Nestlé is using DNA to create personalized diets in Japan

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The world’s largest food company is experimenting with people’s DNA to build and sell personalized nutrition plans that, it says, will extend lifespans and keep people healthy.

Nestlé is rolling out these new products in Japan first. Some 100,000 people are taking part in a company program there that gives consumers a kit to collect their DNA at home. The program also encourages them to use an app to post pictures of what they’re eating. Nestlé then recommends dietary changes and supplies specialized supplements that can be sprinkled on or mixed into a variety of food products, including teas, according to Bloomberg.

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It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future

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A science-fiction look at the next two decades of food developments, from robot farmers to 3D-printed meals to government monitoring of your daily calorie intake.

It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
 We live in a society in which we eat fruit grown using genetics. We drink synthetic wine, scramble eggs that do not come from chickens, grill meat that was not taken from animals, and roast fish that never saw the sea.

Was this what we had in mind when we started seeking transparency, traceability, and sustainability of our food system many years ago in the early aughts? About a decade ago, we lived through an agricultural bottleneck caused by warm temperatures that caused plagues and diseases, which severely compromised the food sources we were cultivating and consuming. By the end, three quarters of the world’s food was derived from just 12 plant and five animal species. We learned from this mistake and started to embrace true biodiversity, grew meat in labs, and put robotics into farms. But the technological advances that have made clean, sustainable food possible have also created some horrifying scenarios.

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Students and teachers push back on healthier school lunches

New government nutrition standards went into effect this year in a bid to combat childhood obesity.

School lunches for the first time this year are required to be healthier but they are getting some push back from students and teachers across the USA who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal.

 

 

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Doubt cast on advantages of organic produce and meat

Researchers say organic foods are no more nutritious and no less likely to be contaminated.

Are organic fruits and vegetables more nutritious than conventional fruits and vegetables?  Maybe — or maybe not.

Scientists at Stanford University have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods.

 

 

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B Focused – cutting-edge system of cognitive health supplements

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

B Focused, now launching throughout the U.S., is the most cutting-edge system of cognitive health supplements available. Its ground-breaking, patent-pending formulations were designed by a scientific team based on emerging nutrition delivery systems.

 

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Scientists grow super broccoli packed with a big nutritional punch

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Super broccoli

A new breed of the broccoli has been unveiled by British scientists that experts say packs a big nutritional punch . The new broccoli was specially grown to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin , a nutrientbelievedto help ward off heart disease . “Vegetables are a medicine cabinet already ,” said Richard Mithen , who led the team of scientists at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich , England , that developed the new broccoli . “When you eat this broccoli … you get a reduction in cholesterol in your blood stream ,” he said .

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Dieting forces brain to eat itself: study

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A cross-section of the human brain

A lack of nutrition when dieters are trying to lose weight forces their brain cells to eat themselves, making the feeling of hunger even stronger, scientists claim.  Brain cells begin to eat themselves like other parts of the body do as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation, a study found.

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Trying to shed those extra pounds? Eat the same food over and over again

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Eating the same food over and over again can make people uninterested in the meals that they start eating less.

Struggling to shed those extra pounds? Eat the same food every day, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Buffalo in the US found that eating the same food over and over again in successive meals can make people so uninterested in the meals that they start eating less.

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