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All-natural blue pigment found in red cabbage could replace artificial food dye
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All-natural blue pigment found in red cabbage could replace artificial food dye

Blue might be the world’s most popular color, but it is so rarely found in nature that scientists have resorted to artificial dyes and chemicals to create all of our favorite blue products — including sweets, drinks, drug tablets, cosmetics, and clothing. These synthetic dyes, which are typically made from petrochemicals, are still causing concerns about their environmental impact and safety as food additives, with researchers struggling to find an all-natural alternative. Now, the long search might actually be over, as pamela denish, a graduate student in UC Davis’ innovation institute for food and health, and her colleagues have discovered a blue pigment in red cabbage, similar to the artificial food coloring brilliant blue FCF or E133. Keep reading at Design Boom.
10 common food myths about everyday diets and nutrition
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10 common food myths about everyday diets and nutrition

There's no shortage out there of information to answer any diet- or nutrition-related queries we may have. In fact, there are countless different sources telling us what we should, and should not, be eating. The issue is some of the material we come across via social media, or family and friends, is not always accurate. Worse, some of these ideas become beliefs that perpetuate false notions related to diet, nutrition and weight loss. Here are some common nutrition myths we should put to rest, once and for all. Eggs increase cholesterol Possibly the most common question that is asked in relation to nutrition is about egg consumption, and whether eggs increase blood cholesterol levels. More at Good Food.
Parkinson’s disease could be treated with natural food ingredients – study
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Parkinson’s disease could be treated with natural food ingredients – study

Researchers have found that sesaminol, "purified from industrial sesame seed by-product," can be used to prevent the onset of Parkinson's disease, Osaka City University (OCU) announced late last month. The Japan-based research group said that while there is no cure-all for Parkinson's, the preventative treatment could be used to prevent neuronal damage that would decrease the production of dopamine. In vitro studies have already shown that sesaminol has a number of beneficial factors when it comes to handling oxidative stress, and in vivo experiments have shown that a steady portion of the sesame by-product in a person's diet increase the production of dopamine and motor function capabilities, according to the university. “Currently there is no preventive medicine for Parkinson's ...
Natural Food Ingredient May Treat Parkinson’s Disease
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Natural Food Ingredient May Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Sesaminol - a chemical abundantly found in empty and waste-thrown shells of sesame, reveals protective effects against Parkinson's disease, as per a study at Osaka City University. Sesame seed oil (known for its nutty aroma and high burn-point) is made by extracting the fatty oils from sesame seeds with the empty shells thrown out as waste. The findings fit the age old saying - "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects movement due to loss of nerve cells - neurons that produce a chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) in the brain called dopamine (black substance). It is mostly caused due to oxidative stress i.e., neurons in the brain come under extreme pressure from an imbalance between antioxidants ...
Is orange juice REALLY as bad for you as Diet Coke?
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Is orange juice REALLY as bad for you as Diet Coke?

You’ve probably seen the sensational media headlines in the last few days telling you to ditch the humble OJ and opt for a Diet Coke instead - and if you’re confused by it, I don’t blame you. So, I thought I’d throw in my own two cents to try and help you make sense of the whole conundrum. The cause of this ruckus is the impending changes to the algorithm the government’s Health Star rating system is based on. The changes will see 100 per cent fruit juice dethroned from its five star status to just three and a half stars, or less. To give you some context, that’s the same score given to Diet Coke. Keep reading at Body and Soul.
Plant-based diets critical to wildlife preservation: report
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Plant-based diets critical to wildlife preservation: report

The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report. Agriculture is the main threat to 86 per cent of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction, the report by the Chatham House think tank said. Without change, the loss of biodiversity will continue to accelerate and threaten the world’s ability to sustain humanity, it said. The root cause is a vicious circle of cheap food, the report said, where low costs drive bigger demand for food and more waste, with more competition then driving costs even lower through more clearing of natural land and use of polluting fertilizers and pesticides. The report, supported by the UN Environment Programme ...
This Natural Food Coloring Packs a Seriously Vibrant Punch
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This Natural Food Coloring Packs a Seriously Vibrant Punch

Here’s my thing about food coloring: I don’t use it when I’m trying to be subtle. I think the whole point of adding dye to a baked good or cooking project is to create something bright and a little wacky, like swirly icing or ombre layer cookies, in surprising and unexpected shades. Cake the color of regular cake is great on its own, so if you’re going to add pigment, you might as well go big. This mentality kept me from jumping on the natural food coloring bandwagon for years, despite a desire to leave the artificial stuff behind. With plant-based dye, it seemed impossible to achieve anything other than muted pink, swampy green, and almost-orange—hints at color, little whispers of color, but nothing like the wild, punchy hues I'd hoped for. Read more at Epicurious.
The ‘healthy’ foods you should avoid if you want to lose weight
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The ‘healthy’ foods you should avoid if you want to lose weight

We all know that in order to lose weight we generally need to eat a balanced diet coupled with exercise. But those diets can often include “healthy foods” such as smoothies and brown rice, which one expert has said you should never eat if you actually want to lose weight. Australian dietitian Susie Burrell said many people overindulge on foods that are branded healthy options which often have lower calorie counts and are low fat, The Sun reports. Writing on her blog she said often the actual nutritional profile of these foods, such as the amount of sugar per serving, can often mean we are consuming more than we should be. She warned there are five foods that you should steer clear of if you want to lose weight. Find out what they are at news.com.au.
Stick to the real thing: 10 natural foods to eat instead of margarine
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Stick to the real thing: 10 natural foods to eat instead of margarine

Many government health organizations have advocated the use of margarine in cooking as a way to avoid the purported negative effects of butter on one’s health. But as it turns out, the reverse is actually true: margarine may in fact, cause more harm to the body than the product it was meant to replace. What is margarine? Margarine’s origins can be traced back to France, where it was developed by the chemist Hippolyte Mege-Mouries in response to an order by Emperor Napoleon III which called for the development of a cheap butter alternative that could be used by French workers and his armies in the Franco-Prussian war. But far from being the vegetable-based concoction we now know, Mege-Mouries’ original margarine consisted of beef tallow churned with milk. Keep reading at Food New...
Diet resolutions: 6 things to know about eating less meat and more plant-based foods
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Diet resolutions: 6 things to know about eating less meat and more plant-based foods

Many people are making changes to their diets to eat healthier or in a more environmentally friendly manner. They might choose to eat less meat, less sugar or even adopt an entirely vegan diet. A growing number, however, are choosing a plant-based diet that focuses on foods that come from plants, but may still include animal products, such as meat or cheese. American biochemist Thomas Colin Campbell coined the term “plant-based” in the 1980s to better explain his research on diet and nutrition. The term surged in popularity in 2016 when Campbell’s book The China Study was reprinted and alternative meat products such as Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger were launched. Since then, plant-based foods have taken the world by storm. They are everywhere: fast-food chains, restaurant menus...