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2011-08-10 20:51:08

People lose the ability to detect the taste of iron in drinking water with advancing age, raising concern that older people may be at risk for an unhealthy over-exposure to iron, Virginia Tech engineers are reporting in results they term "unique." The study appears in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology on Aug. 10. Andrea Dietrich, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, and her colleagues, Susan Mirlohi, of Christiansburg,...

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2011-08-04 05:50:00

Researchers have discovered the genetic pathway that allows vampire bats to identify the "hot spots" in their prey that are most likely to contain ample amounts of blood, according to a new study published Wednesday. Biologists have long known that bats can detect blood vessels from up to 8 inches away, but it was unclear how they did it fast enough to strike and retreat without alerting their prey. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Instituto Venezolano de...

2011-08-03 12:18:39

Protein inside taste cells turn off bitter taste New findings may lend insight into why some people are especially sensitive to bitter tastes. Scientists from the Monell Center and Givaudan Flavors have identified a protein inside of taste cells that acts to shorten bitter taste signals. They further report that mice lacking the gene for this taste terminator protein are more sensitive to bitter taste and also find it more aversive, possibly because they experience the taste for a longer...

2011-07-28 17:41:14

Researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue which can identify different types of cava wines, thanks to a combination of sensor systems and advanced mathematical procedures. The device automatically produces classifications similar to those of a sommelier. Cava varies in type according to the amount of sugar added with the expedition liqueur after secondary fermentation (which produces carbonic gas). Therefore it is useful to know the exact amount of...

2011-06-13 09:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill today announced initial findings from its multi-year research program to understand how beverage ingredients interact to affect taste, sweetness and mouthfeel at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo. Preliminary results of research in lemon-lime beverages validate Cargill's new approach to reduced calorie beverage formulations by confirming that there is a connection between key mouthfeel sensations and consumers'...

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2011-06-11 08:55:00

According to a new study, drinking two sugary drinks a day can dull the taste buds and lead to cravings for high-calorie foods. The research suggests that within a month those who drink sugary beverages are left with a dulled sensitivity of sweet tastes.  This leads to an increased preference for high-calorie and sugar-laden foods, which creates a "vicious cycle" as consumers look for their next treat. Those who do not have a sweet tooth are particularly at risk of developing one...

2011-06-09 11:40:00

Especially for People with Smell and Taste Disorders ST. PAUL, Minn., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Neurology is out with barbecue recipes sure to spice up everyone's summer, but most importantly those with smell and taste disorders. The recipes are included in the Academy's book, Navigating Smell and Taste Disorders, which includes 36 recipes, along with personal stories, information on how the smell and taste system works, treatments and tips for food...

2011-06-06 00:01:28

Reduce sodium more than 50 percent while improving rich, complex, gourmet flavor. Ogden, UT (PRWEB) June 05, 2011 Each year, hundreds of the world's top chefs and sommeliers from throughout Europe gather in Brussels, Belgium to test the best that the food and beverage industry has to offer. Among these chefs are those recognized with top honors from Michelin, Gault Millau, and top culinary institutes throughout Europe. These experts come together to test these foods and beverages on...

2011-05-16 14:21:04

Researchers in Baltimore have identified new compounds whichrelax airway muscles and may provide relief from shortness of breath for patients with COPD and asthma. The bitter-tasting compounds are at least as, if not more, effective than currently available agents used to manage these diseases, and may present new options for treatment. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "We have identified compounds that are more potent than our previously...

2011-04-13 21:39:43

Researchers are reporting discovery of a scientific basis for extending the shelf life of beer so that it stays fresh and tastes good longer. For the first time, they identified the main substances that cause the bitter, harsh aftertaste of aged beer and suggest that preventing the formation of these substances could help extend its freshness. Their findings appear in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Thomas Hofmann and colleagues point out that beer can develop an unpleasant,...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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