Science is producing amusing results week by week investigating subjects and topics that may change the way our children will live their life a few decades from now on.
Here are this week's topics:
Late night snacker? Make it cottage cheese
Researchers found that consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before bed appears to have a positive effect on muscle quality, metabolism and overall health. And for those who have sworn off eating at night, there is no gain in body fat.
Source: Florida State University
Fruit fly study challenges theories on evolution and high-carb diets
Fruit fly research challenges neutral theory of molecular evolution and suggests one day we may be prescribed diets according to our genes.
Source: University of New South Wales
Cephalopods could become an important food source in the global community
With a growing world population and climate challenges that are causing agricultural areas to shrink, many are wondering where sustainable food will come from in the future. A professor of gastrophysics and a chef offer a suggestion in a new research article: The cephalopod population (including squid, octopus and cuttlefish) in the oceans is growing and growing -- let's get better at cooking them so that many more people will want to eat them!
Source: Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen
Obese mice lose a third of their fat using a natural protein
To the great surprise of cancer researchers, a protein they investigated for its possible role in cancer turned out to be a powerful regulator of metabolism.
Source: Georgetown University Medical Center
Vitamin D levels in the blood linked to cardiorespiratory fitness
New research finds that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with better exercise capacity.
Source: European Society of Cardiology
To ward off fatty liver, breast is best for mom
Researchers have discovered that mothers who breastfed a child or children for six months or more are at lower risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) years later during mid-life. With no other current prevention options aside from a healthy lifestyle, they say the finding may represent an early modifiable risk factor for a serious and chronic disease.
Source: University of California - San Diego
Inflammation can lead to circadian sleep disorders
Inflammation, which is the root cause of autoimmune disorders including arthritis, type 1 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease, has unexpected effects on body clock function and can lead to sleep and shiftwork-type disorders, a new study in mice found.
Source: Northwestern University
Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack, study suggests
Men who eat plenty of fermented dairy products have a smaller risk of incident coronary heart disease than men who eat less of these products, according to a new study from Finland. A very high consumption of non-fermented dairy products, on the other hand, was associated with an increased risk of incident coronary heart disease.
Source: University of Eastern Finland
Zebrafish larvae help in search for appetite suppressants
Researchers have developed a new strategy in the search for psychoactive drugs. By analyzing the behavior of larval zebrafish, they can filter out substances with unwanted side effects right from the start. This method has resulted in the discovery of a number of new appetite modulators.
Source: University of Zurich
Can chocolate, tea, coffee and zinc help make you more healthy?
Ageing and a low life expectancy are caused, at least partly, by oxidative stress. Scientists have discovered that zinc can activate an organic molecule, helping to protect against oxidative stress.
Source: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check
A predominantly plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check, not least because of its potential impact on mood, suggests a systematic review of the available evidence.
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