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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 23-Feb-2018

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

Fancy A Jellyfish Chip?

Mathias P. Clausen, a Danish researcher, became intrigued by jellyfish when he bit into the marine delicacy and experienced an unexpected crunch; he decided he wanted to “understand the transformation from soft gel to this crunchy thing.” Clausen...

– Biophysical Society

62nd Biophysical Society Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2018 at 08:00 ET

UF Study Shows Why Termite Bait Works and How Scientists Can Improve It

About 25 years ago, University of Florida scientist Nan-Yao Su set out to develop a bait to kill termites. He came up with Sentricon™ and found it worked better than any other termite-killing method to date. Now, scientists know more about why the ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Scientific Reports

Could an 8 Million-Year-Old Gene Help the Citrus Industry? UF Researchers Think So

After 100 years of assertions about the roots of citrus, a global group of scientists – including a University of Florida professor – has traced the evolutionary history of Florida’s signature crop up to 8 million years ago in the Himalayas of ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Farmed Seafood and Livestock Stack Up Differently Using Alternate Feed Efficiency Measure

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future found that, contrary to widely held assumptions, farmed fish and shrimp convert protein and calories in feed to edible seafood at rates ...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Environmental Research Letters

Researchers Use Wild Rice to Predict Health of Lakes and Streams

By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic levels of sulfide and increases other harmful elements.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

What Are the General Uses of Pesticides?

Agricultural fields can be attacked by insects, disease, and weeds. How can growers defend crops? The February 22 Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains how the safe use of pesticides can maintain crop yields, feed the world, and keep our food supply...

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

National Strawberry Day Brings Attention to UF/IFAS Varieties

Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Rapidly Measuring Beta-Glucan Content in Oats

It's the beta-glucan that gives oats its cholesterol-lowering power and now food scientists have a quick, accurate way of measuring it.

– South Dakota State University

How Does Your Brain "Code" Pizza?

At the International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium, neuroscientists, food scientists, and chefs will discuss food-brain phenomena and their role in health and medicine.

– University of Kentucky


More Robust Listeria Risk Assessment by Including Heat-Injured Cells

Developing assessment models that more accurately predict the risk of Listeria contamination, particularly with regard to heat-injured cells, will help food manufacturers enhance food safety protocols—and protect consumers from foodborne pathogens....

– South Dakota State University

Scientists Help UF/IFAS Predict Where to Grow Food Worldwide

As an example of their work at the conference, researchers incorporated new models for crops like the cereal tef and cassava, which are typically grown in developing countries, said Jim Jones, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engine...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Expert Panel on The Future of Fish: Trade-offs Associated with California’s Seafood

A panel of experts hosted by California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) will present to legislators about ocean issues and solutions for a sustainable future in Sacramento on Feb. 20, 2018.

– California State University, Monterey Bay

New Funding Supports Cassava Development in Africa

Cassava is vital to the food security of millions of Africans who eat some form of the root crop daily. Although cassava breeders are making progress, they face significant challenges in developing disease-resistant varieties that also increase yield...

– Cornell University

USDA Funds Maple Syrup Research at University of Rhode Island

The study, titled “Beneficial effects of maple syrup phytochemicals against inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome,” aims to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of a polyphenol-enriched maple syrup extract in mice fed a high-fat diet ...

– University of Rhode Island

Obesity, Nutrition, & Public Policy

Clues to Obesity’s Roots Found in Brain’s Quality Control Process

Around the clock, cells deep in the brain produces a “grandfather” form of several hormones that help us regulate our appetite and eating. Now, a new discovery sheds new light on how that grandfather molecule gets produced – and more important,...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Investigation, March 2018,; DK056731; DK066604; DK48280; DK11174; GM113188; DK105393

Embargo expired on 19-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

UCLA Study Could Explain Link Between High-Cholesterol Diet and Colon Cancer

UCLA scientists found that boosting mice's cholesterol levels spurred intestinal stem cells to divide more quickly, enabling tumors to form faster. The study identifies a new drug target for colon cancer treatment.

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

Cell Stem Cell, Jan. 25, 2018

Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Descriptive Phrases for How Often Food Should Be Eaten Helps Preschoolers Better Understand Healthy Eating

Approximately one in four preschoolers in the US are overweight or obese, and poor nutrition in early childhood has enduring consequences to children’s cognitive functioning. Preschool, therefore, is a critical period for children to begin to make ...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Animal Study Shows How to Retrain the Immune System to Ease Food Allergies

Treating food allergies might be a simple matter of teaching the immune system a new trick, researchers at Duke Health have found. In a study using mice bred to have peanut allergies, the Duke researchers were able to reprogram the animals' immune sy...

– Duke Health

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; R01 AI96305; R01 AI35678; R01 DK077159; R01 AI50021; R37 DK50814 ; R21 AI056101

Genetic Limits Threaten Chickpeas, a Globally Critical Food

Scientists have discovered an extreme lack of genetic diversity and other threats to the future adaptability of domestic chickpeas, the primary source of protein of 20 percent of the world's people. But they also collected wild relatives of chickpeas...

– University of Vermont

Nature Communcations, Feb. 13, 2108

Clean Plates Much More Common When We Eat at Home

When people eat at home, there’s typically not much left on their plates – and that means there’s likely less going to landfills, according to new research from The Ohio State University.

– Ohio State University


Palm Oil in Your Valentine's Chocolate?

