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Big Picture Science Show: “Skeptic Check: Glutenous Maximus”

micSeth Shostak, Molly BentleytodayApril 17, 2017 2

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    Big Picture Science Show: "Skeptic Check: Glutenous Maximus" Seth Shostak, Molly Bentley


Eat dark chocolate.  Don’t drink coffee.  Go gluten-free.  If you ask people for diet advice, you’ll get a dozen different stories.  Ideas about what’s good for us sprout up faster than alfalfa plants (which are still healthy … we think).  How can you tell if the latest is fact or fad?

We’ll help you decide, and show you how to think skeptically about popular trends.  One example: a study showing that gluten-free diets didn’t ease digestive problems in athletes.  Also, medical researchers test whether wearable devices succeed in getting us off the couch and a nutritionist explains how things got so confusing.

Plus, why part of our confusion may be language.  Find out why one cook says that no foods are “healthy,” not even kale.

It’s Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it!


  • Dana LisSports dietician, PhD student, University of Tasmania
  • Michael RuhlmanCook, author of many books about cooking as well as the recent trio of novellas, In Short Measures
  • Beth Skwarecki – Freelance health and science writer, nutrition teacher
  • Mitesh Patel – Assistant professor of medicine, Perlman School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


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