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The Flavour Connection | myfoodistry

The Flavour Connection

The Flavour Connection. Julia Child famously said that fat carries flavor, but perhaps instead we should give thanks to 4-methylpentanoic acid. Unique combinations of such chemical compounds give foods their characteristic flavors. Science-minded chefs have gone so far as to suggest that seemingly incongruous ingredients—chocolate and blue cheese, for example—will taste great together as long as they have enough flavor compounds in common. Scientists recently put this hypothesis to the test by creating a flavor map….

Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got 'hooked' on plant-based eating | myfoodistry

Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got ‘hooked’ on plant-based eating

Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got ‘hooked’ on plant-based eating. The Rayapudis found that 80 per cent of the diseases they were seeing in patients were related to diet and lifestyle — and changing these two factors was more effective and safe than treating chronic diseases with drugs and surgery.

“We are seeing a large number of people in our practices that are suffering — people suffering from preventable diseases,” said Arjun.

They decided to run regular workshops for patients with a variety of health problems to teach them how to follow a plant-based diet…

Call for Seafood Industry Boycott of AquaBounty's Salmon Eggs | myfoodistry

Call for Seafood Industry Boycott of AquaBounty’s Salmon Eggs

Call for Seafood Industry Boycott of AquaBounty’s Salmon Eggs. CBAN and other environmental groups in Canada and the U.S. are calling on the seafood and aquaculture industry to boycott AquaBounty’s Atlantic salmon eggs to prevent accidental mixing with the company’s genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon eggs produced at the same facility in PEI.

Time to go organic? Gender -bending chemicals in CEREAL could make you fat, landmark study claim | myfoodistry

Time to go organic? Gender -bending chemicals in CEREAL could make you fat, landmark study claim

Time to go organic? Gender-bending chemicals in CEREAL could make you fat, landmark study claim. It may be best to stick to having jam on toast for your breakfast. A landmark new study has unveiled the worst nightmare for cereal lovers – eating a bowl each morning could make you obese. Not only are certain varieties full of sugar, but they contain a common additive that could well be a gender-bending chemical.

What are the health benefits of tahini? | myfoodistry

What are the health benefits of tahini?

Tahini seems to contain large amounts of fat. However, only 2 of the 16 g found in a 2-tbsp serving are saturated. The rest are mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, known to be beneficial to the heart and overall health.
Sesame seeds also contain more phytosterols than all other nuts and seeds. These are important for their cholesterol-lowering and cancer-blocking effects.

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People | myfoodistry

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People. From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.

Argentine study links glyphosate herbicide to miscarriage | myfoodistry

Argentine study links glyphosate herbicide to miscarriage

Argentine study links glyphosate herbicide to miscarriage. People living in an Argentine town in the heart of the GM soy and maize growing area suffer miscarriages at three times and birth defects at twice the national average rate, a new studyshows. In addition, the study found a correlation between a high environmental exposure to glyphosate and an increased frequency of reproductive disorders (miscarriage and birth defects).

Milk and mushrooms may prevent metabolic diseases | myfoodistry

Milk and mushrooms may prevent metabolic diseases

Milk and mushrooms may prevent metabolic diseases. What do milk and mushrooms have in common? They both regulate blood glucose levels, a property important for the prevention and control of Type 2 diabetes. Recent research conducted at Pennsylvania State University in the US studied the effect of mushrooms on glucose production in the body. Mushrooms are a probiotic food, which means they positively influence the bacteria in the gut.

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Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think

Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think.. The moral high ground of food just shifted a little bit. Using biophysical simulation models to compare 10 eating patterns, researchers found that eating fewer animal products will increase the number of people that can be supported by existing farmland. But as it turns out, eliminating animal products altogether isn’t the best way to maximize sustainable land use. Their work was published in Elementa, a journal on the science of the anthropocene.

Food cravings engineered by industry | myfoodistry

Food cravings engineered by industry

Food cravings engineered by industry. On one billboard, recently put up in Toronto, the intention to make you reach for another one is prominently declared, in large letters that tower over the city street. It’s a picture of a box of crackers, and the promise “You’ll be back for more.”

They know you will be back, because they’ve done the research necessary to make it happen

Algal oil turns U.S. milk ‘organic’ - and raises the price | myfoodistry

Algal oil turns U.S. milk ‘organic’ – and raises the price

Algal oil turns U.S. milk ‘organic’ – and raises the price. Inside a South Carolina factory, in industrial vats that stand five stories high, batches of algae are carefully tended, kept warm and fed corn syrup. There the algae, known as schizochytrium, multiply quickly. The payoff, which comes after processing, is a substance that resembles corn oil. It tastes faintly fishy.

Olive Oil's (-)-Oleocanthal kills cancer cells? | myfoodistry

Olive Oil’s (-)-Oleocanthal kills cancer cells?

Olive Oil’s (-)-Oleocanthal kills cancer cells? We investigated the effect of OC on human cancer cell lines in culture and found that OC induced cell death in all cancer cells examined as rapidly as 30 minutes after treatment in the absence of serum. OC treatment of non-transformed cells suppressed their proliferation but did not cause cell death.

The Vitamin Myth : Why We Think We Need Supplements | myfoodistry

The Vitamin Myth : Why We Think We Need Supplements

The Vitamin Myth : Why We Think We Need Supplements. On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that women who took supplemental multivitamins died at rates higher than those who didn’t. Two days later, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E had an increased risk of prostate cancer. “It’s been a tough week for vitamins,” said Carrie Gann of ABC News

Curcumin for Memory? and Mood? | myfoodistry

Curcumin for Memory? and Mood?

Curcumin for Memory? and Mood?. We found that daily oral Theracurmin led to significant memory and attention benefits.

FDDNP-PET scans performed pre- and post-treatment suggested that behavioral and cognitive benefits are associated with decreases in plaque and tangle accumulation in brain regions modulating mood and memory.

Curcumin’s cognitive benefits may stem from its anti-inflammatory and/or anti-amyloid brain effects.

Farms could slash pesticide use without losses | myfoodistry

Farms could slash pesticide use without losses

Farms could slash pesticide use without losses. Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion-dollar pesticide industry. Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food, according to a major new study. The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on over three-quarters of farms.​

Oregano : not just to cook with | myfoodistry

Oregano : not just to cook with

Oregano : not just to cook with. Oregano oil contains an essential compound called carvacrol, which has antimicrobial properties.The herb has shown antimicrobial activity in a number of studies. One group of researchers found that Origanum vulgare essential oils were effective against 41 strains of the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.