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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: JULY 2019

About 5 percent of U.S. cancer cases have been linked to a poor diet, according to a study published in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum in May of this year. These diets were characterized by low intakes of whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables and high intakes of processed meats, red meats and sugar-sweetened beverages.

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JULY 2019

FOOD BITES: JUNE 2019

For six months, Swiss cheese maker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts played different songs unceasingly to cheese wells to see how sound waves impact flavor. They used a mini transducer that sent the sound waves directly into 22-pound Emmental cheese wheels.

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JUNE 2019

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.