Category Archives: Food

Food as Medicine in the Fight Against Dementia

Healthy eating may preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. That’s according to findings from four studies presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in…

Plant derivative could help patients reliant on tube feeding

Synesis, a University of Wisconsin–Madison spinoff developing a patented formula for liquid nutrition, is advancing a plant-based additive designed to reduce or eliminate severe side effects of tube feeding. People…

Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops

Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before investing precious resources in blooms. Waking…

Researchers engineer shape-shifting noodles

Sheets of gelatin transform into 3-D shapes when dunked in water; could save food shipping costs. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Don’t play with your food” is a saying that MIT researchers are…

Mediterranean Diet Has Positive Effect on Brain Volume

A new study adds to growing evidence that the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health. The study, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that…

13 Ways to Keep Free Radicals Away

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes time for family celebration while gathering around tables full of delicious foods with seasonal spices! But it can also…

Cold plasma freshens up french fries

Cooking food such as French fries in hot fat or oil releases malodorous molecules that are extremely hard to remove or disperse. These odours are typically destroyed in bulky and expensive commercial cooker hoods by chemicals that create ozone as a byproduct – which must be removed because of health concerns.

Instead, a German manufacturer of deep-fat fryers, Blümchen, is taking a different approach, based on plasma experiments that have been running on the Space Station since 2001.

Report reveals a big dependence on fresh water fish for global food security

“It was eye-opening just how many people are deeply dependent on freshwater fisheries as sources of protein,” says Pete McIntyre, a lead co-author of the study and professor of zoology in the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “Many people in poor nations do not get much animal protein to eat, and freshwater fish provide protein for the nutritional equivalent of 158 million people around the world.”

A new player in appetite control

The findings could offer scientists a new target for developing drugs against obesity and other appetite-related disorders, the researchers say. The study is also the latest in recent years to implicate glial cells in important brain functions. Until about 10 years ago, glial cells were believed to play more of a supporting role for neurons.

Mediterranean Diet Linked with Lower Risk of Death in Cardiovascular Disease Patients

The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of death in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, according to results from the observational Moli-sani study presented at ESC Congress 2016.