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Men's diets are related to local offerings, unlike women's
Canadian men's eating habits are associated with the availability of healthy food sources in their residential neighbourhood but women's are not, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHUM hospital. (2015-01-05)

Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score gains in 8th graders
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new nationwide study suggests. (2014-12-22)

Ecosystems need maths not random nature to survive
A previously unknown mathematical property has been found to be behind one of nature's greatest mysteries -- how ecosystems survive. (2014-12-22)

Study finds Illinois is most critical hub in food distribution network
Illinois is the most critical hub in the network of US domestic food transfers, according to a new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. According to the report, the US food network moves more than 400 million tons of food annually. Of that total, more than 70 million tons are transported through Illinois, the most of any state in the nation. (2014-12-18)

Moms of food-allergic kids need dietician's support
According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care. (2014-12-18)

Season's eatings
Some women become preoccupied with their body weight and shape after changes in hormones drive increases in emotional eating, or the tendency to overconsume food in response to negative emotions. The recurring nature of monthly increases in weight concerns in menstruating women may increase the risk of developing an eating disorder. (2014-12-16)

How trap-flowers attract and deceive pollinating food thieves
Researchers have discovered a new pollination system that involves food-thieving flies as pollinators. These flies feed on insect secretions, available when a spider, a praying mantis, or other predatory arthropods feed on insects. The plant mimics compounds released from freshly killed insects to deceive flies that are in search of food. (2014-12-15)

Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children
Malnutrition is a major cause of stunted growth in children, but new UCL research on mothers and children in Egypt suggests that the problem is not just about quantity of food but also quality. (2014-12-11)

Being lower in pecking order improves female tit birds' memory
When it comes to remembering where a tasty titbit was left, female great tit birds are miles ahead of their male counterparts. This ability might have evolved because the females come second when there's food to be shared, argue Anders Brodin and Utku Urhan in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. A rare case in nature in which the female of a bird species has better spatial and learning abilities than the male. (2014-12-09)

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
An analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. Researchers also found that taking into account methods that optimize the productivity of organic agriculture could minimize the yield gap between organic and conventional farming. (2014-12-09)

Voters more inclined than consumers to pay for food safety
Voters are more willing to pay for a decreased risk of food-related illness than consumers, but female consumers are more willing to pay than male consumers, according to an international team of researchers. (2014-12-08)

Glucokinase activation enhances sugar craving in rodents
A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals that activation of an enzyme, glucokinase, in a region of the hypothalamus called the arcuate nucleus specifically increases glucose uptake. (2014-12-08)

Nutrition, safety key to consumer acceptance of nanotech, genetic modification in foods
New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods -- but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food. (2014-12-02)

Why don't children belong to the clean plate club?
New Cornell research aggregated six different studies of 326 elementary school-aged children. It showed that, if their parents are not around, the average child only eats about 60 percent of what they serve themselves. More than a third goes right in the trash. (2014-12-02)

Study finds insects play important role in dealing with garbage on NYC streets
In the city that never sleeps, it's easy to overlook the insects underfoot. But that doesn't mean they're not working hard. A new study shows that insects and other arthropods play a significant role in disposing of garbage on the streets of Manhattan. (2014-12-02)

Book: 'Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture'
'Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture' is now available through Springer Science+Business Media. The book explores the concept of 'convergence,' as the foundation of a stable global agricultural platform. Edited by David Songstad, Ph.D., Director of Research/Cell Biology, Cibus; Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist, USDA; and Dwight Tomes, Ph.D., recently retired Senior Scientist at Pioneer Hi-Bred, the text also features the world's leading researchers within each field. (2014-12-01)

Elsevier announces launch of new journal: Current Opinion in Food Science
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce the launch of the latest title in the Current Opinion journal series: Current Opinion in Food Science. (2014-11-24)

Peanut in household dust linked to peanut allergy in children with eczema during infancy
A new study led by researchers at King's College London in collaboration with the US Consortium of Food Allergy Research and the University of Dundee has found a strong link between environmental exposure to peanut protein during infancy (measured in household dust) and an allergic response to peanuts in children who have eczema early in life. (2014-11-18)

Young children take but often barely touch healthy school cafeteria food options
You can offer young children healthier food choices in the elementary school cafeteria, but will they actually put it on their trays and eat it? Probably not, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. (2014-11-17)

Age matters: Young larvae boost pollen foraging in honey bees
Adult bees foraging for food use the changing pheromone signals of the young to adjust what nutritional resources they collect. Honey bees return to the hive with one and one half times more protein-rich pollen, when exposed to young larvae as compared to old larvae. The researchers also discovered that significantly fewer foragers return home empty -- a finding that could have an impact in agricultural enterprises. (2014-11-17)

