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Low vitamin D status linked to food allergy and eczema in children: Study

Low vitamin D status linked to food allergy and eczema in children: Study | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

FoodieDoc says a new study indicates that low Vitamin D may be linked to  the incidence of eczema and food allergy in children.    



Below normal levels of vitamin D, due to low sun exposure, have been associated with increased incidence of food allergy and eczema in children, say researchers.

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Peanut Butter Nutella Bars

Peanut Butter Nutella Bars | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Peanut Butter recipe for Peanut Butter Bars with Nutella. Consumers love this winning combination.  No small wonder that Reese's are so popular. 


I optimized formulations for Chocolate -peanut butter and peanut-chocolate spreads in my lab.  Published a few articles and directed a Masters level thesis on the topic.  Similar products I have helped to formulate are on Grocery store shelves in ASIA and soon, in AFRICA. Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.        


It's no secret that I love the peanut butter and chocolate combination. There is something about creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate that is completely irresistible to me. Any and every peanut ...

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Olive, Sunflower Oils May Make Fried Food Healthier | 2012-01-30 | Prepared Foods

Olive, Sunflower Oils May Make Fried Food Healthier | 2012-01-30 | Prepared Foods | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
January 24/London/BBC News -- Eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as olive or sunflower oil is used, experts say. They found no heightened risk of heart disease or premature death linked to food that had been cooked in this way.


"Participants in this study used unsaturated fats such as olive and sunflower oil to fry their food. We currently recommend swapping saturated fats like butter, lard or palm oil for unsaturated fats as a way of keeping your cholesterol down and this study gives further cause to make that switch."


http://www.preparedfoods.com/articles/olive-sunflower-oils-may-make-fried-food-healthier

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Stevia buyers beware: There are some ‘awful’ extracts out there…

Stevia buyers beware: There are some ‘awful’ extracts out there… | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it


While traders “jumping in and out of the stevia marketplace” are disrupting prices and standards by peddling some “awful” extracts, high-quality stevia suppliers in it for the long-haul will ultimately prosper, according to one leading player.


Food Innovators say: The real advantage of Stevia is not the total replacement of  other sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame as in zero calorie products.


Stevia, a natural product, can be use to good advantage to simply lower the calorie content of foods containing added sucrose, for those consumers who do not like the taste/flavor of "zero calorie" foods

--Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.


http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Market/Stevia-buyers-beware-There-are-some-awful-extracts-out-there/?c=CPafHKnsO6iaeHQffSlOFQsPqI8i5Wdp


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Daily dose of diet soda may increase heart attack risk: Study

Daily dose of diet soda may increase heart attack risk: Study | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

According to an article in the Journal  of Internal Medicine, "People who drink diet soft drinks could be at an increased risk of suffering from heart attacks or stroke, according to new research findings."


The researchers also state that the  mechanism is unclear.  In addition, the authors themselves state that further research in the area is needed before any conclusions can be drawn regarding the potential health consequences.-

Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.

 


http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Science/Daily-dose-of-diet-soda-may-increase-heart-attack-risk-Study/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BWeekly&c=CPafHKnsO6jLS7RBc%2BFsD%2BX%2BhByhztCX

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What, When, and Where America Eats - IFT.org

What, When, and Where America Eats - IFT.org | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Food Trend Guru Liz Sloan states: "While taste remains the most important driver of food selection for 87% of consumers, it is now closely followed by price for 79%, healthfulness 66%, convenience 58%, and sustainability 52% (IFIC, 2011)."


Read this comprehensive review of food trends and eating habits, here are a few of Liz's research findings. -- FoodieDoc .    

  • Culinary passions, fewer family meals, and a fast track for flavor are redefining a new era of food.

  • Six in 10 shoppers have cut back on or eliminated purchases deemed nonessential. American pantries are shrinking, down 5% in stocked SKUs over the past two years, and 40% of shoppers are not trying as many new products (IRI, 2011a)

  • Consumer rituals around food, beverages, beauty, and health continue to center around the home. More than half (56%) of consumers serve more simple and less expensive meals at home, 55% eat out less often, and 42% bring snacks, foods, and/or drinks from home to work or school in order to save money (IRI, 2011a).

