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The Truth About MSG and Your Health

[ INTRO] Foodies can’t stop talking about umami — the savory taste that’s taking over the culinary scene and which, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, is one of the five basic tastes that our tongues perceive. But if you’re a fan of Chinese takeout, you’ve been team umami from the get-go. That’s because…


Mental Health Apps: How Medicine Can Keep Up With Tech

Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring this episode. Go to dashlane.com/scishowpsych to learn more about Dashlane. [ ♪INTRO ] Silicon Valley thinks they have a solution for everything. Including, apparently, the fact that not everyone around the world who needs mental health care gets it. And at this very moment, there are thousands of mental health…


5 Things Your Hair Can Tell You About Your Health

[ intro ] If you’ve ever dyed your hair the colors of the rainbow, or gotten a dramatic updo for a special event, you know that we often use hair for more than just keeping our heads warm. It can be an expression of our personalities, too. But how your hair grows — or doesn’t…


The Health Benefits of … Cannibalism

This episode of SciShow is supported by Skillshare an online learning community with more than 17,000 classes in design, photo, and more. [♪♩INTRO] You’d think eating your own kind would be a bad idea. I mean, it can be hard enough to survive and reproduce without having to worry about members of your own species…


Does Microwaving Food Destroy Its Vitamins?

[♪ INTRO] The microwave is a marvelous invention. It’s a quick, convenient way to heat up plenty of foods, from frozen dinners to leftover soup. But that makes a lot of people question how good it is for you: do microwaves change the nutritional value of food? The short answer is: yes, they do. But…


6 Supplements That Might Actually Help You

♪Intro♪ Supplements are super popular. One recent survey estimates that more than half of Americans use them, and we spend billions of dollars on them each year. The truth is, though, most people don’t need any supplements, unless they’re deficient in a vitamin or mineral. And even if they are, they should probably switch up…


Can Vitamin C and Zinc Help Cure Colds?

Nobody enjoys the aches, cough, and stuffy nose that comes with a cold, so it’s no surprise that we spend a ton of money on over-the-counter symptom relief — $3 billion a year in the US alone. And you’ve probably heard all sorts of tips and tricks to keep from getting sick: Drink some OJ…


Why Nutrition Studies Keep Contradicting Each Other

[♪ INTRO ] It seems like it’s practically impossible to get a straight answer on whether a given food or supplement is good for you. First they say red wine is good for you. Then there’s a headline announcing that it doesn’t do anything, and wait, isn’t alcohol supposed to cause cancer? If you wanted…