Megan Meyer's blog

Spice Up the Holidays with Five Thanksgiving Herbs and Spices

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, I walk into my aunt’s house full of family, friends and food. Even over the course of a year, some things never change. I can always count on the aromas of her juicy turkey, delicious stuffing and appetizers that I eat way too much of yet somehow manage to find room for second helpings and dessert. Many aspects of my Thanksgiving traditions may be familiar as these tastes and aromas are common throughout the US.

Fast Take: Does Eating Sugar Cause Cancer?

Identifying new mechanisms and pathways are key in science. They help answer long-term questions and also generate new scientific questions. And figuring out even one step of a pathway takes a significant amount of time. For example, I spent five years in graduate school teasing apart a very small pathway in human epithelial cells. Five years!

Passing on Tom Brady’s Diet

September means several things to me- the start of my favorite season (fall), my birthday (hooray!) and the beginning of football season. I grew up watching college football with my family on the weekends and going to some home games of our favorite teams. You could say that I am a pretty big football fan. But do you know what I am not a fan of? Professional athletes sharing diet and nutrition advice to the general public.

Newsbite: Is it necessary to avoid all processed foods?

There are so many misperceptions circulating about the science and technology behind making food more abundant, nutritious and safe. Because of this, the IFIC Foundation’s team of self-proclaimed food nerds, including RDs and PhDs, has launched a new digital creative campaign centered on sharing the science around our modern food system and around a variety of common processed foods.

Fast Take: Stop Pitting Macronutrients Against Each Other

Low-fat, high-carb: new data from the PURE cohort study

Why I Constantly Said “What the..?” While Watching What the Health

I am a big fan of documentaries- they are usually a good mix of entertainment and education (#nerdalert). But the latest documentary I watched, What the Health, missed the mark on both fronts for me. The film focused on promoting a vegan, plant-based lifestyle while denigrating all animal products including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. Now don’t get me wrong, most of us could benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables, but I do not think following a vegan diet is the only route to optimal health.  

Fast Take: Debunking Another Cheesy Report

Mac and cheese: a childhood favorite for many and a go-to comfort food. Unfortunately, this classic dish is under attack because of a common packaging compound. A new report found the presence of phthalates, commonly used in food packaging, in macaroni and cheese. Cue for fear-mongering media headlines.

What I Learned at the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to attend, co-chair a session, and present at this year’s Experimental Biology (EB). Last year, I wrote about the top three things I learned from EB and thought it would be a good series to continue moving forward. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest research and attend sessions from leaders in nutrition and food science research as well as network with this engaged community.

Newsbite: Can Science Survive Without Reproducing?

It’s pretty easy to find an article touting the latest one-off study saying “X food will cure cancer” and then find another article saying “X food will cause cancer.” While reporting these findings is extremely important, often, the evidence from totality of science is overlooked, and conclusions from one-off studies are given much more attention. Even worse, follow-up research related to such studies are rarely covered in the media leaving misleading one-off studies unchallenged.

Peer Review: Referees Without Whistles

If you’re a sports fan like me, then you were glued to the couch watching the Final Four and National Championship game this past week. March Madness is one of the greatest spectacles in sport. It rarely disappoints, and this year was no different. Congrats to the Tarheels, by the way!

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