GS WOC Midterm 1 Notes .docx - 1 Chemistry 181 \u2013 Lecture Notes Winter 2019 World of Chemistry Food Lecture\/Lesson Notes Midterm 1 February 15th

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1 Chemistry 181 – Lecture Notes Winter 2019 World of Chemistry: Food Lecture/Lesson Notes Midterm 1: February 15 th , 6:15-8:30 Midterm 2: March 22 nd , 6:15-8:30 Lectures: January 8, February 5, March 19 at 5:35 in Leacock 132 Live Session: Rise of pseudoscience about food on the Internet (i.e. bloggers such as Food Babe) o Became famous when she saw that Subway bread contains azodicarbonamide – chemical that releases nitrogen gas when heated o This chemical also contained in the making of yoga mats But: We cannot evaluate the safety of an ingredient just based on how science-y its name is o The only way to test whether an ingredient is safe is to taste it o This type of reasoning also exists in grocery stores and restaurants, who say they use ingredients you can pronounce “Chemical free” – not a real thing, everything contains chemicals Heart Attack Grill – in Las Vegas o Their burger contains 9980 calories Different theories: You shouldn’t eat gluten (“Wheat Belly, William Davis), milk is bad for you, vegetable oils are toxic when heated up, soy contains estrogen, beef is evil, can’t have sugar, artificial sweeteners are bad o And then the whole detox industry exists – this is fake, the body has an innate ability to clean itself through liver and kidneys Basically, you can find studies that support anything – whether you’re for or against GMOs (e.g. GMOs can help kids with vitamin deficiencies), for or against eating bacon, for or against saturated fats, for or against gluten Veganism: Multiple studies that show that there are a lot of benefits to a vegan diet (“The China Study”) o In any case, raising animals is a very unproductive ways to feed ourselves – environmentally it’s horrible, requires a lot of land, carbon emissions How do we make decisions on what to eat, given all this conflicting information?
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