Jenny Splitter

Health, Food, & Science Writer

Jenny covers science, food, and health for outlets like The Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, Parents, and Mental Floss. She serves as Story Director for the immersive experience company TBD Immersive, and is part of the science communication project, Scimoms, which grew out of the documentary Science Moms (in which she was also featured). In her spare time, she carves ice sculptures and grows heirloom wheat. Just kidding, she has two kids. Available for freelance assignments at jenny@jennysplitter.com

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Curiosity.com

How Do They Make Meat-Like Burgers from Plants?

It's an all too common scenario for vegetarians: there you are, sadly chewing away at your dry veggie patty while the carnivores around you enjoy their smoky, juicy burgers....

Healthline

How Long Can You Safely Store Meat?

How long you can keep that steak in the fridge? Is that can of tuna still good enough for your casserole? We've got you covered. From freezer and fridge to canned foods, we've...

SELF

How Worried Do You Need to Be About Those Cancer Warnings for Your Coffee?

For many of us, coffee is an essential part of our daily ritual. The smell, the taste, that boost of alertness-these are perks that many of us can't (or don't want to) live...

Mentalfloss

What Is a Calorie?

Vaccines have long been hailed as one of our greatest public health achievements. They can be made to protect us from infections with either viral or bacterial microbes. Measles...

Thrillist

Here's Why American Have Been Drinking Milk Wrong for Centuries

ilk is stuck in a time warp in America. We might be game for goat's milk Brie or Key lime pie-flavored yogurt, but milk? Don't mess with milk. Americans grow up drinking milk....

The Cut

The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Telling people to eat their way to a different outlook is nothing new. Think of religious fasting. Or John Harvey Kellogg's anti-masturbation cornflake diet. In 17th-century...

Thebreakthrough

Better Living Through Technology -- Why Feedlot Cows Might Be Happier Cows

appy cows come from California." So reads the tagline of a famous ad campaign run by the California Milk Advisory Board, featuring cows casually chatting in a wide-open field....

The Cut

'Processed Food' Gets an Unfair Bad Rap

"Eat real food" is simple-seeming dietary advice that's actually anything but. On the one hand, it sounds easy enough: Unlike some Goop-approved detox, it's a guideline that...

Washington Post

Perspective | I was determined to have a VBAC, but in the end, it didn't matter

I was in a drugged out, hazy blur the day my son was born. Two days before, I had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and learned I would need to deliver him eight weeks early,...

Mentalfloss

What Is a GMO?

If you've followed the debate about GMOs with any sort of regularity, there's a strong chance you've come across a picture of a tomato stabbed by a giant syringe. That image,...

Science of Us

Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based

Whole Foods used to be my idea of grocery heaven. Once upon a time, I shopped at the California Street location in San Francisco - it was light and airy with produce for miles....

Salon

My food paranoia wake-up call: The EWG wants us to be afraid of the food we feed our kids -...

When my doctor told me I'd be delivering my baby at 32 weeks, I looked at her like she was crazy. Nothing was ready. Not the crib, not his room, and certainly not me. At the...

The Outline

Why are we still debating GMOs?

When I saw the new documentary Food Evolution at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in March, I was surprised to see Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle, two giants of food...

Salon

"Stop telling me I'm poisoning my kids": Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled...

"You are poisoning your children," the woman told me calmly before walking back into the crowd of activists gathered for the Food Justice march this past October in Washington,...

Tonic

Removing Glyphosate from Our Food Won't Make Us Safer

The most commonly used herbicide in the world is not worse than the things it would be replaced with.

Scientific American Blog Network

Allergy-Free Peanuts? Not So Fast

My husband and I discovered our daughter's peanut allergy while we were 35,000 feet in the air over Denver. Even though we knew she was allergic to eggs, our allergist had told...

Refinery29

The Truth About These Major GMO Myths

When it comes to diet decisions, there are few things more divisive than the issue of genetically modified organisms, a.k.a. GMOs. These crops, which include ubiquitous...

Slate Magazine

Could We Label GMOs With Pride Instead of Contempt?

It's hard to imagine a food more polarizing than Soylent, the meal replacement drink created by a 23-year-old engineer who was tired of ramen and dirty dishes. Depending on whom...

Parents

Why I Don't Worry About Feeding My Family Organic Food

I used to think organic food was best for my kids, but here's why I changed my mind. I grew up the kid of California health-nut parents, especially my dad who could never figure...

Slate Magazine

I'm a Pro-Agriculture Progressive. Pruitt's Policies Undermine My Faith in Our Food.

For the past few years, I've been part of a loosely connected group of progressives and conservatives who found common ground on food politics. We support the use of genetic...