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Preference For Salted Foods Imprinted In Early Childhood
2011-12-21 11:42:21

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, report that infants as young as 6-months of age who have been introduced to starchy table foods have a greater preference for salt than do infants not yet eating these foods. Table foods such as crackers, bread and cereals contain high levels of salt, Jenny Hope reports for The Mail Online. The exposed infants consumed 55 percent more salt during a preference test than did infants not yet introduced to starchy foods. By...

2011-12-21 11:38:25

Biologists have learned in recent years that wild chilies develop their trademark pungency, or heat, as a defense against a fungus that could destroy their seeds. But that doesn't explain why some chilies are hot and others are not. New research provides an answer: Hot chilies growing in dry areas need more water to produce as many seeds as non-pungent plants, but the Fusarium fungus is less of a threat in dryer environments so chilies in those areas are less likely to turn up the heat. In...

2011-12-13 22:28:07

New pentrometer provides accurate crispness data for apple breeding programs When it comes to apples, consumers like a crisp bite. Apple breeders know that crispness is one of the most important "sensory attributes" in apples. Because new apple varieties must be tested for these attribute before being introduced to consumers, breeders are constantly searching for methods to accurately measure traits like taste and crispness. Most breeders test the "old-fashioned" way–using panels of...

2011-12-07 14:27:11

Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli´s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution....

2011-12-02 12:50:48

There's an existential crisis that often happens at dinner tables across the country: why won't kids eat their vegetables? Research has found that one reason could be a sensitivity to bitterness, fairly common among children — about 70 percent have it. But a new study led by Jennifer Orlet Fisher, director of the Family Eating Laboratory at Temple's Center for Obesity Research and Education, has found that adding a small amount of dip to a serving of vegetables helped bitter...

2011-12-01 08:00:00

Diet gurus, cardiologists, health and longevity experts, and the American Heart Association recommend moderate wine consumption. It is often difficult to judge the size of a wine pour without the hassle of using a measuring cup. The moderation wine Glass discretely marks 4, 6 and 8 ounces with bubbles, which are integrated with the Mr Picky® logo. Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) December 01, 2011 Following the release of a popular suite of Mr Picky® Wine Tasting iPhone Apps two years ago,...

2011-11-23 12:00:53

According to new research, wine promoters may want to spend more money on brochures and flyers and less money on wine tastings as they market to novice wine drinkers. A recent study published in Cornell Hospitality Quarterly (a SAGE journal) finds that without teaching about the background and process of wine production, new wine drinkers can be more easily influenced by advertising to make their purchases than their experienced counterparts. Authors Kathryn A. LaTour, Michael S. LaTour,...

2011-10-28 14:00:00

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) announced the winners of its exclusive Expert Panel tastings held October 15th at PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta. Among the three varieties tested by the experts, Dulcinea Farmsâ PureHeart ® mini seedless watermelon came out on top. Among the three varieties of grape tomatoes tasted, Red Diamond Farmsâ (a division of Tomato Thyme Corporation) grape tomatoes were deemed the tastiest. Emeryville, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2011...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.