Monday, October 12, 2009

Scientific Research

  • A biotechnology tip: “The casualties in the war between the biotechnology industry and its opponents are farmers, food companies and consumers.” Thomas Hoban, Ph.D., professor of sociology and food science at North Carolina State University.
  • Encourage everyone around you, especially the overweight, to eat well. In America, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death, after smoking.
  • Why is there more than one artificial sweetener on labels? Combining sweeteners results in a synergistic effect that means less is necessary for the same sweetness intensity.
  • Don’t put your full trust in one study. Findings of many studies lead to recommendations. A preliminary study offers the first glimpse of what may become a health recommendation.
  • Understand research work. The gold standard of clinical trials is the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, in which the researchers and subjects don’t know who is receiving the tested ingredient or food.
  • How do cereals become fortified? Heat stable nutrients, such as vitamins A and E and some minerals are baked in; heat labile nutrients such as B-vitamins are added after heating.