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Review of probiotic trial research finds only Bifantis able to claim efficacy for IBS symptoms
Study adds to growing evidence of B. infantis 35624 efficacy in IBS population
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:12:26 AM
Antioxidants in Midwestern black raspberries influenced by production site
Black raspberries have been studied for decades by
scientists and medical researchers interested in the fruits' apparent
ability to limit the onset or severity of degenerative diseases,
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:18:01 PM
Arginine discovery could help fight human obesity
A Texas AgriLife Research scientist and fellow
researchers have discovered that arginine, an amino acid, reduces fat
mass in diet-induced obese rats and could help fight human obesity.
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:14:08 PM
Are There Antibiotics in Your Food?
Routine dosing of farm
animals with cephalosporin antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth
would be prohibited effective October 1, 2008.
Feb 4, 2009 - 9:05:27 AM
Queen's chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic
have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin – which gives
garlic its aroma and flavour – acts as the world's most powerful
antioxidant. But until now it hasn't been clear how allicin works, or
how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E
and coenzyme Q10, which stop the damaging effects of radicals.
Jan 30, 2009 - 9:27:50 AM
Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds
Mercury was found in nearly
50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup
(HFCS), according to a new article published today in the scientific
journal, Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly
one-third of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS
is the first or second highest labeled ingredient—including products by
Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.
Jan 27, 2009 - 12:07:50 PM
New Study of Splenda and Sucralose Reveals Shocking New Information About Potential Harmful Effect on Humans
James Turner, chairman of
the national consumer education group Citizens for Health expressed
shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists at Duke
University. "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener
Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who
consume the product.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:08:48 AM
For fats, longer may not be better
have uncovered why some dietary fats, specifically long-chain fats,
such as oleic acid (found in olive oil), are more prone to induce
inflammation. Long-chain fats, it turns out, promote increased
intestinal absorption of pro-inflammatory bacterial molecules called
lipopolysaccharides (LPS). This study appears in the January issue of
Jan 8, 2009 - 1:01:27 PM
Database of Isoflavone Compounds in Foods Updated
A newly updated food
composition database of plant chemical compounds called isoflavones was
launched today by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.
Jan 8, 2009 - 9:20:19 AM
FDA Okays Stevia as GRAS sweetener
The FDA sent a fax to
Cargill Inc and Merisant Co's Whole Earth Sweetener unit on Dec 17
saying that the agency has no objection to the petitioners' claim that
Stevia is generally recognized as safe sweetener.
Dec 19, 2008 - 9:30:51 AM
Sugar can be addictive, Princeton scientist says
Princeton University scientist will present new evidence today
demonstrating that sugar can be an addictive substance, wielding its
power over the brains of lab animals in a manner similar to many drugs
Dec 10, 2008 - 7:35:59 AM
Corn's in all fast foods, should you care?
A new study suggests that all most all fast foods contain
chemical elements or ingredients derived from corn either in forms of meat, oil
Nov 16, 2008 - 10:43:12 AM
Vitamin D-Rich Mushrooms: A Research Success
Now there's an even better reason to add fresh mushrooms to your
breakfast omelet, noontime burger, or dinner salad. Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, Calif., have teamed with
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc., of Watsonville, Calif., to boost the vitamin
D content of white, brown and portabella mushrooms.
Nov 12, 2008 - 8:27:49 AM
Scientists have found a new possible explanation for why people who
eat more fruit and vegetables may gain protection against the spread of
Oct 13, 2008 - 8:45:45 AM
Wild blueberries have highest antioxidant activity
Wild blueberries have the highest activity of antioxidants, according
to Cornell University researchers. But cultivated blueberries are not
as potent as wild ones.
Oct 12, 2008 - 4:02:01 PM
How carrots help us see the color orange
of the easiest ways to identify an object is by its color -- perhaps it
is because children’s books encourage us to pair certain objects with
their respective colors. Why else would so many of us automatically
assume carrots are orange, grass is green and apples are red?
Jul 24, 2008 - 6:25:06 AM
Food allergies: What you need to know
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. In this pamphlet, food allergy refers to a particular type of response of the immune system in which the body produces what is called an allergic, or IgE, antibody to a food. (IgE, or immunoglobulin E, is a type of protein that works against a specific food.)
