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Medicinal Food News

Does milk really do the body good?
While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff.

Probiotic helps treat diabetes in rats, could lead to human remedy
Science may be one step closer to treating diabetes with a human probiotic pill, according to new Cornell University research.

a compound found in green tea, killed oral cancer cells without harming normal cells,
A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists.

Gluten-Free Diet Is Treatment, Not Trend, for Those with Celiac Disease
One in approximately 133 people has celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disorder that causes the body to react negatively to the intake of gluten

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying.

Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage
New findings from research in the Seychelles provide further evidence that the benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset the risks associated with mercury exposure

Current nutrition labeling is hard to digest
Study compares four types of nutrition labels, the least effective being the one currently required in Canada and the US.

Small study shows beetroot juice improves exercise function of COPD patients
A Wake Forest University study to investigate the effects of acute beetroot juice ingestion on the exercise capacity of COPD patients shows some promise, but a larger clinical trial is needed to verify results.

Creating a genetic firewall for GMOs
Engineered bacteria kept in check with a designer diet.

Why Some GMO Foods Do not Have Genetically Modified DNA
Ross says processing often degrades an ingredient to the point of making its DNA – or anything else that is genetically modified, like proteins — undetectable.

Organic and conventional milk -- comparing apples to apples?
Consumers perceive that organic cow milk differs from conventionally produced milk and that these differences justify the premium price for organic milk. In a review published in the Journal of Dairy Science®, researchers in New Zealand found that the differences between organic and conventional milk are not so straightforward.

Researchers test theories of beet juice benefits
While beetroot juice rich in nitrates did not enhance muscle blood flow or vascular dilation during exercise, researchers found that it did

Gut microbes trigger autoimmune disease later in life in mice
Researchers have revealed that the colonization of the gut of young mice by certain types of bacteria can lead to immune responses later in life

In search of a personalised diet
Forget the latest weight-loss fad - science may already have worked out what diet is best for you.

Vitamin D protects against colorectal cancer by boosting the immune system
A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system’s vigilance against tumor cells.

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?
When you fry them, you wil probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical.

Potassium salts aid bone health and limit osteoporosis risk, new research finds
Latest research from the University of Surrey has found that the potassium salts plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important part in improving bone health.

Food education the law in Japan
Shoku-iku is taught in every Japanese public school, starting in kindergarten.

A University of Calgary study has found that a common ingredient in consumer products can cause hyperactivity in zebrafish
Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make household plastics and epoxy resins, is produced in large quantities around the world

May contain nuts. But how much is too much?
University of Manchester researchers have led a study to define allergen levels in food which can trigger allergic reactions which will help to make allergen warning labels more effective.

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study
Women with lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin most likely to deliver early, researchers found

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