THE ATLANTIC: The Health Battle Behind America's Next Milk Trend
"Over the past few decades, cow's milk has been maligned for everything from fat and sugar levels to synthetic-hormone and antibiotic content. It has faced fierce competition from alternatives like almond milk and soy milk. But what if the most dangerous thing in a glass of milk all this time has been something much more elemental? [According to] New Zealand scientists Bob Elliott and Corran McLachlan […] a variety of milk known to scientists as A1, the ubiquitous variety stocked in most of the world’s grocery stores, produces inflammatory compounds in the human digestive system that can cause mild symptoms like stomach pain, or much worse. The research also showed, however, that a second type of milk—a variation known as A2—did not have these effects. McLachlan posited that A2 could be better for overall health, and maybe even digestible by those who consider themselves lactose intolerant." Read full story.
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SCIENCE DAILY: A Way Out Of The Junk-food Eating Cycle
"People are easily pulled into binge culture's quick-fix obsession with junk-food. But, according to a study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, they might just as easily be able to pull themselves out of it. […] The researchers suggest using simple interventions, such as reminders of how unhealthy certain foods are or interrupting the automatic processing of junk-food cues. A number of smartphone apps have already been developed to stymie the consumption of unhealthy food. Equally, simply putting up signs that point out healthy food options in a food court can be an effective way of bringing us into a volitional state of mind." Read full story.
REUTERS: EU Food Safety Body To Look Again At Palm Oil Health Risks
"The European Food Safety Authority will re-examine its warning on health risks stemming from palm and other vegetable oils, a spokeswoman at the European body said in light of a recent study expressing less concern than EFSA. […] Last May the Italian-based EFSA said palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it." Read full story.