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Physician, feed thyself

<b>Spinach, eggs, tomatoes, skillets and spatulas are not typically in a health professional’s toolkit. But for some UCLA students, they eventually might be.</b><p>At UCLA Health Sciences, students are learning about nutrition and food preparation in what might seem an unlikely place — not a classroom but …

UC Berkeley

Black tea may help with weight loss, too

<b>UCLA researchers have demonstrated for the first time that black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut. In a study of mice, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites.</b><p>The research is …

Tea

UC Irvine opens expansive food pantry as more college students struggle with hunger

California

New podcast explores people, places behind the food we eat

<b>In the mid-2000s, California beekeepers began to notice that their bees were disappearing. The technical term for the problem is “colony collapse disorder.” Scientists aren’t sure what causes the sudden drop in population, but Claire Kremen, a professor of environmental sciences, policy and</b> …

UC Berkeley

Manganese in drinking water a cause for concern

<b>Underground drinking water sources in parts of the U.S. and three Asian countries may not be as safe as previously thought due to high levels of manganese, especially at shallow depths, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside. Manganese, a metal that is</b> …

Most People Prefer Baby Carrots Over Regular Ones. Meet The Guys Who Invented Them

<i>How were peeled baby carrots invented? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Joseph Ahrens, PhD plant physiology, invented peeled baby cut carrots in 1989, on Quora:</b><p>The story that you may …

Vegetables

The Gross Truth About “Pre-Washed” Lettuce

Pre-washed salad greens are about as easy as it gets. Whether it's crunchy lettuce wraps or a delish layered salad, you're guaranteed to have dinner …

Seafood for everyone

<b>Covering 70 percent of Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory.</b><p>So finds a …

Low-calorie diet may help keep the body young

<b>Scientists studying how aging affects the biological clock’s control of metabolism have discovered that a low-calorie diet helps keep these energy-regulating processes humming and the body younger.</b><p>In a study appearing today in the journal Cell, Paolo Sassone-Corsi, director of the Center for …

Longevity

Eat fats, live longer?

Quick summary• Mice on high-fat vs. high-carb diet had 13 percent longer lifespan<br>• Study focused on effect of diet on aging process<br>• Researchers do not yet know if there’s an optimum fat for a ketogenic, or high-fat, diet<p><b>As more people live into their 80s and 90s, researchers have delved into the issues</b> …

9 myths about healthy eating, busted

<b>As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet.</b><p>“People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and …

Nutrition

Why your tuna could have 36 times more pollutants than others

<b>Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego found levels of persistent organic pollutants as much as 36 times higher in the muscle tissue of yellowfin tuna caught in the more industrialized areas of the northeast Pacific Ocean and northeast Atlantic</b> …

Oceans

Berkeley’s Sugarlogix is engineering a sugar that’s good for you

Currently on hot desk at UC Berkeley accelerator SkyDeck, this startup is making prebiotic sugars, ones that promote good gut health.The post …

Microbiome

Western diet associated with chronic liver inflammation in UC Davis study

In a study of mice, researchers at the University of California Davis found that chronic liver inflammation is associated with a Western diet.

UC Davis

Why you might want to go easy on the avocado

<b>When it comes to the fat in your diet, the line between good and bad just got blurrier.</b><p>Liberal consumption of so-called good fats — like those found in olive oil and avocados — may lead to fatty liver disease, a risk factor for metabolic disorders like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to …

Nutrition

UC Merced launches countywide food and ag exchange

<b>UC Merced is taking steps to fight hunger and tackle food waste on campus and across Merced County.</b><p>The campus has launched CropMobster Merced County, an online food and agricultural exchange and community engagement program to help address issues ranging from food waste and growing local food …

Five myths about beer

Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season’s first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. “This is a golden age for beer lovers,” as The Washington …

Sonoma County

Ready for a better beer?

<b>Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey?</b><p>A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. The …

UC Berkeley

There's Probably a Salad's Worth of Greens On Your City Block

This is our kind of street food.<p>On a recent Spring morning, I stood at the intersection of University and Shattuck Avenues, two of Berkeley's busiest streets, looking for something to eat. There was a Blue Bottle Coffee on one corner, and I could see a McDonalds down the street, but <b>Philip Stark</b>, my …

Gardening

Reducing hunger and food waste

Going greenLooking for more tips to reduce food waste? View episode two of the new six-part video series Climate Lab, produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox, which features surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change.<p><b>An estimated 70 billion pounds</b> …

Sustainability

An Edible Education

When was the last time you thought about your lettuce—I mean, really thought about it? Where did you buy it? How was it packaged and transported? …

Education

Taking root

<b>Call it something to grow on. And then some.</b><p>Ever an institution to advance all things environment and sustainability, UC Santa Barbara is flourishing in a pursuit uncommon for a beachside campus: farming. Two years after pot-planting a duo of citrus trees beneath Storke Tower, UC Santa Barbara has …

Farming

What does 'healthy' mean when it comes to food?

<b>Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?</b><p>The Food and Drug Administration is trying to find out. The federal agency recently began a public process …

Nutrition

The Santa Cruz garden that launched a movement

Garden manager Orin Martin at the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz.<p>The Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz received a splendid gift for its 50th birthday this year — more than 5 feet of seasonal rainfall, courtesy of Mother Nature.<p>The result has been an epic spring bloom, just as the …

California

Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?

A new study identifies a link between food quality and achievement.<p>For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a …

Education

Delicious and nearly extinct, can white abalone be saved?

A male white abalone that was collected in October 2016. He arrived at Bodega Marine Lab in December 2016 and only survived two months. Scientists …

California boosts efforts to stamp out hunger on campus

Two-thirds of community college students have trouble paying for food, according to a new 24-state study. California schools are combining federal …

Education

New initiative advances agriculture technology education

<b>As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds.</b><p>A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus of …

Agriculture

How your diet affects climate change

<b>You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care.</b><p>As it turns out, some …

Climate