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Episodes

Salmonella Poisoning and Death by Peanut Butter

May 24, 2021

Peanut butter and... jail?! In this episode, Becca tells all about the different pathogens that cause food poisoning. We recommend taking a drink every time she talks about poop! Then Sarah shares the tragic story of one of …

EXTRA CHEESE: Shape-Shifting Pasta and Deadly Fava Beans

May 17, 2021

Sarah tells Becca about a new shape-shifting pasta that may help make the food system more sustainable. Plus, we hear a harrowing listener story about favism (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency) and discuss the sci…

Alternative Medicine, the Wellness Industry & goop

May 10, 2021

Sarah starts off by discussing complementary and alternative medicine, as well as the history behind some of the most common therapies, including naturopathy, homeopathy, and massage. Becca then explores celebrity influence …

EXTRA CHEESE: Epicurious, Beyond Meat Chicken & Cultured Human Milk

May 3, 2021

This news round-up covers all things meat. Becca & Sarah discuss Epicurious’ new pro-planet strategy, Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken, Impossible Foods’ “meaty” ad campaign, BioMilk’s cultured human milk, and more! We then…

Nutrition Research, Ancel Keys, and the Minnesota Starvation Experiment

April 26, 2021

Becca starts off by covering the main challenges that arise when conducting nutrition research and some of the ethical considerations that must be made. Then, Sarah dives in with the fascinating story of Ancel Keys and the M…

EXTRA CHEESE: Peanut Allergy Tragedy + Pine Mouth Story

April 19, 2021

After a brief hiatus, we are back with EXTRA CHEESE! Your extra sprinkle, slice, string, wedge, or dollop of current food and nutrition stories in the news. This week, Sarah and Becca cover the tragic story of Chantal Giacal…

The Seaspiracy of the Codfather

April 12, 2021

Sarah & Becca start off by doing a deep dive into the new Seaspiracy documentary. Sarah then gives us an overview of the fishing industry and the amazing technology behind aquaponics. Becca shares her knowledge on the law of…

The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

March 29, 2021

Talk about a sticky situation! This episode will activate your sweet tooth and leave you scratching your head about one of the largest agricultural crimes in history. Becca starts off by taking us to maple syrup school, wher…

Where True Crime Meets Food

March 28, 2021

Welcome to Dietetics After Dark! The podcast where true crime meets food. Join Sarah and Becca as they use their backgrounds in nutrition and criminology to discuss fascinating food-related scandals using an evidence-based …

Wine Fraud & Rudy Kurniawan

March 15, 2021

This episode pairs well with a glass of wine. Sarah starts us off with a lesson in our favourite alcoholic beverage, including the proper lingo and some French history. She tells us the unfortunate tale of the grape louse an…

Multi-Level Marketing Schemes and the Gifting Tables

March 1, 2021

Becca starts off the episode with a background on a particular type of business that often promotes nutrition products: Multi-level Marketing. Follow along to hear all about what they are, how to spot a pyramid scheme, and w…

EXTRA CHEESE: 3D-Printed Ribeye Steaks

Feb. 23, 2021

Sarah and Becca chat about the potential downside that comes with eating 30kg of oranges before boarding your flight. Then they discuss a new and exciting innovation in the alt-meat world! This is an independently produced p…

The History of Cooking and the Class Action Lawsuit Against Teflon

Feb. 15, 2021

Sarah starts the episode off with the fascinating history of cooking, including how fire led to strides in human development. She then highlights the connection between the invention of the dishwasher and the women’s liberat…

EXTRA CHEESE: ‘Anything But Tuna’ Subway Scandal

Feb. 8, 2021

Becca and Sarah discuss some recent drama around Subway restaurants and their tuna...if you can even call it that. They explain how this new claim relates to Jessica Simpson and a Canadian lawsuit about chicken. Listen to ep…

"Superfoods" and the Avocado Cartels

Feb. 1, 2021

This week, Becca tells us the truth about “superfoods” and Sarah tackles the unfortunate side effects that can occur when a commodity product suddenly becomes ultra-popular. For a full list of references, visit our website .…

EXTRA CHEESE: Lab-Grown Meat for Sale in Singapore

Jan. 25, 2021

Becca and Sarah discuss the recent authorization for the sale of lab-grown meat in Singapore. They chat about all the potential economic and ethical benefits, their personal feelings about eating meat grown in a lab, and som…

Episode 007: The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case

Jan. 18, 2021

Caution! Contents of this episode are HOT. Sarah starts off with some McDonald’s fast-food history, including how they integrated Ford’s Model-T assembly line to create their quick service and drive-thru, and the key role mi…

EXTRA CHEESE: Alcohol Consumption During Quarantine

Jan. 14, 2021

Becca and Sarah discuss a recent study that shows binge drinking has increased due to the stress triggered by COVID-19. Becca leaves you with some tips for healthier alcohol consumption and discusses a surprising silver-lini…

Carbohydrates and the Tragic Low-Carb Legacy of Dr. Atkins

Jan. 4, 2021

Building off last week's episode on sugar, Becca starts off the episode with a little Carbohydrates 101 and discusses the fascinating history of low-carb dieting. She touches on the Letter of Corpulence by William Banting (a…

EXTRA CHEESE: The Indian Farmers' Protest

Dec. 31, 2020

In this episode of Extra Cheese, Becca and Sarah discuss the ongoing Indian Farmers' Protest. This nationwide protest has been going on for over four months and has been called the largest protest in human history. The farme…

The Harvard Sugar Study & The Fat-Free Food Boom

Dec. 21, 2020

Sarah starts the episode off with the history and origins of refined sugar, including our innate preference for sweet foods and a quick lesson in carbohydrates. Becca then discusses the infamous Harvard sugar study of the 19…

EXTRA CHEESE: Welfare Fraud and COVID-19

Dec. 17, 2020

In this episode of our new segment, Extra Cheese, Becca and Sarah discuss an ongoing case of welfare fraud through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). They then touch on how shoplifting rates for food items…

Human DNA in Hot Dogs and the European Horsemeat Scandal

Dec. 7, 2020

Becca shares a story about hot dogs that will make your skin crawl, even though it probably shouldn’t. Then Sarah tells the tale of the most famous (and most unsettling) food fraud in recent years: the European horsemeat sca…

The History of Pesticides and Organic Food Fraud

Nov. 23, 2020

Sarah gives us a shocking overview of the history of pesticides and the growth of the North American organic food movement. She also looks at the environmental and nutritional impacts of organic farming practices. Becca then…