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October 17, 2014

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8:55 PM | Reasons to keep tweets to 140 characters
Reasons to keep tweets to 140 characters! RT @Science_Factoid “Research has found that your brain can’t handle more than 150 friends.”Filed under: Uncategorized
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8:55 PM | Reasons to keep tweets to 140 characters
Reasons to keep tweets to 140 characters! RT @Science_Factoid “Research has found that your brain can’t handle more than 150 friends.”Filed under: Uncategorized
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7:22 AM | Review Articles Emphasize Nutrition for Health over Deficiency Prevention
Two new reviews were published this week. Barnes and colleagues review nutrients with a role in maintaining cognitive function. Whitehead and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of randomized,  placebo-controlled studies (RCTs) using ≥ 3 g oat beta glucan daily. Both reviews focus on nutrient intakes required to optimize health. 
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5:00 AM | Congressional Staffers Educated on the History and Impact of DSHEA
The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry, provided background of the regulatory environment prior to the passage of the law, the issues that led to its introduction and passage, and the law’s impact today.

October 16, 2014

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8:30 PM | RT @DrDylanMacKay “”..genetic polymorp
RT @DrDylanMacKay “”..genetic polymorphisms that are at epidemic levels ” -@DrCutler, naturopath. Sad, but I can’t stop laughing at this…Filed under: Uncategorized
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8:30 PM | RT @DrDylanMacKay “”..genetic polymorp
RT @DrDylanMacKay “”..genetic polymorphisms that are at epidemic levels ” -@DrCutler, naturopath. Sad, but I can’t stop laughing at this…Filed under: Uncategorized
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7:41 AM | EFSA Approves Health Claim for DHA and Normal Brain Development
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and contribution to normal brain development. The Panel noted the well-established role of DHA in normal brain function across all ages, including brain development in infants and children. Based on the scientific evidence, the Panel approved the following statement:
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5:00 AM | Mediterranean Diet, Olive Oil & Nuts May Help Reverse Metabolic Syndrome
Mediterranean diets did not appear to have an effect on the number of new cases of metabolic syndrome.
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5:00 AM | Eating Breakfast May Increase Brain Chemical Involved in Regulating Food Intake & Cravings
Breakfast-skippers have lower dopamine levels, which can lead to overeating and eventual weight gain.

October 15, 2014

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11:36 AM | Iodine Deficiency: 90 Years of Progress, But Much To Be Done
Iodine deficiency is one of the top three micronutrient deficiencies that are targeted by the World Health Organization. Shocking statistics estimate that 18 million infants are mentally impaired each year due to frank iodine deficiency. Another report shows that iodine deficiency is relatively common even in well-nourished populations. Why aren't we doing more to solve this problem?
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5:00 AM | Ingredion to Acquire Penford Corporation for $340 Million
Deal will expand company’s specialty ingredient portfolio.
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5:00 AM | UNPA To Honor Sen. Orrin Hatch at Salt Lake City Luncheon Oct. 23
Tribute to DSHEA champion is part of 20th anniversary celebration of the landmark legislation.

October 14, 2014

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4:10 PM | Pregnancy and Vitamin D for Healthy Babies
Humans can synthesize vitamin D when skin is exposed to strong sunlight. Obviously, babies are dependent upon their mother for vitamin D until birth (in utero). Even after birth, depending upon seasonal temperatures, a baby may be bundled in wraps and kept inside. Thus, the vitamin D status of an infant is totally dependent upon his/her mother. Zhang and colleagues examined the nutritional requirements for vitamin D in 30 women during pregnancy. 