  • Last year’s fastest-growing food products reflect the trend to more at-home and from-home eating. The list of fastest-growing products includes ready-to-drink tea/coffee, sports drinks, energy drinks, snack/granola bars, shelf-stable seafood, dried meat snacks, creams/creamers, frozen seafood, vitamins, and wine (IRI, 2011b).
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Purple Foods Promote Health and Anti-Aging

Purple Foods Promote Health and Anti-Aging | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Purple Foods Promote Health and Anti-Aging...
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Anna V. A. Resurreccion's comment, February 2, 2012 2:37 AM
Purple foods includes eggplant, purple carrots, purple cabbage, beets, blueberries, blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, black currants, plums, elderberries, bilberries, figs, raisins, and pomegranates. The well-advertised acai berries, and Goji berries are also members of the purple family of foods. And now there is a purple tomato!-- FoodieDoc
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Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)

Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun) | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Campaigns against vitamin D deficiency have gained prominence in the western world but the dietary issue is just as relevant in Asia, according to supplier DSM, even if sunlight hours are greater than most regions.
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51% of Food Inspections Fail in China

51% of Food Inspections Fail in China | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

That is one of every two inspections!  Rely on known sources of food. Read labels.  Checkout the manufacturer.  Consider the safety of food for you and your family's well-being--FoodieDoc


Food safety has been China’s Achilles heel for the past few years, and new data that reveals 51% of food inspections conducted in Mainland China during 2011 failed only adds to country’s food-safety woes.

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Polyphenol-Rich Black Tea Lowers Blood Pressure

Polyphenol-Rich Black Tea Lowers Blood Pressure | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

If polyphenols are the agents that lower blood pressure... find these also in green tea, cocoa, peanut skins, wine, grape skins, blueberries.---FoodieDoc

 


Individuals who drink three cups of black tea a day experience a 10% reduction the prevalence of high blood pressure and a 7% to 10% decrease in their risk for heart disease, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Steamed Eggplant with Peanuts and Scallions

Steamed Eggplant with Peanuts and Scallions | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Get Martha Stewart's Steamed Eggplant with Peanuts and Scallions recipe. Also browse hundreds more test kitchen-approved food recipes and cooking tips from Martha Stewart.
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Claims or pictures - what makes shoppers choose healthier options?

Claims or pictures - what makes shoppers choose healthier options? | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
The role of on-pack health claims, images, information on how food is processed, health logos and nutritional labelling on the perceived healthiness of a food product has never been systematically evaluated but a new project, if funding is secured,...
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American Meat Science Association

FoodieDoc says: According to the American Meat Science Association (AMSA): Sodium Nitrite is Essential, Safe in Processed Meat & Poultry. Sodium nitrite is essential for product safety in processed meats and either sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) or sodium erythorbate (a form of vitamin C), is now routinely added to prevent the formation of nitrosamines when cured products are heated to extremely high temperatures.

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No Link Found Between Sweetness Intensity and Overall Caloric Intake - IFT.org

 

A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists found that although taste has an important impact on dietary choice, perceived sweetness intensity alone did not have a significant influence on food...

 

"I would like to see results from a larger and more diverse population than the 134 foods and nutrition students they tested. It is easy to find "NO CORRELATION" when the sample is so small." The authors themselves agree. says Dr. Anna Resurreccion

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Fruit/Veggie Diet May Stave off Cancer New Studies Explain Why

Fruit/Veggie Diet May Stave off Cancer New Studies Explain Why | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

A diet with fruit and vegetables has long been recommended for colon health and prevention of colon cancer.  New studies explain why & how --Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.   


January 24/London/Press Trust of India -- Want to stave off bowel cancer? Make sure that your daily diet is packed with fruit and vegetables, recommends a new study.


Findings show that luteolin inhibits the activity of cell signal pathways which lead to the growth of colon cancer cells. And, according to the researchers, this could pave the way for development of new treatments to tackle bowel cancer.

Luteolin has been shown in laboratory tests to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Previous studies looking at the causes of cancer had failed to pick up the positive effect luteolin can give.


http://www.preparedfoods.com/articles/fruitveggie-diet-may-stave-off-cancer

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Food fraud – a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats?

