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Scientific Kitchen: Hard to Swallow

Sunday, May 31, 2015
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Paleo? Gluten free? Juice cleanse? Want some kale chips with that chia seed burger? Perhaps only in America are food choices so often based on trends. The latest obsession: getting the correct amount of bacteria in our microbiomes. But despite it all, Americans’ diets have never been less nutritious. Which of these trends is based on solid science, and which on pseudoscience and marketing? This program, part of our Scientific Kitchen series, looked to science to help separate the facts from the hype. Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss (Salt Sugar Fat), author Catherine Price (Vitamania), and leading medical experts added a generous helping of reality to how we think about our diets.

This program was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative. 


Michael MossJournalist, Author

Michael Moss is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Random House, 2013). He has been an investigative reporter with The New York Times since 2000.

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Brian ElbelPopulation Health and Health Policy

Brian Elbel is an associate professor of population health and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine, where he heads the section on health choice, policy and evaluation within the department of population health, and at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Paul MarantzPhysician, Epidemiologist

Paul R. Marantz (MD, MPH) is associate dean for Clinical Research Education, and professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Population Health, and Medicine, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System.

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Catherine PriceAuthor, Journalist

Catherine Price’s written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Salon, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, the Oprah Magazine, and Parade, among others.

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