October 13, 2014

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9:07 PM | What does the recent Ebola situation have in common with the global malnutrition crisis?
It seems like the only health-related news these days deals with the recent cases of Ebola that have appeared in Texas. In many ways, the Ebola situation in Africa draws parallels to the malnutrition crisis observed in developing nations, where millions are affected by deficiencies of essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and iodine. But if we in the Western world are hardly impacted to the same degree by either Ebola or malnutrition, why should we feel compelled to help?
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5:00 AM | Unapproved Synthetic Stimulant Found in Multiple Dietary Supplements
DMBA chemical structure similar to other banned stimulants DMAA and Ephedrine.
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5:00 AM | Industry Coalition: Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Cure, Prevent Ebola
No scientific data supports the use of dietary supplements to prevent or treat Ebola.
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5:00 AM | Demand for Natural Sweeteners on the Rise
Canadean report predicts consumer demand for non-caloric sweeteners to grow 5% a year until 2017.
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5:00 AM | Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Stroke Risk in Half for Women
Women who had a healthier diet were 13% less likely to have a cerebral infarction than those whose diet was not as healthy.
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5:00 AM | Study Shows Consumers Want More Omega-3
Research highlights changing attitudes about fats and oils.
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5:00 AM | Sales Growth for CPG Companies Coming from Lower-Calorie Foods
Major food and beverage companies answering demand for lower calorie products.
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5:00 AM | Half of U.S. Consumers Consider Animal Protein the Best Source of Protein
Beef and chicken, followed by fish, top the list of animal proteins considered the best, according to an NPD Group report.

October 11, 2014

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5:09 PM | Chemicals and Food: A Little Perspective
What do formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and acetaldehyde have in common? They are all chemicals that we perceive as dangerous and known carcinogens or mutagens. They are also all likely to be found in your Thanksgiving dinner. No – they are not additives, preservatives, or contaminants – rather compounds found naturally in food. It is not uncommon to hear an argument that “artificial” chemicals added to food are dangerous. However, natural vs unnatural is not a good […]

October 10, 2014

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12:37 PM | EFSA Finds no Safety Concerns with Algal EPA and/or DHA and Increases Upper Intake Level
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that supplemental DHA and EPA from algal oil sources (Schizochytrium species) can be safely increased from 3 grams daily to 5 grams daily as there is no safety concerns for adults.

October 08, 2014

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2:53 PM | Another Study Reports Inadequate Vitamin E Intake
Zhao and colleagues assessed dietary adequacy and plasma vitamin E (α-tocopherol and ϒ-tocopherol) concentrations in the plasma of Irish adults. Food sources were not sufficient. Two-thirds of women were not consuming recommended amounts of vitamin E. Supplementation was important, contributing 29% of their vitamin E. People who didn’t supplement with vitamin E had much lower plasma α-tocopherol concentrations. 

October 07, 2014

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10:17 AM | Processed Food: Can’t We Just Say What We Mean?
It is a slow day today for nutrition science, but it seems that there is an article in the mass media every day about processed foods and how they can and should be avoided. These articles can be a little confusing to me as a nutrition scientist. The confusion stems from the use of the word “processed”. Isn't there a better way to say what we mean?

October 06, 2014

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4:53 PM | Kies mij! Een grappig volkorenbroodje als zetje naar de gezonde keuze
Volkorenbrood is gezond! Dat weten de meeste ouders en kinderen wel. Toch blijft wit  brood aantrekkelijk. Met name kinderen houden niet altijd van de grovere structuur, de smaak en eventuele zaadjes van volkorenbrood. Kinderen motiveren door ze te vertellen dat volkorenbrood goed voor ze is, is een riskante strategie. Recent onderzoek onder kleuters laat zien dat voedsel als gezond aanprijzen een averechts effect kan hebben. Als je maar vaak genoeg zegt ‘dit is […]
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3:29 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Lifelong Mission
What does $2.5 million dollars get a scientist in 2014? The answer is a 10 year, double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT) to determine whether prenatal supplementation with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) benefits children’s intelligence and school readiness. This is important research. Higher levels of DHA in the blood of children have been correlated with better sleep and improved reading and behavior in healthy but […]
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10:47 AM | A Rye Old Saint or the Devil You Know
Without any doubt corn, has to be the most important crop of all. But what is it? Well, to an American, corn is maize, to an Englishman it would be wheat, and for a Scot it could be either barley or oats. To put it simply corn is the word used in the English language […]
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5:00 AM | CRN Urges Court to Require FTC to Use Flexible Standard for Advertising Review
Brief addresses a motion related to Bayer Healthcare’s advertising claims for a probiotic supplement.
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5:00 AM | Dairy Drives Global Health Innovation
From probiotics in Asia to ‘naturally healthy’ in the West, dairy will benefit from a wholesome image.
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