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Food packages can 'speak' and help consumers make sustainable decisions
Mater Dynamics, a Portuguese startup company, received the highest prize in the fourth Energia de Portugal competition. (2015-12-02)
Study identifies factors that contribute to food trucks' fast spread
Gourmet food trucks have spread around the nation, according to researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University who harvested Twitter data to conduct a de facto census of up-scale US food trucks, invented in Los Angeles in 2008. (2014-08-16)
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)
Parents' reported food preparation time is inversely associated with energy density
Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, suggests that the amount time parents spend on food preparation at home influences children's food intake decisions made in the laboratory without parental supervision. (2014-07-29)
Study shows siblings of kids with food allergies aren't necessarily also allergic
According to new research being presented at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting, 53 percent of siblings of children with food allergies had a food sensitivity, but only 13 percent had actual food allergy. (2015-11-05)
Chemists and chef report on new food production technologies
Food experts will report on chemistry's role in improving today's food and how these changes are impacting the quality of life and lowering the risk of chronic disease during a special Presidential Symposium at the 218th national meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (1999-08-22)
Food price gap between 'more' and 'less' healthy foods increased over 10-year period
Healthier foods and beverages have been consistently more expensive than unhealthier ones from 2002-2012, with a gap that's growing. (2014-10-08)
Scientists predict food in the new millennium
What does Y2K have in store for food? Food scientists peering into their crystal balls see supermarket sections devoted to functional foods (products that may provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition), grubs as grub, and pill-popping to optimize nutrition. (1999-12-21)
Half of inner city children in deprived areas consuming fast food/drinks at least twice a week
Over half of inner city school-kids in deprived areas may be consuming fast foods/drinks at least twice a week, if the findings from one London borough are applicable elsewhere, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2012-06-20)
Food insecurity impairs academic development of children
When young school-age children do not always have enough to eat, their academic development -- especially reading -- suffers, finds a new longitudinal by Edward Frongillo of Cornell University. (2005-12-23)
Food for thought
Staying thin really is easier for some people than for others. (2004-06-23)
Pictures of food create feelings of hunger
External stimuli control the hormonal regulation of our eating behavior. (2012-01-19)
SNAP benefits increase household spending on food, study finds
A new study by two Brown University economists at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increase a household's overall spending on food each month and that an equivalent cash benefit would lead to much smaller increases in food spending. (2017-02-06)
Cornell Food Engineers Redefine The Physics Of Microwave Cooking
Consumers who want fresh microwaved foods that are supposed to be crisp and taste better can look forward to improvement, thanks to new Cornell University studies (1996-06-26)
Fathers can lower their children's risk of going hungry by staying involved
Rutgers research found that nonresident father involvement in a child's life is positively associated with lower food insecurity in both early and middle childhood. (2014-04-07)
Food insecurity can lead to greater weight gain and complications during pregnancy
Living in a food-insecure household during pregnancy may increase the odds of greater weight gain and pregnancy complications, particularly gestational diabetes mellitus, according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. (2010-05-03)
Study finds copper proves effective against new E. coli strains
As the World Health Organization suggests the E. coli outbreak in Germany is a strain never before seen in an outbreak -- O104:H4 -- laboratory science conducted at the University of Southampton indicates a role for copper in preventing the spread of such infections. (2011-06-02)
Food allergies raise risk of asthma attacks
Food allergies are more common among people with asthma and may contribute to asthma attacks, according to one of the most comprehensive surveys of food allergies ever undertaken. (2010-10-04)
Global food safety: Keeping food safe from farm to table
Food safety problems can arise at any of multiple stages of food production, and illnesses that result from them are frequently not detected or reported, according to a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology. (2010-11-04)
Food supply and nutrition education for children
A position statement by the American Dietetic Association urges that all children have access to a safe and adequate food supply. (2003-07-07)
Infants develop early understanding of social nature of food
A new study conducted at the University of Chicago finds infants develop expectations about what people prefer to eat, providing early evidence of the social nature through which humans understand food. (2016-08-22)
The need to feed programs Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav'
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park have uncovered how the food-borne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni can change its swimming behavior to find a location with more food. (2013-01-29)
Eliminating hunger in a world of plenty
An estimated 840 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, and more than half of all child deaths worldwide are associated with malnutrition. (2003-08-05)
Age limit for federal food assistance program is increasing food insecurity
New research from the University of Missouri has identified a problem associated with the requirement that when children turn five, they are no longer eligible to receive food assistance through WIC, thus leading to increased food insecurity for the family. (2016-10-05)
U of Minnesota researchers discover a natural food preservative that kills food-borne bacteria
University of Minnesota researchers have discovered and received a patent for a naturally occurring lantibiotic -- a peptide produced by a harmless bacteria -- that could be added to food to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria. (2011-08-04)
Food industry partnerships may carry risks
Health charities and health organizations must tread carefully when partnering with the food industry as it may risk compromise health promotion goals, states an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2011-01-31)
Eat, drink and be merry?
Fast food and soft drinks may be making children fatter but they also make them happy. (2009-04-14)
M&Ms as diet food? 100-calorie pack misconceptions
Beware of mini-packs and mini-foods, especially if you're a dieter. (2008-08-22)
How food marketers can help consumers eat better while improving their bottom line
Food marketers are masters at getting people to crave and consume the foods they promote. (2012-10-11)
Liverpool scientists uncover how E.coli became lethal
A University of Liverpool scientist has discovered how the food poisoning bug E.Coli 0157 became deadly to humans. (2005-04-04)
Link between hunger and health care costs
Low-income people who struggle to put food on the table also use the health care system more, which means higher health care costs, according to new research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2015-08-10)
Adiposity hormone, leptin, regulates food intake by influencing learning and memory
This research study finds that the hormone leptin reduces food intake, in part, by activating the hippocampus, an area of the brain that controls learning and memory function. (2010-07-13)
Tapping away desire for those favorite foods and snacks
Psychological acupuncture has been shown to be successful in reducing food cravings for up to six months in people who are overweight or obese. (2010-04-22)
Yale scientist helps pinpoint threats to life in world's rivers
The food chain -- the number of organisms that feed on each other -- in the world's streams and rivers depends more upon the size of the stream and whether the waterways flood or run dry than the amount of available food resources, Yale University and Arizona State University researchers report online in the Oct. (2010-10-14)
Why don't children belong to the clean plate club?
New Cornell research aggregated six different studies of 326 elementary school-aged children. (2014-12-02)
Fast casual restaurant entrées higher in calories than fast food
Dieters looking to cut calories may believe it's best to pick a fast casual restaurant over a fast food chain, but new research from the University of South Carolina shows that may not be the best choice. (2016-05-11)
What you eat depends on with whom you eat
Women tend to choose foods with a lower caloric value when dining with men, but not when they dine with other women. (2009-08-05)
Magnetic Resonance Shows Promise As Means To Improve Food Quality
Two new studies by a University of Illinois lab suggest that nuclear magnetic resonance can improve the quality and shelf life of processed foods and identify the chemical mobility of the tastes consumers prefer. (1998-10-01)
Cats found to eat more in the winter
Cats eat more during the winter and owners should give their pet more food during this time, University of Liverpool research has found. (2014-05-28)
Friedman School of Tufts: Policy Points
While much of the discussion in the media about obesity has focused on nutrition policies, such as dietary guidelines, or a debate about individual responsibility, a recent article in the Annual Review of Nutrition takes a different tack. (2004-07-19)
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