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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: AUGUST 2020

If you frequently have bloating, gas or abdominal pain after eating certain foods, FODMAPs could be to blame. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. This group of carbohydrates is found abundantly in many plant foods. During digestion, enzymes break the bonds in the carbohydrate….

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AUG 2020

FOOD BITES: JUNE 2020

A high-salt diet is not only bad for blood pressure, it also weakens the antibacterial immune defense, according to researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany. Mice fed a high-salt diet had more severe bacterial infections. Human volunteers who ate an additional 6 grams of salt per day – the equivalent of two fast-food meals ….

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JUN 2020

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.