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How the Lowly Mushroom is Becoming a Nutritional Star

Posted by Shira Rossiter

26-Apr-2018 11:05:00

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Robert Beelman, Professor of Food Science at Pennsylvania State University.


Mushrooms are often considered only for their culinary use because they are packed with flavor-enhancers and have gourmet appeal. That is probably why they are the second most popular pizza topping, next to pepperoni.

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Topics: cancer, antioxidants, nutrition, flavour, protein, healthy eating, gluten free, cholesterol, superfoods, nutrients, fibre, agriculture, immune system, amino acids, selenium, vitamins and minerals, food research, Asia, dieting, health, cognitive function, genetics

Gluten-Free Diets. Are They a Fad?

Posted by Chris Cattini

02-Nov-2015 09:00:00

Gluten-free diets have long been recommended for those with coeliac disease, but why are so many other people avoiding gluten? Is it an affectation adopted by the middle class worried well consumer, or is there a scientific basis to gluten avoidance, even for people who are not suffering from coeliac disease?

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Topics: allergies and allergens, coeliac, gluten free, intolerances, grains, nutrients, wheat, immune system, retail and marketing, carbohydrates

Pet Treats

Posted by Chris Cattini

01-Apr-2015 10:36:00

Owners have always given their pets treats. Traditionally, these were human foods – scraps dropped onto the floor at mealtimes, bones buried in gardens and strings of sausages stolen from butchers’ shops, at least in cartoons. I once saw a border collie wolf down an entire kilogram of Cheddar cheese that had been thrown out of a window during a drunken party – perhaps that was more gastrointestinal breeze block than treat, though -- I don’t know what happened to the dog afterwards.

Dog biscuits in various shapes and colours have been around for a long time, as have specially formulated chocolate drops that don’t contain theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs. But in recent times, commercial treats for cats and dogs have become increasingly popular.

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Topics: allergies and allergens, gluten free, pet food, diabetes, obesity, retail and marketing, vitamins and minerals, consumer behaviour

Hot Food Topics: The New Year Round-Up

Posted by Jenny Arthur

19-Feb-2014 08:00:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

Diets, sugar, fats, smart swaps, portion size, what your friends are eating, insects, Body Mass Index, flexatarianism, low fat food smells, omega 3, children's diets, polyphenols… You name it, it’s been in the headlines in January. (If you want to know more about these areas, take a look at my Twitter page JennyANutrition).

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Topics: nutrition, protein, healthy eating, gluten free, grains, sugar and substitutes

Italian Health Concerns

Posted by Dave Howard

15-Mar-2013 09:35:00

Obesity and related syndromes

Italian culture places high value on food; Italy is renowned for its cuisine, and meals are important and lengthy events for many Italian families.

Additionally, in their article published in the journal Tumori, Pala et al highlight that the Italian diet typically consists of a high proportion of fatty foods – butter, cheese, cakes, meat, etc. As a result, a problem in the Italian community is the presence of overweight and obese individuals.

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Topics: allergies and allergens, coeliac, gluten free, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular health, fatty acids

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