Food + Science! Thank you, Freakonomics

Here you go: 55 minutes of conversation about the science behind food.

Steven Dubner talks to food experts Jo Robinson, Margaret Hamburg, Nicole Avena, Richard Kahn, Robert Lustig, and sugar historian Elizabeth Abbott.

Brenna Oldroyd remarks on Brigham Young’s Milktober Fest.
Chicago young Saul Arnow asks why sugar is not better regulated.

The conversations include discussion of the upsides and downsides of cooking food, the limited variety of fruits and vegetables available to us in the U.S., the rise of iceberg lettuce, loss of anti-oxidants in so much of our produce, benefits of tomato paste, a surprising good use of a microwave oven, why nutrition studies are not more robust, plus quite a bit about SUGAR.

Some of it you’ve heard, but much will surely be new to you.

Food + Science = Victory!

A similar piece about sugar by the Freakonomics crew is here.


Ask Chelle

[Photo by Karen Kring]

In between workshops, we thought we’d offer some Chelle wisdom via a podcast.
We’re working on this month’s now.

Send your questions about food and nutrition to us at via email.

We’ll post answers here and alert you if your questions make the podcast.

Healthy Eating Workshop 6-Week Series

Food is more than fuel. It nourishes us physically, mentally and emotionally. Our relationship with food is personal and different for everyone.

Nutritionist Michelle Gillespie leads a science-based, healthy eating workshop series offering useful insights into how to get the most out of our food and how small changes can make a difference.

Typically meeting once per week for 6 weeks, Michelle and participants talk about fats, sugars, carbs, proteins, GMOs and gut health. Michelle aims to address all participants’ questions.

By the way, there will be no shaming, blaming or finger pointing at these workshops. No judgements. What you eat is up to you. Michelle can help you interpret what your body is telling you and what foods will work for you.

To be as inclusive as possible, our last series cost participants $66 for the full 6-week series or $15 for single workshops.

Some food is served and often taken home. Typically our first giveaway is be a full-sized jar of coconut oil.

Learn more about Michelle Gillespie on Yelp.

Note to health care colleagues: If you’d like to host a workshop series at your location, contact Michelle Gillespie or Karen Kring.