Episode 162: A Day in the Life - Noon


What's hidden in your lunch? Image courtesy of Flickr user ilovememphis.

As part of CHF's Thanks to Chemistry project, we present the three-part series A Day in the Life. These shows spotlight the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night. Today's episode centers on our midday eating habits. When the clock strikes noon, taking a lunch break is a must. But too often we unpack a meal only to wonder: "What is in this stuff?" Enter biochemist Joe Rucker, who returns to our studio to help Distillations' executive producer Jennifer Dionisio parse through the mysterious ingredients in breads, deli meats, and dressings. Then producer Gretchen Kuda Croen reveals why fructose–the main component of corn-syrup and healthy sweeteners alike–is making us fatter and sicker than we've ever been before.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:36 The Breakfast Club
01:18 Interview: Kitchen Staples
07:41 The Trouble With Fructose
14:27 Closing Credits


A Day in the Life is part of CHF’s Thanks to Chemistry project, sponsored by BASF Corporation,  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, DuPont, and ExxonMobil. 

Special thanks to Gretchen Kuda Croen, Mia Lobel, Jennifer Dionisio, and Joe Rucker for researching this show. 

Our theme music is composed by Andrew Chalfen. Music from BMI includes "Don't You Forget About Me," by Simple Minds, and "Sugar Sugar," by The Archies. Movie clip from The Breakfast Club.

Image courtesy of Flickr user ilovememphis.

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