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Want to eat fish that’s truly good for you? Here are some guidelines to reeling one in

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

Seafood is very healthy to eat – all things considered. Fish and shellfish are an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and they are low in saturated fat. But seafood’s claim to fame is its omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), all of which are beneficial to health. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly …

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Organic farming matters – just not in the way you might think

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Verena Seufert, University of British Columbia and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international …

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Health check: is it safe to microwave your food?

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Senaka Ranadheera, Victoria University; Duane Mellor, University of Canberra; Nenad Naumovski, University of Canberra, and Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney Today every kitchen would seem “under-equipped” without a microwave, with its efficient ability to cook, defrost and reheat a variety of different foods. The handy appliance uses microwave radiation to do so. This is a type of …

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Research brief: new study offers insights on occupational BPA exposure

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A CRIS Bits research brief on the article, “Urinary Bispenal A (BPA) Concentrations among Workers in Industries that Manufacture and Use BPA in the USA” published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Background For most people, exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) is relatively low, and primarily occurs from our diet (BPA is used in the packaging materials of some food and …

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No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Clive Phillips, The University of Queensland and Matti Wilks, The University of Queensland Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years. IVM was first investigated in the early years of this century and since then criticisms of …

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Update on date labels

In All, Food Products, General by Keri Szejda

Back in December, we reported on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s new voluntary guidelines for date labeling. The guidance was aimed at reducing consumer confusion and subsequent food waste. Specifically, the USDA suggested using the phrase, “Best if Used By,” because research showed that this more clearly communicates the real meaning of the date label – an indicator of quality, …

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How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest author Vincent Ho, Lecturer and clinical academic gastroenterologist, Western Sydney University We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role …