The origins of many popular dishes begin with foods being fried in vegetable oil. Despite the fact that fried foods tend not to have healthy halos, scientists had not conclusively determined whether foods fried in vegetable oil were detrimental to human health. However, a recent study sheds more light on the effect that foods fried in vegetable oil could have on colon health.
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass-Amherst) recently completed a study on the effects of foods fried in vegetable oil in animal models. Using mice as test subjects, the researchers wanted to get a better understanding of how used vegetable oil would affect the colon and inflammatory responses. The UMass-Amherst scientists fried falafel in canola oil at 325°F and later fed a mixture of that cooking oil and fresh oil to one group of mice while feeding only fresh oil to a second group of mice. The first group of mice experienced gut leakage, increased inflammation in their colons, and an uptick in tumor growths.
Noting that the diets of the study mice mimicked that of humans, the scientists said in a press release that their research does not indicate that frying oil causes cancer. Rather, they believe that the chemical changes vegetable oils undergo when they are heated can be detrimental to the health of individuals who are already prone to colon cancer and/or inflammatory bowel disease.
New developments in plant breeding techniques show promise in being able to breed disease-resistant bean varieties quickly and selectively than what is currently available.
An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach to identifying the genes that control plant traits.
A team of 12 students from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has won a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston for its bee-free honey.
The Almond Board of California (ABC) has announced an investment of $5.9 million in 85 independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices.
Technology in agriculture (ag-tech) is how we'll feed a growing population, make farming more sustainable, and improve the lives of farm animals, say 85% of the 3,000 participants in Cargill's new three-continent consumer survey.
Conagra Brands has entered into a 15-year service agreement with SolAmerica Energy to place eight acres of solar panels on the company’s St. Elmo, Ill. facility property.
Cargill is investing more than $113 million to expand its cocoa processing sites in Yopougon, Ivory Coast, and Tema, Ghana.
PepsiCo has announced the launch of its second PepsiCo Greenhouse program in North America, an initiative designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and brands in the food and beverage industry.