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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 23-Feb-2017

Food Science Wire with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

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.

Food Science & Production

The Glow of Food Dye Can Be Used to Monitor Food Quality

Allura Red, a synthetic food and pharmaceutical color widely used within the U.S., boasts special properties that may make it and other food dyes appropriate as sensors or edible probes to monitor foods and pharmaceuticals. A team of researchers -- f...

– Biophysical Society

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2017 at 11:30 ET

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

Florida avocados bring a $100 million-a-year impact to Florida’s economy, UF/IFAS economists say. They grow almost entirely in southern Miami-Dade County, but growers have battled the laurel wilt fungus, which can kill redbay and avocado trees, sin...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Journal of Applied Entomology

Study Finds Consumers Willing to Pay More for “All-Natural” Labeled Foods

A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a product labeled “all-natural” as compared to the...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

UAB Developing New Peptide to Combat a Disorder That Causes Heart Attacks at Early Age

Some people inherit a condition that elevates their cholesterol to an excessive degree, and no amount of diet or exercise can bring the numbers down. UAB researchers are developing and testing a new peptide that may lead to better treatment options. ...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Maize Study Finds Genes That Help Crops Adapt to Change

A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment.

– Cornell University

Nature Genetics

Food Additive Found in Candy, Chewing Gum Could Alter Digestive Cell Structure and Function

The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is “significantly decreased” after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to br...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

NanoImpact, Jan-2017

Queen’s Wedding Cake Resurrected with Scanning Tech

Cutting-edge technology has brought Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake back to life – thanks to research by WMG at the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

How Untreated Water Is Making Our Kids Sick: FSU Researcher Explores Possible Climate Change Link

A Florida State University researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

– Florida State University

How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Dogs Prefer to Share Food with Friends

Dogs share food also in complex situations, but more likely with dogs they know.

– University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna


UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

In a study published today in the journal Science, Harry Klee, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, led an international research team that included scientists from China, Israel and Spain. Researchers identified chemicals that contribute t...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A Few Facts About Wheat

This infographic presents key facts about wheat: production, cultivation, consumption, export value.

– International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

UGA Scientists Use Robots and Drones to Accelerate Plant Genetic Research, Improve Crop Yield

A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of crops.

– University of Georgia

Reuters Media Award to Boost Sustainable Ag Coverage

Through May 31, 2017, The Thomas Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition are calling all journalists, bloggers, freelancers, and individuals covering a variety of food issues to enter for a chance to win nearly US$11,000, an all-ex...

– Food Tank

IFT17: Go With Purpose Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for IFT17: Go With Purpose in Las Vegas, June 25-28 at The Sands Expo Center. Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), this year’s annual event will host food science and technology thought leaders from more tha...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Craft Beer Craze Sparks Internship Opportunities for Wichita State University Biology Students

– Wichita State University

Obesity, Nutrition, & Public Policy

Poll: Only a Third of Parents Think They Are Doing a Good Job Helping Kids Be Healthy Eaters

If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it’s easier said than done, you’re not alone.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2017 at 00:00 ET

Mercury in Fish, Seafood May Be Linked to Higher Risk of ALS

Eating fish and seafood with higher levels of mercury may be linked to a higher risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual M...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2017 at 16:00 ET

Limiting Salt Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Patients with Kidney Disease

• Receiving advice on limiting salt consumption helped kidney disease patients lower their systolic blood pressure by an average of 11 mmHg. • Limiting salt intake also reduced excess fluid retention that is common among patients with kidney dis...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

doi: 10.2215/CJN.01120216

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2017 at 17:00 ET

Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruits and vegetables, according to a...


PLOS Medicine

Embargo expired on 14-Feb-2017 at 14:00 ET

Taking a High-Priced Cancer Drug with a Low-Fat Meal Can Cut Cost by 75%

Taking one-fourth the standard dose of a widely used drug for prostate cancer with a low-fat breakfast can be as effective – and four times less expensive – as taking the standard dose as recommended: on an empty stomach. The finding has signific...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

ASCO’s 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

Embargo expired on 13-Feb-2017 at 17:00 ET

Lack of Transportation Limits Healthy Food Access Among Washington State Residents

Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. However, simply improving residents’ proximity to grocery stores may not be as consequential ...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 00:05 ET

Eating Whole Grains Led to Modest Improvements in Gut Microbiota and Immune Response

In a clinical trial, adults who consumed a diet rich in whole grains rather than refined grains had modest improvements in healthy gut microbiota and certain immune responses.

– Tufts University

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 14:00 ET

New Study Finds That Eating Whole Grains Increases Metabolism and Digestive Calorie Losses

A new study suggests that substituting whole grains for refined grains in the diet increases metabolism and calorie losses during digestion.

– Tufts University

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 14:00 ET

Skin Sodium Content Linked to Heart Problems in Patients with Kidney Disease

• Elevated sodium content in the skin correlates closely with left ventricular hypertrophy in patients with chronic kidney disease.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

doi: 10.1681/ASN.2016060662

Embargo expired on 02-Feb-2017 at 17:00 ET

Resveratrol May Be an Effective Intervention for Lung Aging and the Ultimate Development of Chronic Lung Disease

Researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging, characterized by airspace enlargement and decreasing lung function, is a significant risk factor for c...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

Thorax, January 2017; R01 HL65352; DE021982

Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease

Reducing sodium (salt) in the diet has been recommended to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. However, in a new review article, University of Southern California researchers found that increasing dietary potassium is as important to ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Mediterranean Diet May Decrease Pain Associated with Obesity

Eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests.

– Ohio State University

Helping Parents Understand BMI May Lead to Positive Changes in Childhood Obesity

Getting children to move more is a team effort. A new study, published in Childhood Obesity, found parents were more likely to change their child’s lifestyle when schools provided educational materials along with the results of their child’s body...

