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Pistachios lower cholesterol, provide antioxidants

...as a snack and by incorporating the rest into such foods as pistachio muffins, granola and pistachio pesto. "We had really good compliance and participants were generally pleased with the diets," says Gebauer. Standard blood tests determined the various cholesterol levels in the participant’s blood ...

A cherry on top: Tart cherries may alter heart/diabetes factors

...ntial for protective effects from antioxidant-rich foods and food extracts is a promising area of research, says Bolling, who is the Gayle Halperin Kahn Professor of Integrative Medicine, a professor of cardiac surgery, co-director of U-M Integrative Medicine and member of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. ...

Genome sequencing reveals key to viable ethanol production

...he price of corn, corn starch, and even tangential foods like beef, since cows are fed on corn—not to mention all the energy spent fertilizing, maintaining, and harvesting a crop like corn. Conversely, deriving ethanol from plant materials such as the corn stalks and wood chips is challenging because the p...

Studies force new view on biology of flavonoids

...d observed after the consumption of flavonoid-rich foods is not caused by the flavonoids themselves, Frei said, but most likely is the result of increased uric acid levels. But just because flavonoids have been found to be ineffectual as antioxidants in the human body does not mean they are without valu...

Scientists genetically engineer tomatoes with enhanced folate content

Leafy greens and beans aren't the only foods that pack a punch of folate, the vitamin essential... issues in Europe, where addition of folic acid to foods has not been very widely practiced," Gregory said. "Theoretically, you could bypass this whole probl...

Study finds antibiotic resistance in poultry even when antibiotics were not used

...es ?washing your hands regularly and keeping other foods away from raw chicken, for example ?to minimize the risk of illness. "All foods have the potential to contain pathogens ?all of them," Lee said. "There's no substitute for good foo...

ESA launches new project to protect biodiversity

...e ecosystems and species, but it may also save the foods and medicines of tomorrow. "The United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD) agreed on a set of headline indicators to assess the progress made towards this target. DIVERSITY will make a contribution to the required monitoring efforts that wi...

Researchers from the UGR use a bacterium to obtain biopreservatives from food

...e quality, and extend the average duration of many foods for centuries. The work presented in the doctoral thesis approaches the molecular aspects of the permeabilization that AS-48 exerts on bacterial membranes. "We designed a strategy to carry out site-directed mutagenesis on the as-48A gene, the one ...

Researchers find 6,000-year-old fossil evidence

...s at Real Alto, leading her to conclude that these foods were eaten by everyone, not just the commoners or the elites. ...

Napoleon's mysterious death unmasked, UT Southwestern researcher says

...rther increased by his diet full of salt-preserved foods but sparse in fruits and vegetables ?common fare for long military campaigns. "Even if treated today, he'd have been dead within a year," he said. Dr. Genta completed some of the work for this report while at the University of Geneva. Researche...

Cancer researchers add spice to research against rare neuromuscular disease

...tainly don't want to mislead people to think these foods themselves have any benefit for Kennedy's disease." Just last month, a clinical trial evaluating the use of ASC-J9 as a cream to treat acne began. The tests are being conducted by AndroScience Corp., a biotech company founded by Chang, Charles C-Y...

Like salty food? Chances are you had low blood sodium when you were born

...or salt per se. Rather, the preference was for the foods that contain it. gestational age and birthweight were not predictors of childhood sodium intake. Conclusions The researchers concluded that low sodium blood serum in infants ?not gestational age, birthweight or neonatal diuretic t...

A healthier start to a pig's life

...ew Suilektin® product. Other sophisticated weaning foods are available, but are not always an economic proposition for the farmer, as the profit margin on pig production is not high. "We are very interested in finding a producer for Suilektin® and it could reach the market very soon. It will be both cheap ...

Organic is healthier: Kiwis prove that green is good

...bn in 2006. The world market for certified organic foods was estimated to be worth US $23-25 billion in 2003 and is growing approximately 19% every year, making these products the fastest-growing sector of the global food industry. Also of interest in C&I issue 6 2007: Grapefruit diet has hearty per...

Manual dishwashing study digs up dirt on dish cleanliness

... a good idea, especially those covered with sticky foods like cheese." Although cheesy forks were the most problematic utensil, milk dried onto glasses protected bacteria more than any other food. Pascall explained that milk is a good growth medium in the laboratory, but why it adheres to glass so well ...

Vitamin D deficiency widespread during pregnancy

...r foods. Primary dietary sources include fortified foods such as milk and some ready-to-eat cereals and vitamin supplements. Sun exposure for skin synthesis of vitamin D also remains critical. "Our study shows that current vitamin D dietary intake recommendations are not enough to meet the demands of pr...

Unique tomatoes tops in disease-fighting antioxidants

... were asked to avoid tomato and beta carotene-rich foods for 13 days before eating each test meal. Researchers drew blood right before each participant ate and again every hour or two up to 10 hours after the meal. They analyzed the blood samples for lycopene and beta carotene content. Lycopene absor...

Microbes compete with animals for food by making it stink

...ue crabs and striped hermit crabs noodle-like test foods made from pureed forms of either the freshly thawed menhaden or the rotten bait. Researchers found that, no matter the rotten bait's texture, stone crabs avoided eating the rotted, microbe-laden food, but readily consumed the freshly thawed menhaden ...

Edible coatings will be the packaging of the future

...and by consumers for healthier and more ecological foods has driven researchers to develop new systems of packaging that prolong the useful life of the products and that are, at the same time, recyclable. Protection is currently carried out with a mixture of synthetic chemical compounds that are not comple...

A buffet for early human relatives

...s variability that allows modern humans to utilize foods from all over the world." The researchers used a laser to remove tiny samples from four 1.8-million-year-old fossilized Paranthropus teeth, then tested the samples to determine the ratios of two isotopes or forms of carbon. Plants fall into t...

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