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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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A guide to sweeteners, both synthetic and natural

A guide to sweeteners, both synthetic and natural | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Too much sugar can be detrimental to health, rotting teeth, building fat, damaging blood vessels and stressing out the system that regulates blood sugar. Some people turn to artificial sweeteners, but those are under increasing suspicion of creating metabolic problems, such as diabetes and obesity. Natural alternative sweeteners exist, but even they have pitfalls if consumed in excess.
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Medical marijuana company touts new plant

Medical marijuana company touts new plant | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
One of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers says it's cultivating an extra potent form of the plant that could help reduce costs for patients.
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Novel foods changes will speed launches

Novel foods changes will speed launches | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The EU’s decision to streamline the way it regulates novel foods and ingredients has received broad support from the food industry.
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Rhodiola rosea adulteration in EU ‘major cause for concern’: Researchers

Rhodiola rosea adulteration in EU ‘major cause for concern’: Researchers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Varying phytochemical constituents in Rhodiola botanical products available to European consumers is a major cause for concern, according to a paper looking at 40 products.
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Tuning chocolate flavor through yeast research

Tuning chocolate flavor through yeast research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate, research shows. The investigators noted striking differences in aroma among the chocolates made from fermentations using different robust yeasts.
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Coffee Lovers Rejoice! Moderate Consumption Linked to Increased Life Expectancy | Fooducate

Coffee Lovers Rejoice! Moderate Consumption Linked to Increased Life Expectancy | Fooducate | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If you are a coffee lover, this is great news. Keep in mind that coffee often comes with unwanted calories.
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Incredible organic? More studies needed to substantiate health effects

Incredible organic? More studies needed to substantiate health effects | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
More research is needed to establish the health and nutritional credentials of organic foods, say agricultural MEPs.
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Wary of Mainstream Medicine, Immigrants Seek Remedies From Home

Wary of Mainstream Medicine, Immigrants Seek Remedies From Home | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Emporiums of plant-based medicines offer products for what ails the mind, body and soul, even though scientific studies about their efficacy are inconclusive.
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Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood

Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Acacia gum seems to have it all – manufacturers say it’s clean-label, organic, sustainably sourced and provides income in developing countries. So why is industry not doing more to promote this?
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Stevia extraction is no barrier to scalability: PureCircle

Stevia extraction is no barrier to scalability: PureCircle | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Stevia extracted from the leaf can be scaled up to compete with other methods – and is more in line with consumer perceptions of stevia’s naturalness, say researchers and industry.
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Why Antioxidants Might Actually Make Your Cancer Worse | SciTech Connect

Why Antioxidants Might Actually Make Your Cancer Worse | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Antioxidants have been shown to reduce free radicals, which are often associated with cancer. But are all free-radicals bad? As it turns out, some antioxidants might actually make cancer worse.
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Cranberry carbohydrates show urinary tract benefits: Study

Cranberry carbohydrates show urinary tract benefits: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Oligosaccharides from cranberries may inhibit the formation of E. coli biofilms and help support healthy urinary tract health, suggests a new study.
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Busting the myth of the magic superfood protein

Busting the myth of the magic superfood protein | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Insects, ancient grains and algae. There is no such thing as a perfect protein and we must bust this myth of the ultimate ‘superfood’ protein, says researcher.
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How Fermentation Gives Us Beer, Wine, Cheese—and Cancer?

How Fermentation Gives Us Beer, Wine, Cheese—and Cancer? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Even in the presence of oxygen, cancer cells and some bacteria prefer fermentation, a new study finds
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A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten

A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. Researchers have long been puzzled as to why. A study suggests it could be because of a protein called zonulin.
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Marijuana Madness: Hopped-Up Weed May Pose Risks for Users

Marijuana Madness: Hopped-Up Weed May Pose Risks for Users | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Preliminary studies reveal harmful effects of highly potent cannabis, but causal links remain unclear
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Organic supplements: The future or a niche within a niche?

Organic supplements: The future or a niche within a niche? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Nutrition companies are making moves to go certified organic. But does organic hold any weight in the supplements aisle?
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Unraveling the cocoa code: Barry Callebaut discovers undetected polyphenols as it develops ‘cocoa atlas’

Unraveling the cocoa code: Barry Callebaut discovers undetected polyphenols as it develops ‘cocoa atlas’ | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Barry Callebaut has found previously undiscovered cocoa polyphenols as it works with Bremen-based Jacobs University to crack the commodity’s molecular code.
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EFSA gives green light to new applications for thaumatin

EFSA gives green light to new applications for thaumatin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Following a favourable scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), formulators will soon be able to use the natural protein sweetener and flavour modifier thaumatin in a broader range of applications.
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Garcinia Cambogia: Supplement Often Lacks Active Ingredient, Study Finds

Garcinia Cambogia: Supplement Often Lacks Active Ingredient, Study Finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Many popular weight-loss supplements that claim to contain Garcinia cambogia contain much less of the active ingredient than they claim, a new study suggests.
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Study confirms safe doses of cocoa flavanols for supplements & fortified products

Study confirms safe doses of cocoa flavanols for supplements & fortified products | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Consuming up to two grams per day of cocoa flavanols for 12 weeks is well tolerated in healthy men and women, says a new study from scientists from Mars Inc. and the University of California, Davis.
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Chocolate market to exceed $26bn by 2018: Packaged Facts

Chocolate market to exceed $26bn by 2018: Packaged Facts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The chocolate market will exceed $26bn in the US by 2018, according to a recent report.
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What does "organic" actually mean?

What does "organic" actually mean? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
These are the rules that an "organic" label guarantees farmers will follow. What exactly are the benefits? That's where things get complicated.
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