MSG and its importance to overall health

MSG gets a bad rap; it shouldn’t.   The important role of umami taste in oral and overall health There is a close relationship between an individual’s perception of umami taste and that individual’s physical condition. Our newly developed umami taste sensitivity test revealed the loss of only the umami taste sensation with preservation of…

Food Nutrition: The Phenol Explorer

Polyphenols are a class of micronutrients associated with beneficial health effects including positive changes to gut microbiome and “protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.” The Phenol Explorer is a web-searchable database that can be accessed to explore the polyphenol contents in foods. “Phenol-Explorer is the first comprehensive database on…

Weekly Grocery Adverts Offer Up Unhealthy Choices

In short, the foods in circulars are not that healthy. Even the ‘good’ news isn’t all that good, for example 20% of the vegetables are for potatoes, almost half of the grain are for sugar-added products and a quarter of the dairy are for milk based desserts.  The breakdown graph is here   OPEN ACCESS…

Cocoa Goodness

The Inca were onto a good thing. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research has a special issue dedicated to the health effects of cocoa. Confectionery chocolate gets bad press; this is mainly the fault of the high sugar and fat content in chocolate candy. In its more native form it seems to provide a number of…

Gochujang May Help Improve Blood Lipid Profiles

Gochujang / Kochujang  is a Korean condiment the main ingredients are chili peppers, sticky rice, fermented soy – a spicy “Korean ketchup”  that nicely blends the heat from peppers, sweetness of rice and umami from the fermented soy. The name is a disservice, Ketchup is high in sugar and salt, Gochujang isn’t. Delicious on it’s…

How Food Resets Your Circadian Clock

Recall the previous post on how disturbing circadian cycles results in disturbances to insulin response and promotes fat deposition. These findings indicate that because circadian clock is sensitive to nutrient pathways, eating resets your clock to what is normally its ‘active’ state. And that’s why you shouldn’t eat at night. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413113000077 O-GlcNAc Signaling Entrains the…

Popcorn is More Satisfying than Potato Chips

A study finds that snacking on popcorn provides greater satiety than potato chips. OPEN ACCESS Popcorn is more satiating than potato chips in normal-weight adults Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:71 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-71 Background Strategies that may increase compliance to reduced energy intakes are needed to reduce the health burden of obesity. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the effects of…