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Curating articles on #food, #nutrition, #health including related topics such as #malnutrition #obesity #diabetes #foodlabeling #stunting #supplements. #biofortified, #omega-3s. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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Coca-Cola Canada releases latest energy balance commercial in campaign to help fight obesity

27 May 2013, PRNewswire, Toronto -- Global Debut of Commercial Outlining Ways to burn calories through EXTRA actions and movements starting with the letter "A" all the way to the letter "Z"

 

Coca-Cola Canada has launched its latest effort in its campaign to make a positive contribution to help fight obesity in Canada. The commercial, 'Calorie Dictionary' is making its global debut here in Canada on major networks across the country.

 

This latest commercial builds on its previous actions to provide Canadians with the inspiration, the information and the means to adopt a more active, healthy lifestyle. It focuses on energy (calorie) balance and the amount of activity it takes to burn off calories, and demonstrates fun ways to burn off those calories. It is meant to inform consumers on the caloric value of Coca-Cola and suggesting fun ways to burn calories through EXTRA activity. 

 

"We are trying to inspire Canadians to move more in some fun ways while enabling them to make the beverage choices from our products that meet their individual dietary and lifestyle needs," said Nicola Kettlitz , President, Coca-Cola Ltd. "This campaign aims to inform people in a light-hearted way about the concept of energy (calorie) balance, educate them on our products and inspire Canadians to live more active, healthy lives. This week's announcement is our latest effort to help make a positive difference in helping fight against obesity in Canada."

 

In April, Coca-Cola Canada launched its campaign to invite Canadians to come together to help fight obesity in Canada. This campaign has included new investment in active, healthy living programs as well as the launch of a national advertising campaign. The first commercial in the campaign outlines the Coca-Cola Canada's ongoing efforts to educate people about its products, the numerous beverages and package choices it offers and its longstanding support of programs that inspire active healthy lifestyles. It also encourages everyone to be mindful that all calories count in managing weight, including those in Coca-Cola Canada's products and in all foods and beverages. Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Company outlined its global business commitments to help fight obesity: 1) Offer low- or no- calorie beverage options in every market; 2) Provide transparent nutrition information, featuring calories on the front of all of our packages; 3) Help get people moving by supporting physical activity programs in every country where we do business; and 4). Market responsibly, including no advertising to children under 12 anywhere in the world.

 

 

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Coca Cola Canada obesity campaign website: http://www2.coca-cola.ca/

 

The video mentioned in this article can be found at: http://youtu.be/uuz9vkA7z_U

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Higher doses of vitamin C show promise as cancer treatment adjunct

Higher doses of vitamin C show promise as cancer treatment adjunct | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

23 May 2013, Nutra Ingredients USA, Hank Schultz -- "Vitamin C as a cancer treatment adjunct received a boost with the release of recent research results in the May edition of Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology. ..."

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Common food supplement fights degenerative brain disorders, study suggests

Common food supplement fights degenerative brain disorders, study suggests | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, Science Daily -- "Widely available in pharmacies and health stores, phosphatidylserine is a natural food supplement produced from beef, oysters, and soy. Proven to improve cognition and slow memory loss, it's a popular treatment for older people experiencing memory impairment. Now a team headed by Prof. Gil Ast and Dr. Ron Bochner of Tel Aviv University's Department of Human Molecular Genetics has discovered that the same supplement improves the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders, including Parkinson's disease and Familial Dysautonomia (FD)."

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Scientists Develop Biotech Soybean to Fight AIDS

22 May 2013, ISAAA Crop Biotech Update -- Scientists at Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) in Brazil are developing a biotech soybean that can produce an anti-viral protein that can be used to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The biotech soybean produces cyanovirin-N, an anti-viral protein that inhibits the virus cycle by binding to certain sugars. The power of the protein has been studied by other scientists in the U.S., however, studies regarding the protein has been impeded by the difficulty of finding an economically viable way to produce the protein in large scale.

