  • Don’t Believe The Anti-GMO Activists: The Costs Of A ‘Genetically Modified’ Label Are Huge – And as the article says, ” ‘GM’ is not a kind or category of food, merely one produced with an arbitrarily circumscribed collection of quite precise and predictable molecular techniques. It is no more a meaningful ‘category’ than all the things that can be assembled with a screwdriver.”
  • Optimism Is the Enemy of Action – “Positive thinking can hinder more than it helps by zapping people’s motivation to work toward their goals.”
  • Why Are Sports Bras So Terrible? – “But researchers are still a long way from understanding exactly how breasts move during exercise. Standing in the way of designing the best sports bra possible is millennia of stigma, powerful marketing forces, and good old-fashioned physics.”
  • Everything you always wanted to know about fermented foods  – “As a research scientist in the field of bacterial pathogenesis, this made sense to me. Now that I have started blogging about health and fitness and have been writing more in depth articles about health related topics, I started wondering what research has been done on the health benefits of fermented foods. Can the bacteria in fermented foods even survive the harsh conditions of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly the stomach?”

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2 Comments

  1. November 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm —

    I happen to agree with our own Kavin Senapathy wrt: GMOs. You should label non-GMO ingredients if you want to go that road, much like kosher and halal labels.

    (There’s got to be some point where comparing religion to other types of unscientific thinking is worth something.)

  2. November 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm —

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