Electronic monitoring device may help lower salt intake
Using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. (2014-11-16)

How Campylobacter exploits chicken 'juice' highlights need for hygiene
A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. This emphasizes the importance of cleaning surfaces in food preparation, and may lead to more effective ways of cleaning that can reduce the incidence of Campylobacter. (2014-11-13)

Electronic 'tongue' to ensure food quality
An electronic 'tongue' could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and highly sensitive version of such a device in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2014-11-12)

Fast-food outlets in inner city neighborhoods fuel diabetes and obesity epidemic
A new study led by University of Leicester reveals that there is twice the number of fast-food outlets in inner city neighborhoods with high density non-white ethnic minority groups and in socially deprived areas. (2014-11-11)

A heavier price: How do restaurant surcharges and labeling improve health?
The American obesity epidemic is out of control, and health advocates are working hard to ensure that food labels clearly list calorie content and all unhealthy ingredients. But according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, labeling alone contributes little to healthier eating decisions unless the item also costs more. (2014-11-11)

Grocery byproduct proves effective as energy supplement in cattle
New research seeks to better understand the nutritional value and cost-effectiveness of using grocery food waste in cattle diets. (2014-11-06)

Understanding of global freshwater fish and fishing too shallow, scientists say
Inland fish have to make a bigger splash. What sounds counter-intuitive to an activity commonly perceived as quiet is the broad recommendation of scientists at Michigan State University recommending that small-scale fishing in the world's freshwater bodies must have a higher profile to best protect global food security. (2014-11-05)

Half of elderly people are more than happy to consume new foods
Elderly people are regarded as traditional consumers, but the AZTI-Tecnalia study reveals that there are more and more elderly people who are happy to accept new foods. However, these consumers insist that the new proposals should be similar to or evoke traditional products and flavors and, at the same time, be health-enhancing, have the right nutrient profile for their age, and be flavorsome. (2014-11-04)

Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities
A research study examining marketing directed at children on the interior and exterior of fast-food restaurants has found that black, as well as middle-income communities and rural areas, are disproportionately exposed to such tactics. (2014-11-04)

Research in the identity of agricultural pests has broad implications
A global research effort has resolved a major biosecurity issue by determining that four of the world's most destructive agricultural pests are one and the same. (2014-11-04)

Grant success for Monash economists
Economist and lead researcher Dr. Paulo Santos from Monash University's Centre for Development Economics has received a $1.5 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for his project on improving food security in the northern uplands of Laos. (2014-11-03)

Food allergy development linked to skin exposure
Food allergies are on the rise in the US and other developed countries. In patients, food allergies appear as a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild skin inflammation to severe asthma. Recent studies suggest that contact between inflamed skin and food proteins may trigger food allergy development. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation provides a link between skin sensitization, gastrointestinal inflammation, and food allergy. (2014-11-03)

Changes at the grocery store could turn the burden of shopping with children on its head
Avoiding power struggles in the grocery store with children begging for sweets, chips and other junk foods -- and parents often giving in -- could be helped by placing the healthier options at the eye level of children and moving the unhealthy ones out of the way. (2014-10-23)

Olive oil more stable and healthful than seed oils for frying food
Frying is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food -- think fried chicken and french fries. Even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list. But before dunking your favorite food in a vat of just any old oil, consider using olive. Scientists report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that olive oil withstands the heat of the fryer or pan better than several seed oils to yield more healthful food. (2014-10-22)

Color and texture matter most when it comes to tomatoes
A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, evaluated consumers' choice in fresh tomato selection and revealed which characteristics make the red fruit most appealing. (2014-10-21)

Brain activity provides evidence for internal 'calorie counter'
As you think about how a food will taste and whether it's nutritious, an internal calorie counter of sorts is also evaluating each food based on its caloric density, according to findings from a new neuroimaging study. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2014-10-20)

Hungry or not, kids will eat treats
Even though they are not hungry, children as young as three will find high-energy treats too tempting to refuse, new QUT research has found. (2014-10-20)

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food
The study, published in Psychological Science, is based on brain scans of healthy participants who were asked to examine pictures of various foods. Participants rated which foods they would like to consume and were asked to estimate the calorie content of each food. Surprisingly, they were poor at accurately judging the number of calories in the various foods, but their choices and their willingness to pay centered on those foods with higher caloric content. (2014-10-20)

Eating breakfast increases brain chemical involved in regulating food intake and cravings
MU researchers have found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults' levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain chemical and its role in food cravings could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment. (2014-10-15)

Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows
Novel use of UK national data finds a growing gap between the prices of more and less healthy foods between 2002 and 2012. Healthy foods in 2012 are three times more expensive per calorie than less healthy foods. (2014-10-08)

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