Halloween has just passed us by again and I bet you’re still tortured by the same gruelling question from last spooky season: What are ghost Pokémon made of and how might we discover their shadowy secrets? So come down to the lab, and see what’s on the slab - it’s fantasy science to the rescue once again in this special holiday blog post.
In celebration of International Mole Day (23rd October), Reddit users asked the internet to calculate the imaginary molecular mass of the humble avocado. While largely just for fun, it gives us a chance to see how chemists work out how many molecules are in different substances and foods. Let’s give it a go, shall we.
Enzymes, proteins, carbs, fats? What are all these things and why am I supposed to be eating them and also made up of them? Thrown into news articles and health blogs to make them sound all sciencey, these terms aren’t often explained or put in a wider context. Here we’ll put these terms together to see how your basic bio bits makes up a happy human.
The colourful, fun, replacement to your trusted table salt, Himalayan sea salts have been talked up as having a number of health benefits over their bland counterpart. But, much like a sea salt candle in humid weather, will these claims hold water or should we take them with a large grain of salt themselves?
Liberal activists are often accused of being to easy too offend, too PC, or just a little precious. While in practice their conservative counterparts seem to manage the same emotional feat, we seldom see the same debate-killing taunts being thrown towards them. Here I try to explore if this is in fact the case, and ask the question “where is the offense coming from?”.
The tangy, fizzy, slightly alcoholic fermented tea; Kombucha is one of the latest ‘new in the west’ ancient superfood cure-alls drink. Here I summarise my culinary impression, the large number of health claims, the evidence to support them, and the science of the fermentation process.
What’s an atom? What’s an ion? And why are these important? Here’s a beginning guide to the fundamentals of the matter that makes up literally everything around you – your food, your furniture, and you - it’s made of pretty much the same stuff. It’s the basics of chemistry that will serve you well in your adventures in good food and health. Everything is chemistry at the end of the day.