Tag: food

Food items in Dutch supermarkets found to contain microplastics

July 11, 2022

The final form taken by plastic waste, microplastics have been detected in most of the meat and milk products tested by researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) in the Netherlands. In addition to this is the alarming discovery of microplastic contamination in the blood of farm animals, suggesting the pervasive nature of these pollutants. […]

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Managing the “Three Highs” to keep your health in check

April 7, 2022

In conjunction with World Health Day recently, consultants at Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, touch on the issues surrounding the three highs – high cholesterol, high blood sugar level, and high blood pressure – which are risk factors for the main non-communicable diseases prevalent in Malaysia. According to the 2019 National […]

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Lack of sleep and food causes unhealthy fat accumulation in the belly

March 30, 2022

Insufficient sleep combined with increased calorie consumption – without increasing physical activity – leads to unhealthy fat accumulation: lack of sufficient sleep led to a 9% increase in total abdominal fat area and an 11% increase in abdominal visceral fat, according to investigators from the Mayo Clinic. [Visceral fat is deposited deep inside the abdomen […]

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Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

June 8, 2021

A common foodborne infection – caused by the Campylobacteria – may also be spread through sexual contact, said infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Katrin Kuhn, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Hudson College of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma (OU). Campylobacter infections usually occur when people eat poultry that […]

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Longing for social contact akin to hunger cravings, scientists find

November 25, 2020

A lonely person looking upon people having fun together activates the same brain region that lights up when someone who is hungry sees a picture of a plate of food, according to neuroscientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US. Their findings provide a clue as to how social stress or social isolation affects people’s […]

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Reduce allergy risk by introducing peanuts early in babies’ diets, panel says

January 6, 2017

Giving creamy peanut butter or pureed foods containing nut powder to infants between four to six months old will help lower the risk of life-threatening allergies, according to new US guidelines released by an expert panel. New guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – one of the 27 centers and […]

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Dirty secrets of the food processing industry

December 13, 2013

We have always processed our food; this is an activity that is uniquely human. We chop, soak, cook and ferment our food – as well as grind and dry – these are all types of processing. Traditional processing has two functions: to make food more digestible and to preserve it for use during times when […]

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Rising health concerns over China’s ‘instant chickens’

January 10, 2013

BEIJING – Sun Xin never cooks. Her heavy workload means she always eats out or orders takeout, and the 25-year-old IT engineer in Zhongguancun, Beijing, has been a loyal consumer of KFC products since her student days. Convenience and 24-hour opening are two of the reasons for her loyalty, but more important, she said she […]

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Tips for a healthy liver this holiday season

December 20, 2012

The holiday brings along a wave of festivities and long celebrations. It is that time of the year for numerous family gatherings, parties, long holidays and other events marked by drinking and eating of rich, festive food. While it is a season to celebrate in the company of family and friends, over-indulging can become a […]

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British study says fat in chocolate could be replaced with fruit juice

August 14, 2012

LONDON- A British study said on Monday that scientists have found a way to replace the fat content in chocolate with fruit juice while maintaining the “mouth-feel”. University of Warwick said in a statement that its chemists have taken out much of the cocoa butter and milk fats that go into chocolate bars, substituting them […]

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