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New 'Buck' naked barley: Food, feed, brew

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 13:55
Researchers are giving an ancient grain a new life: 'Buck' barley is naked, but not in an indecent way. Naked barley does not require pearling, allowing it to hold onto the bran and whole grain status.

Can Muesli help against arthritis?

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 18:27
It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. Researchers have now discovered that a fiber-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones.

Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 03:40
Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets, instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods.

Estrogen-mimicking compounds in foods may reduce effectiveness of breast cancer treatment

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 20:51
A new study suggests breast cancer patients taking palbociclib/letrozole combination therapy should avoid foods rich in xenoestrogens.

Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 19:16
The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. Unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced. These changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes.

Mediterranean diet may help protect older adults from becoming frail

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:49
An analysis of published studies indicates that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals. The findings suggest that a diet emphasizing primarily plant-based foods -- such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts -- may help keep people healthy and independent as they age.

With these special bacteria, a broccoli a day can keep the cancer doctor away

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 18:15
Researchers have engineered bacteria that specifically targets colorectal cancer cells and converts a substance in some vegetables into an anticancer agent. The system reduced the number of tumors by 75 percent and shrank the remaining tumors by threefold in a mouse model of colorectal cancer. Published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the study suggests that the probiotics taken together with a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables could help prevent colorectal cancer and its recurrence.

A more complete Mediterranean diet may protect against aggressive prostate cancer

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 17:38
Researchers determined that men who followed a Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, and olive oil, and low consumption of juices had lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer (PC) than those who followed other dietary patterns like Prudent or Western diets.

Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 20:09
A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food.

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 17:10
When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report.

Camelina oil improves blood lipid profile

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 15:13
The use of camelina oil reduces overall and LDL cholesterol levels in persons with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study.

Could sugar be responsible for the obesity and diabetes epidemics?

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 00:46
The idea that sugar could be a fundamental cause of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics, with deleterious effects on the human body that go beyond just empty calories, should be considered seriously again, argues an expert.

Wheat disease breakthrough to help feed the world

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 19:30
Famine may be largely a thing of the past but in recent years the re-emergence of a disease that can kill wheat -- which provides a fifth of humanity's food -- has threatened food security; now a wheat stem rust breakthrough is being announced.

Diet rich in apples and tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers, study suggests

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 15:13
The natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, suggesting certain components in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by smoking.

Weekly fish consumption linked to better sleep, higher IQ

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 15:13
Regular fish consumption has been shown to improve cognition. It's also been known to help with sleep. A new study connects all three for the first time. The team found that children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQs by an average of 4 points.

Most dog treats exceed recommended daily energy allowance

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 00:57
Most commercially available dog treats contain a range of undefined ingredients, including sugars, and often exceed the recommended daily energy allowance for treats ('complementary feed'), warn researchers.

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