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We can feed the world if we change our ways

Mon, 23/07/2018 - 19:30
Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows.

Ancient farmers transformed Amazon and left an enduring legacy on the rainforest

Mon, 23/07/2018 - 19:28
Ancient communities transformed the Amazon thousands of years ago, farming in a way which has had a lasting impact on the rainforest, a major new study shows.

Yeast species used in food industry can cause disease in humans, study finds

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 19:21
A major cause of drug-resistant clinical yeast infections is the same species previously regarded as non-pathogenic and commonly used in the biotechnology and food industries.

How plant breeding technologies could make fruits and vegetables more exciting to eat

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 19:21
Forget vegetables with dull colors and fuzzy skin or fruits that lack of flavor -- the produce aisle of the future could offer plant products that are designed for creative cooks and fussy eaters. In a new article, food researchers describe how new breeding technologies have the potential to enhance the shape, size, color, and health benefits of produce, as well as to inform conventional breeding programs.

Monkeys benefit from the nut-cracking abilities of chimpanzees and hogs

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 15:12
Researchers describe for the first time the scavenging behavior of mangabey monkeys, guinea fowls, and squirrels on energy-rich nut remnants cracked by chimpanzees and red river hogs. The team used data collected by camera traps in the rain forest of Tai National Park in Ivory Coast. The results reveal new unknown interactions between different species and increase our understanding of the complex community of animals foraging around tropical nut trees.

High fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 15:12
Women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.

Caffeine affects food intake at breakfast, but its effect is limited and transient

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:54
A new study found that after drinking a small amount of caffeine, participants consumed 10 percent less at a breakfast buffet provided by researchers, but this effect did not persist throughout the day and had no impact on participants' perceptions of their appetites. Based on these findings, the investigators have concluded that caffeine is not effective as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss aid.

Beef jerky and other processed meats associated with manic episodes

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 13:22
An analysis of more than 1,000 people with and without psychiatric disorders has shown that nitrates -- chemicals used to cure meats such as beef jerky, salami, hot dogs and other processed meat snacks -- may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state. Mania is characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia.

Anti-obesity drug derived from chili peppers shows promise in animal trials

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 14:47
A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high fat diet. The drug, Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 20:15
At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals, and thus contributed to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period.

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:19
Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than others and to what extent cultivation or preparation methods are involved.

Growing a dinosaur's dinner

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:19
Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago.

Tree shrews can tolerate hot peppers: Mutation in pain receptor makes peppery plant palatable

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 19:16
Almost all mammals avoid eating chili peppers and other 'hot' foods, because of the pain they induce. But not the tree shrew, according to a new study. The researchers found that this close relative of primates is unaffected by the active ingredient in chili peppers due to a subtle mutation in the receptor that detects it.

5,300-year-old Iceman's last meal reveals remarkably high-fat diet

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:46
In 1991, German tourists discovered a human body that was later determined to be the oldest naturally preserved ice mummy, known as Otzi or the Iceman. Now, researchers who have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Iceman's stomach contents offer a rare glimpse of our ancestor's ancient dietary habits. Among other things, their findings show that the Iceman's last meal was heavy on the fat.

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 23:27
Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research.

How a Mediterranean diet could reduce bone loss in osteoporosis

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 14:31
Eating a Mediterranean-type diet could reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis -- according to new research. New findings show that sticking to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil, and fish can reduce hip bone loss within just 12 months.

Livestock feed accurately predicts toxic chemicals in food

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 17:28
Scientists have tracked the presence of a class of synthetic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which were once a popular additive to increase fire resistance in consumer products such as electronics, textiles, and plastics.

From corn to flake: Health-promoting phenolic acids lost during food processing

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 01:29
For many Americans, highly processed foods are on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even when the raw materials -- grains, for example -- are high in vitamins and health-promoting phenolic compounds, processing can rob the final product of these nutrients. Scientists reveal what happens to cancer-fighting phenolic acids in corn when it is processed into cornflakes.

National school food policies have potential to improve health now and later

Mon, 09/07/2018 - 15:11
Providing free fruits and vegetables and limiting sugary drinks in schools could have positive health effects in both the short- and long-term, finds a new Food-PRICE study.

Savory foods may promote healthy eating through effects on the brain

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 20:08
Researchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami -- or savory taste -- can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity.

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