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Wednesday October 26, 2016, 03:05 PM

Hunger Expert Discusses USDA Report Showing Significant Drop in Household Food Insecurity

Baylor University

The USDA recently released its report, "Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2015," which shows a significant decline in the national food-insecurity rate, from 14 percent to 12.7 percent in one year. In this Q&A, Jeremy Everett, director of Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative discusses the report, food insecurity in the nation and in Texas, and which campaigns and efforts are working to reduce the number of people going without meals.

Monday October 24, 2016, 04:00 PM

Report Reveals a Big Dependence on Freshwater Fish for Global Food Security

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published Monday (Oct. 24) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Friday October 21, 2016, 12:05 PM

Would People Be Happier (and Healthier) if We Could Make Broccoli Taste Like Chocolate?

University of Kentucky

At the second annual International Society of Neurogastronomy Symposium, scientists, doctors, chefs and food scientists discuss flavor perception and quality of life for people who can't enjoy food because of their injury or illness.

Monday October 17, 2016, 01:15 AM

"That Pizza Was #Delish!" What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?

University of Utah Health Sciences

"Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". Besides hinting at which foods are popular, scientists at the University of Utah are finding that tweets reveal something about our health. Communities that tweeted more often about physical activities, or expressed positive sentiments about healthy foods, had better overall health.

Friday October 14, 2016, 11:30 AM

Influential Food Writer and Cookbook Author, Photography's Most Esteemed Advocate, and Environmental Innovator and Policymaker Named Recipients of Wellesley College's Alumnae Achievement Awards 2016

Wellesley College

The 2016 Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award recipients are: Marian Burros '54, a New York Times and Washington Post food writer and editor who transformed how Americans cook; Maria Morris Hambourg '71, a preeminent art scholar who changed how the art world looked at photography as the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Debra Knopman '75, a leading researcher and policymaker seeking solutions to our most pressing environmental issues.

Thursday October 13, 2016, 04:05 PM

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Healthy Eating Tough for Touring Musicians

Saint Louis University Medical Center

A constant diet of cheeseburgers is no paradise for performers on the road, who have limited options for health eating.

Thursday October 13, 2016, 11:05 AM

UF/IFAS Researcher: Study Shows Federal School Lunch Guidelines Lead to Healthier Choices

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Researchers investigated how the nutritional content of National School Lunch Program entrees chosen by students varied across different socioeconomic and demographic groups and impacted their health. When healthier menu items replaced less healthy items, researchers found the total calories of the students' lunch choices decreased about 4 percent. Calories from fat decreased 18 percent, and those from sodium decreased by 8 percent.

Thursday October 13, 2016, 11:05 AM

Improved Federal School Lunch Guidelines Lead Students to Better Health, Study Finds

Georgia State University

Federal school lunch guidelines enacted in 2012 are doing what they were designed to do: improving nutrition for school-age children and reducing childhood obesity, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Wednesday October 12, 2016, 08:00 PM

Jellyfish Help Scientists to Fight Food Fraud

University of Southampton

Animals feeding at sea inherit a chemical record reflecting the area where they fed, which can help track their movements. Chemical testing of the source of marine food products could be a powerful tool to help to fight food fraud and maintain healthy sustainable fish stocks or marine protected areas.

Wednesday October 12, 2016, 10:05 AM

Environmentally Friendly Invention May Save Soybean Industry Millions of Dollars Per Year

Kansas State University

Harold N. Trick, professor of plant pathology; Timothy C. Todd, instructor of plant pathology; and Jiarui Li, post-doctoral researcher in plant pathology, designed a patented soybean variety that protects the crop from nematode parasitic infestation.

Wednesday October 12, 2016, 01:00 AM

Moms and Dads of Kids with Food Allergies Think They're Allergic Too

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

A study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports only 28 percent of parents of kids with food allergies tested positive to the foods to which they reported being allergic.

Friday October 07, 2016, 01:05 PM

Food-Poisoning Bacteria May Be Behind Crohn's Disease

McMaster University

People who retain a particular bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoning may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn's disease later in life, according to a new study led by researchers at McMaster University.

Monday October 03, 2016, 04:30 PM

Best Halloween Treat? Enjoying Allergy-Free Fun

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Some common sense tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology help keep kids with allergies and asthma safe on Halloween.

Monday October 03, 2016, 02:15 PM

Cold and Bubbly: The Sensory Qualities That Best Quench Thirst

Monell Chemical Senses Center

New research from the Monell Center finds that oral perceptions of coldness and carbonation help to reduce thirst. The findings could guide sensory approaches to increase fluid intake in populations at risk for dehydration, including the elderly, soldiers, and athletes.

