Diet Science



Diet Science is a fun 7 to 8 minute weekly program with insights and straight scoops on today's health and diet issues from Dee McCaffrey, CDC. Dee is an Organic Chemist who lost 100 pounds, nearly half her body weight, and has kept it off for 20 years by staying away from processed foods. She's the author of The Science of Skinny, released by Perseus June 2012, and The Science of Skinny Cookbook, which was released December 2014.


  • What to Eat and Not to Eat During Allergy Season

    22/06/2021 Duração: 12min

    Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, only occur during certain times of the year--usually spring or summer--when plant pollens trigger the immune system to overreact. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the best foods to eat to help quell seasonal allergies, and which foods you should avoid during allergy season. Link to purchase Quercitin

  • Can Arsenic be Removed from Rice?

    14/06/2021 Duração: 13min

    Alarming levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, have been found in rice and rice products over the last several years.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses which types of rice have the most arsenic, and the cooking techniques you can use to decrease the amount of arsenic in rice by up to 74%.

  • Doing OK with Vitamin A

    17/05/2021 Duração: 15min

    Vitamin A is linked to sharp vision and strong immune health--but it doesn't come from carrots directly.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses the best food sources of vitamin A, and how to ensure you get enough. Link to purchase Cod Liver Oil:

  • Enjoy Watermelon and its Seeds for Better Health!

    09/05/2021 Duração: 12min

    Bite into a sweet crisp wedge of watermelon to get a boost of health, but don't throw away the seeds!  Listen in this week as Dee discusses the many health benefits of watermelon and its seeds. Link to purchase watermelon seeds for snacks, salads and more:

  • How Chromium Helps Blood Sugar Control

    19/04/2021 Duração: 13min

    Chromium is a mineral found in foods that enhances the action of insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Listen in this week as Dee explains the role of chromium and what foods and supplements can help increase intake for blood sugar control. Link to purchase Chromium Picolinate supplement: Link to purchase Glucose Tolerance Factor supplement:

  • What are Digestive Enzymes and Why Do You Need Them?

    11/04/2021 Duração: 20min

    Digestive enzymes are naturally produced in various places within the digestive system. If you're not producing enough of them, digestion is impaired, and you won't be well nourished even if you have a healthy diet.  Listen in this week as Dee explains how digestive enzymes work and why supplemental enzymes might a good idea. Link to purchase Digestive Enzyme Supplement:

  • Lower Cholesterol Naturally with Pu·erh Tea

    28/03/2021 Duração: 08min

    A form of fermented tea, known as Emperor's Pu·erh tea, has been used for over 500 years in China as a medicinal tea.  Recent studies show that it contains compounds that naturally lower cholesterol.  Listen in this week as Dee explains the chemistry of this tea and how to use it safely to lower cholesterol levels. Link to purchase Pu-erh Tea:

  • What is Zonulin?

    01/03/2021 Duração: 07min

    In 2000 researchers discovered a molecule called zonulin that is created in the gut when gluten is present and triggers intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut)--even in people who do not have Celiac Disease. Listen in this week as Dee discusses zonulin, its role in the body, and how it may be affecting your health.

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid for Diabetes, Weight Loss and More!

    22/02/2021 Duração: 10min

    What makes broccoli and spinach so healthy? One particular compound found naturally in these foods is alpha-lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant.  Listen in this week as Dee explains the various foods and other sources of alpha-lipoic acid and the roles it plays in metabolic health such as managing blood sugar, blood pressure, weight loss and more. Link to purchase Alpha-Lipoic Acid:

  • Quercetin Quenches Inflammation, Allergy Symptoms, Viruses and More!

    15/02/2021 Duração: 08min

    Quercitin is one of the most abundant and powerful antioxidants found in foods and created naturally in our body.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses the many ways quercitin works to boost your health! Links to purchase Quercitin:

  • The Benefits of Peanut Butter

    01/02/2021 Duração: 10min

    Whether creamy or crunchy, peanut butter packs some health benefits. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the nutritional power of peanut butter, and some cautions you need to be aware of. Links to purchase Dee's recommended Peanut Butter:

  • A Little Bit of Lucuma has Huge Benefit

    25/01/2021 Duração: 09min

    The dried powdered version of a fruit native to Peru has a long list of health benefits in addition to being a delicious low glycemic sweetener.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses the many ways lucuma powder can sweeten foods and boost your health. Links to purchase Lucuma powder

  • Boost Your Health with Berberine

    18/01/2021 Duração: 13min

    More than 4,000 studies have documented the impressive health benefits of a natural plant compound called Berberine--everything from weight loss to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, to improved immunity and digestion.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses what Berberine is and how it works to boost your health. Link to Berberine for Improved Immunity and Blood Sugar Support:  

  • A Nut That Cleans Your Clothes??

    29/12/2020 Duração: 10min

    Soap nuts are not actually nuts and don't actually contain soap---but they're all the rage as a non-toxic alternative to laundry detergent.  Listen in this week as Dee explains the chemistry of soap nuts and how they work to clean your laundry. Links to purchase soap nuts:

  • The Yummy Benefits of Yacón Syrup

    06/12/2020 Duração: 11min

    The syrup produced from the yacón root is well known for its sweet taste and health benefits. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the nutritional and therapeutic properties of yacón and how it can aid in weight loss and blood sugar management. Link to purchase Yacón Syrup:

  • Tiny Tiger Nuts Provide Huge Health Benefits

    22/11/2020 Duração: 10min

    Meet the tiger nut--a trendy superfood with a tiger-striped exterior that's not actually a nut.  Listen in this week as Dee discusses what tiger nuts are and why eating them offers some hefty health benefits. Link to purchase Tiger Nuts:

  • What is Citric Acid, and Is It Safe?

    08/11/2020 Duração: 09min

    Citric acid is one of the most common food additives and is also used in cleaning products, medicines and beauty products.  Listen in this week as Dee explains what exactly citric acid is, the upsides and the downsides of consuming it.

  • The Benefits of Beef Tallow

    25/10/2020 Duração: 09min

    Centuries before the invention of Crisco, tallow (or beef fat) was considered a healthy and delicious fat for cooking, baking and more. Listen in this week as Dee explains the health benefits of tallow, and why this fat is not to be feared. Link to Purchase Beef Tallow:

  • A Banana a Day Keeps the Heart Disease Away

    18/10/2020 Duração: 09min

    Research reveals that eating bananas every day could help prevent heart attacks and strokes.  Listen in this week as Dee explains the nutritive powers of bananas, and why regular consumption of their nutrients is important for many aspects of your health.

  • In Defense of Potatoes

    11/10/2020 Duração: 12min

    Potatoes have been banished from many people's diets due to myths about their effects on health. Listen in this week as Dee puts an end to the nutrition myths surrounding spuds and explains why you may want to save some space on your plate for their many health virtues.

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