Latest Danielle Reed Stories

Despite A Big Bamboo Diet, Giant Pandas Love The Taste Of Sugar
2014-03-27 07:26:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It’s no mystery that giant pandas have a voracious appetite for bamboo, but new research from the Monell Center also shows that these endangered mammals of the Ursidae family also have a taste for sugar. A combination of behavioral and genetic studies have revealed that giant pandas possess functional sweet taste receptors. Due to this receptor, it has been shown that the pandas have a strong preference for natural sweeteners,...

Preference Of Sweeter And Saltier Tastes For Children Are Linked To Each Other
2014-03-18 11:28:14

Monell Chemical Senses Center Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences relate not only to food intake but also to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children's diets. Many illnesses of modern society are related to poor food...

2013-09-12 12:37:01

Getting the message about bitter taste Do you love chomping on raw broccoli while your best friend can't stand the healthy veggie in any form or guise? Part of the reason may be your genes, particularly your bitter taste genes. Over the past decade, scientists at the Monell Center and elsewhere have made headway in understanding how variants of bitter taste receptor genes can help account for how people differ with regard to taste perception and food choice. However, some perplexing...

2009-03-19 21:46:16

Children have a biological basis to like sweets, which is related to children's high growth rate, U.S. researchers said. The relationship between sweet preference and growth makes intuitive sense because when growth is rapid, caloric demands increase, geneticist Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia said in a statement. Children are programmed to like a sweet taste because it fills a biological need by pushing them towards energy sources. Reed and University of...

2009-03-19 09:10:19

Heightened sweet preference linked to physical growth As any parent knows, children love sweet-tasting foods. Now, new research from the University of Washington and the Monell Center indicates that this heightened liking for sweetness has a biological basis and is related to children's high growth rate. "The relationship between sweet preference and growth makes intuitive sense because when growth is rapid, caloric demands increase. Children are programmed to like sweet taste because it...

2008-01-14 15:55:00

Obesity quick fix unlikely; problem even more complex than previously thoughtPHILADELPHIA "“ Reporting in the online journal BMC Genetics, researchers from the Monell Center have for the first time attempted to count the number of genes that contribute to obesity and body weight. The findings suggest that over 6,000 genes "“ about 25 percent of the genome "“ help determine an individual's body weight. "Reports describing the discovery of a new "Ëœobesity gene' have...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.