– Iowa State University

Childhood Obesity

B Vitamins Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins - including B6, B8 and B12 - can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.

– University of Manchester

Psychological Medicine

Teens in Poorest Families Go Hungry More Than Younger Kids

In very poor families, teenagers are going hungry twice as often as their younger siblings, a study finds.

– Johns Hopkins University

National Bureau of Economic Research working paper

Gluten-Free Diet May Increase Risk of Arsenic, Mercury Exposure

People who eat a gluten-free diet may be at risk for increased exposure to arsenic and mercury – toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects, according to a report in the journal Epidemiology.

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Teachers May Be Cause of 'Obesity Penalty' on Girls' Grades

While obesity is often thought of as a health problem, a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist suggests that discrimination by body weight may be the more important factor for obese white female students' lower success in schoo...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Sociology of Education

Experts Reveal Hidden Dangers Behind Supplements

Many herbal supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to a team of experts from Queen’s University Belfast, Kingston University London and LGC.

– Queen's University Belfast

The Power of Tea

A compound found in green tea could have lifesaving potential for patients with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, who face often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders, according to a team of engineers at Washington Univers...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Biological Chemistry

To Lose Weight, and Keep It Off, Be Prepared to Navigate Interpersonal Challenges

A new study highlights an unexpected challenge for those who have made a new year’s resolution to lose weight: the people around you may sabotage your efforts. The study also uncovered strategies that people use to navigate interpersonal challenges...

– North Carolina State University

Health Communication, Feb-2017

Research Connects Overeating During National Sporting Events to Medical Problems

People who overeat during national holidays and national sporting events – like this weekend’s Super Bowl – are 10 times more likely to need emergency medical attention for food obstruction than any at other time of the year, according to a new...

– University of Florida

Gastroenterology Report

New Study Finds Extensive Use of Fluorinated Chemicals in Fast Food Wrappers

Previous studies have linked the chemicals to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children, among other health issues.

– University of Notre Dame

Environmental Science & Technology

Loyola Study Provides New Evidence That Exercise Is Not Key to Weight Control

An international study led by Loyola University Chicago is providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight. Neither physical activity nor sedentary time were associated with weight gain. The study is published...

– Loyola University Health System


Increased Food Assistance Benefits Could Result in Fewer ER Visits

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP benefits reduced the incidence of extreme poverty by 13.2 percent and child poverty by 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2009. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found that SNAP ben...

– University of Missouri Health


Endocrine Society Experts Issue Clinical Practice Guideline on Pediatric Obesity

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline advising healthcare providers on how to prevent and treat childhood obesity with lifestyle changes.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Mar-2017

New International Study Paves the Way for Better Understanding of Diagnostic Categories of Eating Disorders in Children

New International Study Paves the Way for Better Understanding of Diagnostic Categories of Eating Disorders in Children

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

New Book, Nitrite and Nitrate in Human Health and Disease

Nathan Bryan, Ph.D., a recognized world authority in Nitric Oxide (NO) research, is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of Nitrate and Nitrite in Human Health and Disease, 2e. It reveals the latest breakthrough science and chang...

– Strategic Communications, LLC.

Below Threshold: Nutritionists Discuss Serious Yet Common Mineral Deficiencies

Iron and zinc are critical minerals, but many people are deficient in them, say nutritionists at Kansas State University.

– Kansas State University

Moderation Key to Days of Wine and Chocolate

If wine and chocolate are on the menu for Valentine’s Day, you might be doing your heart a tiny little favor, but moderation remains key, says Dr. Joseph Hill, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Diet Quality, Improves Fitness Among the Fittest

In two recent peer-reviewed papers published by Nutrients and Growth Hormone and IGF-1 Research, Skidmore College exercise scientist Paul Arciero and colleagues report proven benefits of consuming moderate amounts of protein regularly throughout the ...

– Skidmore College

Winning the War: How to Persuade Children to Eat More Veggies

Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, offers parents research-based advice for appealing to children's emotional and behavioral appetites to help them eat the vegetables they need.

– Kansas State University

Super Bowl 2017 "Big Game" Calorie Costs in Exercise

Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at HUNTER College Dr. Charles Platkin Shows Big Game Activities to Burn off Foods You Just Ate - Is it Splurge-worthy? Since a calorie doesn’t mean much to the average person, the idea is to use exe...

– Hunter College, NYC Food Policy Center at HUNTER College /

Super Bowl Champ Roland Williams Mentors Kids to Eat More Veggies on Meatless Monday

Super Bowl champion Roland aims to call attention to the needs of underserved youth and their families. He works with celeb chef Danny Boome, and teaching artist for Young Audiences of Rochester Michelle Cardulla. They partner to inspire kids to move...

– Monday Campaigns

Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

“As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we’ve gained during the holidays” explains Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery ...

– Valley Health System

Setting the Record Straight on Some Common Beliefs About Food and Health

When it comes to what certain foods can do to or for you, it’s probably best to take motherly advice, familiar sayings and other bits of conventional wisdom with a grain of salt.

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

‘Hair of the Dog’ Won’t Cure That Hangover

The notion that having a drink can cure a hangover has been around since the 16th century. That doesn't mean it's true.

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

For National Nutrition Month, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Says “Put Your Best Fork Forward” When Dining Out

At the office or a restaurant, eating away from home doesn’t have to undermine your healthful habits. To help find your healthy eating style during National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Make Healthy Shifts in Food Choices at Home During National Nutrition Month, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Put Your Best Fork Forward" by making small, healthy shifts in food choices when cooking at home.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

UCLA Dietitian Talks Solving the Over-Consumption of Sugary Drinks in the U.S.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences





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