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Food Preferences Vary By Region And Culture
2013-04-18 18:38:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study shows how the country we reside in and culture in which we grew up helps define what tastes we prefer. The scientific community largely believes children's favorite foods across the board are fatty and sugary. However, scientists writing in the Food Quality and Preference journal contradict this theory. The team analyzed whether or not all children prefer the same types of food, such as chips, candy and sugary...

Eating With Your Eyes
2013-04-12 09:00:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been said that people “eat with their eyes” before taking their first bite of any meal and a new study presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests that the eyes can be even more important than the tongue when it comes to perceiving the flavors of foods. "There have been important new insights into how people perceive food flavors," said Cornell...

Taste Perception: Connecting The Molecular Dots
2013-03-07 05:16:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A consortium of scientists has identified a new protein regulator of taste, findings that help unlock the mystery of exactly how cells transmit taste information to the brain for three out of the five primary taste types. The researchers identified CALHM1, a channel in the walls of taste receptor cells, as a necessary component in the process of sweet, bitter, and umami (savory) taste perception. The other two taste types, sour...

Bitter Tasting Substances Can Help With Asthma Attack
2013-03-06 17:37:53

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The sudden onset of an asthma attack can be a frightening event. Asthmatics often experience a severe shortness of breath combined with coughing or wheezing and a tightening sensation in their lungs and chest. If you suffer from asthma, there is a chronic state of inflammation in your lungs. When this inflammation is paired with constriction of the airwaves and muscles in the chest, it is important to seek immediate relief,...

Your Tongue Is Equipped To Guard Against Excessive Salt Concentrations
2013-02-15 05:26:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Salt is a necessity for life, yet too much of it can have detrimental effects, such as hypertension or kidney failure in humans. New research from a team of American biochemists has discovered how mammals´ tongues are equipped to guard against ingesting high concentrations of salt. According to the team´s report in the journal Nature, their findings could be used to help control the diet of individuals who eat too much...

2012-12-12 15:44:23

The sweet taste of sugar may provide some comfort for babies during immunizations, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. Researchers found babies did not cry for as long if they were given drops of sugar solution before injections. Between birth and 18 months, babies may have as many as 15 injections. It is not certain whether babies feel pain in the same way as older children and adults, or whether they are simply unable to express it. Recent evidence has proven they do feel pain...

Ability To Taste Linked To Better Respiratory Health
2012-10-09 11:05:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A person's ability to taste certain bitter flavors might just be directly related to their ability to fight off upper respiratory tract infections, especially chronic sinus infections, a new study led by the University of Pennsylvania finds. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, includes researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and...

The Magic Behind Food Pairings
2012-10-09 06:34:57

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As more and more people venture to new restaurants and try out new cuisines, their palates become more attune to various flavors. They will rave about green tea with dessert or red wine with steak, both perfect combinations. Even though there has been the knowledge that certain foods pair well together, culinary connoisseurs chalked it up to a feeling more than anything scientific. However, recent research shows that the way food...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.