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High dose B vitamins help prevent Alzheimer’s, says researchers

High dose B vitamins help prevent Alzheimer’s, says researchers | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, Nutra Ingredients USA, Oliver Nieburg -- "A new study is suggesting that a high dose of B vitamins could stop the onset of Alzheimer’s by preventing shrinkage of the medial temporal lobe, the area of the brain that defines the disease. ..."

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A crucial moment for global nutrition

A crucial moment for global nutrition | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, The Hill, US Senator Bill Frist -- "US has an opportunity to lead on this serious but overlooked issue.  On June 8, the United Kingdom, under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, will host “Nutrition for Growth,” a high-level meeting where donor governments, including our own, will pledge funding and other commitments to address undernutrition and its devastating impact on the long-term health and productivity of millions of people in developing countries. ..."

 

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Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of autoimmune liver disease

Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of autoimmune liver disease | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, Beverage Daily -- "Regular consumption of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of a damaging autoimmune liver disease known as PSC, say researchers. ..."

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House Committee on Agriculture Passes Farm Bill with a $21 Billion Cut to SNAP: How the Members Voted

20 May 2013, Bread for the World blog -- "Yesterday, the House Committee on Agriculture passed a farm bill that includes a $21 billion cut to the SNAP program. The bill, formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, passed out of committee by a vote of 36 yeas and 10 nays.

 

Bread for the World expressed outrage over the severe cuts to anti-hunger programs in a joint statement with Feeding America, United Way, and Catholic Relief Services.

 

The bill, which now goes to House leadership to be scheduled for a floor vote, would create hardship for families in the Unites States and have deadly consequences for families abroad. If enacted, it would:

 

*Remove 2 million SNAP recipients from the programReduce SNAP benefits (by about $90 each month) for 850,000 households

 

* End free school meals for 210,000 children.

 

* Cut international food aid by $2.5 billion over 5 years—those cuts would include a 78 percent reduction in funding for improving the nutritional quality of food aid."

 

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This blog piece contains a list of how individual members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture voted.  It also includes contact information and asks individuals to express their lack of support for these cuts.

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Burkina Faso - Finding local solutions in a regional food crisis

Burkina Faso - Finding local solutions in a regional food crisis | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

16 May 2013, UNICEP Press Release - "Over the last two years, this referral hospital in the hot and dry north of Burkina Faso has seen a steady flow of such cases, as a large-scale nutrition crisis across nine countries of the Sahel region has left more than a million children at risk for or suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

 

A landlocked and poor country of 17 million people, Burkina Faso may be one of Africa’s biggest gold producers, but it remains one of its poorest. In the northern region, increased desertification has seen the expansion of the Sahara desert southward, while pressure from population growth has made the area increasingly fragile. Although reports indicate this year’s agricultural harvest has improved, estimates suggest that around 430,000 children will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2013, including 100,000 with severe acute malnutrition."

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The United Republic of Tanzania launches the presidential call to action on nutrition

16 May 2013, Relief Web -- “Good nutrition is the foundation for sustainable development, play your part” was the call made to all present during the launch of presidential call to action on nutrition on 16th May, 2013. His Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania was the guest of honor in the well-attended event held at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam.

 

Others present to officiate the launch included: The First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mama Salma Kikwete, the Former First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mama Maria Nyerere, the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Ali Hassan Mwinyi, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Seif Rashid, Regional Commissioners, Ambassador for Ireland, Ms.Fionnuala Gilsenan, representatives from private sectors, civil society organizations, development partners including staff from WHO, UNICEF, USAID, UKaid, Irish Aid, World Bank, Hellen Keller International, PANITA, CIDA and DANIDA.

