Turning food waste into tires

March 9, 2017

“Tomorrow’s tires could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.”

Dr. D.

Here’s what you are eating wrong…

March 9, 2017

Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.  Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study suggests.  “Good” foods that were under-eaten include: nuts and seeds, seafood rich in omega-3 fats including salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and whole grains.  “Bad” foods or nutrients that were over-eaten include salt and salty foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna and hot dogs; red meat including steaks and hamburgers; and sugary drinks.”

Dr. D.

Eating 5 a day of fruits and vegetables?

March 2, 2017

It’s not enough….this study suggests even greater protective effects from eating 10 serving a day.  Compared to eating no fruits and vegetables here are the risk reductions…

Eating up to 800g fruit and vegetables a day, or 10 portions, was associated with:

  •     24 per cent reduced risk of heart disease
  •     33 per cent reduced risk of stroke
  •     28 per cent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  •     13 per cent reduced risk of total cancer
  •     31 per cent reduction in dying prematurely

Dr. D.

That’s a lot of lost food, globally

February 23, 2017

About 20% actually.  Researchers suggest that nearly 20% of the global food supply is lost to overeating and waste.  This can have a big impact of food security.

Dr. D.

All about sugars

February 19, 2017

A nice review (with a short video) about sugars in food (added and otherwise) from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)….

Dr. D.

Change is coming to those dates you see on food in the grocery stores

February 17, 2017

The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association announced this week new voluntary standards with specific meaning. We tend to assume that any date on a package is the expiration date and indicates that’s when the product should be tossed, when that isn’t really the case. Millions of Americans are tossing perfectly good food in the trash because they think it’s not safe to eat after the date on the package, Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council said about the new guidelines. This is a critical step toward clearing up the confusion and stopping all of that food, money, water and energy from going to waste.  Assuming that all manufacturers follow the guidelines, these are the only labels you’ll see on your food:

Use By: This is a safety designation, and means that you should consume the item before that date.

Best if Used By: This is a quality designation, and means that the item will be fresher and taste better before the date, but won’t harm you after that date.

Between retailers and our own refrigerators and pantries, experts estimate that we throw away about one-third of our food supply.”

Dr. D.

Chemistry at the movies

February 15, 2017

Not all food related but some is, in particular with reference to popcorn…..

Dr. D.