New quick, portable test for iron, Vitamin A deficiency could help save lives around the world

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers and nutritionists have created a swift solution for a challenging global health problem: a low-cost, rapid test to detect iron and vitamin A deficiencies at the point of care. “Vitamin A and iron deficiency affect more than one-third of the world’s population. Problems resulting from these deficiencies – such […]

Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop

ITHACA, N.Y. – New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to improving the nutritional profile of this staple crop. Cornell University scientists and colleagues from other institutions combined different types of genetic association analyses to identify 14 genes across the genome that were involved […]

Caffeine tempers taste, triggering temptation for sweets

ITHACA, N.Y. – Caffeine, the widely consumed stimulant and igniter of sluggish mornings, has been found to temper taste buds temporarily, making food and drink seem less sweet, according to new Cornell University research. Caffeine is a powerful antagonist of adenosine receptors, which promote relaxation and sleepiness. Suppressing the receptors awakens people but decreases their […]

New food policies could take the bite out of India’s malnutrition

ITHACA, N.Y. – India has spent the last 50 years combating hunger by boosting its production of staple crops like wheat, rice and maize. The strategy has worked – up to a point. Now India struggles with chronic malnutrition and child stunting, even though it produces enough calories to keep hunger at bay. But new […]

Innovations in food distribution key to cure malnutrition

Malnutrition’s triple burden of undernourishment, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, and over nutrition impacts millions of people around the world. Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that changes in the availability, variety and composition of foods in developing countries is a […]

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

ITHACA, N.Y. – A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that began around 10,000 years ago, European populations were hunter-gatherers that ate animal-based diets […]

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Kale ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […]

Dietary compound linked to heart disease may be influenced by gut microbiome

In the last five years, some scientists have cautioned against eating eggs and meat because these foods generate a common dietary compound, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that research has suggested plays a role in heart disease. A Cornell study recently published online in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports new results that raise questions […]

Junk-food junkies go healthy when rewarded

ITHACA, N.Y. – Healthy eating habits are more important than ever, with advocates calling for fast-food restaurants, schools and food providers to promote the sale of salads and vegetables as alternatives to burgers and fries. According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing such healthy food choices is not calorie counts […]

Soda tax fight bubbling in Philadelphia

Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging and co-author of the recent study “Americans’ opinions about policies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” says the beverage industry will fight Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax by funding front groups to make it appear like there is a grassroots uprising. […]