FOOD BITES: JULY 2018

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.

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FOOD BITES: AUGUST 2018

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.

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FOOD BITES: NOVEMBER 2018

Lab-Grown Meat Gaining Traction

More and more meat is being grown in labs from cultured cells. Several start-ups, such as Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, SuperMeat and Finless Foods, are developing lab-grown beef, pork, poultry and seafood. This burgeoning niche industry is attracting millions in funding; Memphis Meats gobbled

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FOOD BITES: OCTOBER 2019

America’s Packaged Food is Ultra- Processed, Generally Unhealthy


Store-bought food and beverages, also known as processed foods, are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, making them generally unhealthy, says a new Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Nutrients ( July 24). About 80 percent of American’s total calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods and beverages, so the food and beverage supply plays a central role in the development of chronic diseases, including obesity and cardiovascular disease. The research aims to provide new information for consumers, researchers and policymakers to encourage food manufacturers to reformulate or replace unhealthy products and inform the U.S. government about where action may be needed to improve the healthfulness of the U.S. packaged food and beverage supply. “To say that our food supply is highly processed won’t shock anyone, but it’s important that we hold food and beverage manufacturers accountable by continually documenting how they’re doing in terms of providing healthy foods for consumers,” said lead author Abigail Baldridge, a biostatistician in the Department of Preventative Medicine at Northwest University Feinberg School of Medicine. The NOVA Food Classification System, developed at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, defines ultra-processed food and beverages as the fourth and final group of foods that are industrial formulations made entirely or mostly from substances extracted from foods – oils, fats, sugar, starch and proteins.

They are derived from hydrogenated fats and modified starch and synthesized in laboratories. Using the NOVA classification system, the Northwestern researchers analyzed 230,156 products and found 71 percent of them – including bread, salad dressings, snack foods, sweets, sugary drinks and more – were ultra- processed. Among the top 25 manufacturers by sales volume, 86 percent of their products were classified as ultra- processed. Bread and bakery products was the only category consistently among the highest third across all four nutrient categories: calories, saturated fat, total sugars and sodium. Although dietary guidelines are routinely updated, no regular surveillance or reporting about what is on grocery shelves is available to consumers, researchers or policy makers. The study team and researchers at The George Institute for Global Health in Australia launched a U.S. version of the free mobile app FoodSwitch last summer. FoodSwitch allows consumers to scan packaged foods to determine their healthfulness.


EPA Won’t Ban Toxic Pesticide Despite Link to Brain Damage in Children


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in July it will not ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos, even though the agency’s own research

shows it can cause brain damage in children. The pesticide was slated to be banned under the Obama Administration in 2015, but the rule never took effect and was eventually suspended in 2017 by then-EPA head Scott Pruitt.

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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