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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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White Vegetables Redeemed!

White Vegetables Redeemed! | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

22 May 2013, PRNewsWire, U.S. Potato Council -- "White Vegetables Redeemed!. New article published in Advances in Nutrtion journal finds nutrients in white vegetables, especially potatoes, can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. ...

 

In fact, a key finding was that color does not necessarily predict nutritive value of a vegetable. White vegetables, including nutrient-dense potatoes, contribute important amounts of essential shortfall nutrients to the American diet across all age groups.  This includes potassium—a nutrient essential to healthy blood pressure, of which only 3 percent of American adults consume the recommended daily.

 

The Advances in Nutrition supplement, "White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients," published by the American Society for Nutrition, features ten papers by leading nutrition scientists that explore the state of the science on white vegetables (potatoes, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, turnips and kohlrabi) in supporting a healthy diet. The supplement authors identify a substantial body of evidence demonstrating  white vegetables, such as potatoes, can help increase intake of shortfall nutrients, notably fiber, potassium and magnesium, as well as help increase overall vegetable consumption among children, teens and adults in the U.S. ..."

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‘Agro-terrorism: One of the greatest terrorist threats we face’

‘Agro-terrorism: One of the greatest terrorist threats we face’ | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, Beverage Daily -- "Top public health professor David Dausey warns that increasing global supply chain complexity carries with it a greater risk of product contamination, with potentially disastrous results for dairy brands and public health, and a growing need to ensure public safety."

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More Vitamin A Possible from Cassava, Says New Study

More Vitamin A Possible from Cassava, Says New Study | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, HarvestPlus -- "New research shows that the human body can absorb twice as much beta-carotene from vitamin A cassava than was previously assumed. This conventionally-bred cassava has higher amounts of beta-carotene, a naturally occurring compound that the body converts into vitamin A. The cassava has been specially developed to combat vitamin A deficiency in Africa.

 

The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, was received with optimism by those working on food-based interventions to improve nutrition. Dr. Erick Boy, Nutrition Manager at HarvestPlus, says, “Until now we believed that only about eight percent of beta-carotene from cassava could be absorbed by the body. This study shows that it is not eight but 17 percent that is absorbed and then transformed by the body into vitamin A.” If vitamin A deficient populations that eat cassava regularly switched to this new variety, their vitamin A status should improve measurably. ..."

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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 2103, 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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Moringa – The Superfood That Could Alleviate Hunger in Developing Regions

Moringa – The Superfood That Could Alleviate Hunger in Developing Regions | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

14 May 2013, Triple Pundit -- "Move over, Iron Man. A new kind of “superfood” is emerging that promises to save more lives than your high-tech armor ever could.

 

The Moringa Tree is a plant native to parts of Africa and Asia renowned for its nutritional value – each leaf contains seven times the vitamin C of oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, four times the calcium of milk, three times the potassium of bananas and twice the protein of yogurt.

 

Moringa oleifera, the most widely cultivated species of moringa, is a multipurpose tree native to the Himalayan foothills in northwestern India. According to the ancient Indian medicinal tradition of ayurveda, the leaves of the Moringa tree can prevent 300 diseases – and modern science confirms these claims have credence."

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Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns

Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, Food Navigator -- "There is still a market for caffeine gums even after US Food and Drug Administration concerns prompted Wrigley to suspend production of its new Alert gum, according to private label gum maker Fertin Pharma."

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GMO ingredients can form part of Omega-3 supply picture, GOED chief says

GMO ingredients can form part of Omega-3 supply picture, GOED chief says | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, FoodNavigator -- "Genetic modification of oil seed crops will form an important part of the future omega-3s supply picture, according to Adam Ismail, executive director of the Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED)." ...

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embedded video in this article - a NutraIngredient interview with Adam Ishmail, head of GOED at VitaFood 2013 Geneva Conference.  Ishmail notes that the supply of marine sources of Omega-3s is set.  This will not produce enough to met nutritional recommendations for a growing global population.  He explains how companies are now researching other sources including algae, yeast, and gene-engineering plants to produce omega-3s.

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Food Security and Nutrition, the Role of Forests

Food Security and Nutrition, the Role of Forests | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, CIFOR -- With a growing global population, much of the current discourse on food security is focussed on increasing and expanding agricultural production. Much of this expansion is speculated to be at the expense of natural systems. ...

Forests and tree-based agricultural systems contribute directly and indirectly to the livelihoods of an estimated one billion people globally. Wild foods are important for food security and nutrition while trees and forests are vital for their role in the provision of ecosystem services to agriculture. The alarming expansion of large-scale industrial production systems in tropical regions threaten the contributions of forests and tree-based agriculture systems to food security, diets and nutrition in the tropical regions of the world in particular may threaten the potential contributions of forests to the food security, diets and nutrition of a growing world population.

