How does your body know you’re full? TED-Ed

Hunger claws at your belly. It tugs at your intestines, which begin to writhe, aching to be fed. Being hungry generates a powerful and often unpleasant physical sensation that’s almost impossible to ignore. After you’ve reacted by gorging on your morning pancakes, you start to experience an opposing force: fullness. But how does your body actually know when you’re full? Hilary Coller explains. Lesson by Hilary Coller, directed by Sashko Danylenko.

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Sugar tax isn’t an easy fix to obesity problem – The Globe and Mail

Earlier this week, Ireland became the latest country to announce a tax on sugary drinks.Beginning in April, 2018, it will impose a levy of 20 cents a litre on non-alcoholic water-based or juice-based drinks with added sugar content of five grams or more per 100 millilitres. The levy increases to 30 cents a litre if the sugar content exceeds eight grams a litre. Both pure fruit juice and dairy products are exempt because they are deemed to have nutritional value.

Irish Heart called the action “probably the single most important action government can take to tackle Ireland’s obesity crisis.

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Chemistry Life Hacks: Food Edition

Reactions is back with another round of chemistry life hacks. Our latest episode brings chemistry to the kitchen, and features science-backed tips to cook rice with fewer calories, get extra juicy chicken (when you don’t have time to marinate) and keep sliced fruit from browning too quickly. Continue reading

Celebrating My Jigsaw Diet Success

can food guideWritten by Sara Trincao-Batra.

To give context, this activity was done at the end of the Nutritional Science unit of SNC4M.  I chose to do this activity at the end of the unit because the class I was teaching had a test review the next day. This activity was a great way for them to activate previous knowledge that they had acquired from the unit. Continue reading