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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....
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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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-
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-
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.
The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-
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....
Even low concentrations of some allergens can cause severe inflammation of the bronchi in those with asthma. This inflammation is accompanied by increased mucus production, which makes breathing even more difficult. Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILC) that were discovered a few years ago play a central role in this process.
Orally administered liquid salt can reduce the absorption of fats from foods with no obvious side effects in rats. It also reduced the rats’ total body weight by about 12 percent. “[That] is like getting a human from 200 pounds down to 176 – a significant change,” said study first author Md Nurunnabi, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at….
From 1976 to 1980, 15 percent of U.S. adults were obese. Today, about 40 percent of adults are obese and another 33 percent are overweight. “Half of the diseases that affect humans are worsened by obesity,” said Ali Güler, a biology professor at the University of Virginia. Rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and health complications from….
Processed foods such as breads, cereals and sodas are associated with negative health effects, including insulin resistance, obesity and heart disease. One contributing factor to the unhealthiness of processed foods is Maillard reaction products. The Malliard reaction is a non-
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-
Several foods, spices, herbs and supplements can aid in pain relief. Turmeric, frequently used in Indian cooking, has long been studied clinically for its anti-
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 8 it is lifting an import alert that prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the United States. AquaAdvantage Salmon won the first-
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-
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Eighteen (18) percent of American adults – about 40 million individuals – struggle with anxiety, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. Of those who seek treatment, only some see benefits from pharmacological solutions.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds more than one in three Americans eat fast food on a typical day – about 85 million people. The CDC surveyed people from 2013 to 2016, and 40 percent of the respondents ate fast food but not necessarily every day. Roughly 23 percent ate fast food for breakfast.
The environment in which we eat is just as important as taste, say Cornell University researchers. Food scientists used virtual reality to demonstrate how people’s perception of real food can be altered by their surroundings. “When we eat, we perceive not only just the taste and aroma of foods, we get sensory input from our surroundings….
Billed as healthier because it’s low in saturated fat, canola oil has been a kitchen staple for decades. But a 2017 study suggests the oil could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients. Canola oil increased the build-
Federal officials first announced on April 13 an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown and produced in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Federal investigators found the source of the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 on July 28: canal water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners collected….
More and more meat is being grown in labs from cultured cells. Several start-
Scientists in Antarctica have harvested the first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes were grown inside a high-
As little as 248 mg of magnesium per day leads to an astounding reversal of depression syndrome, according to research conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in the journal PLoS One in June 2017. Magnesium plays a critical role in many body functions, including heart rhythm, blood pressure and bone strength.
A new study finds it doesn’t matter whether people try low-
Young and mature adults require different foods to improve their mental health, say researchers from the State University of New York at Binghampton. The researchers used an anonymous Internet survey, asking people around the world to complete the Food-
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has available a free booklet called “Food Safety for People with Diabetes.” Practicing food safety is critical for people who have diabetes, the FDA says, because diabetes can affect the function of various organs and systems of the body, making people living with this disease more susceptible to infections and pathogens….
Bread’s appealing texture is gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. But gluten damages the small intestines of people with the serious autoimmune disorder celiac disease. Most gluten-
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Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes were part of the Aztecs’ diet as early as 700 A.D., but they weren’t grown in Britain until the 1590s. First arriving in southern Europe in the early 16th century via Spanish conquistadors returning from Mesoamerica, the tomato was considered a “poison apple” for nearly 200 years because some aristocrats died when the….
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research. Rates increased in just four states….
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies. The organization focused on baby foods because lead can be detrimental to child ….
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories.
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.