IFT February 2013 Media Update

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Journal of Food Science (JFS) and Food Technology magazine, notices of upcoming meetings and webcasts, and other information from IFT. Copies of scientific papers are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.

February 13, 2013

To:        Reporters, Editors, Producers and Bloggers
From:    IFT Media Relations

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Journal of Food Science (JFS) and Food Technology magazine, notices of upcoming meetings and webcasts, and other information from IFT. Copies of scientific papers are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.  

IFT MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mindy Weinstein—Director of Media Relations, 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org
Stephanie Callahan—Media Relations Specialist, 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org

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TOPICS IN THIS UPDATE:
Food Technology Magazine: Food Policy Issues Divide Speakers at IFT’s 2012 Food Policy Impact Conference; 6 Ways to Eat Your Heart Out to Stay Healthy; The “Foodie” Movement Gains Momentum
Journal of Food Science: Researchers Determine Optimum Cooking Times for Shrimp and Salmon; New Study Finds Taste Preferences Impact Health
Video: Chocolate 101

CONSUMER NEWS

Video: Chocolate 101
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, IFT has a new video here that gives a brief look at where chocolate comes from, nutritional information, how it’s made, and the ingredients that make chocolate—whether light, dark or white—a memorable treat.

Researchers Determine Optimum Cooking Times for Shrimp and Salmon
Popular consumer cookbooks generally define the “doneness” of shrimp by the surface color change (from white to pink) and for salmon by the flakiness of the center. However, these indicators make the products appear to be done before fully cooked. Also, fish can easily be overcooked and dry. A study in the February 2013 issue of Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), determined the optimum cooking times needed to achieve microbial safety while also maintaining high quality in shrimp and salmon for a variety of common cooking methods.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here

6 Ways to Eat Your Heart Out to Stay Healthy
When it comes to heart healthy foods, more and more products that can positively affect blood pressure, cholesterol, or overall cardiovascular health are hitting grocery store shelves. In a recent issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Contributing Editor Linda Milo Ohr compiles a comprehensive list of whole foods as well as food ingredients in which recent research has uncovered cardiovascular benefits.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here

The “Foodie” Movement Gains Momentum
The line between specialty and mainstream foods continues to blur due to the escalating foodie movement. In the February issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan highlights the latest statistics on the foodie phenomenon in the United States. The following facts are from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NAFST), Package Facts and the 2012 Culinary Visions Panel Survey.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here

INDUSTRY NEWS

New Study Finds Taste Preferences Impact Health
Individuals who have a high preference for sweets and a high aversion to bitter flavors may be at an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed how two tasting profiles, sweet likers (SL) and supertasters (ST) interact and affect dietary intake and health, particularly metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here

Food Policy Issues Incite Strong Opinions at IFT Food Policy Impact Conference
This past December IFT hosted the second annual Food Policy Impact Conference in Washington D.C. where several hot topics in food policy were discussed by speakers and attendees. Food Safety Modernization Act delays, GMO labeling, and trade practices prompted frank dialogue by food professionals. To read a full recap of the event as well as view videos of presentations, please visit http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2013/february/features/food-policy-issues-incite-strong-opinions.aspx.

IFT NEWS

Key Sessions to Be Live-Streamed at IFT Wellness 13

February 27-28, 2013
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

If you can’t make it to Chicago for this two-day event, we’re now offering live-streaming for the following sessions:

  • IFT Wellness 13 Consumer panel session: IFT has partnered withHealthFocus International to commission original research, which will be unveiled at Wellness 13. This study explores American teens’ food choices, influencers, and how teens define health. 
  • Keynote Speaker—Michael W. Smith, M.D., Medical Director and Chief Medical Editor, WebMD: Dr. Smith will lead the opening session, Year in Health—What Mattered Most to Consumers. Since 2010, WebMD has published the Year in Health results, which focus on their top health stories, searches, questions, and trends. Dr. Smith will discuss the 2012 Year in Health data as it relates to food health and wellness.
  • General Session: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Professor, Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention, Tufts University will cover how organizations across the globe are addressing the issue of childhood obesity.

Click here for the event page.

Complimentary registration is available for credentialed members of the media.

Please contact Mindy Weinstein for more information at 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org or Stephanie Callahan at 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org

 

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Mindy Weinstein

Director, Media Relations

Phone 312.604.0231
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: mweinstein@ift.org 

Stephanie Callahan

Media Relations Manager

Phone 312-604-0273
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: scallahan@ift.org