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Some People Just Don’t Get the MSG

June 3, 2016 // 8 Comments

If I were to ask you how many basic tastes there are, I would guess the vast majority of you would answer four. Bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and sweetness. And you would be wrong, as there is a fifth taste called umami. The name umami derives from the Japanese word for “delicious” and, despite us all tasting it daily, was not discovered until 1908. The man credited with its discovery was Kikunae Ikeda, a chemistry professor working at the Imperial University of Tokyo. Ikeda noted that a [...]

Will Aspartame Kill You?

March 24, 2016 // 12 Comments

Edited by Peter One of the best things about being a Z-list internet skeptic is that I no longer have to go out of my way to find crazy conspiracy theories to debunk or quacks to knock down a peg. These days, I am inundated with messages from people who do all the hard work for me. Without their help I would never have discovered the Food Babe or the AIDS denialist documentary “House of Numbers” so I would like to take the time to show my appreciation by taking a request – and there [...]

Unbelievably Dangerous Woo

December 21, 2014 // 3 Comments

I have seen a lot of uneducated people here on the internet promoting dangerous woo that has the potential of doing real harm. Everything from suggesting that cancer sufferers should try Ozone therapy, to promoting the idea that HIV can’t be transmitted through heterosexual sex. But unbelievably, I have found something that makes these two examples pale in comparison. One so brain numbingly stupid and unbelievably dangerous that even the morons at Natural News, who originally published the [...]

How the Video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Food’ Misled Its Viewers

May 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Foods’ is a prime example of why we should be ridiculing the vast majority of people opposed to genetic engineering instead of listening to their purposely uneducated and uninformed views on the technology. Most of the “facts” contained in this video are trivial to counter and often are not about the technology at all. For example, one states that a scientist had their family threatened if they were to release research that showed [...]