Jun 8, 2008 - 2:03:50 PM
Research generally has not
supported food additives as influencing hyperactivity—whose
characteristics include overactivity, inattention, and impulsive
behaviors, traits that in extreme forms define attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—but some studies have found small
effects. Most recently, a study published 3 November 2007 in
Jun 5, 2008 - 6:21:15 PM
Study: Organic Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows
Cows that graze on fresh pasture produce milk with higher levels of
antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids, such as conjugated linoleic
acid and omega-3's, as shown by a recently published study from
Newcastle University in the UK.
Jun 4, 2008 - 11:24:23 AM
FDA Posts Revised Questions and Answers on Acrylamide
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has updated the Qs & As on acrylamide
with new information related to acrylamide in foods, including adding
consumer information on optional ways to reduce acrylamide levels in
May 23, 2008 - 2:43:21 PM
How can I prevent foodborne Illness?
The idea that the
food on the dinner table can make someone sick may be disturbing, but
there are many steps you can take to protect your families and dinner
guests. It's just a matter of following basic rules of food safety.
Apr 23, 2008 - 2:55:41 PM
EAFUS: A Food Additive Database
The EAFUS list of substances contains ingredients added directly to
food that FDA has either approved as food additives or listed or
affirmed as GRAS.
Nevertheless, it contains only a partial list of all food ingredients
that may in fact be lawfully added to food, because under federal law
ingredients may be added to food under a GRAS determination made
independently from the FDA. The list contains many, but not all, of the
subject to independent GRAS determinations.
Apr 23, 2008 - 2:42:53 PM
Data on Food Antioxidants Aid Research
Measures of the antioxidant capacities of 277 selected foods were
released today by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The new database provides
easy access to antioxidant values for a wide variety of foods, many of which
may be excellent sources of healthful compounds.
Apr 7, 2008 - 6:30:13 PM
Water as a nutrient: What you need to know
A recent review study suggests there is no reason for a healthy person
to drink as much as eight glasses of eight ounces of drinking water a
day. That much water may not do any good or harm either.
Apr 3, 2008 - 8:38:56 AM
Food Compounds That Kill Test-Tube Cancer Cells Analyzed
Strawberries, grapes, blueberries and some familiar seasonings like
rosemary contain compounds that can--in test tubes--kill cells of a
childhood cancer. Nutrition-focused research by molecular biologist
Susan J. Zunino of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Western
Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC), Davis, Calif., may reveal
exactly how the powerful plant chemicals fight the disease known as
acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Mar 4, 2008 - 8:40:29 AM
Vitamin E: What you need to know
A recent study found that use of
vitamin E supplements was not associated with reduced risk of lung cancer among
the general population. Among current smokers, taking vitamin E supplements may
even dramatically increase the risk of the cancer up to 28%. The
following is compiled by a foodconsumer.org editor for those who want to know
more about this vitamin. The key point is that vitamin E by definition is essential
to your health and you should not avoid it. The best source is of course food.
But when you take a supplement, make sure you are taking the natural form of
vitamin E. Read on for detail.
Mar 1, 2008 - 9:35:47 AM
Farmed salmon less nutritious
Compared to wild salmon
fish, farmed salmon fish contains less beneficial fatty acids that may
better human heart health, a new study suggests.
Feb 29, 2008 - 2:55:02 PM
Green tea extracts extend shelf-life for meat products
Green tea extracts may be
used to extend the shell-life of meat and prevent off-flavors,
according to an Indian study in the March, 2008 issue of Food Chemistry.
Feb 17, 2008 - 5:51:08 PM
Selenium in Brazil nuts highly bioavailable
Brazil nuts are known to have high levels of selenium. Selenium in
Brazil nuts is now found highly bioavailable, suggesting the food is a
good source of this essential mineral, according to a study led by
researchers in New Zealand.
Feb 16, 2008 - 2:54:22 PM
Artificial sweeteners help gain weight
Using diet soda and
other foods with synthetic sweeteners does not necessarily help you
reduce your intake of calories and in fact they may help you gain
weight, suggests a new study published in the journal Behavioral
Feb 11, 2008 - 2:33:42 PM