New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health.
For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.
In a study, when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar to symptoms of leaky gut and colitis than mice that were not placed on a broccoli-supplemented diet, according to Gary Perdew, the John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, Penn State. He added that other vegetables, like brussels sprouts and cauliflower, may also have similar gut health properties.
There are a lot of reasons we want to explore helping with gastrointestinal health and one reason is if you have problems, like a leaky gut, and start to suffer inflammation, that may then lead to other conditions, like arthritis and heart disease, said Perdew. Keeping your gut healthy and making sure you have good barrier functions so youre not getting this leaky effect would be really big.
Good intestinal barrier function means that the gastrointestinal tract is helping protect the intestines from toxins and harmful microorganisms, while allowing nutrients to pass into the system, he said.
According to Perdew, the key to the process may be a receptor in the gut called aryl hydrocarbon receptor, or AHR. The receptor helps the body regulate its reaction to certain environmental contaminants, as well as triggers other responses to toxin exposure.
The researchers suggest that cruciferous vegetables — such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage — contain an organic chemical compound called indole glucosinolates, which breaks down into other compounds, including indolocarbazole-ICZ-in the stomach.
When ICZ binds to and activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in the intestinal lining, it aids in maintaining a healthy balance in the gut flora and immune surveillance, and enhances host barrier function, according to the researchers. This may help prevent diseases, such as various cancers and Crohns Disease, caused by inflammation in the lining of the gut.
Consumers are confused about what foods are good for digestive health, a new survey by consultancy New Nutrition Business reveals. The number of people who believe bread, meat and milk are good for digestion is almost equal to the number of people who believe they are bad.
Is that meat still good? Are you sure? McMaster researchers have developed a test to bring certainty to the delicate but critical question of whether meat and other foods are safe to eat or need to be thrown out.
Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Nestle India inaugurated in October the first Nestle Food Safety Institute (NFSI) in India in Manesar. NFSI will work closely with the Nestle R&D Centre India and Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The institute is aimed at building and sharing knowledge through collaborative partnerships for strengthening the food safety environment in India.
NFSI India will conduct training programmes on Food Safety Management Systems, Testing Methods, and Regulatory Standards. We hope this institute will help meet Indias growing demand for safe and healthy food., said Pawan Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
He added that Indian is still at nascent age as far food safety and security is concerned and that the biggest challenge is to create a demand for safe and hygienic food through awareness so that private organizations start delivering on the safety standards.
Talking about the role of private organizatios in food safety and security, he said, When it comes to food safety and hygiene, business motives must be kept aside. Nestle India officials also stressed the same point saying that the institute is not a part of the Nestle India commercial unit but a local interface of Nestle R&D Centre India.
The food safety environment in India is changing dynamically and so are the consumers. There is an increasing consciousness among them on the quality of food consumed, said Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India.
He added that food has a significant influence on our health and there should be collaborative efforts between regulatory bodies and industry for catering to the health and safety of consumers.
The NFSI India laboratory is equipped with high-end analytical technology and is an integral part of the global network of food safety experts at Nestle.
Nestle Research and Development Centre India was founded in the year 2012 and is a part of Nestles global R&D network.
The Times of India http://tinyurl.com/y7borbhe
The joint venture will bring together Optimals PAT knowledge management platform, synTQ, and ABCS range of analytical instruments and sensors. As a result, customers interested in implementing PAT will benefit from a complete package that includes the companies advanced software and hardware solutions for real-time, quality-centric process control.
People who consume an egg a day could significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with eating no eggs, suggests a study carried out in China.
Sipping wine is good for your colon and heart, possibly because of the beverages abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols. Now researchers report in ACS that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health.
This years Food ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients, Europes leading trade show for food and beverage ingredients, will reflect the green consumer trend even stronger than before. As more and more companies focus on natural ingredients and organic provenance, exhibition organizer Informa Markets has more than doubled the size of the events Organic Pavilion. In addition, the natural ingredients zone has grown by more than 50 percent. Fi Europe & Ni 2019 will take place from 3 to 5 December in Paris.
Beer and sandwiches have gone together ever since Harold Wilson invited trade union leaders for talks at No 10. Now brewers have gone one better and created a beer made from leftover sandwich bread.