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Big Sugar and Big Corn Syrup sue each other over who sucks less

by Denis Faye | November 11, 2015

In a battle best likened to Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla, the sugar industry took corn refiners to court last Wednesday, suing for 1.1 billion dollars over a 2011 ad campaign that described high fructose corn syrup as “cor

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New GMO Potatoes Use Science to Make Junk Food “Safe”

by Denis Faye | November 11, 2014

Usually, I save my bile for ranting here on The Nerd, but today I decided to throw down a little over at the Beachboy Blog. Here’s the skinny: In what appears to be part of the government’s continued effort to make potato

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Oscar Mayer’s Portable Protein Packs: Lunchables for Lamebrains

by Denis Faye | July 1, 2014

Any parent with an inkling of nutrition knows that Lunchables are the spawn of Satan. For those of you who haven’t been in a supermarket in the last twenty years (lucky you), Kraft Lunchables are highly-processed kid’

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Should you avoid avoiding gluten?

by Denis Faye | June 2, 2014

Gluten is the Riddler of the nutrition world. It’s not like refined sugar, which is more like the Joker in that it’s terrifying, crazy, and absolutely deadly. Instead gluten is just confusing, potentually malicious an

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Diet soda: weight loss wonder or canned crap?

by Denis Faye | May 27, 2014

Wouldn’t it be rad if diet soda and other “foods” packed with artificial sweeteners were, like, miracle foods? That way, we could eat and drink them all day long while losing weight, reversing diabetes, clearing

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It’s Faulty Diet Fixes Friday!

by Denis Faye | February 21, 2014

Happy Friday, Nerd Herd! I hope you all have big plans this weekend. What am I up to? Glad you asked! Last weekend was my first ever cycling race, the UCLA Road Race out in beautiful(ish) Pearblossom, CA, where I spent a little

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More McDonald’s Misinformation

by Denis Faye | January 8, 2014

Before all you Ron McDirty fans out there start shouting from the rooftops about the high school science teacher who lost 37 pounds in three months eating only McDonald’s, here are a few things to keep in mind. He limited hi

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The FDA’s lame livestock antibiotics anti-recommendations

by Denis Faye | December 14, 2013

This weeks big non-news item comes courtesy of everyone’s favorite toothless watchdog, the FDA, who announced new recommendations regarding the use of antibiotics–and by “new” I mean “worthless.”

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Let’s shame this skinny mom–with science!

by Denis Faye | December 4, 2013

Norwegian “Fitness” Blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen probably thought she was pretty rad (or “råd” as they say in Scandinavia) when she posted this slinky selfie just four days after giving birth to her daugh

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Pharmaceuticals: The Elvis Presley Weight Loss Solution

by Denis Faye | November 15, 2013

For years, the pharmaceutical industry has scrambled to be relevant when it comes to addressing the obesity epidemic. Let’s take orlistat, a pill that inhibits lipase, the digestive enzymes that breakdown fat, so that when y

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