 

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania began his address by elaborating on the definition of good nutrition and the impact of undernutrition particularly among children and women. While recognizing progress realised since the country’s declaration of its commitment to implement the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) framework and Road Map to include: development of the National Nutrition Strategy, establishment of the national multistakeholder steering committee for nutrition and the on-going recruitment of district nutrition officers; he called for renewed efforts to:

 

* Improve nutrition for mothers and adolescent girls

 

* Promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life as well as timely, safe, appropriate and good quality complimentary food thereafter

 

* Provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals

 

* Promote hand washing

 

“Good nutrition is more than satiety. Good nutrition is possible, play your part”, the President concluded his remarks.

 

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report published by the World Health Organization and the government of Tanzania can be found at: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Tanzania-Newsbrief-on-the-Presidential-call-to-action-on-Nutrition-16may2013.pdf

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China Will Ensure Baby Milk Safety to Boost Consumer Confidence

China Will Ensure Baby Milk Safety to Boost Consumer Confidence | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it
China will take measures to ensure the safety of baby milk products and help boost consumer confidence in domestic brands, the government said.
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Food insecurity in America: Can you be obese and malnourished at the same time? You bet

Food insecurity in America: Can you be obese and malnourished at the same time? You bet | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

24 May 2013. Food Navigator USA, Elaine Watson -- "From 2000 to 2007, around 34-36m Americans were classified by the government as ‘food insecure’. In 2008, that figure shot up to 49m, where it has stayed, stubbornly, ever since. And almost 17m of them are children. ..."

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Maternal iodine deficiency could lead to lower IQs, new studies suggest

Maternal iodine deficiency could lead to lower IQs, new studies suggest | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

22 May 2013, NutraIngredients -- "Mothers to be who do not take in enough iodine may put their children at risk of lower IQ and literacy scores, according to two new studies from the UK and Australia."

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Food packaging phthalates threaten children

Food packaging phthalates threaten children | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

23 May 2013, Food Navigator USA, Rod Addy -- "Chemicals leaching from food packaging may drive up high blood pressure in children, according to a US study. ..." Chemicals include DEHP (di-2-ethylhexylphthalate).  

 

University researchers include affiliations at New York University (NYU), University of Washington, University of Cincinnati and Penn State University School of Medicine.  Article was published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Is theobromine responsible for cocoa’s cholesterol benefits?

Is theobromine responsible for cocoa’s cholesterol benefits? | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, Nutra Ingredients USA, Stephen Daniells -- "The potential of cocoa to beneficially impact ‘good’ cholesterol levels may be linked to the theobromine content and not the flavonoids, says a new study from Unilever Research & Development Vlaardingen. ..."

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The Future Of Food Partnership Deepens Commitment To Alleviate Hunger Through Increased Focus On Nutrition

The Future Of Food Partnership Deepens Commitment To Alleviate Hunger Through Increased Focus On Nutrition | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

22 May 2013, PRNewswire -- Partnership between National Dairy Council, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Feeding America improves domestic hunger with $100,000 grant program.

 

Food security – specifically, domestic hunger – is a major issue affecting one in six Americans today, including more than one in five children. National Dairy Council, Feeding America and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formed the Future of Food Partnership in June 2012 to help solve this problem by improving domestic food and nutrition security.

 

The Future of Food partnership is focused on increasing the availability of nutritious, safe and affordable foods across the country through innovative efforts to help alleviate hunger. In the next month, the partnership will award the first ever nutrition initiative grants of $10,000 each to 10 food banks within the Feeding America network. These grants are designated to support nutrition education and increased access to dairy products and other in-demand nutrient-rich foods.

 

"Dairy farmers have been committed to the health and wellness of Americans, with an emphasis on child health, for nearly a century; this includes addressing hunger and helping ensure every American has access to nutrient-rich foods, such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. This partnership is critical to helping America close the hunger gap across our country," said Jean H. Ragalie, RD , president of National Dairy Council. 

 

"Milk is among the top five items clients request from their food bank," said Maura Daly , chief communications and development officer at Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. "Yet, of all the foods we distribute, only 5.3 percent are dairy products. Knowing that we have support from National Dairy Council and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics we can leverage the partnership's collective resources to help ensure our food banks have a constant supply of milk and milk products."

