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Green Tea Can Help Keep Extra Pounds Off
2011-10-04 11:44:37

Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists. Obese mice that were fed a compound found in green tea along with a high-fat diet gained weight significantly more slowly than a control group of mice that did not receive the green tea supplement, said Joshua Lambert, assistant professor of food science in agricultural sciences. "In this experiment, we see the rate of body weight gain slows down," said...

Dark Chocolate
2011-09-15 04:54:53

  Scientists from Wayne State University have discovered that a compound found in chocolate, called epicatechin, seems to trigger the same muscle response as vigorous activity such as jogging. Additionally, when small doses of chocolate are consumed in combination with regular exercise, performance is increased by 50 percent, the study found. The researchers found that epicatechin seemed to increase the number of mitochondria, tiny powerhouses in cells that generate energy....

2011-05-18 16:51:24

The beneficial compounds in green tea powders aren't as stable as once thought, according to a Purdue University study that will give industry guidelines on how to better store those powders. "People drink green tea for health benefits, so they want the catechins to be present," said Lisa Mauer, a professor of food science. "The instant powder beverages are becoming more popular for consumers, and it's important to know how storage can influence nutrition of your products." Catechins are the...

2011-01-25 00:02:13

Indulgent chocolate treats may be the best-known and most widely appreciated product of the cacao tree, but new scientific research from New York Based Cacao Biotechnologies is uncovering potential new applications for the antioxidant-rich beans which could spur an innovative approach to treating human papillomavirus (HPV), a precursor to cervical cancer. Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2011 Indulgent chocolate treats may be the best-known and most widely appreciated product of the cacao...

2010-09-22 06:55:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 22/PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at the Capital Medical University in Beijing have found that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found abundantly in green tea, is able to kill cervical cancer cells and prevent them from forming. The authors of the study state that EGCG "has shown its anti-tumor ability and perhaps as potential regimen for cancer patients(1)." This is great news for many women, as the National Cancer Institute projects that in 2010 over 12,000...

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2010-05-06 13:26:48

Johns Hopkins researchers discover pathway in mice for epicatechin's apparent protective effect Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage. Ninety minutes after feeding mice a single modest dose of epicatechin, a compound found naturally in dark chocolate, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to the...

2010-03-12 09:39:00

TORONTO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Long known to be beneficial in heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, a new study finds a specific green tea extract may delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A. Holliday & Company's "Teawell 50," is a 50 percent pure extraction of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) - a flavonoid which is the most potent of four major catechins in green tea. Sponsored by A. Holliday & Company, the study was performed by Dr. Stephane Bastianetto at the...

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2010-02-17 09:25:00

Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea "” renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties "” do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. It appears in ACS's bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Chi Pui Pang...

2009-11-24 17:51:15

A recent study confirms that the antioxidants and other plant-based nutrients in chocolate and cocoa products are highly associated with the amount of non-fat cocoa-derived ingredients in the product. The study expands on previously published results. The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, was conducted by a scientific team from The Hershey Company, Brunswick Laboratories, and Cornell University, compared the detailed cocoa antioxidant contents of commercially...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.