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  • Researchers develop method to produce sweeter, well-growing tomatoes

    06/07/2016 11:47:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    6-7-2016 | Provided by: Tohoku University Japan
    The researchers think it is likely that most flowering plants, or angiosperms, contain similar sucrose-susceptible genes, making their “sweetening technology” widely applicable. Credit: Cienpies Design ================================================================================================= Previous research has shown that the sugar sucrose plays a role in controlling key fruit genes involved in sugar metabolism. Efforts to control these genes succeeded in increasing the sugar content in fruit but also resulted in stunted growth. Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan used a bioinformatics search tool to find nucleotide sequences in the tomato genome similar to a known tobacco gene sequence that can be repressed by sucrose. When a special...
  • Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

    07/20/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ferris Jabr
    Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent’s finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood. Sometimes, however, the moment of original sweetness is preserved. A YouTube video from February 2011 begins with baby Olivia staring at the camera, her face fixed in rapture and a trickle of vanilla ice cream on her cheek. When her brother Daniel brings the ice cream cone near her once more, she flaps her arms and arches her whole body to...
  • Global Sugar Intake Behind The Rise In Type 2 Diabetes

    03/07/2013 2:18:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    redOrbit ^ | February 28, 2013 | Lawrence LeBlond
    More than 350 million people worldwide are believed to have diabetes, and for years health experts have debated on what the exact driver of the illness has been. While sugar intake has been viewed as a culprit in many eyes, scientists have long refuted that conjecture and attributed the global health crisis to too much overall food intake and obesity. But a new finding by three California universities – Stanford, UC-Berkeley and UCSF – suggests through compelling evidence that Type 2 diabetes is being largely driven by the rising consumption of sugary foods and drinks. This evidence comes in the...
  • Sugar Is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point

    03/21/2009 3:32:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 118 replies · 4,366+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2009 | KIM SEVERSON
    Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient. From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called “The Natural,” to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar. ConAgra uses only sugar or honey in its new Healthy Choice All Natural frozen entrees. Kraft Foods recently removed the corn sweetener from its salad dressings, and is working on its Lunchables line of portable...
  • Sarah Palinitis -- Explained

    09/25/2008 3:56:18 PM PDT · by misharu · 28 replies · 641+ views
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    Here's a thread for all those Sarah Palin lovers out there in America. I have been reading post after post after post of people who love her, want to be her, carry her child (this from some men!), so I decided to start this thread so everyone can voice their respect for the Governor of Alaska.
  • For an All-Organic Formula, Baby, That’s Sweet

    05/18/2008 9:13:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 163+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 19, 2008 | JULIA MOSKIN
    Amy Chase started feeding Similac Organic infant formula to her second son, Amos, as soon as he was born in November 2006. “When I saw the organic at Publix, I bought it, no questions asked,” said Ms. Chase, a self-described “yoga mom” in Atlanta. Like Ms. Chase, many American parents have rushed to embrace Similac Organic formula, even though it sells for as much as 30 percent more than regular Similac. In 2007, its first full year on sale, it captured 36 percent of the organic formula market, with sales of more than $10 million, according to Kalorama Information, a...
  • Why cats prefer meats to sweets

    07/25/2005 11:22:58 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 46 replies · 1,241+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/25/05 | Gaia Vince
    As cat owners know, their feline friend would much rather chase and eat a live mouse than snack on the chocolate equivalent, and now researchers have discovered the reason – cats are simply unable to taste sweet things. An examination of feline genetics has shown a significant defect in one of the genes that codes for part of the sweet taste receptor. This “huge deletion” of 247 base pairs in the gene that codes for the T1R2 protein – one of two proteins that make up the sweet taste receptor in mammals – has left cats unable to detect sweet-tasting...