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Antibiotic Use Linked to Children’s Food Allergies

children eating foodA study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice reports that antibiotic use is linked to the development of food allergies in children. Compared to antibiotic non-users, children with a history of using at least one antibiotic had a significantly increased risk of food allergy, and faster development of these allergies. (Posted December 7, 2018) More information…

Whole Eggs Spur More Muscle Synthesis than Whites (Study)

Whole Egg vs egg whites for muscle strengthWhile the effect of the consumption of isolated protein sources dissolved in liquid beverages has been documented, the impact of consuming a food such as whole eggs on postprandial protein metabolism has rarely been studied. Recent research put this question squarely in the forefront. (Posted August 30, 2018) More information…

Plant-Based Protein Ingredients: The Path to Wider Popularity
Food proteins, soy, millAs consumers pay more attention to labels, one claim has gained momentum: protein. This article looks at the current popularity of protein-centric products. It then delves into emerging sources of proteins such as duckweed, yeast and Shiitake mushrooms. What it takes for new proteins to gain widespread popularity is discussed. (Posted on October 6, 2017) More information….

Insect-Protein Producer Wins IKEA’s Financial Support
IKEA Funds insect protein startupStart-up companies submitted more than 1,200 applications from 86 different countries, thereby jumping at the opportunity to become part of the first “IKEA Bootcamp” start-up accelerator. One of those company’s chosen was the new Israeli food-tech company, Flying SpArk, which focuses on all-natural protein extracted from the Mediterranean fruit fly. (Posted Sep. 17, 2017) More information…

Tick Bites & Red Meat Allergies
Lone star tick red meat allergies News BitesA potentially severe allergy to red meat linked to tick bites seems to be spreading to areas of the country. A Lone Star tick carrying the alpha-gal sugar (galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose) is associated with causing the allergy. However, researchers are beginning to think that other tick species also spread the allergen, even the deer tick that causes Lyme disease. (Posted Aug. 1, 2017) More information…

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Muscle Synthesis in Elderly

Elderly Bone Muscle lossA study from the University of Maastricht indicated that hydrolysed wheat protein is significantly more capable than whey protein when it comes to stimulating the muscle protein synthesis rates in the elderly. The randomized, double blind clinical trial in healthy elderly men, was published in the Journal of Nutrition, and conducted in partnership with the Tereos, a leading global producer of wheat proteins, as well as the Meripro Hydrolysed wheat protein used in the study. (From, Posted Aug. 26, 2016)  More information…

Why Do Male Consumers Avoid Vegetarian Options?

BBQ meat chopsA study “You are what you eat: Why do male consumers avoid vegetarian options?” by Paul Rozin, et al., published in the October 2012 issue of Journal of Consumer Research found that consumers are influenced by a strong association of meat with masculinity. In a summary posted by the University of Chicago Press Journal, it was noted that in Western cultures there was a strong connection between eating meat — especially muscle meat, like steak — and masculinity. Although the study was primarily in the US and Britain, the authors found that in 23 languages that use gendered pronouns, meat was almost always related to the male gender. The paper provided advice on how to market more vegetarian options to men.
(Posted Dec. 2015) For more information & links.

A Different Future for Insect Proteins

CricketFlourInterested in insects as a global source of protein? An article entitled “A Different Future for Insect Protein” by Claudia D. O’Donnell, published in the December 2014 print edition of Food Processing concludes “Bugs are generating fun discussion now, but feed, not food, appears to be the likely medium.” Before insects become a significant source of protein in consumer packaged foods in developed countries, issues from safety and quality control, and of course, consumer acceptance, must be overcome. – Food Processing, A Different Future for Insect Protein, posted online November 2014.


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