A diet high in saturated fat causes, in addition to obesity and metabolic changes associated with a prediabetic state, anxiodepressive and compulsive behaviors. All of these effects were shown to be tied to inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, reve...

– Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

Molecular Metabolism

Nutrition Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing, but Don’t Blame Food Deserts, Researchers Say

For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that people living in food deserts—defined as areas lacking in supermarkets with fresh produce and other nutritious items—have little choice but to buy unhealthy food at drugstores or convenience stor...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Researchers Quantify Nutritional Value of Soil Fungi to the Serengeti Food Web

A new study by Northern Arizona University scientists shows how much arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi contribute to the complex ecosystem that makes up the Serengeti.

– Northern Arizona University

Journal of Ecology

Study Led By Virginia Mason Physician Links Fruit Juice Consumption With Weight Gain

A new study that analyzed data from more than 49,000 women concludes that drinking 100 percent fruit juice leads to weight gain, while consumption of fresh whole fruit results in weight loss.

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

Preventive Medicine

Hearing Loss Linked to Poor Nutrition in Early Childhood, Study Finds

Young adults who were undernourished as preschool children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as their better-nourished peers, a new study suggests.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

UTHealth Leads ACSM Paper on Safety Recommendations for Energy Drinks

Helpful guidance and warnings regarding the potential dangers that energy drinks present to at-risk populations, primarily children, were published in a paper led by a cardiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Current Sports Medicine Reports

Nutrition Education Intervention Helps Consumers Mitigate the Impact of Advertising, Particularly for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

It is well established that marketing efforts such as advertising are among the factors that can negatively affect health behaviors. Media literacy education can lessen this impact by developing an individual’s skills to critically evaluate marketi...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Hunger Overrides Sense of Fullness After Weight Loss

Bethesda, Md. (February 1, 2018)—The levels of hormones that control hunger and fullness(satiety) both rise after weight loss, but individuals may only experience an increase in hunger, according to a new study. The study is published ahead of prin...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism

Regional Food Sources Key to Healthier Options in Low-Income Areas

For the first time, Cornell researchers have analyzed where Northeast supermarkets source the foods they sell to their low-income customers.

– Cornell University

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast Through Regional Food Systems

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover Possible Link between Diet and Back Injuries

Healthy Eating Could Decrease Risk of Vertebral Fractures, Especially in Women

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research; NIH/NIAMS R01 AR069315-01A1

Study Finds a Third of Households – Double Previous Estimates – Struggle to Get Enough Food

The struggle to get enough nutritious food could be far worse than previously understood, according to a new study examining the intersection between hunger and the types of foods found at nearby stores.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

Type 1 Diabetes Trial Reaches Full Enrollment

A clinical trial studying type 1 diabetes has reached full enrollment.

– Sanford Health

Press Registration Now Open for Nutrition 2018 Meeting

Reporters and bloggers are invited to attend Nutrition 2018, the inaugural flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. The meeting will be held June 9-12, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

– American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Nutrition 2018

UF Dietitian: Olympics Can Inspire US to Eat Better

Before you achieve complete couch-potato status this Winter Olympics, take a cue from the dietary habits of the athletes you see onscreen, says a dietitian with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Would the World Be a Better Place if Broccoli Tasted Like Chocolate?

The International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium will focus on what we eat and why we eat it, with applications in nutrition science, agriculture and medicine.

– University of Kentucky


For National Nutrition Month: Store Food Correctly to Reduce Waste, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by storing food correctly to reduce waste and lower your grocery bill during National Nutrition Month® in March.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

U.S. and Canada to Ban Trans Fats This Year; Research on How This Effects Cardiovascular Health

Shauna Downs, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health, is available for interviews on how this impending ban will affect cardiovascular health in residents of North America.

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

ACSM Announces New Recommendations and Warnings Regarding Safety of Energy Drinks

Excessive caffeine consumption is dangerous for many, from children to Olympic athletes

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Current Sports Medicine Reports

During National Nutrition Month, “Go Further with Food” by Preparing Meals in Advance, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by preparing meals in advance to enjoy throughout the week.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Society for Nutrition and Behavior 2018 Annual Conference Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is accepting abstracts for poster presentations at the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN July 21 - July 24, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education; Society for Nutrition and Behavior 2018 Annual Conference

Tufts Names New Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Tufts University today named Sarah Booth, Ph.D., the new director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center for Research on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts.

– Tufts University

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates the Experts: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 14

March is National Nutrition Month®, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. March is also when the Academy celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, honoring the contributions...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Shop Locally to “Go Further with Food” During National Nutrition Month, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Shopping locally can be a great way to add healthful foods to your diet while conserving natural resources. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by choosing foods that are healthful to ...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Grant Funds URI Study of Targeted Incentives for Healthy Eating

If the targeted incentives prove successful, the research team will explore how large organizations — from health insurers to corporate wellness programs — could incorporate healthy food choice incentives and improve the dietary habits and health...

– University of Rhode Island


Bringing UC San Diego’s Healthy Diet and Natural Medicine Research into the Spotlight

UC San Diego celebrates the launch of the Krupp endowment at the new Centers for Integrative Health, thanks to Richard N. Krupp’s philanthropic legacy, which may be realized at over $30 million in the coming years.

– University of California San Diego

SJU Food Marketing Professor Available to Discuss McDonald's Happy Meals Changes

– Saint Joseph's University

Experts Available on President Trump’s SNAP Proposal

– Northwestern University

Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss New AARP Nutrition and Brain Health Report

– Johns Hopkins Medicine





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