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3-D printed food could change how we eat

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 21:02
Researchers consider how 3-D printing technology could be used for food production.

Dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 18:36
Findings from two new studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity and mood.

Could eating moss be good for your gut?

Mon, 23/04/2018 - 16:07
An international team of scientists has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.

Why zero-calorie sweeteners can still lead to diabetes, obesity

Mon, 23/04/2018 - 13:54
Increased awareness of the health consequences of eating too much sugar has fueled a dramatic uptick in the consumption of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in recent decades. However, new research finds sugar replacements can also cause health changes that are linked with diabetes and obesity, suggesting that switching from regular to diet soda may be a case of 'out of the frying pan, into the fire.'

Fat cells seem to remember unhealthy diet

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 17:28
Fat cells can be damaged in a short amount of time when they are exposed to the fatty acid palmitate or the hormone TNF-alpha through a fatty diet, a new study shows. The researchers hope this new knowledge may be used to develop new preventive strategies for diabetes.

Dogs could be more similar to humans than we thought

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 18:11
Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than we previously thought, according to a new study

Fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety testing

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 15:01
Researchers have used the fossilized remains of algae to take a key step toward being able to more sensitively detect harmful contaminants in food.

People waste nearly a pound of food daily

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 19:15
Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is. Between 2007-2014, consumers wasted nearly 150,000 tons of food per day. Researchers estimate that food waste corresponded with the use of 30 million acres of land (7 percent of total US cropland) and 4.2 trillion gallons of water annually. Higher quality diets were associated with higher levels of food waste.

Deep learning predicts drug-drug and drug-food interactions

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 16:16
Scientists have developed a computational framework, DeepDDI, that accurately predicts and generates 86 types of drug-drug and drug-food interactions as outputs of human-readable sentences, which allows in-depth understanding of the drug-drug and drug-food interactions.

Adolescents' cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 23:11
Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. A new study found that developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for health and nutrition.

Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 16:57
Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests.

Foodborne illness caused by common agricultural practice, casts doubts on biocidal product labeling

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 15:05
Chlorine, commonly used in the agriculture industry to decontaminate fresh produce, can make foodborne pathogens undetectable, according to new research. The study may help explain outbreaks of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes among produce in recent years.

Of mice and disease: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria discovered in NYC house mice

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 15:05
Scientists have found that New York City house mice carry bacteria responsible for mild to life-threatening gastroenteritis in people, and some of these bacteria may be resistant to antibiotics.

Moss capable of removing arsenic from drinking water discovered

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 15:42
A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered. And it happens quickly -- in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low that the water is no longer harmful for people to drink.

Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 15:14
Researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

A foodborne illness outbreak could cost a restaurant millions, study suggests

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 13:59
A single foodborne outbreak could cost a restaurant millions of dollars in lost revenue, fines, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs and staff retraining, a new study suggests.

Newly identified bacteria may help bees nourish their young

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 19:45
Researchers have isolated three previously unknown bacterial species from wild bees and flowers. The bacteria, which belong to the genus Lactobacillus, may play a role in preserving the nectar and pollen that female bees store in their nests as food for their larvae.

Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas

Thu, 12/04/2018 - 19:08
New evidence shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them. The findings also suggest that the sweet potato crossed the ocean from America to Polynesia without any help from people. The discovery raises doubts about the existence of pre-Columbian contacts between Polynesia and the American continent.

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Thu, 12/04/2018 - 19:06
Two common iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer, according to a new study. The two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the USA and the EU.

Study explores carbohydrates' impact on head, neck cancers

Thu, 12/04/2018 - 18:08
Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients' risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports. However, eating moderate amounts of fats and starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes and legumes after treatment could have protective benefits, reducing patients' risks of disease recurrence and death.

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