 

The role of forests in supporting human food security and nutrition remain largely under-researched and understood. With food security and nutrition high on the agenda in many political and scientific spheres, it is crucial to understand the contribution of forests and trees to a food secure and nutrition-sensitive future. This improved understanding will be essential for building on synergies and minimizing trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture in order to feed an estimated global population of nine billion people by 2050. 

....We [CIFOR] believe that forests, biodiversity conservation and agro-ecology should feature prominently in political and scientific discourse on agricultural production and the concomitant challenge of sustainable forest management. Greater attention to the direct and indirect benefits of forest in food security, livelihoods and nutrition should enhance local and global efforts to end hunger and improve the nutrition of communities living in forested areas as well as those living in areas removed from forests..

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Oxford Academic - Global Healthcare Is Failing, Needs Nutrition Policy Reform

Oxford Academic - Global Healthcare Is Failing, Needs Nutrition Policy Reform | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

16 May 2013, NutraIngredient -- Audio interview with Paul Clayton, Professor, Oxford University Institute of Food and Brain Behaviour.  

 

"Nations and populations are in peril of being swamped by the cost of their healthcare systems unless a severe nutrition policy rethink can occur, says a leading academic."

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Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition

13 May ReliefWeb -- Rates of malnutrition among India’s children are almost five times more than in China, and twice those in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Too often, new mothers are adolescents. A staggering 75% of them are anemic and most on put on less weight during pregnancy than they should - 5 kilograms on average compared to the worldwide average of close to 10kgs.

 

Malnutrition is India’s silent emergency and among India’s greatest human development challenges. Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world.

 

Rates of malnutrition among India’s children are almost five times more than in China, and twice those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly half of all India’s children - approximately 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too short for their age), 20% are wasted (too thin for their height, indicating acute malnutrition), 75% are anemic, and 57% are Vitamin A deficient.

 

Malnutrition affects children’s chances of survival, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, increases their chances of dropping out early from school, and makes them less productive in later life. Much of this undernourishment happens during pregnancy and in the first two years of a child’s life and, without appropriate interventions, the damage to brain development and future economic productivity is largely irreversible.

 

Given its impact on health, education and economic productivity, persistent under-nutrition is a major obstacle to human development, impacting India’s much-awaited demographic dividend and the country’s prospects for future economic growth.

 

While aggregate levels of malnutrition in India are alarmingly high, there are significant inequalities across states and socioeconomic groups with girls, rural areas, the poorest people, and scheduled tribes and castes being the worst affected. Six states - Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh - account for over half of India’s malnutrition cases, while an additional 8 to 10% of the burden is concentrated in specific areas of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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EU tables revised food safety rules on back of horsemeat scandal

EU tables revised food safety rules on back of horsemeat scandal | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

7 May 2013, EurActiv.com -- Tonio Borg, the [EU] health and consumer policy commissioner, today (6 May) announced a legislative package which aims to prevent the spread of communicable animal-based diseases and foreign pests to European crops.

 

The rules aim to ensure authorities in member states comply with the European Union food safety legislation and carry out sufficient controls. The EU executive would also require national authorities to carry out anti-fraud checks and impose strong financial penalties on food operators which committed fraud or failed to comply with the laws.

 

... In recent weeks, the EU has taken a hard line on food safety after studies showed that consumer confidence in the food industry dipped in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. Extra funding has been found in the next EU long-term budget for national food surveillance programmes, the Pesticide Action Network says.

 

The legislative package, following European Parliament and Council approval, will cut down existing food safety laws in five pieces of legislation to ease compliance with controls, inspections and tests.

 

The rules also include a prevention-based principle governing animal health in a drive to avert the mass culling of potentially-infected animals, such as in recent cases involving avian and swine flu."

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Horse scandal has healthy effect on diet

Horse scandal has healthy effect on diet | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

12 May 2013, The Telegraph -- "Consumers have thrown away 18 million processed meals since the horse meat scandal, figures suggest. 

 

Findings show that families are changing their diets in the wake of the disclosures. The effect is positive, it is said, as families have put more than 13.5 tonnes of processed food in the bin. ..."

 

Figures are calculated since the scandal broke in February 2013 by The Food Safety Authority of Ireland. ..."

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Soy and tomato combo may be effective in preventing prostate cancer |

Soy and tomato combo may be effective in preventing prostate cancer | | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

8 May 2013, University of Illinois, ACES -- Tomatoes and soy foods may be more effective in preventing prostate cancer when they are eaten together than when either is eaten alone, said a University of Illinois study.

 

“In our study, we used mice that were genetically engineered to develop an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Even so, half the animals that had consumed tomato and soy had no cancerous lesions in the prostate at study’s end. All mice in the control group—no soy, no tomato—developed the disease,” said John Erdman, a U of I professor of food science and nutrition.

 

“The interactions of dietary tomato powder and soy germ on prostate carcinogenesis in the TRAMP model”has been published online in Cancer Prevention Research and is available athttp://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2013/04/16/1940-6207.CAPR-12-0443.