 

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Minnesota salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk cheese

21 May 2013, Brownfield Ag News for America -- "ust as the trial of a Wisconsin farmer has brought the raw milk issue to the forefront comes news at least 25 people in the Twin Cities were made ill by consuming a raw milk cheese. A salmonella outbreak was first reported in April and the Minnesota Department of Health says the cause was a Mexican-style cheese known as queso fresco, a raw milk cheese which was made by an individual in a private home. The product was reportedly delivered to customers’ homes."

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Omega 3 squid oil processor gets Australian approval

Omega 3 squid oil processor gets Australian approval | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, Nutra Ingredients USA, Hank Schultz -- "Pharma Marine, a Norwegian company sourcing omega 3 oils from squid, has announced approval of its Calamarine product by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. ..."

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New rice contamination reported in China

21 May 2013, Capital Press, Beijing -- "Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country's largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.

 

The mills in Hunan province's Youxian county were ordered to suspend business and recall their products after samples showed excessive levels of cadmium, according to an official notice issued Tuesday by the county government.

 

It said the mills had been operating legally and sourced their rice from local farmers."

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Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs

Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, ScienceDaily -- "Most of the animal proteins found in the meat industry waste have, until now, been underutilised. The challenge is to transform such waste into food of higher functionality and added value. Thanks to the findings of the EU funded PROSPARE project, it is possible to reuse the protein and lipid fraction of disused food, according to project co-ordinator Arnaldo Dossena, who is the head of the food science department at theUniversity of Parma, in Italy.

 

Up to 50% of the animal weight processed in the meat industry is discarded as left-overs and ends up composted or incinerated, despite beingrich in proteins and lipids. Turning the lipid fraction of such waste into biodiesel has proven too expensive. So the focus is now on reusing proteins. Today, only 22% is converted by the food industry into feed and barely 3% is consumed as food. The problem is that recovery methods are energy intensive. They also convert the source proteins into meals with poorer digestibility and nutrient properties as well as a low commercial value."

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Uganda - Tackling malnutrition in Uganda with homegrown solutions

Uganda - Tackling malnutrition in Uganda with homegrown solutions | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, UNICEF -- "A new initiative aims to promote better nutrition practices in Ugandan households.

 

Peter, Erik and Dalton Butetera are huddled in a corner of their hut while health worker Beatrice Asaba prepares millet porridge at their home in Ibanda District in southwestern Uganda. Despite their different ages – Peter is 4, Erik 3, and Dalton only 2 years old – the brothers are nearly the same size. All three children are malnourished, and their physical similarity is the result of stunting.

 

The Butetera family is one of many households being targeted by a community integrated programme intended to improve household nutrition practices. UNICEF Uganda’s Health, Nutrition and Food Security Assessment in Ibanda, Kabale, Kanungu and Pader Districts Report 2013 indicates that one-third (34.9 per cent) of children under 5 years in Ibanda District are stunted. The programme is funded by the European Union (EU) in partnership with UNICEF and USAID Uganda under the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

The right food

 

Ibanda receives rainfall throughout the year, and the vegetation is lush with a range of healthy growing crops such as bananas, coffee, papaya, pineapple, sweet potato, spinach, cabbage and pumpkin. Although many of these crops surround the Butetera home, the children have been raised on only a regular half-meal of plain bananas boiled in salt, with no added protein or vitamins from vegetables.

 

 

“Uganda still faces dramatic challenges, especially on the two MDGs of under-five mortality and maternal health. The under-five mortality must be addressed not only with food security, but also with the right food, and that is why the EU is engaging with the offices of UNICEF in this project,” said Ambassador Roberto Ridolfi, Head of the EU delegation in Uganda.

