Listening to the Science in Taiwan

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, May 6, 2019
The safety of any substance is dependent on the amount to which we are exposed.  Just about any substance could be harmful at high exposure levels, including things we commonly accept as safe.  For example, your doctor may tell you to “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” if you’re feeling under the weather, but a whole bottle of aspirin could act as a poison and kill you.
 
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The Results Of This New Study Might Jar You…

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Scientists know that an essential component of our perception of flavor is the aroma released from the foods that we eat.  Although you may never have taken a chemistry class, you might know that those aromas consist of a long list of volatile compounds that is reminiscent of an organic chemistry textbook…including aldehydes, alcohols, esters, ketones, quinones, terpenes, thiols, sulfides and amines.

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Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Although you may not know it, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting some BPA in your holiday gifts this year.  That’s a good thing because BPA helps your gifts keep on giving long after the holidays are over.
 
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, someone who cares about your safety might give you a polycarbonate helmet to protect your head if you fall.  Polycarbonate is lightweight and highly shatter-resistant, making it an ideal material for safety helmets of all types.
 
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An Explanation on BPA in Plastic Water Bottles

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, August 20, 2018
There always seems to be a new article on the Internet telling you not to drink from plastic water bottles, listing 2, 5 or even more reasons why. The suggestion only makes sense if the reasons are credible, and this is where the articles come up short. 
 
The three simple reasons below are how you can ignore the however many reasons online and continue to drink out of plastic water bottles as much as you want. 
 
1. Plastic water (and soda) bottles do not contain BPA
 
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BPA Safety and Confusion

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
As far as I know there are no studies reporting about BPA safety and confusion.  But it is certainly true that BPA safety is a confusing subject, and you’re forgiven if you’ve been confused by what you’ve read about BPA over recent years.
 
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Seoul Listens to the Science on BPA

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, July 30, 2018
Next time you walk down the canned food aisle of the grocery store, take a close look at the labels on the cans.  You’re likely to see some with logos indicating that the product is BPA-Free.  Since the labels provide no information to explain what that really means, you probably assume it must be a good thing.  If it isn’t, why would they put it on the label?
 
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AAP Misses the Facts on BPA

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The eye-catching headline of a recent news statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) misses the facts on BPA. The headline claimed that “some common food additives may pose health risks to children.”  And that’s what the media reported, and in some cases embellished, apparently without asking too many questions about the BPA facts.
 
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