 

Zuniga and Erdman of the U of I’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and Steven K. Clinton of The Ohio State University are co-authors of the article. Funding was provided by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

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66% of foods containing trans-fats have been reformulated, but progress is slowing: Harvard study

66% of foods containing trans-fats have been reformulated, but progress is slowing: Harvard study | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

23 May 2013, Food Navigator USA, Stephen Daniells - "Industry efforts to reduce and/or remove trans fats from food products have led to progress, but this progress is slowing, and the industry must continue its effort to reformulate.  

 

Source: "Preventing Chronic Disease" by Harvard School of Public Health.

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0198.htm

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Fish Oil Market is Expected to Reach USD 1.7 Billion Globally in 2018: Transparency Market Research

21 May 2013, PRNewsWire -- "According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Fish Oil Market for Aquaculture, Direct Human Consumption, Hydrogenation and Industrial Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018," the global market for fish oil was valued at US$1.1 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach US$1.7 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 5.05% from 2012 to 2018. In terms of volume, the demand for fish oil was 1,035 kilo tons in 2011 and is expected to reach 1,130 kilo tons in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 1.22% from 2012 to 2018.

 

The demand for fish oil is expected to increase owing to the increased demand for omega 3 ingredients. Fish oil is the primary source of omega 3 and with the growing awareness of omega 3 and its benefits; consumers are increasing their intake of omega 3 as part of regular diet. However, the reduced or static production levels of fish oil acts as a major inhibitor for the growth of the market. This situation is expected to escalate due to the uneven frequency of El Nino, which further reduces the overall fishing volumes."

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First genomes sequenced in foodborne pathogen database project

First genomes sequenced in foodborne pathogen database project | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

22 May 2013, Food Navigator USA, Joe Whitworth -- "The genomes of the first 10 infectious microorganisms studied have been sequenced by a project involving government agencies, a US university and Agilent Technologies. ..."

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Global Child Nutrition Forum 2013 Kicks Off In Brazil

21 May 2013, WFP News -- "Close to 300 delegates from 37 countries are converging today on  Costa do Sauípe, Brazil, to exchange experiences and debate options to strengthen school feeding programmes for millions of children worldwide at the Global Child Nutrition Forum 2013. ..."

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Food label education does not reduce sodium intake in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. A randomised controlled trial

According to a scientific study published in the journal Appetite, educating people with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) does not reduce their high level of sodium intake.  In a comparison of two study groups made up of people with T2DM, the group taught to read food labels and understand how to choose low sodium products did not change their food patterns. Over a three month radomized controlled trials, urinary tests demonstrated that the group that received nutrition education continued with high sodium intake.

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Vitamin D and ginger show potential in reducing asthma symptoms, new studies suggest

Vitamin D and ginger show potential in reducing asthma symptoms, new studies suggest | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, Nutra Ingredients USA, Nathan Gray -- "Supplementation with vitamin D or ginger extracts may help ease the symptoms of asthma, according to two new early stage research studies. ..."

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'Got aspartame in your kids' milk?' FDA urged to reject flavoured milk sweetener petition

'Got aspartame in your kids' milk?' FDA urged to reject flavoured milk sweetener petition | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, Food Navigator -- SumOfUs, an American consumer group  has plastered its new "Got Aspartame in your kids’ milk?" on buses traveling to and from U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters.  This is a last effort campaign to stop food regulaors from changing milk labeling criteria. 

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Former FDA official on GMO labeling: ‘Science doesn’t always win’

Former FDA official on GMO labeling: ‘Science doesn’t always win’ | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, NutraIngredients -- "Whether the food industry likes it or not, when it comes to GMO labeling, the “train appears to have left the station”, according to former FDA associate commissioner of foods Dr David Acheson."

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Dark Chocolate Mood Enhancer But Not Linked to Increased Brain Performance

Dark Chocolate Mood Enhancer But Not Linked to Increased Brain Performance | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

15 May 2013, NutraIngredients -- Cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate may keep you calmer and content but no link has been established with enhanced cognitive performance, according to a study funded by Barry Callebaut.

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Study unlocks benefits of walnut for heart health

Study unlocks benefits of walnut for heart health | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

The heart health benefits of walnuts may be linked to different parts of the nuts acting on different physiological functions, says new data in the Journal of Nutrition.

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Plant-based protein craze drives renewed interest in peanut flour

Plant-based protein craze drives renewed interest in peanut flour | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

14 May 2013, NutraIngredients -- While peanut flour has been around for years, recent interest in protein - particularly the plant-based variety - has sparked renewed interest, particularly in the nutritional bars market, according to one leading supplier.

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Soy and tomato may be effective in preventing prostate cancer

Soy and tomato may be effective in preventing prostate cancer | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

8 May 2013, Science Daily -- "Tomatoes and soy foods may be more effective in preventing prostate cancer when they are eaten together than when either is eaten alone, said a new study."

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