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FOOD BITES: MAY 2017

People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect....

FOOD BITES: OCTOBER 2016

A new sweetener alternative that tastes more like sugar than other substitutes may be possible to obtain from a fruit protein called brazzein. Brazzein is far sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories. It gained attention as a sugar substitute years ago,....

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FOOD BITES: NOVEMBER 2016

A study by researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans suggests age is an important factor in the association between cancer and sugar-sweetened beverages. Based on their results, the researchers recommend....

FOOD BITES: DECEMBER 2016

Food allergies affect approximately 8 percent of children and up to 2 percent of adults. Almost 40 percent of children with a food allergy have experienced at least one life-threatening reaction. A recent study found consumers with food allergies often....

FOOD BITES: JANUARY 2017

Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nanotubes that are capable of detecting nitroaromatics – compounds often found in landmines and other explosives.

FOOD BITES: FEBRUARY 2017

The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-digit code that begins with a 3 or 4 means the produce was grown with modern-day agronomic techniques.

FOOD BITES: MARCH 2017

A new study corroborates previous studies that show switching to diet soda may not help cut calories. Diet drinks contain a chemical that boosts the appetite. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found those who consumed diet drinks....

FOOD BITES: APRIL 2021

Vitamin D is produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight. It is also found in fatty fish, egg yolk and fortified foods such as cereal and oatmeal. In a study published in the journal Cancer Research, British researchers reported increasing vitamin D levels can help suppress a signaling pathway linked to the growth and spread of melanoma cells.

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APR 2021

FOOD BITES: MARCH 2021

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet – particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat – are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with higher scores on a range of memory and thinking tests among adults in their late 70s, the research found.

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MAR 2021

FOOD BITES: APRIL 2017

Some foods can lose their health benefits or even cause food poisoning if they are reheated in a microwave. Celery and spinach contain nitrates that turn into toxic nitrates and carcinogenic nitrosamines after reheating.