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2010-08-25 18:54:49

Here's a scientific discovery fit to give Mr. Potato Head static cling and flyaway hair (if that vintage plastic toy had hair). Scientists today reported discovery of two simple, inexpensive ways of boosting the amounts of healthful antioxidant substances in potatoes. One involves giving spuds an electric shock. The other involves zapping them with ultrasound, high frequency sound waves.Those new insights into improving the nutritional content of one of the Western world's favorite side...

2010-08-24 07:55:00

Think swigging back a bottle of iced tea will provide the same health benefits as a cup of green tea?  Think again.  Researchers found that health-conscious consumers may not be getting what they pay for in many popular beverages. Scientists reported that bottled tea beverages that account for $1 billion in annual sales in the U.S., contain fewer polyphenols or healthy antioxidants than a single cup of home-brewed green or black tea.  Some bottled teas contain such small...

2010-08-04 10:39:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill featured a heart-healthy chocolate beverage prototype containing CoroWise(TM) plant sterols at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo in Chicago earlier this month. The prototype is a creamy, dark chocolate beverage in a four-ounce package that contains 0.4 grams of CoroWise(TM) plant sterols, a level that supports a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) approved heart-health claim*. Heart health is a key driver of many of...

2010-07-19 11:12:00

HAYWARD, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- (IFT BOOTH #5383) - CreAgri, Inc.® (www.creagri.com), a world leader in providing the highest quality polyphenol antioxidants from organic olives, announced today that a new hydroxytyrosol formulation was introduced along with the company's expanded, highly credentialed executive team at the Institute of Food Technologists' Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago, July 17-20, 2010. The new particulate-free formula,...

2010-07-01 13:47:57

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that the polyphenols in virgin olive oil modify the expression of atherosclerosis-related genes, leading to health benefits Everyone knows olive oil and a Mediterranean diet are associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, but a new research report published in the July 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) offers a surprising reason why: These foods change how genes associated with atherosclerosis function....

2010-06-11 01:07:39

New report in the FASEB Journal suggests that disrupting a particular cellular signaling pathway could stop or slow the initiation, promotion, and progression of prostate cancer In what could lead to a major advance in the treatment of prostate cancer, scientists now know exactly why polyphenols in red wine and green tea inhibit cancer growth. This new discovery, published online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), explains how antioxidants in red wine and green tea produce a...

2010-04-29 09:28:32

Pre-treatment with curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, makes ovarian cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Ovarian Research found that delivering the curcumin via very small (less than 100nm) nanoparticles enhanced the sensitizing effect. Subhash Chauhan, PhD, and Meena Jaggi, PhD, led a team of researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota, USA, who carried out the in vitro...

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2010-03-26 13:19:12

A new study from Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC) may give men a way to combat high cholesterol without drugs -- if they don't mind sprinkling some flaxseed into their daily diet. Suzanne Hendrich, an ISU professor in food science and human nutrition, led a study that examined the effects of flaxseed lignan in 90 people diagnosed with high cholesterol. The results showed that consuming at least 150 milligrams of flaxseed lignans per day (about three...

2010-02-17 09:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States for all adults, a new report released by the Nutrilite Health Institute, America's Phytonutrient Report: Heart Health by Color*, shows that Americans are falling short on heart-healthy phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are the natural plant-based compounds that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors and provide us with potential health benefits. Using NHANES...

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2010-01-05 11:45:00

Eating fruit, such as pomegranates, that contain anti-aromatase phytochemicals reduces the incidence of hormone-dependent breast cancer, according to results of a study published in the January issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Pomegranate is enriched in a series of compounds known as ellagitannins that, as shown in this study, appear to be responsible for the anti-proliferative effect of the pomegranate. "Phytochemicals suppress...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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