Monday October 03, 2016, 12:00 PM

Unique Bacterial Chemist in the War on Potatoes

Georgia Institute of Technology

An eccentric enzyme known so far only to exist in a single type of bacterium breaks down a toxin related to TNT and pesticides with counterintuitive moves.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 06:05 PM

IFT Food Facts Releases New Video on Ancient Grains

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Ancient grains have become staples in many diets due to their health benefits and exotic appeal. In fact, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend daily intake of whole grains to be at least half of total grain consumption. IFT Past President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, discussed various ancient grains and their dietary benefits with IFT Food Facts to create this video.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 04:05 PM

Pumpkin Spice 101

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

In this fact sheet and the associated video, food scientist Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS answers questions about the science behind the popular fall drink, the pumpkin spice latte.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 11:05 AM

Component of Red Wine, Grapes Can Help to Reduce Inflammation, Study Finds

Georgia State University

A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (otitis media), according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 10:00 AM

Frankfurter Fraud: Finding Out What's in Your Hot Dog

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Hot dogs are the perfect summer fare. But knowing for sure what you're getting inside a bun can be difficult. Now scientists have devised a method that could help prevent frankfurter fraud, which is especially important for those who can't eat certain types of meats. They report their approach in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Tuesday September 27, 2016, 02:05 PM

Toxins From Food Mold Weaken Airways' Defenses to Cause More Damage

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA--Toxins from mold found growing on nuts or corn can weaken the airways' self-clearing mechanisms and immunity, opening the door for respiratory diseases and exacerbating existing ones, suggests a study in Nature Scientific Reports published this month from otolaryngology researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Monday September 26, 2016, 02:05 PM

Artificial Sweeteners Hit Sour Note with Sketchy Science

University of Sydney

University of Sydney researchers have confirmed widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, which is potentially misleading millions by overstating their health benefits.

Monday September 26, 2016, 10:00 AM

Consuming Fewer Calories Reduces the Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, JEM Study Suggests

The Rockefeller University Press

Mice placed on a low-calorie diet are less likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to a new study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The paper, "Calorie restriction protects against experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice," which will be published online September 26 ahead of issue, suggests new ways to prevent the often fatal condition from occurring in humans.

Thursday September 22, 2016, 06:05 PM

Study Finds Apple and Lettuce Can Remedy Garlic Breath

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Garlic - consumers either love or hate the taste, but one thing is for certain, no one likes it when the scent of it sticks around on their breath. Now, garlic lovers may have a new solution to their halitosis problem. A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Food Science found that eating raw apple or lettuce may help reduce garlic breath.

Thursday September 22, 2016, 10:05 AM

Food Scientists Using X-Rays to Figure Out Fats

University of Guelph

University of Guelph researchers studying the intimate structure of edible fats are getting help from the United States Department of Energy.

Wednesday September 21, 2016, 10:00 AM

Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the U.S., which makes for a perky population -- but it also creates a lot of used grounds. Scientists now report in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering an innovative way to reduce this waste and help address another environmental problem. They have incorporated spent coffee grounds in a foam filter that can remove harmful lead and mercury from water.

Tuesday September 20, 2016, 02:05 PM

Age Limit for Federal Food Assistance Program Is Increasing Food Insecurity

University of Missouri Health

New research from the University of Missouri has identified a problem associated with the requirement that when children turn five, they are no longer eligible to receive food assistance from WIC, thus leading to increased food insecurity for the family. The researchers say policy makers should consider extending WIC eligibility until children enter school, rather than setting an age limit.

Monday September 19, 2016, 01:05 PM

MSU's Keenum at UN: Universities Have 'Vital Expertise' to Address World Hunger

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum highlighted the important role universities and open data play in addressing world hunger during a speech at the U.N. in New York Friday [Sept. 16].

Monday September 19, 2016, 12:05 PM

Iowa State University Scientist Helps to Reach Back Through Centuries of Cultivation to Track How Corn Adapted to Different Elevations and Environments

Iowa State University

An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high elevations reveals some striking differences and could help plant breeders develop varieties more resistant to environmental stresses.

Monday September 19, 2016, 11:05 AM

Gardening as a Child May Lead College Students to Eat More Veggies

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As researchers nationwide try to get college students to eat healthier foods, they're finding that gardening may lead to a lasting habit of eating more fruits and vegetables.

Thursday September 15, 2016, 02:05 PM

Ramping Up Nutritional Levels of Oat Varieties

South Dakota State University

Scientists and consumers recognize the cholesterol-lowering power of oats, but what few know is that most of the oats American milling companies use comes from Canada. To increase oats production in the Midwest, researchers are developing methods to speed up selection of breeding material to improve the nutritional and milling qualities of new oat varieties--that includes developing ways to increase beta-glucan.

Thursday September 15, 2016, 11:05 AM

Making a Multi-Use, Stiff Carbon Foam Using Bread

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Sturdy, lightweight carbon foam has many structural and insulating applications in aerospace engineering, energy storage and temperature maintenance. Current methods to create this material run into difficulties when trying to make the product strong, lightweight, environmentally friendly and low-cost. Now, a group reports in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a method to produce such a carbon foam by using super-toasted bread.

Thursday September 15, 2016, 11:05 AM

Food Waste Could Store Solar and Wind Energy

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric storage is currently used most often. Now researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry C are advancing another potential approach using sugar alcohols -- an abundant waste product of the food industry -- mixed with carbon nanotubes.