Food fraud – a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats? | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

The FDA defines economically motivated adulteration , EMA, as fraudulent iintentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product to increase its apparent value or decreaase its production cost.

An example is the melamine scandal in 2008-- six people died.

--Foodie Doc- Anna Resurreccion


Criminality, the global supply chain and the unpredictable nature of food adulteration for financial gain mean it can pose a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats such as pathogen contamination, according to new research.


http://www.foodnavigator.com/Financial-Industry/Food-fraud-a-greater-public-health-risk-than-traditional-safety-threats/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BWeekly&c=CPafHKnsO6jWAJQh87%2FauK26JzH%2BX3yK

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IFT urges government to take a cautious approach to sodium reduction

IFT urges government to take a cautious approach to sodium reduction | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has submitted comments to government agencies suggesting that actions to reduce sodium should not go “too far, too fast”, and has raised concerns about consumer acceptance and the safety of reduced sodium...


Note that research from the Internatational Food Information Council (IFIC) indicated that 40% of consumers surveyed "had no interest buying low sodium food" -- and most did not know how much sodium they consumed in one day. 

--Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.



http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Market/IFT-urges-government-to-take-a-cautious-approach-to-sodium-reduction/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BWeekly&c=CPafHKnsO6hTRTK1c3Mb7Ll2Egzl%2BQ0x

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New Peanut Recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge

New Peanut Recipe:  Peanut Butter Fudge | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

"This is my mother's recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge." says squido.com


Try it-- peanut butter provides great nutrition and has compounds with health benefits, such as resveratrol. 


Here is another way to get the goodness of peanut butter in your daily diets-- Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.   


See: http://www.squidoo.com/Peanut-Butter-Fudge

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Truffle Festival Brings Unique Flavor to Eugene | Eugene Daily News

Truffle Festival Brings Unique Flavor to Eugene | Eugene Daily News | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Truffles in Oregon? Read this.  The French version is $70/oz. --FoodieDoc     


The Pacific Northwest is home to several varieties of truffles, notably the Oregon black truffle (Leucangium carthusianum) and the Oregon white truffle (Tuber oregonense), both of which grow beneath Douglas fir trees.

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Researchers develop antioxidant rich purple tomato

Researchers develop antioxidant rich purple tomato | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Will consumers like the taste/flavor of this new purple tomato?  Only time will tell.  This is why plant breeders need to work with sensory specialists.  Consumer will only eat, long term,  foods they like--no matter how "healthful" they claim to be--FoodieDoc

       


An antioxidant rich purple coloured tomato, that contains high levels of anthocyanins, has been bred by researchers in the USA.

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Asia's organic food industry coming of age

Asia's organic food industry coming of age | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Asia's food industry is coming of age.  It expects to experience tremendous growth to 2015.  FoodieDoc  


Asia's organic food industry has surged in recent years, with a marked increase in both consumption and production in the region, shows a new report.

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Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore are currently the major players--FoodieDoc
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Teens Need to Eat More Whole Grains

Teens Need to Eat More Whole Grains | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Moms:  Around 50% of teens are not getting the whole grains they need.  This may  be related to chronic disease factors later in life.  A healthful diet is the best insurance you can get for your teen.-- FoodieDoc



Fewer than one-third of U.S. teenagers are consuming enough whole grain foods in their diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Preference for salt may begin in the cradle, scientists warn

Preference for salt may begin in the cradle, scientists warn | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Here is some explanation why some of  us CRAVE salt.-- FoodieDoc


Early dietary exposure to foods containing added salt shapes a greater preference for salty tastes throughout infancy and childhood, suggests a new study.

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Sweetness does not influence food choice or intake, study suggests

Sweetness does not influence food choice or intake, study suggests | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
The way in which we perceive the sweetness of a food or drink is does not affect dietary choices or energy intake, reveal researchers.
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Givaudan to work with MIT researchers on ‘flavor algorithms’

Givaudan to work with MIT researchers on ‘flavor algorithms’ | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Flavor giant Givaudan is working with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to come up with a ‘flavor algorithm’ that could one day replace human taste testers.
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