Magnesium Treats Depression
As little as 248 mg of magnesium per day leads to an astounding reversal of depression syndrome, according to research conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in the journal PLoS One in June 2017.
Source of Yuma E. Coli Romaine Found
Federal officials first announced on April 13 an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown and produced in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Federal investigators found the source of the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 on July 28: canal water.
More and more meat is being grown in labs from cultured cells. Several start-
DNA Diet Matching Doesn’t Work
A new study finds it doesn’t matter whether people try low-
Food, Mood and Aging
Young and mature adults require different foods to improve their mental health, say researchers from the State University of New York at Binghampton. The researchers used an anonymous Internet survey, asking people around the world to complete the Food-
Vegetables Harvested in Antarctica Without Sun, Soil or Pesticides
Scientists in Antarctica have harvested the first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes....
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Food Safety Tips for People with Diabetes
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has available a free booklet called “Food Safety for People with Diabetes.” Practicing food safety is critical for people who have diabetes, the FDA says, because diabetes can affect the function of various organs and systems of the body, making people living....
Researchers Create Genetically Modified Gluten-
Bread’s appealing texture is gluten, a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. But gluten damages the small intestines of people with the serious autoimmune disorder celiac disease. Most gluten-
Tomatoes No Longer Considered ‘Poison Apples’
Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes were part of the Aztecs’ diet as early as 700 A.D., but they weren’t grown in Britain until the 1590s. First arriving in southern Europe in the early 16th century via Spanish conquistadors returning from Mesoamerica, the tomato was considered a “poison apple”
U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research.
Milk Proteins Make Edible Wrapping
To create an all-
Diet Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories.
Ruby Ring Red Onions Fight Cancer
Lead Found in Baby Food
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies.
A new study corroborates previous studies that show switching to diet soda may not help cut calories. Diet drinks contain a chemical that boosts the appetite. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found those who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not.
Don’t Reheat These Foods
Some foods can lose their health benefits or even cause food poisoning if they are reheated in a microwave. Celery and spinach contain nitrates that turn into toxic nitrates and carcinogenic nitrosamines after reheating. Eggs can also become toxic after reheating, so it’s best to use leftover eggs cold....
People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with....
Labels Confuse People with Food Allergies
Food allergies affect approximately 8 percent of children and up to 2 percent of adults. Almost 40 percent of children with a food allergy have experienced at least one life-
Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nano-
Understanding Sticker Codes on Produce
The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-
Fruit Protein Could Be New Sweetener Alternative
A new sweetener alternative that tastes more like sugar than other substitutes may be possible to obtain from a fruit protein called brazzein. Brazzein is far sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories
Cancer and Sugar-
A study by researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans suggests age is an important factor in the association between cancer and sugar-
Virtual Reality Can Alter Taste
The environment in which we eat is just as important as taste, say Cornell University researchers. Food scientists used virtual reality to demonstrate how people’s perception of real food can be altered by their surroundings. “When we eat, we perceive not only just the taste and aroma of foods, we get....
Billed as healthier because it’s low in saturated fat, canola oil has been a kitchen staple for decades. But a 2017 study suggests the oil could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients. Canola oil increased the build-
Combat Anxiety With Food
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Eighteen (18) percent of American adults – about 40 million individuals – struggle with anxiety, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand.
Fast Food Daily Diet for Many in U.S.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds more than one in three Americans eat fast food on a typical day – about 85 million people. The CDC surveyed people from 2013 to 2016, and 40 percent of the respondents ate fast food but not necessarily every day.
FDA Now Allows Genetically Engineered Salmon Imports
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 8 it is lifting an import alert that prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the United States. AquaAdvantage Salmon won the first-
Hip Hop Music Ages the Funkiest-
For six months, Swiss cheese maker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts played different songs unceasingly to cheese wells to see how sound waves impact flavor. They used a mini transducer that sent the sound waves directly into 22-
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Lead Found in Baby Food
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies. The organization focused on baby foods because lead can be detrimental to child development; even low levels of lead exposure can cause neurocognitive impairments and problems with attention, behavior, cognitive development and the cardiovascular and immune systems. Although the lead levels were relatively low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no safe lead level for children. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report estimating more than 5 percent of children consume more than 6 micrograms of lead a day – the maximum daily intake limit set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. The EPA report reveals food is the major source of lead exposure in two-
FDA and Aphrodisiacs
There is only one known aphrodisiac, and a few things can factor into its effectiveness. In addition to a placebo effect, some foods may help promote “sexy time” due to visual stimuli or status associated with them. Oysters have zinc, which can increase testosterone, but they’re no aphrodisiac. Chocolate increases serotonin but not the libido. Spanish fly, made from ground-
Why Can Some People Tolerate Spicy Foods Better?
Scientists don’t know for sure why some people can tolerate spicy foods better than others, but three factors may be in play here. Some people may be born with less sensitivity to spiciness. Spiciness is detected by a sensory receptor called TRPV1, a little protein that opens up when molecules like capsaicin bind to it. Gene sequences that produce the TRPV1 protein vary from person to person, so certain versions of the receptor are more or less responsive than others. It may also matter how much a person uses his or her TRPV1 receptors. Researchers have documented a desensitizing effect that happens when someone eats a lot of capsaicin; the person must eat higher levels of it in order to taste a certain degree of spiciness. As people eat spicy food more regularly, they start to feel less of the burn. And lastly, some people may just like the burn.
Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.