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2012-06-29 11:52:22

Millions of people worldwide are exposed to arsenic from contaminated water, and we are all exposed to arsenic via the food we eat. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Nutrition Journal has demonstrated that people who ate more dietary vitamin B12 and animal protein had lower levels of arsenic (measured by deposition in toenails). Total dietary fat, animal fat, vegetable fat and saturated fat were also all associated with lower levels of arsenic, while omega 3 fatty...

Why Do Fat Cells Get Fat?
2012-06-25 13:47:23

Surprising finding about WNT signaling points to Sfrp5 as a potential target for anti-obesity drugs As the world fights obesity at the human level, scientists at the University of Michigan and their colleagues have made a surprising finding at the microscopic level that could help fuel that fight. Their work helps explain why fat-storing cells get fatter, and burn fat slower, as obesity sets in. If their findings from mice can be shown to apply to humans, they may provide a new target...

2012-06-21 15:34:13

Ursolic acid -- a waxy substance found in apple peel -- increases muscle and brown fat in mice on a high-fat diet: These mice burn more calories and have reduced obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease than mice not receiving the supplement Obesity and its associated problems such as diabetes and fatty liver disease are increasingly common global health concerns. A new study by University of Iowa researchers shows that a natural substance found in apple peel can partially protect...

Specific Salad Dressings Impact Nutrient Absorption
2012-06-20 06:02:13

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] When shopping for salad dressing, the flavors can run the gamut. Thousand Island, Ranch, Sweet and Sour, and others — not to mention the dozen options of fat, non-fat, and low-fat. However, a new study helps consumers better understand what dressings can help them absorb the most nutrients. Researchers from Purdue University found that certain salad dressings can help consumers get the best nutrients and vitamins from their...

2012-05-23 19:16:32

Scientists are reporting development of a healthy "designer fat" that, when added to infant formula, provides a key nutrient that premature babies need in high quantities, but isn't available in large enough amounts in their mothers' milk. The new nutrient, based on hazelnut oil, also could boost nutrition for babies who are bottle-fed for other reasons. Casimir Akoh and colleagues explain that human milk is the "gold standard" for designing infant formulas. Mothers naturally provide the...

Study Links Saturated Fat To Cognitive Decline
2012-05-21 04:28:00

Saturated fats, already decried by health experts because past studies have linked them to cardiovascular and other diseases, could actually impair how well a person's brain functions, according to a new study published Friday in the Annals of Neurology. In the paper, researchers from Brigham and Women´s Hospital in Boston analyzed the diets of more than 6,000 women aged 65 or older over the course of four years, Brian Fung, associate editor at The Atlantic, wrote late last week....

2012-05-19 00:04:31

It has been known for years that eating too many foods containing "bad" fats, such as saturated fats or trans fats, isn't healthy for your heart. However, according to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), one "bad" fat–saturated fat–was found to be associated with worse overall cognitive function and memory in women over time. By contrast, a "good" fat–mono-unsaturated fat was associated with better overall cognitive function and memory. This study is...

2012-05-15 23:27:33

For the first time, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have peered inside a living mouse cell and mapped the processes that power the celebrated health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. More profoundly, they say their findings suggest it may be possible to manipulate these processes to short-circuit inflammation before it begins, or at least help to resolve inflammation before it becomes detrimental. The work is published in the May 14, 2012 online Early Edition of the...

Plant Proteins May Boost Agricultural Yields, Biofuel Production
2012-05-15 03:13:07

[ Watch the Video ] Salk and Iowa State researchers identify three proteins involved in plant fatty acids, the key components of seed oils Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Iowa State University discovered a family of plant proteins that play a role in the production of seed oils, substances important for animal and human nutrition, biorenewable chemicals and biofuels. Scoring a rare scientific hat trick, the researchers identified three related proteins in...

2012-05-10 22:54:08

Protein highlights 'ideal mechanism' for development of new therapies to fight obesity Scientists have identified a protein which regulates the activation of brown fat in both the brain and the body's tissues. Their research, which was conducted in mice, was published today, Friday 11 May, in the journal Cell. Unlike white fat, which functions primarily to store up fat, brown fat (also known as brown adipose tissue) burns fats to generate heat in a process known as thermogenesis. The...


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cruet
  • 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.
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