Health, Living & Lifestyle

Preserving Food Texture from Production to Consumption

When describing food, customers have always used color, size, and taste as the central defining attributes. In conversation, a food item can be characterized as sweet, bitter, sour, spicy, firm, tender, or as colorful. One primary physical attribute almost always gets ignored, even though it is the best possible way to define how a food item feels in the mouth. That attribute is texture. Importance of Food Texture for The Consumer’s Experience Texture in food, much like texture in clothing, is determined by how an item feels on touch (this time in the mouth), hence variations like crunchy, squishy, rough, soft and [...]

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The Truth Behind the Ugly Produce Movement

In the US alone, about $218 billion is spent on food that never reaches consumers and is never eaten by anyone. The food waste crisis is severe, with about 30 – 40% of the food supply going to waste every year, according to the USDA. That translates to 63 million tons of food waste every year. This amount of waste has some dire impacts on climate, resource conservation, and also – food security. Food that would otherwise have been used to feed hungry families is sent off to landfills, where it breaks down to methane, contributing to climate change. Further, [...]

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Reusable and Sustainable Food Packaging to Reduce Waste

Islands of plastic are plaguing the ocean waters, leaving a considerable amount of sea life without a habitat or dead due to the corrosive chemicals. Landfills are pushed to their limits, which provides an unhealthy environment for those living around them. The leading cause of this widespread problem is the packaging used for essential food items that are not reusable and sustainable. Although many options have been explored, not much has been accomplished to curb this problem. The solution to this problem may be found in the development of innovative and convenient packaging that can be reused to stop the [...]

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Want to Burn Fat? Drinking Coffee Might Help!

People around the world have been looking for ways to burn fat, preferably quickly, for a very long time. It seems these days the need to lose weight is becoming even more critical than in the past. Obesity is an ever-increasing health problem in many countries, and diseases associated with overweight are becoming a significant problem across the globe. Hundreds of supposedly fat-burning products have been produced, most of them having little to no effect. However, new research shows that something we commonly consume could help us shed that excess fat: coffee! There’s More Than One Type of Fat. All of us [...]

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The International Coffee Price Crisis

A lot of people around the world with different cultures and traditions unify by one common thing, their love for coffee. Coffee is prevalent, especially amongst the working-class population that works long hours and needs caffeine to get through the day. Most of us probably perk up in the morning with a daily morning cup of coffee. However, this popular industry is facing an international crisis when it comes to coffee prices. What is the reason behind this issue, and what actions are being taken to solve the problem? The decrement of coffee bean prices in Brazil The Brazilian currency is decreasing [...]

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Should Alcohol Carry Cancer Warning Labels?

It’s not something that most people consider when thinking about the risks of consuming alcohol, but research has found a link between alcohol consumption and cancer. Even drinking small amounts of alcohol increases your risk of cancer.  That doesn’t mean that everyone who drinks alcohol will go on to develop cancer. But it does mean that people who drink alcohol are more likely to get cancer than people who don’t drink it.  The link between alcohol and cancer  A significant amount of research shows that drinking alcohol increases the risk of seven different types of cancer: breast cancer, liver cancer, bowel cancer, [...]

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How Turmeric Can Boost Your Health

In healthcare, big pharmaceutical companies take the lead in treating different types of diseases and may even help to prevent them. Some people consider it unsafe to use drugs as it because of the side-effects and dependency that may occur with constant use of it. Owing to these reasons, organic alternatives to treat diseases and prevent them from striking are starting to gain traction. Spices like turmeric have amazing health benefits, what are they? Let’s find out. Increases the antioxidant capacity of the body Oxidation causes several diseases that include heart-related problems and can protect you from infections and particular types of [...]

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