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The genetic switch regulates satiety and body weight

New mechanism that regulates the effect of the satiety hormone leptin. The study identified the enzyme HDAC5 as key factor in our control of body weight and food intake and potential target against the Yoyo dieting effect

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What happens to food and its microstructure when it is fried?

Researchers conducted a study using X-ray micro-computed tomography to gain 3-D images of the microstructure of fried potato disks after they had been fried for various lengths of time in order to better understand oil uptake and distribution in fried foods

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More bulk than packaged olive oil for US consumers

Over the last two decades, US imports of olive oil and olive pomace oil have increased almost two and a half times, rising from 125 000 t in 1993/94 to 311 000 t in 2014/15

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Higher dietary fiber intake in young women may reduce breast cancer risk

Breast cancer risk was 12%-19% lower among women who ate more dietary fiber in early adulthood. High intake of fiber during adolescence was also associated with 16% lower risk of overall breast cancer and 24% lower risk of breast cancer before menopause

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Advanced biofuels set to play key role in developing countries

Advanced biofuels made from non-food biomass, also known second-generation biofuels, have become a commercial reality, according the report Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives

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Agribusiness rules lag in agriculture dependent countries

The report finds that urbanized countries have on average smarter regulations in the topic areas measured by the report than countries where agriculture accounts for a larger role. Of the 40 countries surveyed, the urbanized economies of Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Poland and Spain perform above average on the measured areas

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Study predicts salt marshes will persist despite rising seas

The low-lying zone of salt-tolerant plants first and most impacted by rising waters—is where dynamic feedbacks operate most effectively to counter the increase in water levels

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Antimicrobial wash reduces health risks in fresh produce

A combination of lactic acid, fruit acids, and hydrogen peroxide can be used in a produce rinse for commercial food distributors against E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens

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From Taipei to protect Umbria region. Ruth and Nelson love olive oil

Landscape and land conservation are the base of a project by LDC, a big Taiwanese company, which has a passion for Italy and for the true extra-virgin

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Fiber-rich diet may reduce lung disease

A diet rich in fiber may not only protect against diabetes and heart disease, it may reduce the risk of developing lung disease. Fiber consumption was calculated based on the amount of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains participants recalled eating

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Blueberries associated with reduced risk of erectile dysfunction

Flavonoid-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a new collaborative study from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University

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Walnut health benefits for brain, heart, fertility and sleep

Due to their uniquely high amounts of healthy fats and potent plant chemicals, recent studies are showing evidence that walnuts can reduce brain stress, lower cholesterol, increase fertility in men and reduce inflammation

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The glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans

The conclusions were reached on the basis of the evaluation of the representative uses of glyphosate as a herbicide on emerged annual, perennial and biennial weeds in all crops and foliar spraying for desiccation in cereals and oilseeds (pre-harvest)

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Eating poorly and depressed? Yale team finds connection

Chronic overeating and stress are tied to an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and in a new study, Yale researchers explain why that happens and suggest a possible solution

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Low zinc levels may suggest potential breast-feeding problems

Zinc levels in breast milk may be able to serve as an indicator of breast function during lactation, according to Penn State health researchers

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Olive oil against chronic degenerative diseases

Extra virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols may account for a reduction of oxidative stress inflammatory-related sequelae. Previous studies have shown the antiinflammatory, antioxidant and antiangiogenic properties by pure olive oil polyphenols

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate brings matter of taste tour to New York City

Global series of exclusive wine experiences to feature top rated wines from around the world on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Links between processed meat and colorectal cancer

IARC’s review confirms the recommendation in WHO’s 2002, which advised people to moderate consumption of preserved meat to reduce the risk of cancer.

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