Thursday September 15, 2016, 11:05 AM

Meeting Demand for 'Natural' Vanilla Calls for Creativity

American Chemical Society (ACS)

n recent years, consumers have increasingly been looking for "natural" ingredients in their food products. But when it comes to one of the world's most popular flavors, vanilla, meeting that demand has been difficult. So food scientists are scrambling for new ways to produce vanillin -- the main vanilla flavor molecule -- without losing the natural label, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

Wednesday September 14, 2016, 12:05 PM

Is It Safe to Get Up Close and Personal with Food Allergy Triggers?

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

An article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology explains that food proximity challenges prove to most kids they can be near food allergy triggers without fear.

Wednesday September 14, 2016, 09:05 AM

UF/IFAS-Led Team Finds Faster, Better Way to Detect Salmonella in Meat, Chicken

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Salmonella is the lauding cause of bacteria-associated foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to the study. Thus, early detection of the pathogen, by a rapid and sensitive test is important to prevent the illness.

Tuesday September 13, 2016, 12:05 PM

Peach-Sized Strawberry Delivers Huge Dose of Intense Flavor

Cornell University

The newest Cornell University strawberry variety concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand

Monday September 12, 2016, 02:05 PM

UF/IFAS Study: Global Food Security Aided by Combining Different Methods

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are closer to helping producers better meet global food demand, now that they've combined simulation and statistical methods to help them predict how temperature affects wheat crops worldwide.

Friday September 09, 2016, 02:05 PM

SNEB 50th Annual Conference Call for Program Proposals

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior invites proposals for conference sessions and for pre- and post-meeting workshops and tours for the 2017 Annual Conference.

Thursday September 08, 2016, 10:50 AM

Ginger and Chili Peppers Could Work Together to Lower Cancer Risk

American Chemical Society (ACS)

For many people, there's nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer. Now researchers show in mouse studies that the pungent compound in ginger, 6-ginergol, could counteract capsaicin's potentially harmful effects. In combination with the capsaicin, 6-gingerol could lower the risk of cancer, they say. The study appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Thursday September 08, 2016, 06:05 AM

The Pleasures - and Perils -- of Protein: Study in Fruit Flies Reveals New Clues to Appetite and Aging

University of Michigan Health System

Why do we - and the fruit flies that sometimes inhabit our kitchens - seek out protein-full foods when we're running on empty? And what does that preference mean for the odds of living a longer life, whether it's measured in decades for a human, or days for a fly? New research suggests that a brain chemical may have a lot to do with both questions.

Tuesday September 06, 2016, 03:05 PM

$3 Million Grant to Support First Detailed Map of the Nation's Food, Energy, and Water Systems

Northern Arizona University

The interdisciplinary research project called "FEWSion," which builds on Ruddell's work on the National Water-Economy Project, will create and study the first detailed map of the system.

Tuesday September 06, 2016, 01:05 PM

There's More to Beans Than You Think

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Educational videos released this week by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) celebrate the International Year of Pulses (IYP), as designated by the United Nations. Pulses--dry beans, peas, and lentils--are an important crop for a sustainable agronomic future. The videos are the latest in a series of informational offerings by CSSA celebrating IYP.

Tuesday September 06, 2016, 10:05 AM

Nano-Lipid Particles From Edible Ginger Could Improve Drug Delivery for Colon Cancer, Study Finds

Georgia State University

Edible ginger-derived nano-lipids created from a specific population of ginger nanoparticles show promise for effectively targeting and delivering chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat colon cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Wenzhou Medical University and Southwest University in China.

Friday September 02, 2016, 11:05 AM

New Texas A&M Center to Protect Key International Coffee Industry

Texas A&M AgriLife

Efforts to protect a worldwide multibillion dollar-a-year coffee industry are the buzz at Texas A&M. This will confront the industry's serious problems: diseases, narrow genetic diversity, climate change and an ever-increasing global demand.

Thursday September 01, 2016, 07:05 AM

Study Links Chemical in Plastics to Genital Abnormalities in Baby Boys

Seattle Children's Hospital

Doctors and researchers know that man-made chemicals commonly found in plastics, foods, personal care products and building materials can interfere with how hormones like estrogen and testosterone work in the body.

Wednesday August 31, 2016, 01:05 PM

Cowpeas Are the Answer. What's the Question?

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

A modest but versatile crop, cowpeas may provide an answer to demands on grower resources--and international appetites.

Monday August 29, 2016, 02:05 PM

New U of S Plant Research Centre Launched to Design Crops for Global Food Security

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan marked the official launch of its unique Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) today with an international symposium and demonstration of new drone technology to be used in novel crop development approaches.

Wednesday August 24, 2016, 06:00 PM

Excess weight linked to 8 more cancer types

Washington University in St. Louis

There's yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma (a type of brain tumor), thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Tuesday August 23, 2016, 02:05 PM

Diet and Back Pain: What's the Link?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, researchers are exploring the link between diet, obesity-linked Type 2 diabetes, and intervertebral disc degeneration.

Tuesday August 23, 2016, 01:05 PM

What Do Olympians Eat? The Role Sports Dietitians Play in Athletes' Training

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

What does it take to fuel the strength, speed, endurance and grace of Olympic athletes? It takes years of training and hard work, and sports dietitians are part of many Olympic hopefuls' team -- helping to propel athletes to achieve the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger).