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Friday, February 27, 2015

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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with IFT 27-Feb-2015

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Food Science and Nutrition News Channel

...brought to you by Newswise in collaboration with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society bringing together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry.

From Crickets to Test Tube Meat: The Coming Revolution in Alternative Proteins

Feeding the rapidly expanding world population will require 470 million tons of annual meat production by 2050, an increase of more than 200 million tons from current annual levels, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Replacing and/or supplementing traditional animal protein with alternatives that require drastically lower levels of water, feed, energy and land is not only more sustainable but may result in healthier proteins too, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Dairy-Free Beverages Expand the Milk Aisle

When it comes to milk, it’s no longer just about whole, two percent, skim, and flavored anymore. Consumers now have a variety of nut, grain, and seed milks that are all nondairy to choose from. In the February issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), IFT member David Despain writes about the increasing number of dairy-free options on the market in response to consumers’ growing in interest in plant-based milk products.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

8 Snack and Nutrition Bar Trends

Convenience and taste are high on the list of what consumers want—especially when it comes to snack and nutrition bars. In the February issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), associate editor Melanie Zanoza Bartelme writes about unexpected flavors and emerging trends in the snack and nutrition bar category. Consumers can all find a bar to fulfill their specific need including people looking for a meal replacement, athletes looking to up their protein, and those looking to lose weight.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Amaranth Seeds May Prevent Chronic Diseases

The tiny seed of an amaranth grain may be able to help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, according to a review of existing research in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Milk Proteins Show Promise in Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

In a review of the existing research, a team of Australian researchers found that milk proteins, consisting of short sequences called peptides, are potential candidates for the development of anticancer agents and can be generated by enzymatic action, such as those experienced during digestion or food processing, including fermentation. Their findings are in the recent issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety published by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Fluorescing Food Dyes as Probes to Improve Food Quality

Food dyes can give cakes, candy and sodas brilliant colors of the rainbow. Now a team of food scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey has found that food coloring may be able to play more than its traditional esthetic role in food presentation.

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Biophysical Society 59th Meeting

– Biophysical Society

Use of Calorie Menu Labels Differs Depending on Customers’ Sociodemographic Status

A newly published research study conducted by researchers at the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, examined whether noticing and using calorie menu labels was associated with demographic characteristics of customers at a national fast food chain currently posting calorie counts. They found that approximately 60% of participants noticed the calorie menu labels but only 16% reported using the labels to determine food and beverage choices.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

– Arizona State University College of Health Solutions

Compound Found In Grapes, Red Wine May Help Prevent Memory Loss

A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research published by a faculty member in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Scientific Reports

– Texas A&M University

Study Finds That Organic Food Reduces Pesticide Exposure

A new study from a researcher at Boise State is among the first to predict a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet.

Environmental Health Perspectives, Feb. 5, 2015

– Boise State University

Shade Coffee Is for the Birds

The conservation value of growing coffee under trees instead of on open farms is well known, but hasn’t been studied much in Africa. So a University of Utah-led research team studied birds in the Ethiopian home of Arabica coffee and found that “shade coffee” farms are good for birds, but some species do best in forest.

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Biological Conservation; National Science Foundation-GRFP-1256065; National Geographic Society; VLIR, the Belgian Research Cooperation; Christensen Fund; University of Utah...

– University of Utah

Early Consumption of Peanuts Prevents Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants

A study reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that consumption of a peanut-containing snack by infants who are at high-risk for developing peanut allergy prevents the subsequent development of allergy. The “Learning Early About Peanut allergy” (LEAP) study, designed and conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network and led by Gideon Lack at Kings College London, is the first randomized trial to prevent food allergy in a large cohort of high-risk infants.

(Embargo expired on 23-Feb-2015 at 16:30 ET)

– Immune Tolerance Network

Do Genes Play a Role in Peanut Allergies? New Study Suggests Yes

Researchers have pinpointed a region in the human genome associated with peanut allergy in U.S. children, offering strong evidence that genes can play a role in the development of food allergies.

(Embargo expired on 24-Feb-2015 at 11:00 ET)

Nature Communications; U01 AI090727, R56AI080627, R21AI088609

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Popular Soda Ingredient Poses Cancer Risk to Consumers

Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people’s exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a common ingredient in colas and other dark soft drinks. The results show that between 44 and 58 percent of people over the age of six typically have at least one can of soda per day, possibly more, potentially exposing them to 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), a possible human carcinogen formed during the manufacture of some kinds of caramel color.


– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Study Finds Climate Change May Dramatically Reduce Wheat Production

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptation measures are taken.

Nature Climate Change

– Kansas State University

Texas Crop, Weather for Feb. 24, 2015

Weekly summary of crop, livestock and weather conditions throughout Texas.

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– Texas A&M AgriLife

Could Squirmy Livestock Dent Africa’s Protein Deficit?

Two UW-Madison graduate students are working to introduce highly productive kits for farming mealworms to regions such as sub-Saharan Africa where eating insects is already culturally palatable. They are just practicing what they are beginning to preach: insects, and mealworms in particular, are an overlooked, healthful, economically viable and sustainable source of nutrition for people.

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– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Breastfeeding, Other Factors Help Shape Immune System Early in Life

Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby’s immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what’s in their gut.

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annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Houston

– Henry Ford Health System

Can Coffee Reduce Your Risk of MS?

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015.

(Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2015 at 16:00 ET)

AAN Annual Meeting, April 2015

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Changing Climate Impacts Food Production

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– South Dakota State University

Peanut Allergy Expert Available to Speak on New Study

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– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

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