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Over the last 20 years, consumers have developed a lovehate relationship with fat. While fat is responsible for the textures and tastes of our favourite foods, such as ice cream, butter, and baked goods, its prevalence in today’s energy- dense diets has caused a drastic increase in obesity rates and cardiovascular disease observed worldwide1-3. Scientific evidence has shown that trans fats have particularly detrimental health effects, as they raise low density lipoprotein serum levels (i.e. bad cholesterol), and decrease high density lipoprotein serum levels (i.e. good cholesterol), which increases the risk of developing metabolic and cardiovascular diseases4-8.
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Sharing a passion for food science part of the LEAD 360
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CIFST’s LEAD 360 representative Milana Abramovich reports on the three-day program and reflects on how personal growth, networking and a passion for food science allowed her to discover her potential as a future leader of the global food industry.
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Wal-Mart Canada makes jump to being a real grocer
Global News
Amid an economy that's slowing down, sales at Wal-Mart Canada are picking up as more Canadians turn to the discount retailer for not just an array of general merchandise but now groceries, too. Experts say Wal-Mart has moved in the past couple of years to improve merchandising by sourcing better and fresher produce, including higher quality items like 100 per cent Canadian beef, artisanal bread and a greater selection of seasonal products.
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B.C. oyster recall issued by Canadian Food Inspection Agency
CBC News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall for oysters harvested in British Columbia due to a bacterium that causes gastrointestinal illness. Vibrio parahaemolyticus can cause symptoms that include diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and fever that can last up to a week. It's a naturally occurring bacteria that is more likely to be present with warmer water temperatures.
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An expanding volume of research suggests sound has a significant impact on taste
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The next time you eat out in a restaurant, consider the sounds around you. Is there music playing? Just the gentle hum of other people’s conversations? Maybe it’s relatively quiet. Whatever the acoustic atmosphere, it could be affecting how you experience the flavor of the food and drink you’re consuming, according to a growing body of research.
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261 per cent in 124G: New sweet potatoes answer to rampant vitamin A deficiency
Nutraingredients.com
South African researchers have created a new beta carotene-rich sweet potatoes that could offer a solution to rampant vitamin A deficiency. Of the 12 varieties tested for beta carotene content, taste and cultivation qualities, the Impilo and Purple Sunset varieties showed promise. The sweet potatoes already contains high levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, but these new varieties used genetic diversity screening and cross-breeding to up content.
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Death of dyes: Foods adopt new shades after purge of artificial colouring
CTV News
Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won't be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won't be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two fewer colours. Food makers are purging their products of artificial dyes as people increasingly eschew anything in their food they don't feel is natural. But replicating the vivid colours people expect with ingredients like beets and carrots isn't always easy.
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Coke to disclose details on its health research
CBC News
Coca-Cola says it will start publishing information about its health and nutrition efforts after it was criticized for funding a group that many felt touted the company's message.
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Healthy Fats make leaner kids, says study
Nutraingredients.com
Children who report eating more polyunsaturated fatty acids are leaner and have lower body fat percentages than those who consume higher amounts of saturated fats, say researchers. The study, reported in The Journal of Nutrition, analyzed data from a group of children aged between seven and 12 years old to examine how self-reported intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with measures of adiposity and lean mass in children.
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Extinction of pollinators could cause surge in malnutrition, disease
The Globe and Mail
If all the birds, bugs, bees and other creatures that pollinate our food crops were to disappear from the planet, humans could face a sharp increase in malnutrition, disease and death in many parts of the world, scientists estimate.
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Safeway recalls chicken wings sold in five provinces
CTV News
Safeway grocery stores in five Canadian provinces have recalled a number of cooked, store-packaged chicken wings over concerns that they may contain a toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria. The affected products were sold in Safeway locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The recalled wings include any sold up until and including Aug. 14, 2015.
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Metro sees profit rise 13 per cent in competitive grocery sector
CBC News
Metro says its profit rose 13.1 per cent in the third quarter to $163.5 million along with an improvement in sales per store. Earnings per share were 64 cents, up from 54 cents. Total revenue for quarter ended July was $3.84 billion, up 6.1 per cent from $3.62 billion in the same period the previous year.
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Spicy food may prolong your life, research suggests
Science Times
Spicy food, it seems, is helpful in prolonging lives, a Chinese study can reveal. However, the result of the study is not enough to merit a strong conclusion with regards to the benefits of this sizzling gastronome.
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Some of the saltiest kids' meals are found in Canada
CTV News
Canadian children are consuming worryingly high amounts of salt in the kids' meals at fast food chains, a new study finds. And yet, kids elsewhere in the world often take in much less salt eating the very same meal items. The salty meal survey was carried out by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) and was the first of its kind, looking at 163 popular kid's meal combinations from popular fast food chains around the world.
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Scientists decipher obesity gene, discovery may lead to treatment
Chronicle Herald
Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise. The work solves a big mystery: since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn’t know how, and could not tie it to appetite or other known factors.
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Selling carrots shouldn't be a beauty contest
Winnipeg Free Press
Misfits, ugly, naturally imperfect and inglorious. These are some of the labels getting attached to the "non-conformist" fruits and vegetables — misshapen, too short, too skinny — that are finally moving onto the shelves and into consumer grocery carts. Yet millions of tonnes of good, edible, nutritious food continue to get dumped in Canada, and in Manitoba, too. Canadian grocers are beginning to adopt the marketing of not-so-perfect produce, mimicking the efforts of European retailers who saw opportunity and a social dividend, of sorts, in selling the fruits and vegetables farmers otherwise turn into animal feed or till back into the soil.
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