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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Food Research: Could a drug engineered from bananas fight many deadly viruses? ♦ 'Everything in moderation' diet advice may lead to poor metabolic health

High-fat diet may cause changes in brain that lead to anxiety, depression A new study in mice reveals that increased body weight and high blood sugar as a result of consuming a high-fat diet may cause anxiety and depressive symptoms and measurable changes in the brain.
Could a drug engineered from bananas fight many deadly viruses? A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests. And the process used to create the virus-fighting form may help scientists develop even more drugs, by harnessing the 'sugar code' that our cells use to communicate. That code gets hijacked by viruses and other invaders.
Some commercial coffees contain high levels of mycotoxins An analysis of 100 coffees sold in Spain has confirmed the presence of mycotoxins -- toxic metabolites produced by fungi. In addition, five of the samples that were tested were found to contain ochratoxin A, the only legislated mycotoxin, in amounts that exceeded maximum permitted levels. While the authors point out that these results are not alarming, they do recommend assessing the risk that exposure to mycotoxins from coffee poses to the general public.
'Everything in moderation' diet advice may lead to poor metabolic health in US adults Diet diversity, as defined by less similarity among the foods people eat, may be linked to lower diet quality and worse metabolic health, according to researchers.

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