Integrated interventions

 

The primary goal of the programme is to ensure that nutrition standards are improved and maintained through activities such as demonstrations within households as well as during weekly immunization and antenatal health service days at Ibanda’s Kanywambogo Health Centre. A ‘Food Field Exhibition’ is also held every year, where traders display various foods grown in the district."

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Agriculture minister says Canada will toughen testing, food safety-rules for meat plants

Agriculture minister says Canada will toughen testing, food safety-rules for meat plants | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, The Globe and Mail (Canada) -- Canadian Food Inspection Agency to strengthen E. coli testing and rules for federally inspected slaughterhouses, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

 

Canada’s food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses.

 

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will strengthen E. coli testing in federally inspected establishments that use raw beef. Testing will increase between April and October – considered barbecue season.

 

Meat packers will also have to provide production and distribution information on demand and in a standardized format. Ritz says that will help speed up the food agency’s ability to trace products during investigations and recalls.

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Quest for Edible Malarial Vaccine Leads to Other Potential Medical Uses for Algae

17 May 2013, CheckBiotech -- Can scientists rid malaria from the Third World by simply feeding algae genetically engineered with a vaccine?


That's the question biologists at UC San Diego sought to answer after they demonstrated last May that algae can be engineered to produce a vaccine that blocks malaria transmission. In a follow up study, published online today in the scientific journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, they got their answer: Not yet, although the same method may work as a vaccine against a wide variety of viral and bacterial infections.

In their most recent study, which the authors made freely available on the Applied and Environmental Microbiology website, the researchers fused a protein that elicits an antibody response in mice against the organism that causes malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, which afflicts 225 million people worldwide, with a protein produced by the bacterium responsible for cholera, Vibrio cholera, that binds to intestinal epithelial cells. They then genetically engineered algae to produce this two-protein combination, or "fusion protein," freeze dried the algae and later fed the resulting green powder to mice. The researchers hypothesized that together these proteins might be an effective oral vaccine candidate when delivered using algae.

The result? The mice developed Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies to both the malarial parasite protein and to a toxin produced by the cholera bacteria. Because IgA antibodies are produced in the gut and mucosal linings, they don't protect against the malarial parasites, which are injected directly into the bloodstream by mosquitoes. But their study suggests that similar fusion proteins might protect against infectious diseases that affect mucosal linings using their edible freeze-dried algae.

"Many bacterial and viral infections are caused by eating tainted food or water," says Stephen Mayfield, a professor of biology at UC San Diego who headed the study. "So what this study shows is that you can get a really good immune response from a recombinant protein in algae that you feed to a mammal. In this case, it happens to be a mouse, but presumably it would also work in a human. That's really encouraging for the potential for algae-based vaccines in the future."

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South Africa: Govt Importing Meat Considered 'significant Risk'

24 May 2013, AllAfrica via Democratic Alliance (Cape Town) -- "In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson has revealed that various meat products - including water buffalo, donkey and horse meat - are being imported into South Africa from Brazil and India. This is despite meat from these countries being considered as posing a 'significant risk'.

 

The reply does not disclose the names of the parties responsible for the imports, nor does it indicate why meat from India and Brazil is considered to pose a 'significant risk'.

 

It is imperative that South Africa knows the reasons why the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries considers meat from these countries potentially harmful.

 

The DA will therefore be submitting an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to determine exactly why this meat is considered hazardous, and who the responsible parties are."

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Be Berry Aware Campaign Helps Educate Cranberry Lovers

Be Berry Aware Campaign Helps Educate Cranberry Lovers | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

23 May 2013, PRNewsWire --  A newly launched consumer education campaign called Be Berry Aware is helping consumers identify high quality cranberry juices that pack the nutritional benefits they have come to expect from this flavorful beverage.  Most people know that cranberries have a multitude of health benefits, but many consumers don't know which cranberry juices actually have a significant amount of cranberry content.  The Be Berry Aware campaign aims to arm consumers with information that will allow them to make informed buying decisions the next time they are looking for an authentic, high quality, high content cranberry juice.

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