Scientists supercharge shellfish to tackle vitamin deficiency in humans

Cambridge scientists have developed a new way to fortify shellfish to tackle human nutrient deficiencies which cause severe health problems across the world.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability sustainable-earth vitamin-d nutrition

To reduce world hunger, governments need to think beyond making food cheap

A new UN report shows that hunger and food insecurity are rising worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is adding to this trend, but is not the major driver.

Ntina Tzouvala, Senior Lecturer in International Law, Australian National University • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: diet food nutrition united-nations hunger food-security food-industry meat-industry food-prices food-and-agriculture-organisation-of-the-united-nations-fao

Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space food nasa plants nutrition light farming antioxidants radiation micronutrients

Fast food is comforting, but in low-income areas it crowds out fresher options

Fast-food restaurants can be comforting places, but when they saturate communities, they crowd out healthy food sources and leave residents less nourished.

Catherine Keske, Associate Professor, Management of Complex Systems, University of California, Merced • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture nutrition food-deserts hunger california food-security fast-food food-banks food-sovereignty third-places

Healthier food can contain more contaminants – but there's a simple way to stay safe

A new study shows high-fibre brown rice also contains more arsenic than white rice – so which is better for you?

Ruth Fairchild, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: fish pesticides nutrition mercury rice vegetables food-science methylmercury arsenic organic-food

Brown, white and beige: understanding your body's different fat cells could help with weight loss

We all have white and brown fat cells – but recent research shows there's a third type, called "beige" cells.

Trust Diya, Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Staffordshire University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  brown-fat  fat  exercise  nutrition  white-fat

Is seltzer water healthy?

Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.

Rahel Mathews, Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Mississippi State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health sugar food water teeth dental-care carbon-dioxide nutrition fizzy-drinks

Fuller for longer? How appetite research is used – and misused

Often focus on research concentrates on reducing and suppressing appetite, but it is important to support those who need to increase their appetite to avoid malnutrition.

Miriam Clegg, Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  weight-loss  nutrition

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  diet  cancer  bacteria  parkinsons-disease  basic-research  emily-balskus  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  microbiome  vayu-maini-rekdal  microbes  berries  bespoke-diets  chocolate  coffee  dopamine  enzymes  gut  l-dopa  microbiology  nutrition  nuts

U.S. food supply has way too much processed stuff

Researchers looked at 230,156 food products sold in the US. More than 70% were ultra-processed.

Kristin Samuelson-Northwestern • futurity
July 25, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sugar food nutrition featured health-and-medicine dietary-fat calories salt

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